Saturday, 3 May 2014

3rd May

Another pleasant and sunny day, with several new species for the year recorded. Much time was spent searching the southern coastline but there was no sign of last nights Spotted Sandpiper, but a Little Bunting in the Bewan garden at the north end, being our first ever spring record made for an adequate replacement. A Tree Sparrow at several locations was also the first of the year, while the Hawfinch and Wryneck both remained at their respective locations. The Glossy Ibis was still at Hooking, the first 17 Knot of 2014 were together at Bewan Loch where a Common Sandpiper was also present and 6 Arctic Terns passed overhead. Groups of 5 Barnacle and 2 Pink-footed Geese were newly arrived and there was more 'corvid ' passage featuring 2 Jackdaws, 7 Carrion, 8 Hooded Crows and 2 Rooks. There was another Black Redstart, this time at Scottigar and at least 6 Common and a single Lesser Redpoll zoomed about along with slightly fewer Warblers and Thrushes than in recent days.
Little Bunting

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