Sunday, 26 July 2015

22nd - 26th July

There are no new birds to report from the last four days, although the highlights of summer are still sticking around, with the White-rumped Sandpiper seen at Bewan loch on the 24th, a Red-necked Phalarope at Nouster Beach on the 23rd and the Black Tern seen on the 22nd, 24th and 26th. The Quail was heard again in the fields around the post office from the 24th.

 White-rumped Sandpiper (photos Mark Warren)

Autumn seawatching season begun on the 25th with a Sooty Shearwater passing, with 7 Manx Shearwaters also seen. A Short-eared Owl showed well to one observer at Gravity and 13 Redpoll were present (with 7 trapped) on the 25th. Other migrants included 3 Green Sandpipers and the first Red-breasted Merganser of the autumn on the 22nd. Arctic Tern counts peaked at 4133.

Short-eared Owl photo George Gay
The recent flurry of Hummingbird Hawkmoth sightings was proven to consist of at least two different individuals on the 25th, when one was found dead around the obs before one was seen around Nouster.

Hummingbird Hawkmoth (photo Mark Warren)

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