July's end brought a Hobby, Merlin and Peregrine to the island, providing some action after a quiet few days with only a Leach's Petrel on the 27th and the Black Tern at Brides Ness on the 30th of particular interest. Wader passage produced a Ruff on the 30th, rising to 3 on the 31st, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Greenshank on the 27th, with 1 Greenshank still on the 29th.
Merlin photo by Peter Butler
Dunlin and Greenshank by George Gay
The island has been quiet for passerines, as perhaps expected for the time of year. Redpoll numbers peaked at 9 on the 27th, but are being seen everyday in small numbers between Holland and the Mill. There were 5 Sedge Warblers on the 27th and 1 Chiffchaff seen at a variety of locations on the island throughout the period.