Thursday, 9 July 2015

2nd July to 8th July

Movement has been slow and attention has been focused mostly on ringing pulli in the colonies. However Crossbills were seen daily until the 5th, peaking with 5 on the 3rd including one trapped, as well as singles on the 2nd and 5th and 2 on the 4th. June's Quail carried on singing on the 2nd, 7th and 8th and a female Red-backed Shrike was new in the Ancum Willows on the 4th-5th.

Waders keep moving in the summer, with a Greenshank at East Loch Park on the 4th. Golden Plover numbers peaked at 116 on the 6th and Turnstones peaked 44 on the 5th. Less seasonal was a Siskin in Holland gardens on the 2nd and 3rd.

Perhaps most noteworthy was a Hummingbird Hawkmoth on the 2nd: the first island record since 2011.
Above: Arctic Tern pullus. Below: Tystie pullus. Photos by Molly Laban

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