Saturday, 11 July 2015

9th July - 11th July

The wind swung easterly briefly and brought rain and a Red-necked Phalarope to the island on the 10th. A nice male, it showed well on the post office flash and pond by Scots Ha before moving to the Nouster area on the 11th. A Green Sandpiper instead took up residence on the post office flash on the 11th, whilst a Swift was seen high over Bridesness on the same day. Meanwhile the Black Tern made a reappearance amongst the Arctic Tern flocks at Bewan Loch on the 9th. Golden Plover numbers keep building: 187 on the 10th became 328 on the 11th.
Black Tern photo by Molly Laban
Red-necked Phalarope photo by Molly Laban

A small arrival of 10 Silver Y moths was also
 noted on the 11th in unexpectedly summery conditions.

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