Saturday, 21 May 2016

20th-21st May

A good couple of days with some nice birds about. On the 20th a female Bluethroat was found at Quoybanks along with a Grey Wagtail at the Foghorn.  2 Glaucous Gulls were sighted amongst a gull flock on Sjaiver and 3 Little Terns were seen, 2 at the Links and a single on Gretchen. Around midnight at the Obs a Common Crane was heard calling as it flew overhead. On the 21st the first Cuckoo of the year found its way into one of the mist nets at Holland, the 11th ever ringed on the island. An Osprey seen at Ancum in the evening was another first as was a Common Tern sighted from Holland. 3 Little Terns were at the Links and a single Glaucous Gull was at Bewan. A Common Sandpiper was at Gue Geo and a drake Garganey at Cauldhame flash. Also present on the 21st were a Kestrel, 2 Short-eared Owls, 5 Collared Doves, 4 House Martin (one of which was trapped and ringed) 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Common Whitethroat, and 2 Lesser Redpoll. The Corncrake was still calling at Holland both days.

Cuckoo (photo Euan Ferguson)

 Bluethroat (photo George Gay)

Glaucous Gull (photo George Gay)

Grey Wagtail (photo George Gay)

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