The last few days of April passed by with nothing of note at all, the persistent northerlies halting any migration. However, the winds turned southerly on the first day of May which brought in the first Arctic Tern of the year, along with 7 Whimbrel and a Short-eared Owl. The 2nd saw one of the highlights of the spring so far, a Rough-legged Buzzard that briefly showed well above Senness in the afternoon. A Long-eared Owl was at Ancum Willows and 13 Knot were at Westness. Whimbrel numbers rose to 20 and Arctic Terns to 55. On the 3rd the Buzzard made another quick appearance over Garso before disappearing south not to be seen again since. 2 Blue-headed Wagtails were found, one on the Links and the other at Hooking. A Short-eared Owl, 9 Swallows, 6 Woodpigeon, 2 Chiffchaff and singles of Blackcap, Brambling and Siskin were also sighted.
Rough-legged Buzzard (photo Toby Green)
Long-eared Owl (photo George Gay)
Yellow Wagtail (photo George Gay)