The only migrants of note were a Little Gull at Kirbest and a Pink-footed Goose at Hooking, both on the 13th, along with a few Spotted Flycatchers and Chiffchaffs, but spring migration is essentially over. However, we’ve been busy monitoring and ringing the many breeding birds on the island. Black-headed and Common Gull chicks have been ringed at the lochs as have Greylag goslings. The first visit to Artic Tern colonies suggests they should have a reasonable year. And effort has gone into finding Wheatear nests with 13 located. 10 Eiders were ringed as was a Gadwall, only the second ever for the island. A Coot chick was also the second ever ringed.
(All photos Euan Ferguson)