The most notable bird of the end of July was an adult Roseate Tern on Nouster on the 28th, the 8th record of this species on the island. Arctic Tern numbers have risen considerably, with 4254 on the 28th the highest count. Good numbers of waders are about, with 11 Whimbrel on the 27th, 86 Dunlin and 904 Golden Plover on the 28th, and 273 Turnstone, 122 Sanderling, and 101 Redshank on the 29th. A Little Stint was at Gretchen on the 28th and a Wood Sandpiper was seen alongside 2 Ruff near the Old Kirk on the 31st. Storm Petrel ringing at Bewan continues to be very productive with 320 birds caught over two nights, including a Portuguese ringed bird in the last net round on the 27th.
Roseate Tern (photo George Gay)
Knot (photo George Gay)
Meadow Pipit (photo George Gay)
Fulmars (photo Carmen Azahara)