Knot and Black-tailed Godwit numbers continued to rise as well, with 124 Knots on the 7th and 33 Black-tailed Godwits on the 8th.
Wader highlights were a Curlew Sandpiper present on Bewan and 20 Ruff in various locations on the 5th and a Greenshank at the sea-watch hide on the 7th.
The 7th also provided good sea-watching conditions and a two hour stint at the top end provided good viewing for all those concerned, 12 Sooty Shearwaters, 43 Manx Shearwaters, 28 Storm Petrels and a single Harbour Porpoise was a nice surprise, meanwhile a single Leach's Petrel was seen lingering around the bay in Nouster.
Another surprise from the sea was a single female Red-breasted Merganser seen from the links on the 6th.
The land provided a few migrants but nothing major, that'll come later (we hope!) singles of Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Redpoll were recorded on the 5th, a Peregrine was partnered by a lonesome Woodpigeon on the 6th and a further 2 Redpoll on the 7th.
The 8th wasn't such a good day for birds, but weather wise, high winds and rough seas provided slight entertainment, unfortunately for them the Eiders in the picture below may disagree slightly!
|Eider with Chicks - George Gay|
|Greenshank - George Gay|
|Peregrine - George Gay|