Two Rock Pipits were on the rocks at Tor-ness, presumably returning birds from earlier in the spring.
Non-passerine wise and another phone call from Pete, these are not something we're getting tired of in these parts at the moment, a Common Buzzard was making its way down the island, a bird that has become commoner in the Northern Isle over recent years, and is now probably recorded annually on the island, but was once much rarer.
The other birds of prey present was a Kestrel at Senness that hung around until the 30th and a female Merlin was hunting over the obs on 30th as well. Waders put in a reasonable account for themselves again the most noteworthy being 3 Little Stint and a the long staying Wood Sandpiper that remained until the 30th before seemingly disappearing as all these things do, the 30th gave us singles of Curlew Sandpiper, Greenshank and 2 Common Sandpipers.
A quick dazzling session before bed on the 29th provided 3 Snipe, a re-trap Dunlin, a Ringed Plover, a single Curlew and best of all Little Stint, a very nice haul for a quick trip.
Duck numbers are still rising with 4 Gadwall, 41 Teal, 32 Mallard and 5 Shoveler being the highest counts from the two day spell.
Swift numbers have also started to increase with 5 being recorded on the 30th.
The big news came from the sea-watch hide with good numbers of Sooty Shearwaters it was only a matter of time before another large shearwater was seen and it came in the shape of a Great Shearwater, it's made even sweeter by the story behind the observer, the man behind the scope was long time Great Shearwater hunter and a repeat guest of our Al McNee, he's put in huge amounts of effort to finally get his prize, so well done to him.
|Little Stint - George Gay|
|Ringed Plovers - George Gay|
|Snipe - George Gay|