Snipe numbers peaked at an impressive 475 followed up by 5 Jack Snipe. Other wader numbers included 6 Grey Plovers on the 2nd, 4 Curlew Sandpipers present on both days, 15 Purple Sandpipers, 24 Bar-tailed Godwits and the lingering Grey Phalarope was still present. Passerine numbers over the two days peaked as follows, 1 House Martin at Holland, 5 Blackcap, 4 Whinchat on the 1st, singles of Robin, Dunnock and Tree Pipit, 33 Redwing, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 7 Goldcrest on the 2nd, 3 Brambling, our first Greenfinches of the year with 3 being seen in various locations, 4 Goldfinches, 28 Twite, 57 Lapland Buntings, 19 Snow Buntings, 15 Rock Pipits and a whopping 51 Yellow-browed Warblers.
A Sea-watch on the 2nd provided 44 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Little Auks and 15 Puffin. Last but by no means least for the second year running we were treated to a Humpback Whale that moved up the Firth and up the West Side before dissappearing, it seems they may becoming a more regular site in our waters, it was accompained by 8 Risso's off Linklet bay.
|Teal - Bryony Baker|
|Grey Plover - George Gay|