Tuesday, 25 October 2016

20th-22nd October

The 20th saw the birding service resume at it's normal pace, but a very busy couple of days meant slightly less coverage than we'd of liked.
A single Whooper Swan has been hanging around Ancum and 5 Pink-footed Geese were also present on the 20th.
Duck numbers have remained steady with 159 Wigeon, 6 Gadwall, 106 Teal, 28 Mallard, 5 Pintail, 23 Shoveler, 5 Tufted Duck, 3 Long-tailed Ducks and 5 Red-breasted Merganser being the high counts, the big surprise came in the shape of 7 Greater Scaup heading out South past Gretchen early on the 22nd.
A single Grey Wagtail was seen on the 20th along with 2 Dunnock, 40 Robin, 1 Whinchat, 7 Blackcap, 16 Chiffchaff, 2 Siberian type Chiffchaffs, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Brambling, another Yellowhammer, a late Willow Warbler on the 21st and a single Chaffinch on the 20th.
A total of 6 Red-throated Divers were present on the 21st and the 22nd bought in 3 Woodcock, 2 Guillemot and Mistle Thrush.
The bird of the period was a Dusky Warbler found at Westness in the late afternoon on the 22nd, the bird was initially seen flying away and ticking, it was then oggled by all the obs staff a guests before being left to it's own devices.
Dusky Warbler - George Gay

Whooper Swan - George Gay

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