Pacific Golden Plover
There were now 3 Red-necked Phalaropes busily feeding away on Gretchen while other wader counts included 102 Knot, 23 Dunlin, 33 Bar-tailed Godwit and 151 Turnstone but other birds of note were thin on the ground with just the Black-throated Diver again in Nouster, a Heron and 4 Collared Doves of note. A recently fledged juvenile Dunlin in Loch Park became only the second confirmed breeding for the island (after the first in 2015) – although it was a bit galling that we failed to find the nest or the chicks when they were younger!
Still sunny in the morning of the 29th but the wind was even more brisk and even more chilly and brought persistent rain by mid-afternoon; the 3 Red-necked Phalaropes were still showing very well on Gretchen, Golden Plover showed a slight increase up to 115 and the distinctive dark phase Arctic Skua with the notch in her wing hatched two tiny, fluffy chicks – hopefully they can avoid all the marauding Bonxies.
Little fledged Dunlin
We managed to round up the Shelduck brood on Gretchen! photos Simon Davies