Thursday, 24 May 2018

22nd and 23rd May


Another nice day on the 22nd with light northerly winds and plenty of bright sunshine; the few highlights through the day comprised the 2 Dotterel still on Torness with the male particularly approachable and the first Swift of the year over Longar.   Other birds of note included a pair of Garganey, 2 Wood Sandpipers (Ancum and Garso), a Woodpigeon, a House Martin, a littoralis Rock Pipit, a Garden Warbler, 6 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler.

                A stunning day on the 23rd with wall to wall sunshine and very light winds; an elusive female Bluethroat found in Kirbest ditch and a different first-summer Little Gull on Brides Loch proved to be the picks of the days birds while other birds on the land comprised 2 Woodpigeons, a Collared Dove, a Cuckoo around Holland House, 38 Sand Martins, 65 Swallows, a Redwing still, a Garden Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 9 Tree Sparrows again round Holland, 3 Common Redpolls and a Carrion Crow.

                The Pink-footed Goose and Barnacle Goose remained around Hooking and a single drake Garganey was seen while the bulk of the waders were made up of 176 Ringed Plover, 280 Sanderlings and 189 Turnstone.


Dotterel                                             Simon Davies

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