Monday, 20 May 2019

19th May

Wet, low cloud and drizzle welcomed the new day , it brightened up into the afternoon but the fog was always lingering there or thereabouts, drifting in and out through the day; we kept most of yesterday’s birds with a nice arrival of common migrants thrown in to the mix, the highlights comprised the Eastern Subalpine Warbler still around the Obs, the 5 Dotterel still at Burray, 2 Bluethroats – the Viggay male again and a new young male trapped at the Obs in the evening and an adult summer White-billed Diver which flew close inshore past The Lurn.   A few year ticks were also found through the day with a Little Tern briefly in Nouster, an adult Little Gull on Brides Loch and a Swift which appeared out of the mist.

                Other totals of note consisted of a pair of Garganey, a Sparrowhawk, a Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Collared Dove, a House Martin, a Tree Pipit, 4 Robins, 10 Redstarts, 6 Whinchat, 31 Wheatears, 10 Sedge Warblers, 10 Lesser Whitethroats, a Whitethroat, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 7 Willow Warblers, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 4 Pied Flycatchers, a Tree Sparrow and a Brambling still.

Bluethroat                             Simon Davies

Little Gull                                      Molly Brown

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