Thursday, 31 July 2008

31st July

The PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was seen again after a days absence, with 600 golden plover near Holland. Seawatches through the day produced a single storm petrel, 4 manx shearwater and 10 oystercatcher flying east. The kestrel was at Sennes and 4 crosbills at Kirbest, with wader interest including a ruff near Ancum, 4 black-tailed godwit, 49 knot and 12 dunlin. A great northern diver was on the sea from the Lighthouse.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

30th July

A ruff was at Westness and 4 black-tailed godwit were by the school. 34 knot on Bewan were accompanied by single greenshank, with another 22 knot at Westness. The kestrel remains and a swift was along the West side, with singles of whimbrel at the School and Twingness. An evening seawatch provided little excitement with just a single sooty shearwater and 2 manx shearwater. No sign of the pacific golden plover today.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

29th July

The PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER still remains, and the kestrel moved to the south of the island. A very early pied flycatcher by the observatory was a nice surprise in the afternoon. Other new migrants included at least 3 green sandpiper, a good island count of 4 greenshank and a swift over the Post Office. A minimum of 5 crossbill were seen at a number of sites, and the fieldfare was near Kirbest. A cory's shearwater reportedly flew west at sea, as did 4 sooty shearwater.

Monday, 28 July 2008

28th July

The adult PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was still present in the Holland area with 800 golden plover. A large flock of 88 dunlin at Westness made for a good day total of 122. Also at Westness were 19 knot, and the kestrel was nearby at Parkhouse. 5 crossbill were still present and new arrivals included a black redstart at Shooting Gallery and an unseasonable fieldfare flew over Holland.

Sunday, 27 July 2008

27th July

A superb adult summer PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was found mid-day flying off into the fog, re-found shortly afterwards with a flock of 1000+ golden plover near Holland House. With this, most of the afternoon was happily spent following the bird as it toured the South of the island. Other birds noted were 102 sanderling on The Links, a Whimbrel by The Mill and 10 bar-tailed godwit by Milldam. A grey heron flew over East Loch Park and the crossbill was still present at Kirbest, with 7 more appearing at The Observatory late evening.

Saturday, 26 July 2008

26th July

The garganey family on Gretchen was again seen today but now 4 individuals present, with another juvenile noticed. A minimum of 14 whimbrel were logged and with reasonable coverage of the island wader totals included 253 oystercatcher, 147 lapwing, 109 sanderling, 76 redshank, 67 curlew, 74 dunlin and 17 bar-tailed gowit. The kestrel was seen around Vincoin and a crossbill was at Kirbest.

Friday, 25 July 2008

25th July

A large shearwater sp. was the best of a morning seawatch, with 8 manx shearwater, 2 storm petrel, 36 kittiwake and a red-throated diver also logged. Scattered across the lochs in the North were 46 dunlin, 2 knot and 2 black-tailed godwit, with 600 golden plover, a green sandpiper on Gretchen Loch and a single crossbill in the South of the island.

Thursday, 24 July 2008

24th July

13 black-tailed godwit accompanied 9 bar-tailed godwit in recently cut silage fields near Vincoin, 3 knot were on Bewan Loch and a total of 53 dunlin scattered around the island was a good count. The kestrel was still present being seen near the Post Office, and new migrants included 2 swifts over Dennis Head and 3 crossbill south over Holland. The highlight of the day was the discovery of a female and 2 juvenile garganey on Gretchen Loch. A drake was seen on Hooking Loch on three occasions though May, and it would seem likely that todays sighting suggests they have bred on the island.
20 storm petrels were trapped at last nights stormie session.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

23rd July

Seawatching highlights throughout the day included an adult pomarine skua, a leach's petrel, 6 sooty shearwater and 19 manx shearwater. A single sand martin remained, being seen with 34 swallows at Westness, but new in was a female kestrel at Parkhouse. Sanderling numbers had increased somewhat with a collective total of 143. With other notable waders being a black-tailed godwit at Garso and 2 whimbrel.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

22nd July

Waders scattered across the north of the island included 22 dunlin, 20 knot, and a whimbrel on Tor Ness. 2 sand martins were feeding over Bewan Loch with swallows, and on nearby Troll Vatn Loch a flock of 333 arctic terns included the first juvenile seen this summer. 3 great northern divers were in Linklet Bay and a sooty shearwater was from the seawatch hide.

Monday, 21 July 2008

21st July

4 sooty shearwater and a good count of 2099 fulmar were the highlights of 4 hours seawatching, with 14 manx shearwater and 12 storm petrel also recorded . Other birds around the island included 14 purple sandpiper along the West coast, a single bar-tailed godwit and a red-breasted merganser in Linklet Bay.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

20th July

A morning seawatch produced little more than a single manx shearwater, and 668 golden plover were by Berensha. On The Links were 28 sanderling and 122 turnstone, with other flocks of the latter including 55 at Bridesness and 27 at Westness. Also at Westness 4 knot were amongst a flock of 42 redshank and nearby 17 dunlin.

Saturday, 19 July 2008

19th July

With near un-birdable conditions most of the day, the few notable sightings were of 2 manx shearwater from the north end, a whimbrel on The Banks and 7 dunlin on Bewan Loch.

Friday, 18 July 2008

18th July

Rained all day! A sooty shearwater from the north end and a whimbrel by Gretchen were the only notable sightings of the day.
24 storm petrels including 2 Portuguese controls, and a leach's petrel were trapped last night.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

17th July

A minimum of 9 crossbills around the island were new in, with 7 at Greenwall and 2 at Holland, with presumably 5 of these birds coming in to the Holland linnet roost late evening. Elsewhere a good count of 53 dunlin, a single knot at Westness and a large flock of 190 knot flew over East. 5 purple sandpipers were by the pier.
In the early afternoon attempts were made to ring chicks of the Twingness tysties, with an encouraging 34 chicks ringed.
The first 2 sooty shearwaters of the spring passed the north end early morning, and an hours seawatch in the evening tallied up 6 manx shearwater and 164 storm petrels.

Wednesday, 16 July 2008

16th July

On Troll Vatn Loch were 2 knot and 28 dunlin, with another knot on The Links. Also on The Links were 9 sanderling, with another 21 in Nouster Bay. A combined total of 643 golden plover represents the highest count of the summer so far. Reports from a morning seawatch included 400+ fulmar, 20 storm petrels and a surprising 3 leach's petrels.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

15th July

The best of the bunch today were singles of ruff and black-tailed godwit, though 8 whimbrel was a reasonable count. Other waders included 6 knot, 24 dunlin, 5 bar-tailed godwit and sanderling flocks at two sites totalled 53 birds. The only non-wader sighting of note was off 2 crossbill at Garso.

Monday, 14 July 2008

14th July

3 dulin were on Gretchen Loch with 28 redshank, and 26 sanderling were in Nouster Bay. At Holland were 2 reed buntings and the chiffchaff was still present. In nearby fields were 2 whimbrel and a flock of 407 golden plovers. A great northern diver flew over the observatory late afternoon.

13th July

Both Assistant Wardens were tied up in helping islanders with sheep work today, which resulted in little in the way of birding, only 3 bar-tailed godwit, 6 sanderling and a whimbrel were casually noted. However, a cory's shearwater was reported flying west past the north of the island mid-morning, as were 90 storm petrel and 900 fulmar.
Trapped at last night's petrel ringing session were 31 storm petrels and 1 leach's petrel.

Saturday, 12 July 2008

12th July

A grey wagtail was on Trolla Vatn Loch early morning, and seawatching from the north end produced only 3 manx shearwater and 2 storm petrels . Elsewhere on the island were 4 whimbrel and a bar-tailed godwit around Bridesness, a crossbill at Kirbist and 12 sanderling in Nouster Bay.

Friday, 11 July 2008

11th July

With a gusty north westerly wind and showers throughout the day, efforts were sensibly put towards other tasks, and little birding was done. The only sightings of note today were of 2 crossbills at Holland and 1 at Rue.

Thursday, 10 July 2008

10th July

A male common rosefinch late morning was a nice surprise to start the day, and was later trapped at Holland. Also there were the chiffchaff and 4 crossbill, with a single crossbill seen at Greenwall. A woodpigeon was at Sennes and waders at the north end included 4 whimbrel, 10 bar-tailed godwit and 13 sanderling.
32 storm petrels were trapped overnight.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

9th July

Little change today but for 2 ruff and 3 knot at Westness, were the little stint and green sandpiper remain. A single whimbrel flew over Gretchen Loch and 3 crossbill were in Loch Park. 2 killer whales passed the north end of the island.
The 1st leach's petrel of the year was trapped overnight, as were 11 storm petrels.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

8th July

As is typical of July the majority of interest was provided by waders, most notable of which were 2 adult little stints. Golden plover numbers had increased to 609 and turnstone to 180, and a flock of 22 purple sandpiper were the first returning birds. Elsewhere on the island were 4 whimbrel, 11 dunlin and singles of green sandpiper and knot at Westness. Other sightings included 2 red-throated divers, 15 crossbill, a grey wagtail over Sangar and 713 arctic terns including 7 first summer birds at Bewan.
A morning seawatch produced 9 manx shearwater, 25 storm petrels, 128 fulmar, 235 auk sp., 28 gannet and a merlin went out north.

Monday, 7 July 2008

7th July

4 whimbrel were in the observatory fields early morning, and a single flew south with a flock of 9 bar-tailed godwit. Most noteworthy was an adult little stint amongst a flock of 67 turnstone at Bridesness. 4 single crossbills were seen around the island and a water rail was flushed from the segs at Hooking Loch.

Sunday, 6 July 2008

6th July

2 Green Sandpipers were at Westness as were a dunlin and a bar-tailed godwit. The golden plover flock had increased to 320 birds, and a single whimbrel was in fields by the surgery with 195 oystercatcher. A carrion crow was at Lurand mid morning and 9 crossbills were seen at Holland.

Saturday, 5 July 2008

5th July

A good scattering of crossbills was the highlight of the day with 2 remaining at Cott, a flock of 9+ at Sennes and singles seen at The Surgery and Holland. Elsewhere the green sandpiper remained at Westness and the summering chiffchaff was seen at Holland.
The first overnight tape luring session of storm petrels resulted in 2 birds being trapped.

Friday, 4 July 2008

4th July

The day began with 2 crossbills seen feeding on dandelions at Cott and a house martin over the south of the island. Light south easterly winds encouraged a steady trickle of 76 curlews and 3 bar-tailed godwit passing overhead. A minumum of 3 green sandpiper toured the island with 2 flushed from Kirbist Mire and a single at Westness. Also at Westness were 2 dunlin, and a ruff roosting amongst Golden Plovers. Yesterdays Woodpigeon was still present.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

3rd July

New migrants today included a woodpigeon at Lurand and 3 swifts were over the south of the island. Waders at the north end included 67 turnstone, 8 Ringed Plover and 8 dunlin, whilst a single whimbrel flew over Gretchen Loch. The collarred dove had moved to Rue and a chiffchaff was seen at Holland.

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

2nd July

The Short-toed Lark was again seen in fields around Lurand, having first been seen on 16th June. 9 Crossbills were seen heading south over Holland and 2 Whimbrel were on the shore at the Lurn. 4 curlews flew south mid-afternoon and 62 golden plover present around the observatory.

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

1st July

A peak count of 209 Golden plover were in Mid Park and a single Collared Dove at Holland. 314 Arctic terns were roosting on Bewan Loch late evening and a pod of 9+ Killer Whales were seen around Seal Skerry.