Friday, 17 December 2010

17th December

In very snowy conditions today there was a flock of 86 Snow Buntings and 6 Lapland Buntings in the stubble field near Nether Linnay, 37 Skylarks were feeding around the cattle feeders on Sandar and the Kirbest finch flock contained atleast 30 Twite, 7 Linnet and 3 Mealy Redpoll.

Friday, 19 November 2010

19th November

An unexpected for the time of year addition to the island list was found late on today when a Stone Curlew was flushed from near gretchen. A Stonechat was also seen and a few thrushes were also around.
Apologies for the poor quality imagies but it was nearly dark.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

1st to the 9th November

A pretty quite period with the best being; a Grey Phalarope on the 1st, the Slavonian Grebe was on ancum to atleast the 9th, the Short-toed Lark was seen on the 1st and 3rd, a Firecrest on the 8th was only the 4th island record. Maximum counts of thrushes were 133 Fieldfare and 116 Redwing on the 2nd and 62 Blackbird on the 9th. 138 Snow Bunting on the 1st was the highest count and a Goldfinch was seen on the 9th.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

29th to the 31st October

The highlights of this period were; a 1st winter Little Gull, 3 Little Auks and 45 Twite on the 29th. 2 Chiffchaff on the 30th and a Short-toed Lark, a Waxwing and 2 Blackcap on the 31st.

Saturday, 30 October 2010

28th October

Todays sightings included; 3 Hen Harrier, single Merlin and Peregrine, 38 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock, 4 Waxwing, 1 Robin, 23 Fieldfare, 1 Song Thrush, 20 Redwing, 2 Chiffchaff, 5 Brambling and 5 Mealy Redpoll.

27th October

Torrential rain all day hampered sightings a bit but we did manage to see; a Sparrowhawk, a Water Rail, a Woodcock, 4 Waxwing, 1 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and 4 Mealy Redpoll.

26th October

A male Hen Harrier, 5 Waxwing, 2 Robin, 14 Blackbird, 12 Redwing, single Blackcap and Chiffchaff, a Goldfinch and 15 Mealy Redpoll were seen. On the non-avian front a Sea-lemon ( Archidoris pseudoargus ) was found.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

25th October

2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen and good counts of 20 Gadwall and 19 Tufted Duck were returned. A single Black-tailed Godwit was quite late and 2 Little Auk flew past the north end. 81 Meadow and 16 Rock Pipit were counted, 15 Waxwing ( of which 11 were ringed ) and a Black Redstart were seen. 14 Lapland Bunting and 90 Snow Bunting ( 4 were trapped ) were seen.

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

24th October

A Peregrine was seen today along with a Waxwing, 2 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff and a Mealy and a Greenland Redpoll.

23rd October

Very little around still, the highlights being a ring-tail Hen Harrier, 2 Blackcap and 22 Twite.

Monday, 25 October 2010

22nd October

A four hour seawatch in the morning produced 372 Fulmar, 19 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 437 Gannet, 5 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Great Skua, 751 Kittiwake, 9 Little Auk and 90 Auk sp. Away from the sea there was a juvenile Glaucous Gull, a Dunnock and 3 Blackcaps.

21st October

A pretty quiet day; 123 Wigeon werecounted as were 104 Sanderling,37 Purple Sandpiper, 45 Dunlin, 5 Common Redpoll and 222 Snow Bunting.

Friday, 22 October 2010

20th October

2 Sooty Shearwaters were the only thing of note on a seawatch. 7 Whooper Swan were the highest count so far and the best of the ducks were 3 Long-tailed Duck and 10 Red-breasted Merganser. An adult Iceland and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were seen, a Waxwing was outside the observatory and a Mistle Thrush was at the north end. 13 Mealy Redpoll were near Kirbest, 102 Lapland Bunting and an impressive 668 Snow Bunting were counted.

19th October

A late Arctic Skua and a late Tree Pipit were seen today. Other passerines of any note were; single Robin and Whinchat, 30 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 12 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 47 Lapland Bunting and 144 Snow Bunting.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

18th October

6 Red-throated and 3 Great Nothern Diver were an increase on recent numbers while 14 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Common Scoter were on the sea. Another Rough-legged Buzzard flew south through the island at 1045 and a juvenile Iceland Gull was at Bewan. A Short-toed Lark was near Neven and finches included 41 Brambling and 30 Common Redpoll. 52 Lapland Bunting were around the island and an impressive count of 454 Snow Bunting was made.

Monday, 18 October 2010

17th October

A hours seawatch in the afternoon produced 82 Sooty Shearwater, Tufted Duck had increased to 11. A Rough-legged Buzzard flew south at 1310; was it the bird that we believe roosted on the island last night? A Little Gull was near Westness, a Woodpigeon was seen and a Richards Pipit was behind the surgery. The only warblers were 3 Blackcap and a Mistle Thrush was seen.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

16th October

The main interest today came from seawatching, two hours in the morning and one in the afternoon produced combined totals of 1251 Fulmar, 41 Sooty Shearwater, 253 Gannet, 7 Great Skua, 152 Kittiwake and undoubtably the bird of the day a FEA'S PETREL that flew past on a seawatch at 1140. Raptors were represented by singles of Merlin , Peregrine and 2 Rough-legged Buzzards, the Whimbrel was still around and a Little Stint was at Westness. Atleast 11 Waxwing were flying around today while other passerines included 2 Dunnock, 6 Robin, a Black Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, 9 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 35 Twite, 26 Mealy Redpoll, 109 Lapland Bunting and 28 Snow Bunting.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

15th October

A Slavonian Grebe was on Hooking Loch; also today there were 141 Greylag Geese, 90 Dunlin, 1 Ruff, a late Whimbrel, 47 Redwing, 1 Garden Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 44 Lapland Bunting and 108 Snow Bunting.

14th October

The eclipse drake King Eider was seen again today, this time off Dennis Head. Apart from that there was not much else; a Goldeneye on Gretchen was the first of the autumn, the Stock Dove was still around, 5 Blackcaps, a single Chiffchaff, a Spotted Flycatcher, 23 Brambling, 10 Twite and 60 Snow Bunting were the best of the rest.

Friday, 15 October 2010

13th October

Bird of the day today was an eclipse drake King Eider that was seen by one person at Stromness point, despite extensive searching we could not relocate it. A Turtle Dove was seen and counts of 41 Robin, 25 Wheatear, 14 Fieldfare, 29 Song Thrush and 57 Redwing were returned. The Pied Wheatear was still at the Lurn but warblers had decreased to just a single Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff. A Red-backed Shrike was at the Obs and a Great Grey Shrike was at Holland. 43 Lapland Bunting and 149 Snow Bunting were counted.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

12th October

Things have quietened down a bit with numbers of most migrants decreasing daily. A Stock Dove was seen which is a good island record, numbers of other migrants included 113 Meadow Pipit, 25 Robin, the Pied Wheatear (by common consensus ), 5 Wheatear, 16 Song Thrush, 63 Redwing, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Chaffinch, 28 Brambling and 16 Twite. Lapland Buntings had increased to 151 and a count of 28 Reed Bunting is quite high for the island.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

11th October

Todays counts were pretty simillar to yesterdays indicating that not much turnover was going on. There were 241 Meadow Pipit, 26 Rock Pipit, 9 Dunnock, 64 Robin, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Redstart, 18 Wheatear, the Pied/ Eastern Black-eared Wheatear, 1 Ring Ouzel, 27 Blackbirds, 42 Song Thrush, 113 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Barred Warbler trapped, 3 Garden Warbler, 21 Blackcap, 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 64 Goldcrest, a new Great Grey Shrike trapped and 3 Greenfinches.

10th October

There were less birds around compared to yesterday though numbers were still reasonably high. There was a Woodcock and 2 Woodpigeon were seen while amongst the passerines there were 243 Meadow Pipit, 5 Dunnock, 76 Robin, 2 Redstart, 24 Wheatear, 2 Ring Ouzel, 50 Blackbird, 1 Fieldfare, 51 Song Thrush, 173 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 2 Garden Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 18 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler, 72 Goldcrest, the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at the lighthouse, a Great Grey Shrike at holland, 14 Chaffinch, 76 Brambling, 24 Lapland Bunting and 39 Snow Bunting. Bird of the day though was a wheatear found early morning at the lurn that caused much debate as to wether it is a Pied or an Eastern Black-eared

Monday, 11 October 2010

9th October

An arrival of birds first thing in the morning produced good numbers of thrushes and a few other things. There were 2 Kestrel, 10 Jack Snipe and a Woodcock. Passerine migrants consisted of 1 Grey Wagtail, 8 Dunnock, 138 Robin, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 38 Wheatear, 7 Ring Ouzel, 178 Blackbird, 24 Fieldfare, 200 Song Thrush, 2665 Redwing, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 25 Blackcap, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 41 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 246 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 2 Pied Flycatcher, an adult Great Grey Shrike, 53 Chaffinch, 80 Brambling, 1 Goldfinch, 51 Siskin, 8 Common Redpoll and a Common Rosefinch.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

8th October

On the 8th the Brent Goose was still around and 5 Jack Snipe and a Greenshank was seen. 5 Swallow were late and good counts of 485 Meadow and 27 Rock Pipit were recorded. A Dunnock,16 Robin, single Redstart, 3 Whinchat and 51 Wheatear were recorded and thrush numbers consisted of 45 Blackbird, 48 Song Thrush and 250 Redwing. Warbler numbers were 1 Garden, 13 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed, 3 Willow and 40 Goldcrest. 2 Spotted and 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers were seen the Rose-coloured Starling was still around and a Goldfinch was seen.

Friday, 8 October 2010

6th and 7th October

On the 6th a pale-bellied Brent was found and 4 Jack Snipe were flushed from various areas. Passerine migrants included the first Dunnock of the autumn, 6 Robin, 1 Redstart, 29 Wheatear, 97 Song Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, 8 Blackcap and an adult female Red-breasted Flycatcher.

The 7th saw 313 Pink-footed Geese fly south, 102 Dunlin was a good recent count and passerine migrants included a Tree Pipit, 501 Meadow Pipit, 41 Rock Pipit, 9 Robin, 34 Wheatear, 1 Grasshopper Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, the adult Red-breasted Flycatcher was still in Holland and a first year bird was found near the Lighthouse.

The Rose-coloured Starling was present on both days.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

5th October

Things are still very quiet with nothing new happening at the moment. 85 Grey-lag Geese were seen heading south and the Turtle Dove is still hanging around. There were 3 Robin, 1 Redstart, 2 Whinchat and 21 Wheatear. Thrushes consisted of 2 Ring Ouzel, 36 Blackbird, 62 Song Thrush and 4 Redwing. 3 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff were the only warblers seen while finches included 180 Siskin, 34 Chaffinch and 19 Brambling. The only scarcity/rarity was the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling.

Monday, 4 October 2010

4th October

A very quiet day that didn't produce much; a House Martin was new and hanging on were 6 Robin, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, the Mistle Thrush, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Blackcap, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest and a Spotted Flycatcher.

3rd October

Generally a bit quieter today though there are still reasonable numbers of finches and Song Thrushes around. The Quail, a Richards Pipit and the juvenile Rose-coloured Starling were seen again as well as a Tree Pipit and 3 Yellow-browed Warblers.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

2nd October

Mark Warren strode out this morning and the first thing he found was a RUFOUS-TAILED ROBIN, a 2nd for Britian, unfortunately it was dead. How unlucky is that. Other birds of note today included, a Corncrake, a Quail, 2 Richards Pipits, 2 Barred Warblers, a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling, a Common Rosefinch, 2 Grasshopper Warblers and 2 Little Gulls.

1st October

A bright if windy morning deteriorated into a pouring storm late afternoon. Most of the interesting stuff today was passerines with counts of 14 Robin, 6 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 29 Wheatear, 6 Ring Ouzel, 43 Blackbirds, 1 Fieldfare, 66 Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 1 Mistle Thrush, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Barred Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 10 Goldcrest, 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher, 133 Brambling , 115 Siskin, 43 Lapland Bunting and 103 Snow Bunting. The best though was another Blyth's Reed Warbler found near nether linnay by once again Rory Tallack; two in two days thats not bad going.

Friday, 1 October 2010

30th September

On a very pleasant day weather wise, birding was a joy which is shown in some of the totals we got. A male Hen Harrier was seen and the best of the waders was, 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Jack and 568 Common Snipe and a Woodcock. Single Woodpigeon and Turtle Dove were seen, the Richard's Pipit was still around and a Flava Wagtail and a Grey Wagtail were recorded. 17 Robin, a Bluethroat at quoybanks, 3 Redstart, 4 Whinchat and 28 Wheatear were seen. Thrushes consisted of 2 Ring Ouzel, 40 Blackbird ( including a Norwegian control ), a Fieldfare, 105 Song Thrush and 23 Redwing. Warblers put in a better showing with 2 Grasshopper, 2 Reed, a Barred, a Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Garden, 10 Blackcap, 7 Yellow-browed, 7 Chiffchaff ( 1 Tristis type ), 5 Willow, 16 Goldcrest and best of all a Blyth's Reed was found late in the day by Rory Tallack at inglis geo which was trapped and ringed. Finch numbers remained good with 50 Chaffinch, 112 Brambling, 161 Siskin, 3 Rostrata Redpoll, 1 Lesser Redpoll and a Hawfinch. There were 146 Lapland Bunting and an impressive count of 242 Snow Bunting.

29th September

A fine morning soon deteriorated into a very wet afternoon. Birds of note included 18 Barnacle Geese, 7 Jack Snipe, the first Woodcock of the autumn and single Stock Dove and Woodpigeon. A Short-toed Lark was found late on at west beach and the Richards Pipit was still om sandar. 16 Robin, 5 Redstart, a single Whinchat and 14 Wheatear were the chat counts while thrush numbers increased with 3 Ring Ouzel, 50 Blackbirds, 99 Song Thrush and 7 Redwing. Warbler numbers were still low with just singles of Lesser Whitethroat, Garden and Willow Warbler with 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed and 15 Goldcrest. Finch numbers increased to 11 Chaffinch, 56 Brambling, 36 Siskin and singles of northwestern Redpoll and Common Rosefinch. 118 Lapland and 63 Snow Bunting were counted.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

28th September

12 Barnacle Geese flew through and just single Curlew Sandpiper and the Turtle Dove were seen. Passerines included a Richard's Pipit, a Flava Wagtail, 6 Robin, 5 Redstart, a Ring Ouzel, 41 Blackbird, 37 Song Thrush, 5 Redwing and a Mistle Thrush. Warblers are still in low numbers with just 2 Blackcap, a Yellow-browed at westness, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow and 14 Goldcrest. 2 Spotted and 3 Pied Flycatcher were seen while Brambling numbers had risen to 21. 156 Lapland and 96 Snow Buntings were counted.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

27th September

2 Hen Harriers a Sparrowhawk and 2 Peregrines were seen. Amonst the waders on the island there were 678 Golden Plover, 1 Grey Plover, 224 Sanderling, 3 Curlew Sandpipers, 1 Jack Snipe, 189 Snipe, 78 Curlew, 101 Redshank and 308 Turnstone. The Turtle Dove was still around and 210 Meadow and 28 Rock Pipit were counted. There were single Redstart and Whinchat seen along with 17 Wheatear, 3 Song Thrush and 2 Redwing. Warblers consisted of single Barred and Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Garden, 4 Blackcap, 1 Yellow-browed, 5 Chiffchaff, 6 Willow and 2 Goldcrest. Singles of Spotted and Pied Flycatcher were around and 12 Common Redpoll were seen. Buntings included a new record count of 272 Lapland as well as 90 Snow and 1 Little.

Monday, 27 September 2010

25th and26th September

On the 25th five hours seawatching from 1330 produced; 214 Sooty Shearwaters, 4 Manx Shearwaters, 176 Gannet but just 20 Fulmar. The best of the wader counts was 765 Golden Plover, 111 Lapwing, 51 Knot and 354 Sanderling. A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen from the links. The Turtle Dove was still around and passerines consisted of 1 Whinchat, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler and an unstreaked acrocephalus sp ( strongly believed to be a Reed ). The Arctic Redpoll was still at kirbest and a Rostrata type Redpoll was nearby. The Lapland bunting count for the day was 107.
The 26th saw 3 Mute Swan, 2 Hen Harrier and singles of Merlin, Kestrel and Peregrine. Sanderling had risen to 425 and 3 Curlew Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe and 235 Snipe were counted. 188 Meadow Pipit were counted and the count of 15 Rock Pipit was the highest count for some time. 2 Flava Wagtails were seen along with 3 Whinchat, 4 Song Thrush and a Redwing. Warbler numbers were up slightly with 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Garden Warbler, 1 Yellow-browed, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow and a Goldcrest. 6 northwestern Common and the Arctic Redpoll were seen, 208 Lapland Bunting was once again a new island record count and 24 Snow Bunting were seen.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

23rd and 24th September

On the 23rd seawatching produced 7 Sooty and 3 Manx Shearwater, 178 Wigeon and 238 Teal were good wildfowl counts and 2 Culew Sandpipers were seen. The Turtle Dove was around again and a Black Redstart was new. A Common Rosefinch was at holland.
The Arctic Redpoll was seen again on the 24th when there was also a Rostrata type Common Redpoll, a Greenshank, 120 Sanderling, the Turtle Dove and 27 Lapland Bunting.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

22nd September

On a very wet day recording was hampered a little. A short seawatch produced 3 Manx Shearwaters and a single Storm Petrel. Pink-footed Geese were on the move with 229 counted. The American Golden Plover was still at lenswick and a Turtle Dove was new. Just a single Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Spotted Flycatchers were seen. 67 Lapland Bunting and 22 Snow Bunting were around the island.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

21st September

On what was a predominantly wet day still a few things were seen. 5 Red-throated Diver were the first for a while, 3 Pink-footed Geese were with the Greylags and 5 Gadwall were on gretchen. A Peregrine and 2 Merlin were the raptors seen and the best wader counts were; 67 Ringed Plover, 597 Golden Plover, 3 Grey Plover, 173 Snipe and 83 Black-tailed Godwits. 51 Skylark was a reasonable count as was 174 Meadow Pipit, there were single Redstart, Whinchat and Fieldfare and warblers consisted of single Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Willow Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were the first of the year. 2 Spotted and a Pied Flycatcher were in holland and the Hornemanns Arctic Redpoll was still with Linnets at kirbest. 68 Lapland Buntings where dotted around the island.

Monday, 20 September 2010

20th September

The American Golden Plover was still in its favoured field today when there were also 7 Curlew Sandpiper and 58 Black-tailed Godwit. A saewatch saw 642 Fulmar, 7 Sooty and a single Manx Shearwater. Passerines consisted of 110 Meadow pipit,5 White Wagtail, 1 Robin, 1 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Spotted and 1 Pied Flycatcher, a Common Rosefinch and best of all a Hornemanni Arctic Redpoll.

14th to the 19th September

On the 14th there were 396 Meadow Pipit, 47 Wheatear, 1 Barred Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, a Red-backed Shrike, 16 Siskin and the first Snow Bunting of the autumn.
The 15th produced 86 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Flava Wagtails and 26 Lapland Bunting.
8 Sooty Shearwaters were seen on a seawatch on the 16th when there was also a Pectoral Sandpiper and 253 Meadow Pipits were counted.
The 17th produced 2 Pectoral Sandpiper at Kirbest mire ( they were seen to the 19th ), also there were 3 Whinchats, 31 Lapland Buntings and 2 Snow Buntings.
A seawatch on the 18th produced 787 Fulmar including 2 blue birds, 56 Sooty Shearwaters and 7 Manx Shearwaters. 3 Snow Buntings where arond Trolla Vatn and 5 Blackcaps and 2 Lesser Whitethroats were at Holland.
Another seawatch on the 19th saw 1532 Fulmar including 1blue, 23 Sooty Shearwater, 14 Manx Shearwater, 594 Gannet and 92 Kittiwake. There were 4 Spotted Flycatcher and 48 Lapland Bunting.

Friday, 10 September 2010

6th - 13th September

An excellent period with strong South Easterly winds and rain giving a good spread of common migrants in good numbers with peak counts of passerines including 12 Tree Pipit, 2 Robin, 37 Redstart, Whinchat 11, Wheatear 110, Fieldfare 7, 5 Song Thrush, a Redwing, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, a Whitethroat, 17 Garden Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 48 Willow Warbler, 32 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 30 Siskin and again a new Lapland Bunting record with 135 on 12th.
Waders also featured well with the American Golden Plover still present on 12th and counts of up to 4 Common Sandpiper, 8 Curlew Sandpiper, 17 Ruff, a record 107 Black-tailed Godwit on 10th, 179 Snipe, 157 Sanderling, 67 Dunlin, Little Stint, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Whimbrel and Jack Snipe.
Scarcities included, Quail and Corncrake on 12th, Pectoral Sandpiper, up to 6 flava Wagtails (presumably grey-headed), Icterine Warbler on 12th, and an absolute minimum of 5 Wrynecks, 2 Common Rosefinches, and 3 Barred Warblers during the week.
The quality birds however were on the 10th, with a Bonnelli's Warbler found at Cott Banks (trapped and confirmed as Western on the 11th) and a Citrine Wagtail .

Sunday, 5 September 2010

5th September

A juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper spent the day on Gretchen, with 2 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Ruff and 26 Dunlin, whilst the American Golden Plover stayed faithful to its patch at Lindswick. Small passerines finally started to arrive by the afternoon with 6 Willow Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher and a Whinchat. 2 Common Tern in Linklet Bay are the first this year and 46 Lapland Buntings were seen.

4th September

The American Golden Plover was still present and Lapland Bunting numbers had dropped to 22. A Ruff was on Gretchen Loch with 21 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Arctic Terns were Lingering in Nouster Bay and just a single Willow Warbler was seen elsewhere.

3rd September

72 Lapland Bunting was again a large count with the majority at Trinley. The American Golden Plover was still at nearby Lindswick and a Greenshank flew south along the West side. A kestrel was new but representing smaller migrants were just a willow warbler at Holland and a White Wagtail.

Friday, 3 September 2010

1st and 2nd September

On the 1st 60 Storm Petrels were counted on a sea-watch and 32 were caught over-night. The American Golden Plover was still present, singles of Sedge and Barred Warbler were seen and the Lapland Bunting count went to a new island record of 104. An attempt at catching the buntings was successful with nine birds being caught, only six had ever been ringed on the island before. The 2nd saw 350 Wigeon on ancum loch, a reasonable Swallow count of 62, Wagtail numbers consisted of 12 Pied, 40 Alba and at least one White. The Barred Warbler was still around holland and three Willow Warblers were seen.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

31st August

Amongst the collection of ducks on ancum were 211 Wigeon and 18 Pintail. Wader numbers were reasonable with 650 Golden Plover, 72 Sanderling, one Ruff, 127 Snipe, 39 Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper. The American Golden Plover was faithfull to its chosen field for the day while passerine wise there were 150 Meadow Pipit and an island record count of 92 Lapland Bunting.

Monday, 30 August 2010

29th and 30th August

On the 29th there were 63 Knot, 40 Purple Sandpiper, one Ruff, 36 Black-tailed Godwit, a Wood Sandpiper, 172 Turnstone and 53 Lapland Bunting.
On the 30th there were 142 Wigeon , 14 Pintail, a Hen Harrier, 221 Turnstone, 180 Linnet and 49 Lapland Bunting. The best though was a moulting adult American Golden Plover in with Golden Plover at lenswick.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

27th and 28th August

On the 27th 150 Wigeon were on ancum, a Peregrine and a Merlin were seen, 28 Black-tailed Godwits commuted between ancum and gretchen, 60 Swallows and 20 Wheatears were around the island, a single Willow Warbler was at holland and a Lapland Bunting flew over twinyess.

On the 28th the first Sparrowhawk of the autumn was seen, 24 wheatears werecounted, the Wood Warbler was in holland and two Willow Warblers were seen. The event of the day goes to Lapland Buntings when 58 were counted betwwen the links and the lighthouse area.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

25th and 26th August

On the 25th a Common Sandpiper was seen on the west side. A good count of ducks on ancum included 105 Wigeon, 89 Mallard and 11 Pintail. A hours sea-watch produced two Sooty Shearwater, three Manx Shearwater and a blue Fulmar.
The 26th saw the Barred Warbler at holland again where it was joined by a Wood Warbler. Three Willow Warblers were dotted around the island and the Common Sandpiper was again seen. A hours sea-watch in the afternoon produced a single Sooty Shearwater, 11 Manx Shearwater and two Storm Petrel.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

22nd and 23rd August

On the 22nd the Barred Warbler was still at holland along with seven Willow and two Garden Warblers. 67 Knot where on the links and a Swift was also seen. On the 23rd three Common Sandpipers where near the pier but warbler numbers had dropped to one Garden and two Willows. A two hour sea -watch produced three Sooty and 17 Manx Shearwaters, 26 Storm Petrels and 242 Kittiwake.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

21st August

On a windy and increasingly wet day birding wasn't too easy, 44 juvenile Bar-tailed Godwits on nouster beach were new in and the Wood Sandpiper was again on gretchen. A hours sea-watch early afternoon produced three Sooty and seven Manx Shearwaters and two Storm Petrels though viewing wasn't easy due to the weather. A Cuckoo was also seen by a visiting birder.

Friday, 20 August 2010

20th August

The Barred Warbler was still in holland this morning where five Willow Warblers and a Garden Warbler were trapped. Another Garden Warbler was at westness. A hour and a half sea-watching produced just two Sooty Shearwaters and singles of Manx Shearwater and Storm Petrel. Two Common Sandpiper and a Wood Sandpiper were also seen.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

19th August

Around holland this morning were eight Willow Warblers, a Wood Warbler, a Garden Warbler and a Barred Warbler. Two Common Sandpipers were seen on the banks and two Ruff were seen. A two hour sea-watch in the afternoon produced 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 11 Manx Shearwaters, 802 Fulmar, 105 Storm Petrel and 85 Kittiwakes.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

18th August

Another day of near constant rain. Three Willow Warblers were seen, two Ruff and a good count of 133 Redshank. A two hour sea-watch in the afternoon produced five Sooty Shearwaters (the first of the year ), 555 Fulmar, 25 Storm Petrel, 233 Gannet, 11 Great Skua and 14 Kittiwake.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

17th August

Drizzle and rain all day has hampered birding a bit, despite this two Willow Warblers were seen at holland, a Black Redstart was at rue and a Wood Sandpiper was on gretchen loch.

Monday, 16 August 2010

16th August

Six Willow Warblers where dotted around the island today and the first Pied Flycatcher of the year was seen at sangar. A flock of eight Herons flew onto gretchen in the afternoon. Through the sterling work of the malli-ringers 150 pulli Fulmar have been ringed so far this year.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

15th August

23 Storm Petrel and a Leach's Petrel were caught overnight. A Barred Warbler was trapped at holland in the morning. Four Willow Warblers were seen and a juvenile Hen Harrier was over hooking.

14th August

Three Willow Warblers where in holland gardens in the morning. A collection of waders at the lighthouse area included 43 Knot, 75 Turnstone, 22 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Dunlin and a Whimbrel. A Kestrel was seen near the observatory in the afternoon.

Friday, 13 August 2010

12th and 13th August

The Willow Warbler was still at holland on the 12th and the 13th when another one was seen at purtabreck. Also on the 13th there were three Ruff, 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 38 Knot, 93 Turnstone and a Peregrine.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

6th to the 11th August

On the 6th two Ruff were seen. A male Crossbill was near gretchen on the 7th. A Greenshank was on gretchen on the 9th. Two Ruff were again seen on the 10th. The 11th produced the first Willow Warbler of the autumn and a juvenile Common Redpoll was at holland.

Friday, 6 August 2010

4th and 5th August

On the 4th a concentration of ducks on ancum contained 93 Mallard, 6 Shoveler and 3 Pintail. Elsewhere there were 300 Golden Plover and a Chiffchaff. An hours sea-watch on the 5th produced 5 Manx Shearwater and 27 Storm Petrel. Also on the 5th there were 98 Sanderling, 73 Dunlin, 73 Swallow and 2 Kestrel.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

21st July to the 3rd August

The highlights of this period were: a Crossbill on the 21st and 22nd July, a Green Sandpiper on the 22nd, a Ruff on the 2nd and 3rd August.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

20th July

The highlight of today was a party of five Crossbill, also seen were a Swift and two Sand Martin.

18th and 19th July

On the 18th 101 Sanderling where on nouster beach and 2 Whimbrel were seen. On the 19th the Sanderling numbers had risen to 248 and 380 Golden Plover were present. 55 Swallow were mostly hawking over hooking loch and 32 Sand Martin over gretchen loch is a big number for here.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

15th to the 17th July

On the 15th six Whimbrel were seen. The 16th saw a count of 33o Golden Plover, two Common Sandpiper and a male Siskin. The 17th produced 104 Redshank, seven Whimbrel and a party of seven Crossbill.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

8th to the 14th July

We are still in the summer doldrums as far as birding is concerned though there was a female Croossbill on the 8th, a Little Tern on the 10th was the second record of the year. A male Common Blue butterfly at westness on the 12th is only the second record for the island the first being back in july 1997. A Common Sandpiper appeared on the 13th and four fledged Twite on the 14th is the first evidence of breeding for a few years.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

7th July

Not much to report on the bird front today but we did have our first Painted Lady of the year and a hawker dragonfly was seen briefly which is only the fourth or fifth record of any dragonfly for the island, none of which have been identified to species!

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

6th July

A first summer Little Gull on nouster beach this morning was a nice surprise and two Barnacle Geese flying south over gretchen loch were even more unexpected.

2nd to the 5th July

On the 2nd the Golden Plover flock had risen to 106 and a Chiffchaff was present in Holland House gardens. 265 Oystercatchers were counted on the 3rd. After heavy rain for most of the day on the 4th a quick trip to Gretchen Loch in the afternoon produced an impressive 93 Redshank, 11 Black-tailed Godwit and best of all an adult Red-necked Phalarope.

Friday, 2 July 2010


The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Gretchen Loch and elsewhere there were 100 Golden Plover, 16 Knot and 11 Dunlin.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

27th to the 30th June

A Spotted Flycatcher and a Chiffchaff were seen on the 27th. Two Crossbills wereseen on the 28th. The 29th produced a fine summer plumaged Curlew Sandpiper on Gretchen where the following day it was replaced by a Pectoral Sandpiper.

Saturday, 26 June 2010

24th to the 26th June

A Spotted Flycatcher was seen on the 24th. A sea-watch on the 25th produced 11 Manx Shearwater and the first Storm Petrel of the year, a Curlew Sandpiper was on Trolla Vatn and two Killer Whales were cruising the north end. In the afternoon the Tawny Pipit was relocated around airfield and it was seen there all day on the 26th on which day the Golden Plover flock had increased to 89.

Thursday, 24 June 2010

22nd and 23rd June

Six Golden Plover on the 22nd were the only birds of any vague intrest on that date. The next day was following the same pattern with two Whimbrel at the north end of the island being the only half descent sighting until Pete Donnelly rang me to say he had what he believed to be a TAWNY PIPIT. To cut a long story short Iwas soon joining him and sure enough we were looking at a Tawny Pipit, a first for the island and the 4th for Orkney if one from the mainland last year is accepted by SBRC..