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.