Tuesday, 11 September 2012

10th September

The trio of vagrant waders consisting of 2 American Golden Plovers and a Pectoral Sandpiper continued to be seen all day. Unfortunately, the best bird of the day was not so obliging: a Yellowlegs sp. was seen circling over Gretchen Loch but, frustratingly, chose not to land and flew away high before it could be positively identified.

The autumn's first Little Stint was the only other notable wader, although Golden Plovers reached a new peak count of 1,110 birds. Ducks, too, were on the increase and included at least 134 Teal and 18 Pintails. A Sand Martin, a Willow Warbler and 3 Rock Pipits were all new migrants, the latter species having been inexplicably absent as a breeding species this year, and Lapland Buntings increased to 14.

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