13th June

The days highlights all came from Holland House in the morning with the Golden Oriole seen briefly as it was flushed out of the Sycamores, a Common Rosefinch which dropped in for a couple of minutes before flying off north and a male Red-backed Shrike which eventually moved off down the road towards the Obs.   Other birds seen included a few hirundines with a some new Swallows noted with 10 House Martins, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits, three Barnacle Geese over to the south and presumably the same Wood Sandpiper which had moved up to Westness.

This large Oystercatcher chick near the Obs is a couple of weeks more advanced than most of the others across the island

Most of the other Oystercatchers have much smaller chicks or are still on eggs