10th-12th May

The last few days have been a little bit quieter than than the previous week but still not without birds, there have been a few new additions to the year list without there being anything too major.

The 10th saw the arrival of the first Wood Sandpiper in off at the Shooting Gallery before settling on Ancum in the afternoon. The Wryneck down by the pier re-appeared late in the day and was followed by the Little Gull of the year hawking over the water at Gretchen in the evening.
The 11th started with what may be our first ever spring record of Great Spotted Woodpecker at Holland, it sadly was later found as a feathery pile on the west coast having been taken by a Sparrowhawk. A Cuckoo in Holland in the late evening was another addition to the year list while a smart summer plumaged Black-throated Diver was in Nouster and two Wood Sandpipers populated Ancum.
Long-eared Owls started the 12th also in Holland while at least three Garden Warblers were in different island locations, a Lesser Redpoll was with Mealy's near Ancum and the birds of the day were two Dotterel, a 2cy male and an adult female, at Cringlamane in the latter stages of the evening.

                                                                         Wryneck - GG
                                                                       Wood Sandpiper - GG

The Sedge Warblers have arrived back en-masse and are now holding territory in their usual haunts