Monday, 27 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 27th March

A pretty nice day with light northerly winds; the nets at Holland first thing produced 3 Goldcrests, a Dunnock and a Redwing before the Hooking census route produced a Jack Snipe, some flyover Snow Buntings, 40+ Meadow Pipits, 12+ Pied Wagtails and 36 Sanderling.

                There were 3 more Goldcrests round the Obs and a big flock of 60+ Meadow Pipits were along the coast.



Gannet

Sanderling

Lapwing


Sunday, 26 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 26th March


Misty and murky first thing but with very light winds, I opened the nets at Holland first thing and almost immediately caught 2 Long-eared Owls – a male and female, very distinctive from each other but didn’t catch anything else at all!   A Woodcock flushed out of the garden but didn’t get caught.
                I then walked round the Bridesness census route as the weather slowly cleared; there was nothing really new but good numbers of birds were around including 34 Snow Buntings (a flock of 32 which flew towards The Links and two on the beach at Brides), 25+ Meadow Pipits, a good 18 Great-northern Divers counted on flat seas along with 15 Long-tailed Ducks, 4 Pintail and 4 Gadwall along with big numbers of birds feeding on a hatch of flies and mounds of seaweed on Brides Beach including 14+ Pied Wagtails, 12+ Rock Pipits, 800+ Starlings, 60 Purple Sandpipers and 120 Turnstone.
                Also of note was an interesting duck on the sea feeding with Wigeon which was probably a drake hybrid Wigeon x American Wigeon.
                There were new birds in the afternoon with the first Sparrowhawk of the spring which flew past the Obs and the first Goldcrest of the spring which I caught at Holland along with a female Chaffinch and a Woodpigeon while 2 Rooks flew over.


Female (top) and male (bottom) Long-eared Owl





Snow Buntings


Hybrid Wigeon x American Wigeon

Saturday, 25 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 25th March


A similar day to yesterday, breezy and overcast and like yesterday there wasn’t too much around the Obs census route with a Merlin chasing a Skylark – which was singing his heart out as he was being chased just to show how tough he was the highlight!   Other birds included 3 Red-throated Divers, 2 Robins, a Redwing, 2 Woodpigeons still at Holland, 4 Pied Wagtails, 35+ Skylarks and 40+ mixed Linnets and Twite.













Tysties were back in action ashore today despite the rough weather

Friday, 24 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 24th March


Breezy, cold and overcast throughout the day with the highlight being the first Rook of the year which flew past the Obs at lunchtime as I was on my way to do the north end in the afternoon where birds included a corking, summer plumaged male Snow Bunting by the lighthouse, 2 Great-northern Divers, a Redwing and 7 Pied Wagtails.



Stonking male Snow Bunting

Linnet from Holland House yesterday

Thursday, 23 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 23rd March


A glorious, sunny day albeit with the very cold breeze remaining; the nets at Holland first thing just produced single Linnet and Reed Bunting before a walk round E census was unfortunately still quiet with just a Great-northern Diver, 4 Snow Buntings, 2 Robins, 3 Redwings, 5 Pied Wagtails and 5 Herons of note.


Drumming Snipe


Common Gulls are getting aggressive even though they haven't really started breeding yet

Nearly a Rock Dove


Pied Wagtail

Lapwing

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 22nd March

Once the early morning snow and hail showers had past it was a fairly pleasant day, albeit with a very cold northerly breeze; the west coast census route was very quiet though with only 9 Red-throated Divers on the sea of note.

Meadow Pipit


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 21st March


A much nicer day with very light winds and only a little bit of rain in the morning to spoil things; a Grey Wagtail, a noticeable increase of 21 Meadow Pipits, a male Stonechat at the school and a Song Thrush were the passerine highlights of the C census route while much calmer seas produced counts of 9+ Great-northern Divers, 5 Red-throated Divers, 23 Long-tailed Ducks and 8 Red-breasted Mergansers.   Also of note was an increased count of 49 Sanderling on The Links and a group of 6 Whooper Swans on the pool behind The Links wall which included a 1st winter.

                A smart adult male Merlin came in off the sea at the pier in the afternoon while a new 1st winter male Peregrine flew over Holland while we had the nets open – which produced 4 Blackbirds and a Linnet.


Whooper Swans

Stonechat

Shoveler


Purple Sandpipers