Wednesday, 28 June 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 28th June


Nice and sunny through the day again but with a chilly NE breeze; in the morning we went out and caught four of the six Shelducklings on Gretchen (an overdue ringing tick!) with now 3 Red-necked Phalaropes on the loch and more excitingly, a very recently fledged Dunlin flushed from Loch Park, confirming breeding for only the second time on the island!

                I then walked round the northern census route in the afternoon where birds included some good wader numbers including 92 Knot, 151 Turnstone, 9 Golden Plover, 20 Dunlin and 30 Bar-tailed Godwits while other things of note comprised a Heron, 8 Teal and a 1st summer Arctic Skua over Scottigar.   The day’s highlight came mid-afternoon though when I cycled back to get good views of smart adult PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER feeding with c80 Golden Plover in Loch Park.


Record shots of the Pacific Golden Plover - the top one was with my camera and the bottom one was with my phone through a scope



Fledgling Dunlin

Shelducklings




NORTH RONALDSAY - 27th June

Another beautiful day, calm and sunny but the nets were empty at Holland first thing before a look at Gretchen produced now 2 Red-necked Phalaropes feeding away frantically.   I then had a cruise around at high tide to a few sites which produced 75 Knot, 65 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling and a Red-breasted Merganser.


Wheatear


Black Guillemot

Drake Eiders are now in moult

Ringed Plover


Monday, 26 June 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 26th June

A glorious day with light winds and plenty of warm sunshine; a Swallow was the only bird caught at Holland first thing before a walk round Ancum and Westness produced a few Greylags and Black-headed Gulls plus a young Mallard.   Birds up the west coast census route in the afternoon then included another stunning female Red-necked Phalarope on Gretchen (this one showed amazingly well on the near shore!), a Whimbrel in Kirki Park West and 60 Turnstone while I ringed five Oystercatcher chicks.





Red-necked Phalarope

Bonxie on the attack

Curlew


Wheatear


NORTH RONALDSAY - 25th June

Still windy first thing but it gradually eased off through the day, birds on the Hooking census route included 3 summer plumaged Black-tailed Godwits, 96 Turnstone and 10 Golden Plover involving some new returning birds as were probably the 14 Wigeon and 10 Gadwall on the loch.   Other birds of note comprised a Great-northern Diver, a Woodpigeon, 14 Sand Martins and an impressive 157+ Black-headed Gull fledglings around the loch. 


Fledgling Meadow Pipit

Fledgling Linnet


Black-headed Gull


Saturday, 24 June 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 24th June


A really rough day with an increasing westerly wind reaching force 7-8 by the afternoon with the occasional shower making things difficult in the field; a Great-northern Diver was in Nouster before a half-hearted look around Brides produced 17 Knot and a few Turnstone and Sanderling but not much else!


Oystercatchers were busy collecting food for their chicks

but got a hard time from everyone!


from Arctic Skuas







Common Gulls


and Black-headed Gulls

Friday, 23 June 2017

NORTH RONALDSAY - 22nd June


Overcast but calm first thing but it brightened to become a glorious, warm, sunny afternoon; nets at Holland first thing produced a Mealy Redpoll and a control Willow Warbler (I recognised the ring number and a quick text revealed it to have been ringed on Fair Isle on 16th June) with the Black-throated Diver again in Nouster.   Birds along the northern census route later then included a House Martin, 46 Knot, at least 70 1st summer Arctic Terns around Bewan and in the colonies (seemingly many more than usual), a Whimbrel and a Great-northern Diver offshore.

                We then counted the Arctic Tern nests from Bewan round to the foghorn and along Iris Taing where they were at a range of stages from eggs to medium sized chicks plus four Ringed Plover nests.



Mealy Redpoll

Wheatear fledgling

Redshank


Arctic Tern nest and chicks

Ringed Plover nest

NORTH RONALDSAY - 21st June


Overcast with a brisk SE wind but the middle census route was quiet with (as befitting the season) hardly any migrants; 2 Swifts were overhead while waders included 32 Knot, 2 Golden Plover and 26 Dunlin at Westness where there was also a flying juvenile Redshank and 9 juvenile Black-headed Gulls.




This Dunlin was displaying in Gue Park but I think he was just a lone male without a mate

Moorhen chick

Blackbird with food