Tuesday, 22 May 2018

NORTH RONALDSAY - 20th May


A quiet day with the nets first thing just producing a single new Sedge Warbler (but it was a bit windy really) while a Sparrowhawk was flying around the gardens and 2 Goldfinches were at the Obs.   After a drive up to Torness to get good views of a smart female Dotterel the Brides census route was devoid of any migrants really!



Black-tailed Godwit


Male and female Linnet

Bonxie

Shoveler

Sunday, 20 May 2018

NORTH RONALDSAY - 19th May


Still nice and sunny but the southerly wind picked up through the day becoming pretty strong by the afternoon; opened the nets first thing with the definite highlight being an awesome female Nightjar flushed from the Flax corner straight into a net, other birds included 2 Chiffchaffs and a Sedge Warbler while a female Black Redstart was in the Kirkyard.   The rest of the Obs census route was fairly quiet with single Goldfinch and Siskin round the Obs and the pair of Garganey, 30 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Gretchen.











Too many pictures of the Nightjar

Common Gull seeing off a Raven

Kittiwake

Linnet

Black Redstart

Saturday, 19 May 2018

NORTH RONALDSAY - 18th May


Another lovely day, extremely calm with varying cloud cover; it turned out to be a decent day in the field with the highlights being a Great White Egret on Ancum, twitched in the morning but still present in the afternoon (only the 4th island record!) and a cracking female Hawfinch I caught in Holland a bit later.   I also caught a Blackcap, a Willow Warbler and a Collared Dove in Holland.

                The definite highlight of the northern census route was a pod of at least 6 ORCAS off the seawatch hide which showed well but distantly as they moved off south and out; birds included a Wood Sandpiper on Garso, 4 Tree Sparrows, also at Garso, 4 Chiffchaffs, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Common Redpolls (I guess they were anyway but they were almost Lesser-like), an influx of 11 Lesser Black-backed Gulls and at least 12 Bonxies following a fishing boat.

                The pod of Orcas reappeared later in the afternoon and I saw them distantly off Gretchen as they headed west and out; there were a pair of Garganey on Gretchen along with 4 Black-tailed Godwits and at least 8 Great-northern Divers offshore on flat calm seas.



Hawfinch

Wood Sandpiper



Redpoll sp.

NORTH RONALDSAY - 17th May


Not much to mention, walked the west coast with a pair of Garganey and the Kumlien’s Gull on Gretchen and a nice selection of waders at Lenswick including 19 Knot.





Raven









Turnstone

Ringed Plover



Sanderling




Knot

Friday, 18 May 2018

NORTH RONALDSAY - 16th May

Yet another stunning, sunny, cloudless day but with a cold westerly breeze to take the edge off; there were few migrants around the middle census route as totals comprised 3 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, a Whitethroat, a late Goldcrest, a Goldfinch behind Antabreck, a Siskin and a flyover Redpoll sp.   Other birds included an excellent flock of 95 Bar-tailed Godwits on Ancum where the Whooper Swan lingers on and 12 Knot at Westness.

                There was a pair of Garganey on Gretchen in the afternoon before the days highlight of a smart Nightingale caught at Holland in the evening.


Nightingale

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