Sunday, 8 July 2018

NORTH RONALDSAY - 8th July


A brisk westerly breeze with some mist, drizzle and murk coming in and out through the morning, I had a good seawatch from 09:00 which included 104 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Storm Petrels and 768 Puffins in amongst big numbers of birds feeding offshore, most notably 23+ Arctic Skuas (although it was impossible to count them properly as they were shooting around all over the place!).


Some big Arctic Tern chicks were ringed at Sangar

NORTH RONALDSAY - 7th July

Still bright and sunny with a moderate SW wind; a Marsh Harrier flew south over Gretchen and out to sea first thing (I only saw it as it was over the sea, halfway to Sanday) before a walk round the Hooking census route produced 67 Redshank, a fledgling Shoveler on the loch, 15 Bar-tailed Godwits and a further increase to at least 185 fledgling Black-headed Gulls dotted around.   There wasn’t much else through the day although a brief look at Bewan late afternoon produced a fine male Ruff and the Common Tern again.




Ruff







Black-headed Gull fledglings practising


NORTH RONALDSAY - 6th July


Bright and sunny again with a decreasing SW wind; a few waders at Westness included 39+ Purple Sandpipers, 14 Turnstone and 37 Redshank before a look around the top end produced the first Common Tern of the year on Bewan with an increasing number of Arctic Terns, 270+ Kittiwakes and 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls.



Common Tern with the Arctics






and yet more Arctic Terns

NORTH RONALDSAY - 5th July


Bright and sunny with a brisk westerly breeze; a Spotted Flycatcher in Holland was an unusual July record before a look around Brides produced a female Garganey on the loch (no sign of any chicks though) and a Sandwich Tern with the small group of Arctic Terns roosting on the point.   A smart male Ruff on Gretchen in the afternoon was the first returning bird.



Garden Tiger - probably the second for North Ron!

Spectacle

Beautiful Golden Y

Antler



and some arty Arctic Terns

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

NORTH RONALDSAY - 4th July


Light easterlies with thick fog drifting in during the morning; a big flock of 62 Redshank were around Hooking along with plenty of fledgling Black-headed Gulls (142 counted a few days ago) while 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and 10 Golden Plover on The Links were seen in the fog and the first Fulmar chicks had hatched by Hooking.   A seawatch in the afternoon then produced the first Sooty Shearwater of the year, 7 Manx Shearwaters, a Storm Petrel and 475 Puffins.


Ghost Moth

NORTH RONALDSAY - 3rd July


Another fine day, warm and sunny; a decent flock of 45 Purple Sandpipers at Trinley represented the first returning birds while the Heron was still on Ancum along with 30 Redshank, a Black-tailed Godwit and a drake Wigeon.




Purple Sandpipers

Great Black-backed Gulls

NORTH RONALDSAY - 2nd July

Light westerly winds and plenty of sunshine produced a faded breeding plumaged adult Grey Plover in fields near Torness with a Golden Plover and one of the Gue Park Fieldfares still present, having a bath with a flock of Starlings and looking extremely worn and tatty.   We then ringed some decent sized Arctic Tern chicks on Torness and some medium sized Black Guillemot chicks along the coast there.



Arctic Skua seeing off the Raven pair


Meadow Pipit having a fluff and preen