bright day after heavy rain first thing had moved through, with a strong and
increasing SW wind, I had a little seawatch first thing with 4 Sooty
Shearwaters and a Storm Petrel of note.The Obs census route (as the rest of the island) was quiet with very
brief views of yesterday’s Barred
Warbler in Holland, a Reed Warbler in a small patch of Irises by the Crow
Trap and 3 Willow Warblers the migrant highlights.
A dry day, mainly cloudy with a moderate easterly breeze;
the day’s highlight was great views of a smart BLYTH’S REED WARBLER which showed well at Sandback, sometimes
alongside a Reed Warbler (the first
of the autumn).Didn’t really stick to
any census route through the day and birds included the Greenish Warbler still round the Obs, 2 Whinchats, 7 Willow
Warblers, 2 Greenshank, 29 Black-tailed Godwits, a Whimbrel, 3 Ruff, 2 Wigeon,
22 Teal and 5 Herons – a bit of a disappointing day in a way, loads of slogging
around for not much reward!
After a wild, wet and windy night it was oddly calm and
dry at dawn, so I took advantage of the weather window and had about two hours
at Holland where I caught a cracking GREENISH
WARBLERon the first round while other birds there included 2 Tree Pipits over (the first of the
autumn), 7+ Willow Warblers, a Garden Warbler and a Kestrel.
hours of solid rain then moved in during which I walked round the Hooking
census route where birds included another Tree Pipit at The Mill, a single
Pintail on the loch, 19 Teal, a Grey Plover on The Links, 15 Black-tailed
Godwits, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Ruff and 20 Sand MartinsThe afternoon was drier but there was little
else in the rest of the Hooking census route but we all went up to Torness to
get great views of a smart juvenile Dotterel
running around (thought we’d missed out on that this year!) while a Short-eared
Owl floated around Nether Linnay.
easterly wind with thick cloud and rain coming in late afternoon had
expectations high but the Brides census route was still quiet in the windy
conditions before the rain moved in with 3 Willow Warblers and my first Garden Warbler of the autumn the only
grounded migrants; there were few other birds but they included 2 Black-tailed
Godwits in amongst the usual waders.
glorious day with wall to wall sunshine and a faint NW breeze which had swung
round into the east by the afternoon, the northern census route was quiet for
new stuff with just a Willow Warbler at Senness to mention but it was high tide
so some good roosting wader counts included 317 Turnstone, 41 Purple
Sandpipers, 60 Dunlin, 90 Redshank, 4 Black-tailed Godwits and 13 Bar-tailed
A damp start but it dried out to produce a bright day
with a brisk NW wind which eased off through the day to become pretty calm by
the evening; had a good slog round the middle census route with 8 Black-tailed
Godwits at Westness the only birds of note until I was cycling back when there
was a Willow Warbler at Burray and a Short-eared
Owl high over Laird’s Park.