Another beautiful, calm, sunny day with the nets at Holland first thing producing a surprise juvenile Goldcrest – it hadn’t quiet finished its post-juvenile moult so presumably was a dispersing Orkney bred bird. Also around the garden were 2 Swifts, a Willow Warbler and a Mealy Redpoll and cycling back down the road I found a nearly full grown Dunlin chick, giving proof of a second pair successfully breeding in Loch Park / East Loch Park.
The Black-throated Diver was again in the bay before a walk up the west coast in the afternoon produced a young male Merlin – the first of the autumn, 8 Whimbrel and 3 Knot.
Arctic Skua chick is now flying!
Watch out for Bonxies still though!
and Wheatear juveniles