Seawatching again featured through the day and provided the days birding highlight in the form of a very close great shearwater, plus totals of 1827 fulmar, 20 sooty and 161 manx shearwater, 111 storm petrel, 380 gannet and 199 kittiwake. After a distant sighting early morning a pod of 4 killer whales spent over an hour seemingly playing around Seal Skerry before heading out northwest. A garden warbler and 2 willow warbler were at Holland, with 3 more of the latter elsewhere, an unstreaked acrocephalus warbler was seen briefly in the Obs' kale crop and 8 crossbills were at Westness. Other sightings included 3 ruff by the school, 3 black-tailed godwit and 5 whimbrel.
Sunday, 30 August 2009
Migrant passerines were still thin on the ground with a willow warbler and a pied flycatcher at Holland and 3 crossbill, and waders included a black-tailed godwit, 3 ruff and 53 knot. The day became much more exciting at lunchtime when 4 killer whales spent a short while off the north end, and the totals of 5 hours seawatching are as follows; 314 gannet, 1253 fulmar, 5 sooty and 109 manx shearwater, 165 storm petrel, 1444 kittiwake, 18 great skua, and 5 whimbrel came in. Other sighting included a single great northern and 2 red-throated divers, 690 golden plover and a grey heron.
Friday, 28 August 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Mist netting at Holland produced 2 garden warbler and 2 willow warbler, with 2 more of the latter elsewhere. Whinchats were seen at Kirbest and Senness, a barred warbler was at the Shop and a sedge warbler was in the Obs' crop. Notable waders consisted of 3 greenshank, a green sandpiper and the grey plover still at Haskie. Also seen were 5 white wagtails, 2 crossbill, a swift and 5 sand martin.
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
A handful of migrants today included 4 willow warbler, 2 whinchat, a crossbill and the first pied flycatcher of the autumn were at Breck. 9 black-tailed godwit and 2 grey heron were at Ancum, 3 whimbrel flew through and a swift was by Hooking. The grey plover, 150 sanderling and 136 ringed plover were on the Links.
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
A whinchat was in East Loch Park, a willow warbler was by the Obs', a crossbill flew over and a chiffchaff was trapped at Holland. A corncrake was later flushed near Gretchen Hide, the grey plover was still in Linklet Bay and a barred warbler was at Southness.
Monday, 24 August 2009
An early fieldfare in the morning was quite unexpected, a greenshank was on Bewan Loch and the cuckoo was at Rue. Things picked up a little in the afternoon with 2 garden warbler at Ancum, a sedge warbler at the Obs' and a light southerly passage of crossbills, 29 in total. The first barred warbler of the autumn was at Kirbest in the evening and a whinchat appeared in the obs' crop. A grey plover was in Linklet Bay, a noticeable increase in wildfowl included 103 wigeon and 7 pintail on Ancum Loch and singles of merlin and hen harrier were seen. Other counts included 2 each of whimbrel and black-tailed godwit, a swift, 2 white wagtail, 307 meadow pipit and a willow warbler.
Sunday, 23 August 2009
Saturday, 22 August 2009
A distinct increase in migrant wheatears and meadow pipits today with 150 and 147 respectively, and alba wagtails were more abundant including at least 4 white wagtails. Notable waders included a whimbrel, 2 black-tailed godwit and a count of 47 snipe is the highest total this autumn. The buzzard was still present as were the 2 crossbills and 2 willow warblers were present.
A selection of raptors today included most notably a common buzzard, plus single merlin, kestrel and peregrine. The 7 ruff were still with the golden plover flock, a greenshank was seen and in Nouster Bay were 205 sanderling. 2 crossbill and a swift were seen by the Obs' and 3 collared doves were at Holland.
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
Sunday, 16 August 2009
Seawatching provided most of the days interest with notably 40 manx shearwater, 3 sooty shearwater, 35 storm petrel, 548 fulmar and 174 gannet in an hour. A merlin was at Rue, a ruff and greenshank were on Gretchen Loch and willow warblers were at the Obs' and Holland.
Friday, 14 August 2009
2 juvenile hen harrier and 5 water rails were seen at Ancum Loch, a ruff and a black-tailed godwit were on Gretchen and the collective total for dunlin was 101. A willow warbler was at the Surgery and 9 swift were over the Obs' late evening. Also seen were 2 grey heron and 2 whimbrel.
Sunday, 9 August 2009
3 ruff and black-tailed godwit were on Gretchen were a peregrine flew through and a green sandpiper was flushed from the coast by The Lurn. 2 whimbrel were at West Beach, 843 golden plover is the highest count this summer and 2 collared dove and 3 willow warbler were seen.
The first sooty shearwater of the summer was seen passing the north end, along with 4 manx shearwater and 12 storm petrel. Willow warblers were at the Surgery and in the obs' crop, first of the autumn, and 2 swift flew over. Other bits included 87 ringed plover, 4 whimbrel and a single greenshank.
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
The wood sandpiper was still on Bewan Loch and other waders included 21 purple sandpiper at Gue Geo, 4 whimbrel , an 2 ruff and a black-tailed godwit on Gretchen Loch. 2 grey heron were at Tor Ness and the autumn's first garden warbler was at Nether Linnay.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Saturday, 1 August 2009
A pretty blustery day with few birds but for a passage of puffins at the north end with 1771 in an hour, meanwhile kittiwakes trickled south along the west coast with 218. Elsewhere 20 bar-tailed godwit and 2 whimbrel were by the Shop and 3 collared doves flew past Twinyas.