Friday, December 17, 2010
In very snowy conditions today there was a flock of 86 Snow Buntings and 6 Lapland Buntings in the stubble field near Nether Linnay, 37 Skylarks were feeding around the cattle feeders on Sandar and the Kirbest finch flock contained atleast 30 Twite, 7 Linnet and 3 Mealy Redpoll.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
A pretty quite period with the best being; a Grey Phalarope on the 1st, the Slavonian Grebe was on ancum to atleast the 9th, the Short-toed Lark was seen on the 1st and 3rd, a Firecrest on the 8th was only the 4th island record. Maximum counts of thrushes were 133 Fieldfare and 116 Redwing on the 2nd and 62 Blackbird on the 9th. 138 Snow Bunting on the 1st was the highest count and a Goldfinch was seen on the 9th.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
2 pale-bellied Brent Geese were seen and good counts of 20 Gadwall and 19 Tufted Duck were returned. A single Black-tailed Godwit was quite late and 2 Little Auk flew past the north end. 81 Meadow and 16 Rock Pipit were counted, 15 Waxwing ( of which 11 were ringed ) and a Black Redstart were seen. 14 Lapland Bunting and 90 Snow Bunting ( 4 were trapped ) were seen.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
A four hour seawatch in the morning produced 372 Fulmar, 19 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Manx Shearwater, 437 Gannet, 5 Long-tailed Duck, 4 Great Skua, 751 Kittiwake, 9 Little Auk and 90 Auk sp. Away from the sea there was a juvenile Glaucous Gull, a Dunnock and 3 Blackcaps.
Friday, October 22, 2010
2 Sooty Shearwaters were the only thing of note on a seawatch. 7 Whooper Swan were the highest count so far and the best of the ducks were 3 Long-tailed Duck and 10 Red-breasted Merganser. An adult Iceland and a juvenile Glaucous Gull were seen, a Waxwing was outside the observatory and a Mistle Thrush was at the north end. 13 Mealy Redpoll were near Kirbest, 102 Lapland Bunting and an impressive 668 Snow Bunting were counted.
Monday, October 18, 2010
6 Red-throated and 3 Great Nothern Diver were an increase on recent numbers while 14 Long-tailed Duck and 3 Common Scoter were on the sea. Another Rough-legged Buzzard flew south through the island at 1045 and a juvenile Iceland Gull was at Bewan. A Short-toed Lark was near Neven and finches included 41 Brambling and 30 Common Redpoll. 52 Lapland Bunting were around the island and an impressive count of 454 Snow Bunting was made.
A hours seawatch in the afternoon produced 82 Sooty Shearwater, Tufted Duck had increased to 11. A Rough-legged Buzzard flew south at 1310; was it the bird that we believe roosted on the island last night? A Little Gull was near Westness, a Woodpigeon was seen and a Richards Pipit was behind the surgery. The only warblers were 3 Blackcap and a Mistle Thrush was seen.