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Tuesday 7 May 2013

Recent Sightings 27 April - 4 May 2013

Received from Chris Baillie -

April 27th -29th was mostly dominated by northerly winds, cool and cloudy. The large number of Willow Warblers ringed earlier in the week were soon gone, replaced by a slow but steady trickle to the end of our stay on May 4th.  Nights became clear, and few migrants stayed long. Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Sedge, Reed and Grasshopper Warblers were noted in single figures. Hirundine passage was modest, one Redstart but no Flycatchers or Swifts were seen, whilst Siskin, Goldfinch, Linnet and Meadow Pipit flocks were small and few. Wheatears (with a small proportion of Greenland) kept up a steady flow, and some began to assert territories. Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Robin, Starling, Wren and Linnet were all noted food-carrying. Singles of Dunlin and Turnstone were seen over the Landing Bay, Whimbrel were recorded most days, and one of two Great Northern Divers remained for several days. The highlight was a female Goshawk over the terraces on May 2nd.

Highest count for Puffins was 67 on May 2nd and probably represented more than 70. Later that day 150 Shags congregated around Common Dolphins off the West Side, but then did not follow them. Only a handful of other seabirds joined the gathering, although plenty were within sight.

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