Short-eared Owl over the house this morning being mobbed by just about everything - Gulls, Crows, Oystercatchers, Starlings and Meadow Pipits. Also a Song Thrush on the patch was a year-tick. The Lesser Whitethroat is still in the garden with a Willow Warbler. Short-eared Owl.
Another day on the patch with a fine year-tick of Sandwich Tern on the Loch, arsing about with the Common Gulls and Kittwakes. Elsewhere just 8 Swallows, a Sand Martin, a Willow Warbler and a Chiffchaff.
This balloon was floating about on the beach in front of the house, the nearest SCS to Scatness is in Dundee - 269 miles away - drift migration in action !
On June 7th last year 4 Common Cranes flew over the patch and then later in the day I found a couple of 'borealis' Eider in West Voe (link here). Today I found a drake 'borealis' Eider in West Voe and later 2 Common Cranes flew over ther house - DEJA VU !!! Elsewhere on the patch there was 3 Willow Warblers, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martins, a Swallow and 2 Chiffchaffs.
Thrashing about on the patch, and it was clear that last nights south-easterly had worked a little bit, with 2 Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler in the garden, a Whitethroat in among the stone walls, a male Pintail on the loch and a Common Tern near Moast Beach.
Late afternoon was big bonus time, with a text from Mr Fray saying that there was a 1st summer Med Gull behind his house, unfortunatly it was asleep. Got the 'scope set up on the flock from the top of the garden and after about 20 minutes the bird woke up (thank you Mr Bonxie !) and started preening - house tick 181 in the bag ! Chiffchaff. Common Tern. Pintail.
The day started with adult Glaucous Gull and 1st year Iceland Gull both in front of the house, after this went right out to the tip of Scatness with the sole intent of year-ticking Guillemot (long overdue), sea-watched for about 10 minutes until a flock of 12 flew past (that's enough sea-watching for this year !) and the added a bonus bird in the shape of 3 Sand Martins around the cliffs. Elsewhere around the patch there was 5 Swallows, a White Wagtail and a Chiffchaff.
The highlight of the day was the return of the Bonxies, with at least 2 kicking about in the bay, also on the patch - the ad Glaucous Gull was on the Loch (until the coastguard helicopter scattered everything !), the Robin is still in the garden (it's been present since last November), and a single Fieldfare around the stone walls. Great Skua.Oystercatcher.Robin.Fieldfare.