Monday, 21 June 2021

21st June 2021

 Weather:  E force 1, later in the afternoon ENE 2   mostly cloudy

Two Peregrines were on the sand towards Red Rocks, while the Kestrel was still on the island today. Both juvenile Blackbirds were seen, and the Whitethroat was still about the paddocks, although as elusive as ever to the attention of any cameras. 

 Two visiting Goldfinches dropped briefly into the gardens.

There has been very few waders present as expected at this time, but 2 Redshank called and flew up the west side today and there were 4 Curlew noted, more returning waders are likely to be here very soon. Two Gannets and 18 Sandwich Terns were the only sea birds. Five Little Egrets showed and a Grey Heron roosted on Middle, while just the female Eider was noted. Four Shelduck have been here recently, in addition today 6 and then 10 flew west early on. Five Rock Pipits were recorded today and of course the pair of Pied Wagtails are still here.

  Among the flowers out this morning was Sheep's-bit Scabious.

photos AS

Saturday, 19 June 2021

19th June 2021

A dawn start for the tide was rewarded with our 17th Treecreeper record. The bird was ringed and an exciting find for June. 

A pair of Sandwich Tern spent the tide displaying at the south end of the main island. 


A single Swift flew south and 6 Canada Geese headed east.

photos AEH 

Friday, 18 June 2021

18th June 2021

Weather:  N force 4

Just a male Eider showing this morning, while that other regular this summer, the Whitethroat still sings. The Kestrel was here as were 4 Little Egrets, a Grey Heron and a small number of terns. All the island breeding birds were about the island today, including 4 Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails, but the moth trap from last night proved unproductive (list below) after the wind turned northerly and cool overnight.

photo CJW

Thursday, 17 June 2021

17th June 2021

Weather: NW force 2/3

A Raven made another appearance on the island, they have been seen regularly over the last few months. The pair of Eider are still here, as is the singing Whitehroat. After a spell of Canada Goose records, a single was recorded again today. A single Swift was the sole 'migrant' visitor and as usual in mid-summer just 18 Common and 6 Sandwich Terns were feeding. The West Hoyle bank at low tide hosted 1,400 Herring Gulls, with other counts of 20 Lesser Black-backs, 6 Great Black-backs, 4 Common Gulls and a single Black-headed Gull. The Kestrel was on the island, as were at least 8 Short-tailed Field Voles that had evaded it. Seven Little Egrets were among the shore birds today, also 2 Grey Herons.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

15th June 2021

 Weather: SW force 1, SE 3 by noon, sunny

The breeding birds were busy around the islands, the Swallows are still both on eggs and the Pied Wagtails were busy getting food for their brood.

Young Linnets have been about for a while now, but it was pleasing to ring a juvenile Meadow Pipit this morning.

The pair of Eider were still loafing on the rocks.

Over 200 Grey Seals were counted on the west hoyle, not so many as would be expected at this time a few years ago.

Five Little Egrets were in the gutter (one had left before the picture was taken). 

The Whitethroat was still present, as were 4 Rock Pipits. Quite a few butterflies and moths flew today in the sunshine, also Common Darter and this rarer Broad-bodied Chaser on the trap wiring.

 Ringed: 4 Linnets, 1 Meadow Pipit

Photos JE

Sunday, 13 June 2021

13th June 2021

 Weather:  SE cloudy, warm early morning

A typically quiet June morning with female Eider, Peregrine, Swallows and Whitethroat.

Two hundred Grey Seal hauled out on the West Hoyle was a good count.

photos AEH

12th June 2021

 Weather: WNW force 3  cool breeze at first

A quiet day with limited coverage produced very little in the way of bird records. A group of 10 Canada Geese flew between the islands and south down the Dee. At the north end there was a slight surprise of an additional female Eider on show, which was associating with a male, while the regular female sat alone on the whaleback, interestingly the pair were sitting apart yesterday. A female Kestrel flew low into the main island where the Whitethroat still sings enthusiastically. Waders were particularly scarce at low tide, only a couple of hundred Oystercatchers were recorded. The moth catch from last night yielded (in order): Marbled Coronet, Common Swift, Buff Tip, Grey Pug, Shears, Garden Carpet, Green Carpet, Brown Silver Line

 photos CJW