Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Latest sightings

Today, an immature male Wigeon in East Ham. Yesterday, 2 Lapland Buntings on south shore of West Ham. Other sightings over the last couple of weeks include 2 Willow Warblers behind the bothy, small groups of up to 6 White Wagtails, 2 Common Sandpiper in West Ham, Green Sandpiper on the North Loch and regular sightings Grey Heron, with a maximum of 4 recorded. Within the last month, Spotted Redshank, Greenshank and Ruff have also been sighted.

Most of the breeding seabirds are long gone, with most Tysties and Arctic Skuas having disappeared from the island in the last week or so. Large groups of young Tysties and Shags are sitting just offshore every day. There are still good numbers of Bonxies hanging around, Fulmars are fledging and, of course, Alamooties (stormies) are still breeding. Most are now rearing a chick, but several are still incubating. Wheatears, Snipe and Skylarks seem to be everywhere, along with several small flocks of Twite. Along the shoreline, there are lots of Redshank, Turnstone, Ringed Plovers and Oystercatcher with regular sightings of Knot.