Friday, 31 July 2009

26th - 30th July

Waders have typically seen an increase in recent days with counts of 200 sanderling, 57 ringed plover, 50 dunlin, 9 bar-tailed godwit, 2 purple sandpiper and a greenshank and 2 black-tailed Godwit recently on Gretchen Loch.
Other sightings included 9 manx shearwater on 26th, 2 crossbill on 27th, a juvenile hen harrier and 3 swift on 29th plus 37 storm petrel and 4 leach's petrel trapped overnight, and the quail continued to sing by Holland.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

25th July

The summering chiffchaff was re-trapped at Holland, the quail was singing nearby and a basking shark was feeding off Bridesness.

24th July

A whimbrel and green sandpiper were seen at the north end, the quail was heard again by Holland and just 1 crossbill remained at the airfield. In the evening the pectoral sandpiper re-appeared on Gretchen Loch. 48 storm petrel and an impressive 6 leach's petrel were trapped overnight.

23rd July

A slight increase in wader numbers today with 38 dunlin, including the first juveniles, 13 knot, 115 turnstones and a green sandpiper. The quail was singing by Holland were the red-backed shrike was still present and 2 collared dove also. 2 crossbill were at the airfield and a swift and grey heron were seen.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

22nd July

Both the red-backed shrike and quail were still by Holland, a kestrel was at Westness and 2 collared dove at Kirbest. Waders in the south of the island included singles of ruff, greenshank, whimbrel and green sandpiper, and 2 crossbill were noted.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

21st July

The red-backed shrike was again in Holland garden and the quail was heard singing. A crossbill was by the airfield and 8 storm petrel and 4 manx shearwater were seen on a seawatch.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

20th July

A male crossbill was at the airfield, a whimbrel was at Rue and other bits included a red-throated diver, a collared dove and 35 sanderling.

Monday, 20 July 2009

19th July

A female red-backed shrike at and around Holland was an unexpected arrival, the quail was heard singing again in Mid Park. 8 whimbrel flew south, a common sandpiper was by the seawatch hide and singles of crossbill and chiffchaff were seen.

18th July

11 sanderling were on the Links, 5 crossbill flew over Twingness and a grey heron was seen.

Friday, 17 July 2009

17th July

Very little coverage today but an adult pectoral sandpiper was on Gretchen Loch in the evening.

16th July

A quail was singing again in fields south of Holland, a minimum of 3 swift were seen and a great northern diver flew along the west coast.

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

15th July

Mist lingered throughout the day and the only notable sighting was of 2 crossbill over the observatory.

14th July

New waders on Gretchen Loch included a summer plumage curlew sandpiper, 3 knot and 2 greenshank, whilst the nightjar was seen again at Holland. Seen at sea were a manx shaerwater and 2 storm petrels.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

13th July

12 manx shearwater and a risso's dolphin were seen at sea in the morning and at Holland were the nightjar, a chiffchaff and a crossbill. A grey heron flew over Twinyas and a kestrel was at the north end.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

12th July

A leach's petrel was the highlight of near 3 hours seawatching, with 41 manx shearwater also. The nightjar remains at Holland House and 2 crossbill and a swift were seen.













For the first time ever on North Ronaldsay a pair of sand martins successfully bred on the coast at Hooking, fledging one young.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

11th July

330 fulmar, 2 storm petrel and 23 manx shearwater were all seen on hour seawatch at the north end, 12 crossbill were at Greenwall and another at Holland. The male nightjar at Holland was trapped in the afternoon.

10th July

A grey heron was at Hooking and in Holland were a chiffchaff and a crossbill.

9th July

The male nightjar was still in Holland garden, 2 crossbills were at the Observatory and an hour seawatch produced 6 manx shearwater, 243 fulmar and 194 gannet.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

8th July

Amazingly, Monday's nightjar was again seen at Holland, 43 crossbills were mostly confined to the airfield area and a grey heron was at Hooking.

7th July

2 manx shearwater were seen from the north end, a hobby shot through Loch Park in the afternoon and a whimbrel flew over the Obs', whilst today's crossbill total was 28.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

6th July

42 crossbills were mostly by the Airfield and Kirbest, the golden plover flock had near doubled to 617 and a grey heron and manx shearwater were seen. The biggest surprise of the day though was of a male nightjar at Holland late evening.
A total of 18 storm petrel and 1 leach's petrel were trapped overnight.

Monday, 6 July 2009

5th July

2 purple sandpiper were by the Pier, 2 knot on Gretchen Loch and 331 golden plover in East Loch Park. A chiffchaff and 3 collared doves were at Holland, the collective total for crossbill was 40 and 4 swift were overhead.
17 storm petrel and a leach's petrel were trapped overnight.

4th July

A single manx shearwater and storm petrel were seen from the north end and the curlew sandpiper and 2 black-tailed godwit were on Gretchen Loch. However, the main event of the day was an impressive count of 144 crossbills, of which 114 flew through south.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

3rd July

A male common rosefinch was singing at Holland in the morning, and a curlew sandpiper was on Gretchen Loch with 16 dunlin.

Friday, 3 July 2009

2nd July

A curlew sandpiper and 16 dunlin were on Gretchen Loch and the golden plover flock now stands at 156. A chiffchaff was at Holland, and also seen were a swift and 3 crossbill.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

1st July

17 swifts were over the Observatory and single crossbills were at Loch Park and the Airfield. A whimbrel was at the north end and 2 little tern were in Nouster Bay.

30th June

3 knot, a black-tailed godwit and 19 dunlin were on Gretchen Loch, 3 collared doves were at Holland and a chiffchaff at the Surgery. Over Hooking were 3 sand martins and 3 red-breasted merganser were seen.