Warm and calm on the 12th but largely overcast and the combination of the time of year and our focus being more on breeding birds it was quiet for new arrivals although 6 Golden Plover represented the first returning individuals while 65 Sanderling and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits were over-summering birds. Single Black-throated Diver, Red-throated Diver, Great-northern Diver and Red-breasted Merganser were in Nouster while the long staying Woodpigeon and a random Jackdaw at Westness provided the only other interest.
Overcast again through the morning of the 13th with a few spots of rain but it brightened up to become a lovely, sunny, warm afternoon; a Quail singing near the airstrip and a drake Garganey which flew over Holland were the highlights with 8 Sand Martins, a House Martin, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Collared Doves also seen. Three Black-tailed and 21 Bar-tailed Godwits were the pick of the waders while single Black-throated and Great-northern Divers were again in the bay.
Great Black-backed Gull
Arctic Skua, photos Simon Davies