Saturday, 22 August 2009


Seawatching from Birsay, not too early this morning, produced Fulmars going west (then south) at 1,700 an hour. Bonxies were mostly cruising for a bruising rather than doing anything migratory. Best though were the waders on the beach at high tide with summer plumage Sanderling, 3 and Knot, 4; 16 Dunlin and plenty of the commoner species. A Sand Martin was again present so I would suspect breeding.

A quick look in to Marwick Bay disappointed with the waders but a distant Manxie went south. Wheatear were again evident, there seem to be a few about at the moment.

Moth mistake - Bordered Gothic was a misidentification, the moth was a Gothic, still not common but Bordered Gothic is a rarity.

Saturday morning Radio 4 has slipped a bit, the current 12:30 slot is just not funny. And more media gloom, my Guardian, yes you can get it here but limited supplies, was missing The Guide.

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