Sunday, 25 April 2010
Birsay this afternoon for late lunch at the mobile cafe and there was a small fall. I only looked on the north west beach but there were at least 7 Wheatear on there with one or two White Wagtails. Round at Palace there was a Willow Warbler and a Chiff in the first garden past the stores, at least three Sand Martins and a Swallow over the reed bed along the burn and a Whimbrel was calling.
From the garden today Reed Bunting, Snipe and Swallow were new for the year. Close calls were Linnet which flew over the garden but I was out of the garden so I can't count that for the competition (darn) and Wheatear which was in a field by our neighbours when we went visiting, too far away to rush home to try and get it. Other interesting things were a Fulmar that nearly made airspace, Long-tailed Duck on Loch Harray and a large increase in Tufted Ducks on Loch of Bosquoy with 142 there.