Sunday, 27 June 2010
Moths, Eiders and Arctic Terns
Today there were three Red Admirals in the garden, a Small Tortoiseshell on the track, plenty of Large and Green-veined White everywhere.
On the bird front it's still all breeding news. There were at least ten Eider broods around Bay of Skaill, Birsay; a pair of Red-throated Divers there have no doubt failed. Out at Birsay itself a large Oystercatcher chick was found just in front of the cafe and on the geo there were a pile of tern chicks. The adult Arctic Terns were bringing in plenty of small fish and some sand eels, I counted 41 chicks but there were certainly more around the blind side.
Back at home an Arctic Tern flew over the house and the Linnets have a fledged brood. The Sedge Warbler is singing slightly closer to the garden but still hasn't made the "from the garden" list. It's singing from a clump of docks but they are partially obscured from the garden, time to take the scope upstairs perhaps.