“Apart from the big number of Wheatears (of the Greenland race) and the White-rumped Sandpiper of north
American origin, the bulk of the arrivals were from the NE. “
a Red Kite – seen flying over Whitehall Village by David Askew on 11th August – the 5th record for Stronsay.
“The most astounding sight there throughout summer has been the number of Shelduck.”
“the second Avocet (following last year’s first) made a brief stay on the Bu Loch on 25th April . “
“Both Iceland and Glaucous Gull were seen in early March”
“‘Bird of the Month’ as February draws to an end was a ‘first winter’ Glaucous Gull at the Hill o’ Roo on the 7th,”
“a Lesser Redpoll in the tiny garden at Park Cottage on 2nd Nov “
Bird report courtesy of The Stronsay Limpet
“With so little wind from an easterly quarter, virtually all of the unusual/interesting sightings have been surprises. Just how bird-watching should be!”
The single rarity – so far – was amazingly found feeding in the same field as the (much rarer) Ross’s Gull seen in late Spring – a Rosy Starling (in moult) between Springwell and the Rothiesholm School on 21st August.