“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.
“Once again there have been a few unusual migrants in late May and early June, but which species we are likely to see is always impossible to guess.”
“Since we arrived on Stronsay in 1987 we have been waiting for one particular bird species to turn up here.”
“A brilliant male of this species arrived on the Reserve during a spell of warm easterly winds”
“Pied wagtails were late arriving, but one bird of the European race (alba – very rare here in Spring) was discovered feeding among the ponies at Ha’breck.”
Mark Barkan has sent us in this excellent short video of the Common Starling.
“There have been very few unusual sightings during the last month – two or three brief views of both Woodcock (daytime) and Long-eared Owl (after dark)”
“There was a typical mixture of unusual species in late Autumn, spread across most areas of the island, but with bird-watching somewhat curtailed this year there are bound to have been several we did not see or hear of. “
“a Great blue Heron on the beach (American species)”