Bird News 2020

19 September: Water Rail trapped, first of the year

18 September:Red throated Diver 20, Pink feet 50, Common Scoter 1,   Golden Plover 1, Whimbrel 1,  Short eared Owl 1, Peregrine 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Swallow 35, Willow Warbler 4, Goldcrest 4, Robin 25, Wheatear 3, Meadow Pipit 40, Wren 5,  Tree Pipit 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, 

17 September: Red-throated Diver 80, Manx Shearwater 1, Pomarine Skua 1, Peregrine 1,Greenshank 1, Snipe 1,Whimbrel 1, Short eared Owl, Willow Warbler 5, Goldcrest 4, Robin 30, Wheatear 3, Meadow Pipit 80, Skylark 5,  Wren 4,  Blackcap 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1

16 September: Sooty Shearwater  6, Manx Shearwater 6, Velvet Scoter 3, Arctic Skua 3, Little Gull 1, Red throated Diver 3, Brent Goose 17, Peregrine 1, Swallow 2, Robin 10, Wheatear 4, Meadow Pipit 50, Chiffchaff  2, Whitethroat 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Wren 6, Yellow- browed Warbler 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Lesser Whitethroat 2

15 September: Bonxie 1, Peregrine 1, Snipe 1, Merlin 1,Great Spotted Woodpecker 1, Swallow 12, Willow Warbler 10, Goldcrest 8, Robin 20, Wheatear 6, Meadow Pipit 60,  House Martin 5, Song Thrush 1, Chiffchaff 4, Dunnock 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Lesser Whitethroat 1, Wren 6

14 September: Swallow 10, Willow Warbler 10, Goldcrest 5, Robin 20, Wheatear 6, Meadow Pipit 450, Merlin 1, Song Thrush 1, Sand Martin 1, House Martin 1, Chiffchaff 15, Garden Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Starling 1, Red breasted Flycatcher 1, Yellow Wagtail 1, Dunnock 1

13 September: Peregrine 1, Short eared Owl 1, Swallow 5, Willow Warbler 4, Goldcrest 2, Robin 12, Wheatear 4, Meadow Pipit 20

Sat 29 August: Wigeon 3, Common Scoter 17, Sooty Shearwater 29, Manx Shearwater 11, Golden Plover, Whimbrel 3, Knot 2, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe, Common Tern 2, Arctic Tern 3, Great Skua 2, Pomarine Skua 4, Arctic Skua 7, Merlin, Peregrine 2, Swallow 10, Willow Warbler 20, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat 3, Robin 22, Wheatear 8, Flava Wagtail, Grey Wagtail 3, Meadow Pipit 417 – heading NW in off the south, Tree Pipit 3, Siskin 7, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Long-tailed Skua 1 dark phase juvenile. 

The Great Spotted Woodpecker on the rocks – a not untypical sight on the near treeless island! (Image: Jack Ibbotson)

Fri 28 August: Pale-bellied Brent Goose 27, Wigeon, Velvet Scoter 3, Common Scoter 50, Sooty Shearwater 70, Manx Shearwater 9, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel 2, Knot 3, Wood Sandpiper, Great Skua 3, Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua 12, Cuckoo, Merlin, Peregrine, Willow Warbler 23, Wood Warbler, Garden Warbler 2, Whitethroat 5, Robin 13, Pied Flycatcher 4, Wheatear 7, Tree Pipit, Great Spotted Woodpecker. 

juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker in the Top Garden (Image: Ciaran Hatsell)

Thurs 27 August: Pale-bellied Brent Goose 19, Wigeon 1, Common Scoter 3, Sooty Shearwater 4, Manx Shearwater 2, Golden Plover 2, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel 2, Knot 3, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Great Skua 7, Arctic Skua 7, Cuckoo, Swift 5, peregrine 2, Swallow 17, Willow Warbler 29, Wood Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler 3, Whitethroat 6, Robin 23, Pied Flycatcher 3, Wheatear 16, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit 123, Tree Pipit 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Common Crossbill 4, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 juvenile (anglicus race), Long-tailed Skua 6N (1 adult 5 juvenile, record count for island) 

Wood Warbler, 27 August 2020 (image: Ciaran Hatsell)

Weds 26 August: Pale-bellied Brent Goose 5S, Mallard, Common Scoter 1, Red-throated Diver, Sooty Shearwater 31, Manx Shearwater 30, Golden Plover 2, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel 3, Dunlin 2, Knot 5, Dunlin, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe 2, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Great Skua 25, Arctic Skua 12, Sand Martin, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler 40, Garden Warbler 3, Whitethroat 7, Robin 14, Pied Flycatcher 7, Redstart, Wheatear 11, Meadow Pipit 53, Tree Pipit 2, Linnet 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 juvenile (anglicus race), Long-tailed Skua 1 juvenile, Mediterranean Gull 1 juvenile. 

Tue 25 August: Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater 6, Golden Plover, Ringed Plover, Whimbrel 2, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Great Skua, Cuckoo, Merlin, Peregrine 3, Willow Warbler 28, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Robin 13, Pied Flycatcher 3, Redstart, Whinchat, Wheatear 10, Tree Pipit 4. 

Pied Flycatcher 25th August – Pied’s are often one of the first signs of a “fall” of migrants on the island (Image: Jack Ibbotson)

Mon 24 August: Mallard 2, Common Scoter 19W, Manx Shearwater 3, Common Buzzard, Whimbrel 3, Dunlin 2, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Great Skua 2, Puffin 14, Cuckoo, Swift 5, Merlin, Swallow 18, House Martin 3, Willow Warbler 25, Garden Warbler, Barred Warbler, Whitethroat 2, Goldcrest 2, Robin 14, Wheatear 11, Meadow Pipit 61, Tree Pipit 2, redpoll sp 2, Lesser Redpoll 1, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 juvenile (anglicus race), Ruff

Sun 23 August: Common Scoter 24N, Manx Shearwater 5, Sparrowhawk 2, Common Buzzard, Knot 2, Dunlin 3, Wood Sandpiper, Snipe, Green Sandpiper, Common Tern 10, Arctic Tern 46, commic Tern 120, Great Skua, Puffin (1 with fish), Cuckoo, Swift 11, Merlin, Swallow 64, House Martin 30, Willow Warbler 41, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Barred Warbler, Whitethroat 3, Goldcrest 2, Robin 14, Whinchat, Wheatear 20, Grey Wagtail, Meadow Pipit 133, Tree Pipit 7, redpoll sp 4, Lesser Redpoll 1, Siskin 6, Great Spotted Woodpecker 1 juvenile (anglicus race) 

Sat 22 August: Manx Shearwater 7, Ringed Plover 3, Knot 29, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit 2, Whimbrel 3, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Sandwich Tern 12, Great Skua 4, Common Gull 11, Swift 50, Merlin, Tree Pipit 2, Sedge Warbler, Greenish Warbler, Barred Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Siskin 3. 

Friday 21st August: Strong South Easterly winds with occasional showers produced few migrants. A whole island wader count gave 120 Purple Sandpipers, 160 Turnstones, 36 Oystercatchers, 32 Curlews and 15 Redshank.  There was also 1 Green and 1 Wood Sandpipers on the pools on North Ness. One Pied Flycatcher was the only passerine migrant of note. Four Common Swifts that had been feeding round the Low Light came in to roost on the tower at night.

Thursday 20th August:  Wind had moved round to the South and the excellent visibility produced another quiet day migration wise.  One Lesser Redpoll and 1 Reed Warbler were the only migrants of note.

Wednesday 19th August: Barred & Greenish Warbler remain. Significant fall dominated by Willow Warblers.

Teal 16, Snipe 1, Curlew 30+, Whimbrel 1, Redshank 5, Knot 1ad, Dunlin 1, Ringed Plover 1, Golden Plover 1, Common Sandpiper 2, Green Sandpiper 1, Common Gull 4, Kestrel 1, Merlin 1, Redstart 1, Whinchat 1, Wheatear 6, Robin 5, Tree Pipit 3, Sedge Warbler 1, Barred Warbler 1, Whitethroat 7, Wood Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 350, Greenish Warbler 1, Goldcrest 1, Spotted Flycatcher 7, Redpoll 1.

Tuesday 18th August:  Wind light and variable in the morning and the fog began to clear, though there were occasional misty periods during the day.  Wind stayed Easterly for the afternoon and evening, with some light rain at dusk.  Not much in the way of passage – 1 Ringed plover flew west over the south of the island and a Grey Heron arrived to upset the Gulls round the low light.

Monday 17th August: Strong North East winds continued and visibility deteriorated so the island was shrouded in fog.  It didn’t stop more Willow Warblers departing and the only arrival of note was a Merlin.  A ringed Barred Warbler was seen briefly in the mist

Sunday 16th August: Winds turned North Easterly and increased at dusk with some light rain.  Most of the Willow Warblers moved off overnight, with only about 50 left on the island.  Arrivals/passage were mostly waders with 1 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and 2 Green Sandpipers

Saturday 15th August: Arrived with Easterly winds and an island full of birds.  An estimate of 250 Willow Warblers, with some variety provided by solitary Sedge warbler, Robin, Whinchat, Whitethroat and Tree Pipit.  The Greenish Warbler was still up by the main light.

Friday 14th August: Whimbrel 2, Green Sandpiper 2, Arctic Tern 6, Puffin 6, Peregrine 1, Carrion Crow 1, Willow Warbler 100, Greenish Warbler 1, Sedge Warbler 2, Blackcap 1, Garden Warbler 2, Barred Warbler 1, Whitethroat 1, Starling 60, Blackbird 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Robin 1, Wheatear 1, Tree Pipit 20 

Thursday 13th August: Whimbrel 3, Black-headed Gull 2, Common Gull 2, Arctic Tern 7, Bonxie 5, Puffin 12, Short-eared Owl 1, Peregrine 1, Carrion Crow 1, Swallow 10, Willow Warbler 10, Greenish Warbler 1, Starling 60, Pied Flycatcher 2, Wheatear 3, Tree Pipit 2 

Wednesday 12th August: Curlew 31, Arctic Tern 3, Arctic Skua 1, Puffin 20, Kestrel 1, Swallow 15, Willow Warbler 8, Starling 50, Blackbird 1, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Wheatear 3 

Tuesday 11th August: Whimbrel 1, Common Sandpiper 1, Green Sandpiper 2, Redshank 1, Greenshank 1, Arctic Tern 13, Puffin 75, Woodpigeon 2, Kestrel 1, Peregrine 1, Swallow 25, Willow warbler 20, Reed Warbler 1, Icterine Warbler 1, Booted Warbler 1, Garden Warbler 1, Barred Warbler 1, Starling 80, Spotted Flycatcher 1, Pied Flycatcher 6, Wheatear 4

Booted Warbler, Isle of May 11 August 2020 (image: Mike Martin)

Monday 10th August

Barred Warbler 1, Willow Warbler 25, Chiffchaff 1, Redpoll 1, Sand Martin 1, Sooty Shearwater 1.

Saturday 8th August

A Bonxie flew South. Wall butterfly

Friday 7th August

Whimbrel, Carrion Crow (2) at North Horn, Wheatear, adult and juv. Peacock and Red Admiral. Overnight: Storm Petrel 1 ringed

Thursday 6th August

Whimbrel

Overnight: Storm Petrel 10 ringed, 1 controlled;

Wednesday 5th August

11 Manx Shearwater flew North off East side,Peregrine, Wheatear

Overnight: Storm Petrel 4 ringed, 4 controlled; Puffling 2

Tuesday 4th August

8 Turnstone, Starling flock was 60+

Overnight: Puffling 6 

Monday 3rd August

Cuckoo 1juv, Whimbrel

Overnight: Storm Petrel 4 ringed, 1 retrap of a bird controlled the previous night; Puffling 1

Sunday 2nd  August

Whimbrel, Peregrine, Wheatear juv

Overnight: Storm Petrel 4 ringed, 1 controlled; Puffling 2

Saturday 1st August 

Kestrel past Low Light, Shelduck flew North beyond Rona and North Horn, Wheatear juv

Overnight: Storm Petrel 2 ringed, 1 controlled; Puffling 2

19th March

Jackdaw 6n

18th March

The second highest count of Jackdaw while the first raft of puffins were offshore.

Puffin 500+, Redshank 1, Mallard 2, Peregrine 2, Merlin 1, Short-eared Owl 1, Woodpigeon 3, Jackdaw 17s, Chiffchaff 1, Wren 4, Robin 6, Blackbird 3, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 2, Siskin 1, Chaffinch 3, Meadow Pipit 4.

17th March

Pink-footed Goose 1s, Mallard 3, Merlin 1, Short-eared Owl 1, Snipe 1, Woodpigeon 4, Chiffchaff 1, Wren 4, Robin 6, Blackbird 3, Fieldfare 1, Song Thrush 1, Redwing 3, Siskin 1,

16th March

Buzzard 1, Little Grebe 1,

13th March

Gannet 20, Teal 2, Peregrine 2, Buzzard still present for over one month, Kittiwake c100, Puffin 1 on sea, Wood Pigeon 3, Skylark 1, Pied Wagtail 2, Medadow Pipit 2, Robin 3, Wren 4,

28th February

Mallard 2, Teal 1, Little Grebe 1 again on the Loch – appears to be coming and going, Buzzard still present (first seen on 7th February), Peregrine 2, Gannet 2, LBB Gull 7 adults at roost – numbers continue to increase, Short-eared Owl 2, Wood Pigeon 2, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 4, Robin  4.

27th February

Stonechat was an early record.

Mallard 3, Whimbrel 1, Curlew 50, Black-headed Gull 2, Peregrine 2, Short-eared Owl 1, Skylark 1, Redshank 1, Rock Pipit 10, Grey Wagtail 1, Woodpigeon 1, Song Thrush 2, Blackbird 1, Wren 2, Robin 6, Stonechat 1m, Siskin 2.

26th February

A Whimbrel indicated that one had overwintered given a sighting in December.  Buzzard again seen and a Long-eared Owl briefly.

Mallard 3, Teal 4, Gannet 1, Cormorant 20, Oystercatcher 38, Purple Sandpiper 15, Turnstone 11, Whimbrel 1, Curlew 20, Common Gull 5, Kittiwake 50, Short-eared Owl 2, Long-eared Owl 1, Rock Pipit 10, Woodpigeon 1, Song Thrush 1, Blackbird 1, Wren 2, Robin 6.

Wednesday 19th February: (another quick visit between storms) Grey Heron 1 in Low Trap, Buzzard still present (since 7th February at least) and chased by female Peregrine, Sparrowhawk 1, Wood Pigeon 1, Blackbird 2, Redwing 1, Robin 2, numerous Guillemot and Razorbill in surrounding seas.

Buzzard

Friday 7th February Quick visit but produced Buzzard 1 on bank near Fluke Street (a species not seen last year despite almost a record breaking season for the total number of species seen), Teal 3 on Loch, Fulmar numerous on cliffledges

17th January

Pink-footed Geese 130 N, Teal c.40 (off Rona), Gannet 2, Guillemot 1000+, Raz 10, Fulmar present, GBBG present, HERGU present, Redshank 1, Curlew 25+, Oystercatcher roost of 24, Turnstone 2, Grey Heron 2, Little Grebe 1, Crow 2, Short-eared Owl 1, Linnet 3, Twite 4, Blackbird 2, Dunnock 2, Robin 3, Starling 8, Woodpigeon 2, Rock pipit present, Pied Wagtail present, Wren present.