HIGHLIGHTS: A Dotterel was at Myroe (30th). A Long-billed Dowitcher was at Quoile Pondage (24th), with a Ring-necked Duck there for most of the month. Three Avocets were at Killinchy, Co Down (15th) and two at Belfast Harbour RSPB (23rd). A Great White Egret flew over Dundrum (11th). The long-staying individual was seen again at Drumgay Lough (1st). Garganeys were at Portmore Lough (17th) and Portavoe Reservoir (23rd). Ospreys were at Glenarm Forest (27th) and Lough Beg (28th). A White-tailed Eagle was at Lower Lough Erne (14th). Two Ring-billed Gulls were at Belfast Harbour (25th), with another there (9th). The long-staying individual remained at the Round-o. A Little Gull was at Belfast Harbour (23rd), with ten Mediterranean Gulls there (24th). A Glaucous Gull was at Glenwherry, Co Antrim (13th). Six Iceland Gulls were reported from around the province. A Tree Pipit was recorded on Rathlin Island (30th), where a Brambling was heard in song (7th). Two Redstarts were on the Copeland Islands (29th). A Water Pipit was at Millisle, Co Down (9th). Ian Graham
HOLYHEAD AREA: Migrants at South Stack included a Ring Ouzel, Swallow and Manx Shearwater (1st), four Crossbills (9th), with two (13th), a Whimbrel (10th), Great Skua (13th), Ring Ouzel (17th), Redstart (19th), Pomarine Skua, Arctic Skua, Long-tailed Duck and Whitethroat (21st) and Hooded Crow (24th). The Inland Sea held a Black-necked Grebe and four Scaup. The Alaw Estuary logged 265 pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Whooper Swan, four Whimbrels, three Greenshanks and a Green Sandpiper.
OTHER SITES: Malltraeth Marsh had three Garganeys, two Little Ringed Plovers (3rd), two Avocets (4th), a Hen Harrier and Sedge Warbler (7th), 30 White Wagtails (10th), a Great White Egret (12th), a Reed Warbler, Ruff and Common Sandpiper (16th), a Yellow Wagtail (20th) and eight Cattle Egrets (23rd). Two Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were near Bodafon Mountain. Cemlyn held 15 Mediterranean Gulls, a Whimbrel, Sandwich and Common Terns, two Hooded Crows, six Purple Sandpipers, a Yellow Wagtail, Grasshopper Warbler, Tree Pipit, Sedge Warbler, Short-eared Owl and Lapland Bunting. Two Cattle Egrets were near Llyn Llygerian. Llyn Llywenan had a Great White Egret (4th-5th), Scaup and Long-tailed Duck. Ken Croft
HIGHLIGHTS: Llangorse Lake held three Great White Egrets (to 7th), a Bonaparte’s Gull (7th, a first for Breconshire), four Sandwich Terns (9th), a Black Tern and Arctic Tern (30th), four Ringed Plovers, four Little Ringed Plovers, four Dunlin, four Common Sandpipers, a Redshank, Greenshank and Whimbrel. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was nearby. Marsh Harriers flew over Llangorse (11th) and Llangammarch Wells (10th). Two Dotterel were on Pen Cerrig Calch, Black Mountains (22nd). A Yellow-legged Gull was on Brechfa Pool (26th). A Garganey visited Sarnau (30th).
LLANGORSE LAKE: Sand Martins peaked at 1,050 (16th), joined by average numbers of Swallows (from 10th). Last dates included Goldeneye (4th) and Pintail (5th). There were low numbers of Teal, Wigeon, Gadwall and Tufted Ducks all month. Reed Warblers and a Whitethroat returned (5th). There was a Garden Warbler (24th), a passage of White Wagtails and Whinchats (25th) and two Yellow Wagtails (29th).
OTHER SITES: There were five Swallow over Libanus and a Willow Warbler at Dolafallen (1st). A Pied Flycatcher was at Beulah (2nd). Four Redstarts were at Libanus (8th), with another and a Tree Pipit at Llanwrthwl. Ring Ouzels were at eight sites, with breeding suspected at three. Nine Goldeneyes were at Talybont Reservoir (6th). Golden Plovers included 80 on Mynydd Fforest and 48 over Llandefalle Hill. Displaying Curlews were at just nine sites. On the Elan/wye river system, Mandarins bred at Caban Coch Reservoir, Erwood, Pipton and Ffordd Fawr. Black-headed Gulls returned to Brechfa Pool. Goshawks were widespread, but Kestrels were only noted at Cwm Owen, Craig y Cilau and Esgair Cefn Carnau. Eight House Martins were at Sennybridge (14th). Cuckoos called (from 17th). Grasshopper Warblers were at Trecastle, Gamrhiw and Ystradgynlais. A Swift was at Llangynidr (21st) and a Wood Warbler at Newbridge-on-wye (24th). Andrew King, Keith Noble and www. brecknockbirds.co.uk
HIGHLIGHTS: Garganeys were at Cors Caron (2nd) and Ynyslas (18th). Iceland Gulls were at Llanon (4th) and at Aberystwyth (13th-14th). A Little Gull was at Llanrhystud (5th-6th). Two Avocets flew south at Aberaeron (9th). Hooded Crows were at Llanddeiniol (17th) and Aberaeron (23rd). A Great Northern Diver passed Aberystwyth (19th). Two Dotterel were on Plynlimon (21st). The Great Grey Shrike remained at Cross Inn Forest (to 16th). Passage birds included 150 Whimbrels at
Ynyslas (18th), with 40 Sandwich Terns there (29th), and 76 White Wagtails at Llanddeiniol (23rd), with an amazing 114 Wheatears in a single field there (26th). There was a steady Arctic Skua passage of ones and twos (from 9th). Four Purple Sandpipers remained at Aberystwyth.
COASTAL SITES: Brent Geese were at Llanon (1st), Llanina (2nd) and Llanrhystud (11th and 22nd). There were 71 Golden Plovers at Aberaeron (18th). A Merlin was at Morfa Bychan (20th). Thirteen Bar-tailed Godwits were at Llansantffraed (21st). Maxima at Ynyslas were 560 Ringed Plovers, seven Knot, 50 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2,400 Dunlin. Also there was an Arctic Tern (21st), Hen Harrier (24th), Little Tern (26th), three Pinkfeet (23rd) and seven Eiders (from 26th).
OTHER SITES: Cors Caron logged a Jack Snipe and Green Sandpiper (8th), a Little Ringed Plover (9th), two Ruff, three Common Sandpipers and five Little Ringed Plovers (23rd) and a Swift (27th). A Merlin was at Cross Inn Forest (17th). John A Davis (email@example.com)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Twite at Connah’s Quay and Shotton Steelworks peaked at 18. There were five Black Terns (22nd-30th), a Little Gull and 15 Whimbrels (23rd), Ring Ouzels, Whinchats, a Hooded Crow (28th), Spotted Redshanks, a Great White Egret (19th) and an Osprey. A probable Black Kite flew over the Wrexham by-pass (22nd). Shotton Lagoons had their first returning Common Tern (15th), with 100 (23rd). There was an Arctic Tern (24th). Also logged (19th-23rd) were four Whinchats, an Osprey, five Cetti’s Warbler, four Yellow Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, Marsh Harrier, Black Tern, Green Sandpiper, three Common Sandpipers, five Grasshopper Warblers, two Lesser Whitethroats, two House Martins, an Avocet, Redstart and 21 Wheatears.
COASTAL SITES: Rhyl Brickworks Pool had a Scaup (to 5th). Rhos Point had three Little Gulls (24th). Shotwick Boating Lake had a Green Sandpiper and Wheatear (15th), and a Cetti’s Warbler and Whitethroat (17th). Connah’s Quay logged a Redstart, 10 Common Sandpipers, 20 Wheatears (28th), a Whinchat, Spotted Redshank, Little Ringed Plover, two Yellow Wagtails, an Avocet and Greenshank.
INLAND SITES: Denbigh Mountain had 40 Ravens, seven Redpolls and good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers (8th). Fenn’s Moss had Curlews on territory, three Stonechats, 10 Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs, a Kestrel, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker and Mistle Thrush. Bettisfield had eight Buzzards, two Shelducks and three Lapwings. Erddig had two juvenile Jays (28th), Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Mistle Thrush, Nuthatch, Little Grebe, eight Goosanders, two Tufted Ducks, Mute Swans, Sedge Warblers, eight Reed Buntings and a Dipper. Gresford Flash and Borras Pools logged an influx of Common Gulls, 100 Sand Martins, a Lesser Whitethroat, two Common Sandpipers, three each of Dunlin, Little Ringed Plovers and Common Sandpipers, eight White Wagtails, four Wheatears, a Whitethroat and two Oystercatchers (24th). The Flash had two Willow Warblers (1st) and 20 Tufted Ducks (22nd). Burton had a Blackcap (11th), House Martins
(18th) and two pairs of Lapwings. Siskins were in Wrexham gardens. Norman Hallas, Rev Hugh Linn, Jason Newton, Kevin Smith and Richard Smith
HIGHLIGHTS: A Ring-necked Duck at Cardiff Bay (4th) was presumably the bird seen at Cosmeston in late March. Also there was a Glaucous Gull, two Scaup and a Greenshank. Several Garganeys lingered at Kenfig, where a Marsh Harrier and Ruff were noted. A Greenshank and Ruff were at Llanilid, a Greenshank and Little Ringed Plover at Ogmore Estuary, and 90 Bar-tailed Godwits at Porthcawl. A Black Redstart was at Rhiwbina. A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker was near Llangeinor. A Firecrest was at St Mary’s Well Bay, Lavernock. Paul Roberts
BARDSEY ISLAND: There was a Firecrest and 27 Chiffchaffs (1st), a Black Redstart (2nd), 220 Meadow Pipits (3rd), a Merlin and four Snipe (4th), 25 Manx Shearwaters, 256 Linnets and two Lapland Buntings (6th), three Grasshopper Warblers, a Ring Ouzel, Yellowhammer and two Tree Pipits (7th), four Crossbills, three White Wagtails, 18 Wheatears and nine Fulmars (10th), and a Mealy Redpoll and Scandinavian Rock Pipit (11th). There were two Hooded Crows and a Balearic Shearwater (14th), 203 Swallows, 120 Willow Warblers and 27 Chiffchaffs (17th), a Pallas’s Warbler, Iceland Gull and Hooded Crow (18th), a Yellow Wagtail, two Redstarts and 528 Razorbills (19th), and 691 Willow Warblers, 268 Wheatears, including many Greenland-race birds, two Crossbills, a Little Egret, Reed Warbler, 14 Grasshopper Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher (20th). There were 17 White Wagtails (21st), a Goshawk, Swift and five Sedge Warblers (22nd), 71 Blackcaps and a Short-eared Owl (23rd), a Ring Ouzel (24th), 67 Manx Shearwaters and 89 Kittiwakes (27th), a Water Pipit (28th), and eight Pied Flycatchers (30th).
OTHER SITES: Porth Dinllaen (21st) held three Wheatears, eight Sandwich Terns, 104 Guillemots, a Whitethroat and Common Sandpiper. Pwllheli had seven Whimbrels, eight Sky Larks, 23 Linnets, five Mediterranean Gulls and six Ringed Plovers (21st). Aberdaron (25th) had four Sandwich Terns and 22 Curlews. Foryd Bay had two Barnacle Geese and six White Wagtails (8th), six Long-tailed Ducks (9th), and five Red-throated Divers, 27 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 40 Wheatears, 12 White Wagtails and three Whimbrels (22nd). A Garganey was at Glaslyn (23rd). Llyn Bach had a Little Gull (22nd). Shirley Roulston
SKOMER: A Little Egret flew past (17th). Common Scoters peaked at 447. There were two Red Kites (22nd) and one (26th). A Hen Harrier remained (to 23rd). An Osprey flew over (18th). A Kestrel and Merlin were ever-present, with a Hobby (22nd). Wader maxima included three Ringed Plovers, a Lapwing, two Dunlin, six Snipe, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 31 Whimbrels, two Common Sandpipers and 15 Turnstones. Puffins peaked at 25,227. There were Stock Doves (9th and 13th) and Collared Doves (13th-14th). Cuckoos were noted (18th and 25th). Short-eared Owls were displaying. Peak hirundine counts were 254 Sand Martins, 290 Swallows and 35 House Martins. A
Tree Pipit flew over (20th). White Wagtails were noted on six dates. There was a Black Redstart (8th), with three (9th), one staying (to 20th). Redstarts were recorded (15th & 20th), with two (19th & 30th). There were two Whinchats (30th). Wheatears peaked at 61, including seven Greenland-race birds. Two Ring Ouzels were seen (7th), with singles (8th & 19th). There were Fieldfares (19th & 23rd), Song Thrushes (19th (two) & 22nd) and Redwings (6th (two) and 29th). Warbler maxima were four Grasshopper Warblers, 10 Sedge Warblers, one Reed Warbler, one Garden Warbler, four Goldcrests, 26 Blackcaps, 12 Whitethroats, 16 Chiffchaffs and 140 Willow Warblers. An Eastern Subalpine Warbler was seen (20th). The first Spotted Flycatcher arrived (29th), with Pied Flycatchers (10th & 19th). There was a Siskin (27th) and Lesser Redpolls (9th & 29th). Ed Stubbings
ELAN VALLEY: A Cattle Egret flew north over Pont ar Elan and an Osprey over Penygarreg. Grasshopper Warblers were at Craig Goch and Penglainon and Sedge Warbler at Dol y Mynach and Claerwen. Ring Ouzels were found at Ty Mawr and Y Foel. At Trumau were eight Golden Plover, four Dunlin, Merlin and Short-eared Owl. Hawfinches were at Caban Lakeside and Glannau. At Crugyn Ci and Claerwen were Red Grouse, Hen Harrier and Golden Plover. By Craig Goch Reservoir were eight Curlew, six Snipe, four Reed Bunting, Whinchat, Barn Owl, Short-eared Owl and Green Sandpiper. At Dol y Mynach were eight Greylag Geese, Great Crested Grebe, Little Grebe, Wood Warbler and Reed Bunting.
WYE VALLEY: Four Cattle Egret near Glasbury were a county first. Mandarins were at Llanwrthwl, Aberedw, Glanwye and Llanstephan. A Reed Warbler was near Hay and a Peregrine seen at Bronydd. Pied Flycatchers were early at Cilcenni and Clyro where Osprey and Great White Egret were seen. At Glasbury were Yellow Wagtails, Little Ringed Plover, Greylag Goose, Arctic Tern, Whimbrel, Cuckoo, Oystercatcher, three Little Egret, Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Hobby. Hobbys were also at Glasbury Farm and Llanelwedd.
OTHER SITES: At Llyn Heilyn were Oystercatcher, four Crossbill, 16 Tufted Duck, 10 Canada Geese, five Little Grebe, five Reed Bunting and seven Teal. At Llanbwchllyn were Reed Warbler, Water Rail, Marsh Tit, Great Crested Grebe, 12 Blackcap, 14 Willow Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Reed Bunting, Teal and Tufted Duck. Llandrindod Lake had Sandwich Tern, Black Tern, Common Tern,greylag Goose, Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Reed Warbler. Wood Warblers were also at Clyro and Painscastle (from 12th). The first Cuckoos were at Painscastle and Rhosgoch (16th). Grasshopper Warblers were at Rhosgoch, Nantmel Tip, Bwlch y Sarnau and Llanbister. Greenland Wheatears were found at The Begwyns, Beacon Hill, Hergest Ridge, Ireland Moor and Newchurch Common. Pete Jennings, Radnorshire(vc43) Bird Recorder tel: 01588 680631, firstname.lastname@example.org
HIGHLIGHTS: Cattle Egrets were at Burton Mere Wetlands RSPB throughout, Chester Meadows (1st), Burton Marsh (3rd & 17th), and Hale (four, 15th). A Great White Egret was at Hale (1st), with two Water Pipits and a female Garganey, and one was at Burton Marsh (12th & 19th), with three Spotted Redshanks there on the latter date. Three Great White Egrets were at Burton Marsh (26th), when one was at Heswall Marsh. A Spotted Crake was at Chester Meadows (3rd). A Hoopoe was at Ashton Haynes early in the month. A drake Green-winged Teal was at Ellesmere Port (9th). A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Bollington (14th)
WOOLSTON EYES: Ringing on No1 bed included Lesser Redpoll, Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, Reed Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler. Records included a Wheatear, seven Little Ringed Plovers, a Cetti’s Warbler, Kingfisher, 80 Redwings, a Peregrine and Woodcock. Ringing on No3 bed included Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Snipe, Grasshopper Warbler and Sedge Warbler. No3 bed records included two Dunlin, three Cetti’s Warblers, three Oystercatchers, a Peregrine, Kingfisher, eight Buzzards, 120 Redwings, 760 Sand Martins, seven House Martins, a Hobby, Osprey, Marsh Harrier, Garden Warbler, six Reed Warblers, two Ravens, four Black-tailed Godwits and six Mediterranean Gulls. Reserve-wide counts gave 22 Blackcaps, 42 Chiffchaffs, 21 Willow Warblers, 21 Little Grebes, 27 Mute Swans, 40 Shovelers, 30 Moorhens, 26 Shelducks, 59 Gadwall, six Water Rails, 54 Coots and 13 Black-necked Grebes. Dave Steel
HIGHLIGHTS: A Great White Egret was over Arnside (7th). A Long-tailed Duck was off Grune Point (1st). a drake Scaup was at Brigsteer Wetland (1st-9th), and another was at Longtown (1st-9th). Ospreys were at Kendal (2nd), Kent Estuary (4th-5th), Carlisle (4th), Arnside (18th), Milnthorpe (21st), Esthwaite Water (22nd), and South Walney NR (30th). A Little Gull was at Longtown (2nd-6th), and a first-winter was at Bowness-on-solway (21st). Waxwings remained around Carlisle and Penrith. A Garganey was at Wedholme View (9th), and one was at Campfield Marsh RSPB (14th). A Little Stint was at Port Carlisle (9th-10th). A Black-throated Diver was off Bowness-on-solway (10th), and a Great Skua was there (11th). A Black Redstart was at Forest Head (11th). A Pomarine Skua passed
Nethertown (12th). A redhead Smew was at Siddick Ponds NR (15th). Four Hawfinches were in a garden at Arnside (17th). A Spotted Redshank was at Wedholme Flow (21st) with four Whimbrel and 15 White Wagtails. A Wood Warbler was at Melkinthorpe (27th).
HIGHLIGHTS: A Black Kite was reported over Audenshaw Reservoirs (16th). A Cattle Egret flew over Pennington Flash (2nd), with four near Ashton-in-makerfield (23rd). Ospreys flew over Little Woolden Moss (3rd), Rumworth Lodge (4th, 9th & 14th), Wigan (7th), Doffcocker (13th) and Castleshaw Reservoirs (22nd).
ELTON RESERVOIR: An Osprey flew over (13th). There was a Little Gull (14th-21st), with two (20th), and five Black Terns, two Arctic Terns and four Little Gulls (30th). A Garganey was seen (15th-19th).
MERSEY VALLEY: A Whinchat was on Carrington Moss (23rd-25th), with a White Wagtail there (26th). Four Wheatears were on the Basell site (8th) and up to 30 on Carrington Moss (15th-26th). Up to five Yellow Wagtails were at Altrincham ETW (15th-19th) and one on Carrington Moss (23rd-26th). Common Sandpipers were on the River Mersey near Chorlton WP (26th) and on Carrington Moss (3rd).
PENNINGTON FLASH: Two Black Terns and two Arctic Terns were seen (30th). The Long-tailed Duck remained (to 2nd). A Common Scoter dropped in (7th). Garganeys were seen (6th-13th & 28th). There were Pied Flycatchers (9th & 17th), a Knot (15th) and Black-necked Grebe (19th).
OTHER SITES: Five Black Terns and a Bar-tailed Godwit were at Rumworth Lodge (30th). Long-tailed Ducks were on Scotman’s Flash (8th-12th) and Gorton Reservoirs (4th-19th). Two remained at Audenshaw Reservoirs (to 29th), with Rock Pipits there (1st & 12th), a Little Gull (2nd), two Common Scoters (10th), a Whimbrel (19th), Turnstone (21st), and a Little Tern, three Black Terns, nine Arctic Terns and two Bar-tailed Godwits (30th). Waxwings were at Ashton-under-lyne (10 on 1st), Bolton (23 on 5th), Gatley (10 on 7th), Chorlton (12 on 9th), Didsbury (40 on 18th) and Marple (27 on 27th). A Grey Plover was at Little Woolden Moss (10th), with a Wood Sandpiper there (30th). Two Garganeys were at Lightshaw Meadows (3rd). Up to three Ring Ouzels were on Ludworth Moor (22nd-29th), with three at Greenfield (26th) and one at Altrincham (29th). Dr Paul Brewster (01606 590 491)
LANCASHIRE AND NORTH MERSEYSIDE
HIGHLIGHTS: An Iberian Chiffchaff was at Crosby (9th). A co-ordinated count of Whimbrel roosts (26th) gave a total of over 1,600 birds. A
Pallid Harrier was in Bowland (from 26th), with a White-tailed Eagle in the same area (from 27th). Around 150 Black Terns were seen, mostly on the coast (30th).
EAST LANCASHIRE: Five Ring Ouzels were on Pendle (3rd), with four Dotterel there (23rd). Eight Ospreys headed north. Sixty-two Waxwings were at Longridge Fell (7th), with 30 at Chorley (4th). A Black Redstart was in the Longden Valley (8th). A Hooded Crow was at Twiston Moor (10th). Two Garganeys were at Alston Wetlands (9th). A Water Pipit was at Rishton Reservoir (18th). Stocks Reservoir had Wood Sandpiper (25th) and Black Tern (27th), with 15 of the latter (30th).
FYLDE REGION: A Garganey was at Newton Marsh (11th-15th). Fourteen Goosanders were at Avenham Park, Preston (17th). Blackpool logged a Velvet Scoter (28th), many Manx Shearwaters, Gannets, Sandwich and Arctic Terns, and a Great Northern Diver (7th). Waders included 300 Golden Plovers at Cockersands (6th), 111 Grey Plovers at Fairhaven, and 125 at Fluke Hall. A Cattle Egret was at Conder Pool (2nd), with seven at Freckleton Naze (3rd) and up to 10 at Bryning. A Great White Egret was at Pilling Lane Ends (2nd). Two were at Warton Marsh with 30 Little Egrets. A Great Northern Diver was at Rossall (21st), with a Black Guillemot and a Pomarine Skua there (23rd). A Hooded Crow was on Rossall GC (19th). A Black Redstart was at Fairhaven (8th), with a Grasshopper Warbler there (17th-18th). Ring Ouzels were in a St Anne’s garden (13th) and at Fairhaven (19th). A Yellow Wagtail was at Bank End (14th), with two there (23rd), and one at Newton Marsh (28th). There was a large influx of Greenlandrace Wheatears (19th), with White Wagtails also seen in good numbers. A Glaucous Gull was at Preston Dock (29th-30th). Two Little Terns were at Blackpool (30th), when the first Whinchats arrived.
MARTON MERE: Highlights included a Brambling, Siskin, Reed Warbler (2nd – the earliest ever for Lancashire), Osprey, Bittern, Merlin, Little Ringed Plover, Little Gull, Ring Ouzel, Cuckoo, Hooded Crow, five Grasshopper Warblers, 200 Sand Martins, 40 Swallows and a Swift.
SW LANCS-N MERSEYSIDE:
Three Cattle Egrets were at Martin Mere (4th), with five at Marshside. Three Ospreys flew north. Thirty-six Little Gulls were at Cabin Hill (9th), when a Grasshopper Warbler was at Marshside. Ring Ouzels were at Ainsdale (9th) and Marshside (18th). A Swift was at Seaforth (17th). A Pied Flycatcher was at Longton Brickcroft (20th). Forty White Wagtails were at Crosby Beach (18th). Wood Sandpipers were at Lunt Meadows (26th) and Hightown (29th). A Wood Warbler was at Hesketh GC (29th). Maurice Jones
HIGHLIGHTS: An adult male Pallid Harrier held temporary territory at Whitendale in the south-east of our recording area (from 27th) and a White-tailed Eagle was seen at the same location (27th-29th). Nearby a Red Kite (3rd) and Black Redstart (8th) were near Langden Castle. The last of the Waxwings was a singleton on Warton Crag (7th). A Hooded Crow was at Aldcliffe (16th). The heron-fest in the Leighton area included Cattle Egret (singleton then two from 4th) and two Great White Egret with three
(from 13th). A Spotted Crake called alongside Leighton causeway for one early morning (16th). Second calendar year Iceland Gulls passed through Heysham (5th & 30th)
LEIGHTON MOSS AND AREA: The expected arrival of Sand Martin in bigger numbers kickstarted the month (1st) with an early Swift (17th) joining the Swallows and trickle of House Martins. Heron species stole the headlines early on with Bittern, Little Egrets and Grey Herons joining the scarcer species. A drake Garganey (2nd) bolstered the migrant list with four seen (18th). Staying with wildfowl, six Goldeneye lingered (7th). Summer migrant first dates saw Sedge Warbler (8th), Reed Warbler (10th) and a multiple arrival of Grasshopper Warblers (17th). The first Lesser Whitethroat of the year (19th) shared the day with Tree Pipit and two Wheatears near the railway crossing. A Whinchat (25th-26th) was joined by a Yellow Wagtail (26th) and a brief appearance was made by a Redstart (27th). The usual increase in Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff was added to with Garden Warbler (25th). Wading birds were mainly a mixture of 50-plus Avocets (18th) and northbound Black-tailed Godwits (up to 3,000). Both Common and Green Sandpipers were at Lilian’s (23rd) and a Little Ringed Plover was at the Eric Morecambe Pool (23rd). A single Spotted Redshank (30th) was an expected passage migrant as were Whimbrel (11th & 23rd). Just two passage Ospreys were reported (11th & 25th) and four Black Terns (30th) arrived in a spell of an impressive local passage. A one-day Little Gull spent the evening at the Allen Pool (23rd) and on the main reserve, Marsh Harriers and Bearded Tits were under way with their breeding activity.
HEYSHAM BIRD OBSERVATORY: The sea was given very good coverage during the early mornings and produced an excellent variety of sightings. Notable were 569 Arctic Terns (30th), a record count of at least 185 and probably 215 Black Terns (30th), two Arctic Skuas (27th & 28th), four Great Skuas (24th and three, 27th), single Pomarine Skua (27th), a maximum of 14 Red-throated Divers (23rd), a maximum of eight Guillemots (23rd) and a welcome Fulmar (12th). A good variety of ‘non-seabirds’ on the same watches included Marsh Harrier (22nd), Osprey (9th & 18th), Scaup (18th), a pair of Garganey (12th), a pair of Shoveler (1st), Mediterranean Gull (three, 23rd), Little Gull (two, 15th, and one, 29th), pale-bellied Brent Goose (two, 1st), dark-bellied Brent Goose (two, 28th). Landbird migration was unremarkable in often adverse winds with the ‘floodgates’ opening on 30th, and sightings including 500 Swallows, 22 Wheatears, three Whinchats and a Yellow Wagtail. Best of the rest was a summer plumaged Scandinavian Rock Pipit (24th). Pete Marsh
HIGHLIGHTS: A Green-winged Teal was at Saltholme RSPB (1st-3rd). Four Common Cranes were over here (20th). A Great White Egret roosted with Little Egrets at Saltholme RSPB (10th).
NORTH TEES MARSHES: At Saltholme RSPB a Black-necked Grebe was present (1st-4th). A Glaucous Gull was here (2nd) and a Cetti’s Warbler was heard singing sporadically throughout. The first Garganey of the spring was present (7th). A Bittern was at Dormans Pool (9th).a Curlew Sandpiper was on Cowpen Marsh (24th) and 119 Black-tailed Godwits were around Saltholme RSPB the same day.
HARTLEPOOL: The first-winter Iceland Gull was present in the Fish Quay area throughout.
OTHER SITES: Small numbers of Waxwings continued to be reported from a variety of sites. Ospreys were over Teesside Park (1st), and Grangetown (8th). It was a good month for Hooded Crows with singles at Cowbar (13th & 19th), Redcar Stray (15th) and two at Saltburn (14th). Up to five Ring Ouzels were in the Hummersea area (from 11th). Up to 31 Twite were at Seaton Snook mid-month. A Red Kite was over Long Newton (18th) with another near Greatham (21st). A Curlew Sandpiper was at South Gare (28th). A Pied Flycatcher was at Scaling Dam (29th) with a Black Tern there the following day. Chris Sharp 01429 865 163
HIGHLIGHTS: Alkborough Flats had a Green-winged Teal (1st-2nd) and five Cranes over (20th).
ALKBOROUGH FLATS: There were two Garganeys (19th) with the drake (to 20th), 290 Teal, 14 Pintails, 70 Gadwall, 30 Shovelers, 18 Little Egrets, a Spoonbill (1st-8th), six Little Ringed Plovers, a Curlew Sandpiper (7th-14th), eight Ruff, 205 Black-tailed Godwits, 16 Spotted Redshanks, four Greenshanks, a Jack Snipe (12th), 43 Snipe, eight Whimbrels (30th), a Common Sandpiper (17th) and a good passage (30th) that included 10 Black Terns, two Little Terns, 51 Arctic Terns, two Little Gulls, seven Knot, a Sanderling, two Turnstones, seven Grey Plovers and nine Bar-tailed Godwits. There was a Cuckoo (19th), Short-eared Owls (7th and 19th), seven White and six Yellow Wagtails (18th), seven Grasshopper Warblers, 11 Cetti’s Warblers, 25 Fieldfares (14th) and a Stonechat (19th).
BARTON: An easterly passage (30th) produced totals of 232 Arctic Terns, 18 Black Terns, two Little Gulls, seven Ringed Plovers, 14 Grey Plovers, 12 Sanderling, 166 Dunlin, three Bar-tailed Godwits, five Whimbrels, a
Greenshank, ten Turnstones and four Common Sandpipers. There were two Garganeys (2nd & 17th), a Scaup, Long-tailed Duck (22nd), Little Ringed Plover (17th), 66 Black-tailed Godwits (23rd), three Swifts (24th), 240 Sand Martins (12th), a Tree Pipit (24th), seven Grasshopper Warblers, 20 Reed Warblers 48 Blackcaps and 38 Chiffchaffs.
DONNA NOOK-PYES HALL: Maxima included five Little Ringed Plovers, five Whimbrels, 36 Avocets, a Greenshank, two Sandwich Terns, a Short-eared Owl, two Cuckoos, a Wood Lark, three Shore Larks, a Cetti’s Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 22 Whitethroats, a Firecrest, Ring Ouzel, 34 Fieldfares, a Black Redstart, Redstart, Stonechat, 12 Wheatears, just two Yellow Wagtails, six White Wagtails, 26 Twite, a Hobby, Red Kite, Hen Harrier and Glaucous Gull. Graham Catley with Steve Lorand
HIGHLIGHTS: The month started well with Iceland Gull at Freiston and a White Stork (of undetermined origin) at Frampton (2nd). A Black Brant lingered throughout at Frampton and a late Waxwing was seen (13th). Blue-headed Wagtails were recorded at Frampton (21st, 22nd & 30th). The month finished with a Great White Egret and Spoonbill (30th), the egret also present (16th).
FRAMPTON RSPB: The 1st saw the first Yellow Wagtails and Sedge Warblers return. A Ring Ouzel (3rd) was to the be the first of many seen on the way to Witham Mouth this month. Hen Harrier, Merlin and Short-eared Owl sightings were daily, the latter peaking at three (5th). A Bittern dropped in (8th) while on the 10th the elusive Little Stint gave itself up and was joined by a Little Gull, both staying to the 30th. An Osprey drifted over (15th). Turtle Doves were back in the hedgerow (from 23rd). Wader passage started (24th) with Wood Sandpiper and Curlew Sandpiper (three, 30th) arriving. A Jack Snipe was flushed (29th). At least two Scaup and three Spotted Redshanks were daily.
Greenshank on the reservoir peaked at three (19th). These were often joined by Whimbrel throughout. A pale-bellied Brent Goose and adult Little Gull were also present (19th). Toby Collett
HIGHLIGHTS: The Ring-necked Duck remained at Hauxley (to 9th). A White-tailed Eagle flew over the Farne Islands (2nd). A Red-rumped Swallow was at East Chevington (10th).
NORTH NORTHUMBERLAND: Three tundra Bean Geese visited Budle Bay (21st-22nd). A Blue-headed Wagtail was at Boulmer (28th). Two Black Terns were at West Ord (30th).
SOUTH NORTHUMBERLAND: A Great White Egret and Water Pipit remained at Druridge Pools. A Firecrest was at North Shields (2nd). The Ferruginous Duck reappeared in the south of the county (3rd-8th). Five Shore Larks were at East Chevington (6th-16th) and four at Boulmer (9th-14th). Hooded Crows were at St. Mary’s Island (9th), Hipsburn (14th), Alnwick (15th) and Druridge Pools (15th-24th). Cranes were at Druridge Pools (9th) and Longhirst Flash (20th).
A Spoonbill was at Druridge Pools (19th-19th), along with a Green-winged Teal which also visited Hauxley (14th-30th). A Dotterel flew over Longframlington (16th). A Hoopoe was at Derwent Reservoir (17th). Black Terns visited East Chevington (21st-24th) and Grindon Lough (30th). Jonathan Farooqi
HIGHLIGHTS: Spurn logged a Western Subalpine Warbler (7th), Iberian Chiffchaffs (9th & 16th) and a Savi’s Warbler (29th).
FLAMBOROUGH: There was a Firecrest, Hooded Crow and Raven (1st), a Glaucous Gull (3rd) and blue-phase Fulmar (4th). Two Velvet Scoters showed (18th), with a Great Northern Diver (23rd) and a Red-breasted Flycatcher plus Mediterranean Gull (30th).
HORNSEA MERE: There was a Garganey (4th), with two (23rd), a Glaucous Gull (7th), Great White Egret (10th), Iceland Gull (11th) and four Black Terns (30th). Two Long-tailed Ducks remained.
NORTH CAVE WETLANDS: There was a Great White Egret (8th), Garganey (10th), Spoonbill (16th), Curlew Sandpiper (17th-22nd) and 23 Black Terns (30th).
SPURN: A Western Subalpine Warbler was trapped at Church Field (7th) and surprisingly reappeared in Canal Hedge (16th) for a few days. An Iberian Chiffchaff was at the Crown and Anchor car park (9th) and 10th (trapped). Remarkably a second bird was trapped along the Canal (16th). A Red-rumped Swallow was at Kilnsea Wetlands briefly (11th) and another flew south past the Warren (24th). An elusive Savi’s Warbler was at the Canal during the morning (29th). The adult ‘Black Brant’ remained throughout with a second appearing mid-month. A drake Garganey was at Holderness field early month when a drake Mandarin visited Kilnsea Wetlands briefly. A Great White Egret was at Kilnsea Wetlands (23rd). Highlights at sea included a Great Northern Diver (11th) and three Long-tailed Ducks and a Velvet Scoter the following day. Waders included a couple of Jack Snipe (25th) and a Dotterel (29th) as well as good numbers of Whimbrel. ‘Vis miggers’ had a good day (1st) with two Bearded Tits over as well as 423 Chaffinches south. Other birds noted passing through during the month included two Red Kites and up to three Hooded Crows. Strong Kumlien’s Gull, offshore winds (30th) whipped up a spectacular Scatness, Shetland, tern passage with 861 Arctics and 57 Blacks. Despite the frequent strong northderelicees ma fbewer birds were found in the bushes including a Great Grey Shrike (7th), an early Whinchat (15th) and several Firecrests.
OTHER SITES: Tophill Low had a Mediterranean Gull (13th), Long-tailed Duck and ten Little Egrets. Garganeys were at Blacktoft Sands and High Eske. A Montagu’s Harrier lingered at Blacktoft Sands. Ian Marshall (01482 627 446) and John Hewitt 07952 293060
SCARBOROUGH: Shore Larks remained at Long Nab throughout peaking at 24 (18th). A Great Grey Shrike was at Stony Marl Moor (4th-5th) and the Maw Rigg bird was recorded (to 7th). Late Waxwings included two at Staintondale (20th) and 25 at Woodlands Ravine, Scarborough (30th). A Hawfinch, always
a scarce find, was at Harwood Dale Forest (29th). An early Quail was seen in flight at Castle Hill (9th). A small ringtail harrier flying over Folkton Carr was possibly Pallid (21st). Single Hooded Crows flew north at Long Nab (11th & 15th). Two Garganey were on Johnson’s Marsh at the start of the month, one lingered (to 15th). Two possibly three Glaucous Gulls were seen, an Iceland Gull flew north at Long Nab (22nd). Nick Addey (www.scarboroughbirding.co.uk)
BRADFORD: Bird of the month was a Great Grey Shrike that stayed for a few days at Barden (18th). Other good birds included Osprey over Barden (2nd) and Apperley Bridge (9th). A Whimbrel was over Ogden (11th), two Ring Ouzels were seen at Barden (19th), a Grasshopper Warbler was reeling at Yeadon Tarn (30th) and a Lesser Whitethroat was at the Keighley Reserve (30th). Summer migrants included a significant passage of Wheatears with high counts of 11 at Glovershaw (13th), 21 along Trough Lane (21st) and 38 at Fly Flatts (23rd). Single Whinchats on passage were seen at Glovershaw (20th) and Fly Flatts (30th). The first Redstarts arrived at Storiths (8th), Pied Flycatchers at Stridd Woods (15th), two Little Ringed Plovers in Wharfedale (2nd) and three at Queensbury (21st) and Cuckoos at Glovershaw (21st) and Bingley (29th).
LOWER AIRE VALLEY: Over 300 Whooper Swans passed through, with a Bewick’s Swan in a Whooper flock (18th). There was a Mandarin (4th). The Great White Egret was seen (1st-8th and 22nd). A Spoonbill dropped in (30th). Waders included a Ruff (11th), Greenshank (12th), 225 Black-tailed Godwits (17th), a Turnstone (24th) and two Bar-tailed Godwits (30th). Glaucous Gulls were present (11th-17th and 20th). Little Gulls were seen intermittently (9th-17th), with Mediterranean Gulls (24th and 29th), a Caspian Gull at Astley Lake (23rd) and four Kittiwakes (29th). Sandwich Terns were noted (9th and 30th). A Hobby was quite early (26th). A Tree Pipit flew over (30th). Chris King (Bradford Ornithological Group), Paul Morris
ABERDEEN: A Siberian Chiffchaff was singing at Nigg Bay Sewage Works (8th). On 18th It was reported that a Glaucous Gull had been present at Donmouth for the past week and one was seen at Girdleness.
FORVIE SAND NNR: On the 6th a Redhead Smew was off the north end of Inchgeck and stayed for a few days. A tundra Bean Goose was with the Pink-footed Geese. An early Swift was seen on 11th and an Iceland Gull (first-winter) and a Glaucous Gull (2-3cy) were also found.
The Glaucous Gull was also reported on 13th together with an Osprey. The King Eider returned to the Ythan (18th). Three Whimbrel flew up stream near Waulkmill Hide (22nd) and a drake Mandarin was at Logie Buchan. On the 24th an untagged sub-adult White Tailed Eagle flew in off the sea at the ternery just before noon, then flew upstream towards Waulkmill
LOCH OF STRATHBEG: A Great White Egret and a Little Egret were seen throughout the month. On the 8th four Ruff were reported. A Crane arrived at Starnakappie at the south end of the Loch (19th) and a Little Ringed Plover was at Starnafin. On the 20th a White Stork arrived at Starnafin and 57 Black-tailed Godwits were also present. A Bonaparte’s Gull was reported to be at Starnafin (23rd) and was later seen in fields near Crimond and again at Starnafin (28th). On the 25th a female American Wigeon was identified. The bird had been present at Starnafin for the past week. Three Cranes were roosting on the reserve (27th) and to the end of the month and spending the day in nearby fields. On the 28th a Glossy Ibis and a sub-adult Yellow-legged Gull were on the reserve. On the 30th a Green-winged Teal and male Garganey were at Tower Pool. Also on the reserve were, a Bonaparte’s Gull, Glossy Ibis, two Great White Egrets, four (and possibly seven) Cranes, Little Ringed Plover, Glaucous Gull and Marsh Harrier and the female American Wigeon.
OTHER SITES: Throughout the month a White-billed Diver was reported off the Harbour at Portsoy. A single Black-necked Grebe and a drake Green-winged Teal were found at the south-east corner of the Loch of Skene (8th). The Green-winged Teal turned up at Dunecht Policy Loch the following day. A Nuthatch was in a garden at Rora (17th). A White Stork was found at Ythanbank (19th). A Glaucous Gull was by Stonehaven Bay (23rd). Mike Chandler
ISLAY: Gruinart logged a Green-winged Teal,
Marsh Harrier, 67 Bar-tailed Godwits, 27 pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Golden Eagle, Peregrine, Corncrake, two Merlins, two Hen Harriers, three Treecreepers, a Little Tern, Garganey, 200 Barnacle Geese and ten Greenland Whitefronts. A Great Skua, Osprey and two Arctic Terns were at Loch Indaal. A Tree Pipit and White-tailed Eagle were at Port Charlotte, with 39 Great Northern Divers, 16 Black Guillemots, 26 Common Scoters, four Purple Sandpipers and six Sandwich Terns between Port Charlotte and Black Rock. Wheatears, Choughs, Peregrines and 30 Kittiwakes were at Sanaigmore. A White Wagtail was at Bunnahabhain. There were 22 Choughs at Kilchoman. Five Whooper Swans were at Kilnave Chapel. Two Wheatears and a Hen Harrier were at Carnduncan. A White-tailed Eagle was at Port Askaig. Two Goosanders and four Grey Plovers were between Gartbreck and Bowmore. A Golden Eagle and Chough were on The Oa. Two Twite were at Nerabus. Sedge Warblers were at Keills and Machir Bay. Two Snow Buntings were at Machir Bay. A Golden Eagle, Hen Harrier, Peregrine, 300 Black-tailed Godwits and 400 Golden Plovers were at Ardnave. A Little Gull and Glaucous Gull were at Blackrock. A Cuckoo was at Ballygrant. There were 97 Whimbrels at Uiskentuie. A Grasshopper Warbler was near Portnahaven. A Short-eared Owl was by Loch Gorm,
TIREE: Best birds were eight Glaucous Gulls, and nine Lapland Buntings (17th-29th). A Scaup was at Loch an Eilein (10th), two Pochards at Barrapol (23rd), two Common Scoters off Sorobaidh Bay (19th), a White-tailed Eagle at Milton (19th) and a Mealy Redpoll and Siskin at Balephuil (22nd). Three Woodpigeons were noted (from 9th). Heavy passage in northerly winds included a record Scottish count of 2,270 Black-tailed Godwits (25th) with many hundreds more through (5th-30th). Golden Plovers peaked at 9,130. Some 350 pale-bellied Brent Geese passed through (2nd-27th). The Barnacle Geese and Greenland Whitefronts departed en masse
(10th-14th). Twelve Whooper Swans and eight Redwings remained. First dates included House Martin (1st), Sand Martin (1st), Great Skua (4th), Linnet (4th), Willow Warbler (8th), over 110 White Wagtails (from 9th), Whimbrel (12th), Blackcap (15th), Greenshank (18th), Little Tern (10th), Corncrake (21st), Arctic Tern (23rd), Common Tern (24th) and Common Sandpiper (30th). Phill Catton (www.islaybirds.blogspot.com) and John Bowler (email@example.com)
HIGHLIGHTS: Paxton House had four Cormorants, seven Goosanders, a Peregrine and nine Sand Martins (1st), a Kingfisher, 32 Cormorants, 38 Swallows and 403 Sand Martins (9th), 39 Goosanders (21st) and an Osprey (24th). Abbey St Bathan’s Dene (19th) had five Wheatears. An Osprey passed through Gavinton (16th). Duns Castle had two Green Woodpeckers. The new hide at Hule Moss, Greenlaw Moor had 11 Canada Geese, 17 Tufted Ducks, three Shovelers and two Shelducks (6th), with 10 Shelducks (13th). Bemersyde had 250 Pink-footed Geese (3rd). Watch Water in the Lammermuirs had an Osprey and Cuckoo (28th). Yetholm Loch (15th) had four Chiffchaffs, 19 Tufted Ducks, three Gadwall and 12 Coots, with 80 Sand Martins per minute passing (16th), and 135 Sand Martins, six Swallows and four House Martins (24th). James D Lough
HIGHLIGHTS: A White-tailed Eagle, being mobbed by a Red Kite, flew over Tarmangie Hill, Dollar (2nd). Marsh Harriers were over Tullibody Inch (9th) and at Kinneil (27th), where a Little Gull was seen (14th). First dates included Willow Warblers at Blairdrummond Ponds (4th), Common Sandpiper at Cambus (10th), Tree Pipit in Doune (19th), Grasshopper Warbler at the Blackdevon Wetlands (20th), Wood Warbler at Abbey Craig, Stirling (21st), Cuckoo on Flanders Moss (22nd), Redstart at Doune Lodge (24th), and Whitethroat at Kinneil plus Sedge
Warbler at Blackdevon Wetlands (27th).
BO’NESS AND BLACKNESS: Four Sandwich Terns were seen (23rd).
CLACKMANNANSHIRE: Four Gadwall and a Wheatear were on Longcarse (8th). Two Barnacle Geese were on Alloa Inch (22nd), when three Gadwall, four Wheatears and four White Wagtails were on Longcarse. Two Pintails, five Barnacle Geese, 14 Whimbrels and two White Wagtails were at Cambus (25th).
FALKIRK DISTRICT: An Osprey flew over Falkirk (1st). A Blackcap was in the Parkfoot area of Falkirk (3rd).
KINNEIL: There were 221 Shelducks, 28 Scaup, 68 Pintails, 939 Black-tailed Godwits and 884 Redshanks (6th).
POWFOULIS: Two Shovelers, a Greenshank and two Grey Partridges, scarce here, were seen (8th). Two Pintails and 100 Black-tailed Godwits were reported (23rd).
STIRLING DISTRICT: A Blackcap, Long-tailed Duck and Smew were at Blairdrummond Ponds (4th). A Jack Snipe was on Flanders Moss (6th). Six Gadwall, two Pintails, a Shoveler, Black-tailed Godwit and a few Willow Warblers were at Cambus Village Pools (9th). A Black-tailed Godwit and a record 77 Redshanks were at the head of Loch Tay (17th). There were 650 Golden Plovers at Flanders Moss (22nd). A Cuckoo was at Bracklinn, Callander (30th). Neil Bielby
DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
HIGHLIGHTS: A White-tailed Eagle was at Loch Ryan (23rd). A Garganey, Barnacle Geese, Greenland Whitefronts, two Marsh Harriers, a Ruff and four Ospreys were at Caerlaverock. A Green-winged Teal, five Ospreys and a Peregrine were at Threave Estate. Ring Ouzel, Black Grouse, Curlews and Ospreys were in Dumfriesshire. Common Sandpipers were at Stranraer and Caerlaverock. Three Whimbrels, Scaup, 60 Pinkfeet, Grey Plovers and Eiders were at Carsethorn. Twelve Whimbrels were at Southerness. Thirty Sandwich Terns and 140 Brent Geese were at Stranraer/rhins. Three Puffins were at Corsewall Point. Thirty Crossbills were at Kirkconnell Flow. Willow Tits are spreading south-east. Little Egrets were on the south coast. First dates were Willow Warbler (2nd), Blackcap (4th), Swallow (8th), Wheatear (11th), Redstart (15th), Tree Pipit (18th) and White Wagtail (24th).
WEST: A Hooded Crow (2nd), 40 Meadow Pipits, two Black Guillemots a Red-throated Diver, Pinkfeet, Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Fulmars, Guillemots and Shags were at Mull of Galloway (11th). Red-breasted Mergansers and Bar-tailed Godwits were at Stranraer. A Black-tailed Godwit was in Wigtown Harbour.
OTHER SITES: Chiffchaffs and a Kingfisher were at Threave Estate. Pied Flycatchers and Willow Tits were at Ken-dee, Threave and Mainsriddle. Great Crested Grebe, Red-breasted Merganser and Ringed Plover were at Carsethorn. Sand Martins, Swallows, Willow Warblers, Blackcaps and Pied Flycatchers were widespread across the region. There were thousands of mixed hirundines over Castle Loch. Pam Woods (Dumfriesandgallowaybirding@yahoogroups.com)
CENTRAL FIFE: Letham Pools logged Greenland White-fronted Geese, Barnacle Geese, Ospreys, Little Egrets, Water Rails, Wheatears, Little Ringed Plovers, Black-tailed Godwits, Ruff, White Wagtails and Snipe. The Wilderness held Little Ringed Plovers, Common Sandpipers, Black-tailed Godwits, Whooper Swans and White Wagtails. Two Manx Shearwaters flew past Dysart (8th). An Osprey visited Lindores Loch (14th). Marsh Harriers were on Mugdrum Island (from 7th). A Green Sandpiper was at Mountcastle. A Common Sandpiper was at West Wemyss (21st). A Greenshank was at Luthrie (13th) and a Whimbrel at Dysart (23rd). A Grasshopper Warbler was at Markinch (27th). Six Hawfinches were at Kilmany (10th).
EAST FIFE: Fife Ness logged Manx Shearwaters, Red-throated Divers, Whimbrels, a Great Skua (29th) and Purple Sandpipers. Eighteen Whooper Swans flew past Crail (8th). Surf Scoters remained off Ruddons Point. A Little Egret was at Kilconquhar Loch and an Osprey at Leuchars (1st). There were 25 Purple Sandpipers at Earlsferry (26th). Whimbrels were at Balcomie and Earlsferry. Iceland Gulls visited Pittenweem and Anstruther. There were nine Crossbills at Morton Lochs (20th).
WEST FIFE: Ospreys flew over Steelend, Burntisland and Loch Gelly. A Marsh Harrier was at Loch Gelly (9th), with seven Whimbrels there (21st), a Ruff (23rd), Green Sandpiper and Common Sandpiper. Black-tailed Godwits were over Steelend. A Whimbrel was at Dalgety Bay (27th). An Iceland Gull was at Braefoot Point. Ring Ouzels were at Steelend and Kinghorn. A Lesser Whitethroat was at Ferryhills and a Garden Warbler at Dunfermline. Five Twite were at Dalgety Bay (11th). David Heeley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
HIGHLIGHTS: In Sutherland, a Ring-necked Duck was at Balnakeil (18th) and two Cranes at Loch Fleet (18th). In the west, a Ring-billed Gull was at Ullapool (29th), a Great White Egret at Harrapool (16th) and on Rum a Marsh Harrier at Kilmory (24th) and a Turtle Dove at Shamhnan Insir (21st). In Easter Ross a Lapland Bunting briefly visited Tarbat Ness (27th) and the American Wigeon remained at Udale Bay (to 24th). Further south the King Eider continued its presence at Fort George (to 6th), before moving to Whiteness.
WESTER ROSS & SUTHERLAND: An Iceland Gull was at Balnakeil (18th). A Pomarine Skua passed Stoerhead (28th), while nearby at Culkein Stoer, 21 Whimbrels were counted (23rd) and a Pintail was seen (30th). Single Glaucous and Iceland Gulls were at Achmelvich Bay (23rd), with another of the former at Ullapool (all month) and the latter at Ardmair (17th). In the east, seven Little Gulls were at Brora and a Glaucous Gull was also seen (12th). Seventy-five Slavonian Grebes were off Coul Links (7th) and 25 Whimbrels at Embo (24th).
EASTER ROSS: 53 Whooper Swans (26th) and 50 Scaup (16th) were on Loch Eye, whilst up to 500 Long-tailed Ducks were off Portmahomack (7th). Seawatching off Tarbat Ness produced five Pintails (27th), a Velvet Scoter (2nd), two Arctic Skuas (27th) and 19 Black Guilemots (11th). A Glaucous Gull was in the area (from 16th) and 460 Golden Plovers were on nearby fields (27th). Further south, single tundra Bean and
White-fronted Geese were at Dingwall (27th).
SKYE & SOUTH WEST: In the north of Skye, 155 Barnacle Geese were at Balmaqueen (6th), 31 Brent Geese in Staffin Bay (9th), a Jack Snipe in Glen Hinnisdal (27th) and 21 Black-tailed Godwits in Ardmore Bay (20th). Further south, 200 Redwings were at Harrapool (7th) and single Iceland Gulls were at Broadford (16th) and Tokavaig (4th). On Rum, 50 White-fronted Geese were seen (9th).
INVERNESS-SHIRE & BLACK ISLE: On the Black Isle, 600 Golden Plovers were at Munlochy (24th). Further south, 46 Black-tailed Godwits were counted at Alturlie (22nd), where a Little Gull was also seen (25th). Thirty-four Brent Geese were at Fort George (1st), six Grey Plover at Whiteness (9th), two Corn Buntings at Gollanfield (8th) and a Gadwall at Loch Flemington (2nd).
BADENOCH & STRATHSPEY: At Nethy Bridge were 30 Waxwings (20th), 15 Bramblings and 18 Twite (14th). Further south, 470 Sand Martins fed over Loch Insh (4th) and a tundra Bean Goose was at Insh Marshes (12th).
SPRING MIGRANTS: The first dates and locations for spring migrants were as follows: two Manx Shearwaters, Sleat (4th), Common Sandpiper, Cromdale (11th), two Arctic Terns, Embo (17th), two Common Terns, Whiteness (22nd), Cuckoo, Portree (15th), three Wood Warblers, Craigellachie Woods (28th), Whitethroat, Avoch (29th), Grasshopper Warbler, Edinbane (22nd), Sedge Warbler, Balchladich (23rd), Redstart, Loch Garten (22nd), Whinchat, Portree (27th). Tom Wells
HIGHLIGHTS: Two Surf Scoters were off Musselburgh all month, with one off Gullane Point (14th) and two at Ferny Ness (17th). A probable Black Scoter was in Gullane Bay (2nd). The Ring-necked Duck stayed at North Couston (to 2nd). A Purple Heron flew past Scoughall (13th). Snow Geese were at Musselburgh (17th) and Gladhouse (22nd-23rd). A Red Kite was near Pathhead (25th) and a Black Kite over Bruntsfield (28th).
ABERLADY: There were four Little Egrets, a Brent Goose (4th-17th) and Osprey (5th). A Scaup (14th) and three Sandwich Terns (18th) were off Gullane Point. Early migrants included a Tree Pipit (19th) and Lesser Whitethroat (21st).
BARNS NESS: Two Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull were regular. A White-fronted Goose was at White Sands Quarry (4th). A Blue-headed Wagtail (20th) and six Whimbrels (21st) were at White Sands Bay. A Water Pipit was at the Dry Burn (9th) with a Great Northern Diver offshore (14th). The first Yellow Wagtail returned to Torness (18th), with a ‘Channel’ Wagtail (21st-23rd). A Black Redstart was at Torness (23rd).
MUSSELBURGH: There was a Mandarin (7th-26th), Pintail (1st), six Black-tailed Godwits (2nd), eight Gadwall and Little Ringed Plovers (19th and 30th). Early migrants included a Willow Warbler (1st), Cuckoo (19th), Common Tern (26th) and Arctic Tern (30th).
TYNINGHAME: There were two Shore Larks (3rd), Marsh Harriers (3rd and 19th) and Ospreys (13th and 19th). A Grasshopper Warbler (13th),
Tree Pipit (19th) and Spotted Redshank plus Little Ringed Plover (30th) were at John Muir CP. Scoughall logged a Hooded Crow (5th), and Little Tern, Arctic Tern and Tree Pipit (19th). Two Common Sandpipers (19th), a Little Ringed Plover (21st) and Yellow Wagtail (28th) were at Seafield Pond. Two Swifts flew over (30th).
OTHER SITES: A Glaucous Gull was at Dunbar Harbour (1st-20th). Mandarins were at Bavelaw (1st), Lochend (9th-10th) and Middleton Pond (25th). A Barnacle Goose, two Shovelers, a Pochard and Scaup were at North Couston (1st-5th). Another Scaup was at Threipmuir all month, with three at Linlithgow Loch (17th). Ravens were at Bathgate (1st), Muirhouse (4th) and at Holyrood Park all month, which also held Ring Ouzels (2nd and 18th), a Green Woodpecker (14th) and Lesser Whitethroat (18th). Duddingston Loch held four Gadwall (5th), a Water Rail (16th-18th) and Sedge Warbler (23rd). The Balerno area had two Barnacle Geese (5th), a Gadwall (7th), Osprey (9th) and Whimbrel (22nd). Other Ospreys flew over ERI (10th) and Heriot Watt (28th). Three Brent Geese were at Seton Burn (15th-16th)). There were 51 Black-tailed Godwits at Cramond (22nd). Early migrants included a Whinchat at Carnethy (8th), Common Sandpiper at Blindwells and eight House Martins at Longniddry (9th). Waxwings included 30 at Leith (11th) and Bruntsfield (18th). Jim Nicholson
HIGHLIGHTS: A Crane was at Gilston
(24th-30th). A few Waxwings remained around the Elgin area. A drake King Eider was seen off Lossimeouth (19th).
FINDHORN BAY: Notable records included Grey Plover, Greenshank, Golden Plover, Yellowhammer, Shelduck, Teal, Greenland White-fronted Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, Barnacle Goose and Jack Snipe,
LOSSIEMOUTH: An adult White-billed Diver was seen offshore late in the month, while other records included Brambling, Great Northern Diver and Brent Goose.
SEAWATCHING: Records included White-billed Diver, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Great Skua, Long-tailed Duck, Gannet, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Razorbill, Common Scoter, Velvet Scoter, Black Guillemot and Eider.
OTHER SITES: Little Terns and Arctic Terns were back at Spey Bay. Loch Spynie had Gadwall, Scaup and Goldeneye. Yvonne Watson
HIGHLIGHTS: An Allen’s Gallinule was picked up dead on St. Kilda (26th March). A Cackling Goose was at Balranald (12th). The American Coot remained on Loch nam Feithean, Balranald (to 16th). A white-phase Gyr Falcon flew south over Loch Stiapabhat, Lewis (8th). White-billed Divers were off Port of Ness (1st) and Eoligarry, Barra (to 10th). Two Night Herons were in
Castlebay, Barra (25th-27th), with one remaining into May.
OTHER SITES: Thousands of Barnacle Geese were in west North Uist mid-month, with 5,000 Pinkfeet grounded in Ness, Lewis (11th). Two American Wigeon were at Oban Trumisgarry (16th). Green-winged Teal were at Balranald, Oban Trumisgarry and in the Loch Stiapabhat area. A Garganey was on Loch Fada, Benbecula (1st). A Velvet Scoter flew south off Ardvule (18th). Glaucous and Iceland Gulls remained widespread, with nine Glaucous Gulls at Rubh’ Arnal (6th). Two Pomarine Skuas were off Aird an Runair (15th) followed by ten (24th) and one at Brevig (29th). A heavy passage of Black-tailed Godwits included flocks of 350 at Loch Bee (21st) and 240 at Loch na Reivil (25th). An early Tree Pipit was on Barra (5th). The first Cuckoo was in Leurbost (19th). A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Morghan (to 7th). A locally rare Blue Tit visited a Grimsay garden (28th). A Hawfinch was in Balivanich (16th-17th). Lapland Buntings included four at Loch Stiapabhat, six at the Butt (8th), 12 at Loch Stiapabhat (10th) and 14 at Balranald (25th). Steve Duffield (www.western-isles-wildlife.co.uk)
PERTH AND KINROSS
HIGHLIGHTS: The long-staying drake Ring-necked Duck remained at the Culic, Pitlochry (8th). A Green-winged Teal was at Carsebreck (19th-24th) and a Slavonian Grebe visited Loch of the Lowes (23rd). The long-staying Little Egret remained at Loch Leven
(4th). A single European White-fronted Goose (7th) and nine Scaup (26th) were at Loch Leven. The first Common Sandpiper was near Scone (11th). A single Black-tailed Godwit was at Carsebreck (10th) with 25 at Loch Leven (18th). Up to two Ruff were at Loch Leven throughout. The first Cuckoo was at Balnaguard (30th). Kingfishers were noted on the River Tay at Willowgate (3rd), Killicrankie (22nd) and Quarrymill (28th). A notable flock of 4,000 Sand Martins were at Loch Leven (24th). First returning summer visitors included a House Martin at Carnbo(28th), Tree Pipit at Braco (15th), Redstart at Comrie (22nd) and Ring Ouzel at Allt Gharbh Ghaig (1st), Whitethroat at Balgeddie Toll (28th), Sedge Warbler at Megginch (10th), Grasshopper Warbler at Carsehall Bog (28th) and Willow Warbler at Loch Leven (6th). Scott Paterson, Perth and Kinross County Bird Recorder (email@example.com)
HIGHLIGHTS: The Black-throated Diver remained in Quendale (to 21st). White-billed Divers were in Bluemull (26th) and off Flubersgerdie (28th). A Crane was on Unst (1st and 26th) and at Hillwell (13th-28th). A White-tailed Eagle was at Hillwell (22nd) and Mossy Hill (24th). Green-winged Teal were recorded at Virkie (1st), Scatness (15th) and Boddam (15th). The Killdeer remained at Sandwick (to 5th). A Kumlien’s Gull was at Hillwell (12th-22nd. A Wryneck was at Scousburgh (30th). A
Hermit Thrush graced Noss (19th). A Subalpine Warbler was at Geosetter (30th). Great Grey Shrikes were at Virkie (1st) and Quendale (3rd-4th). Hawfinches were at Cunningsburgh (20th), Baltasound (29th) and Whalsay (26th). A Hornemann’s Redpoll was at Eswick (16th-17th). Lapland Buntings were Baltasound (3rd), Sumburgh Head (up to three, 10th-24th) and at Snarravoe (22nd). Hugh Harrop (www.shetlandwildlife.co.uk)
HIGHLIGHTS: Two Little Ringed Plovers were at a Forfar site (1st). Twelve Little Gulls were at Monikie CP (1st), with 62 (5th). The Red-necked Grebe was still at Lintrathen Loch (1st), with 60 Bramblings in the area. Ospreys were at Kinnordy and Balgavies Lochs (2nd), when Back Water Reservoir saw the arrival of Sand Martins. A Green Sandpiper remained at Murton Reserve, Forfar (to 2nd). Balintor had a Wheatear (2nd). Red Kites were at Kinnordy (3rd) and Glen Lethnot (19th). Twelve Waxwings were in Monifieth (7th), with seven in Dundee (5th) and a further six there (6th). Arbroath had two Swallows (6th). Lunan Bay held two Black-throated Divers (9th) and Sandwich Terns (10th). Two Ring Ouzels were at Loch Lee (9th). An Iceland Gull was on the Murton Reserve (12th). Two Cranes flew over Balgavies Loch (19th). There were 24 Sandwich Terns and a Whimbrel at West Haven Beach (22nd). Two Spotted Redshanks were at Montrose Basin (27th).
MONTROSE BASIN: There was a Little Ringed Plover (8th), 17 Scaup (8th), three Cormorants, 11 Herons, 42 Mute Swans, 638 Pinkfeet, five Greylags, 176 Shelducks, 209 Wigeon, 96 Teal, 11 Gadwall, 422 Eiders, 12 Goldeneyes, 17 Red-breasted Mergansers, 15 Pintails, 11 Goosanders, 505 Oystercatchers, two Grey Plovers, a Lapwing, Knot, four Dunlin, two Snipe, 108 Black-tailed Godwits, 404 Curlews, 1,552 Redshanks, two Greenshanks, 23 Turnstones, two Guillemots, 23 Black-headed Gulls, six Common Gulls, a Lesser Black-backed Gull and 10 Great Black-backed Gulls.
OTHER SITES: Loch of Kinnordy had two Marsh Harriers, two Ospreys, a Red Kite, Water Rail, Sedge Warbler and Little Ringed Plover (10th), with a Common Sandpiper and White Wagtail (18th), and a Blackcap, Willow Warblers, Shovelers, Snipe and a Redstart (23rd). Murton Reserve, Forfar, recorded three Pintails (1st), 16 Gadwall and an Iceland Gull (12th), plus a Green Sandpiper (to 2nd), Wigeon, Mute Swan, Lesser Redpoll, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler. Craig Mill Den had Blackcaps, Willow Warblers, a Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, two Teal (18th, a site first), Stock Dove, Buzzard, Reed Bunting, six Swallows and ten House Martins (23rd). Montreathmont Forest (2nd) had Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers, Crossbills, Yellowhammer, Chiffchaff, Bullfinch, Siskin, and Willow Warbler. Riverside Nature Park had two Blackcaps, Willow Warblers and two Gadwall (7th), and three Swallows, a Chiffchaff and Magpie (10th). The Dighty (7th) held two Grey Wagtails and a Dipper. Barry Buddon (15th) had three Wheatears, Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs. Carnoustie Bay (17th) had five Gannets, two Black-throated Divers, four Red-throated Divers, two Red-breasted Mergansers, four Eider and four Razorbills. Bob Mccurley
Pallid Harrier, Dunsop Bridge, Lancashire, May
Crane, Hillwell, Shetland, April
Lapland Bunting, Sumburgh Head, Shetland, April