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High­lights

The most ex­cit­ing news of the month was of a White-throated Needle­tail on Barra, Outer He­brides, on 22nd. Alas, it was not seen since. The Black­browed Al­ba­tross seen in the North Sea coast of north­ern Eng­land, ap­peared off the Bor­ders coast on 29th and off Loth­ian the next day.

ABERDEENSHIRE

BLACKDOG/MURCAR: The scoter flock built up to­wards the end of the month. A Black Scoter re­mained with them (to 3rd). Vel­vet Scot­ers peaked at 12 (3rd). A Hobby flew over Murcar Golf Course (12th). The King Eider was at Blackdog (from 20th). FORVIE SANDS: The King Eider stayed on the Ythan Es­tu­ary (to 18th). A Mediter­ranean Gull was seen (7th). A Hobby was at Auch­ma­coy Bridge (14th). A Lit­tle Egret was at Inch Road (17th). LOCH OF STRATHBEG: A Roseate Tern and Spoon­bill were noted (4th), with a Hobby (7th), Great White Egret (17th) and a Mediter­ranean Gull (18th). OTHER SITES: A Lit­tle Stint was at Cairn­bulg (2nd). A Tur­tle Dove was in gar­dens at Muchalls (16th). Mike Chan­dler

AR­GYLL

ISLAY: A Rose-coloured Star­ling and Mer­lin were near Laphroaig (21st). A Glau­cous Gull was re­ported (9th). The Ring-necked Duck re­mained at Fi­nalggan (to 29th). Ospreys were at Loch Gorm (1st), Gru­inart (5th) and Loch In­daal (25th and 29th). White-tailed Ea­gles were at Loch Gorm, Kil­meny and Bal­ly­grant. Corn­crakes were at eight sites. Choughs at Kil­choman peaked at 50. Golden Ea­gles were at eight sites and Hen Har­ri­ers at 11. Four Lit­tle Terns, 15 Arc­tic Terns, three Com­mon Terns and 28 Black-tailed God­wits were at Ard­nave (6th). Two Sand­wich Terns, three Black Guille­mots and 20 Great North­ern Divers were on Loch In­daal (12th). Red Throated Divers were seen (7th, 26th and 29th). Some 200 Gan­nets and a Great Skua were seen from French­man’s Rocks (21st). Vel­vet and Com­mon Scot­ers were seen from Port Char­lotte (24th). TIREE: A Rose-coloured Star­ling was at The Green (3rd). A Glau­cous Gull re­mained in West Tiree. A Pec­toral Sandpiper and Lit­tle Stint were at Loch a’ Phuill (1st), with an­other Lit­tle Stint there (5th). Curlew Sand­pipers were at Gott Bay (2nd) and Loch a’ Phuill (5th and 22nd). Is­land scarci­ties in­cluded 40 Storm Pe­trels (1st-15th), a Lit­tle Grebe at Loch Ri­aghain (28th), pale-bel­lied Brent Goose at Cross­apol (8th), Pink­foot at Loch Bhirceapol (9th), Spar­rowhawk at Bale­phuil (8th), with a Wood­pi­geon there (22nd-24th) and Siskin (27th), two Knot at Loch a’ Phuill (5th), an Arc­tic Skua at Cnu Lochanan (16th), five Ruff, two Sand­wich Terns (1st-18th), Swifts at Car­nan Mor (8th) and Scarin­ish (11th), two Cuck­oos (to 15th), and a Whitethroat at Car­nan Mor (5th). Three Whooper Swans are sum­mer­ing. Sev­eral Great North­ern Divers lin­gered around the coast. Five re­turn­ing Golden Plovers were at Sandaig (25th). Un­usu­ally high num­bers of Arc­tic Terns in­cluded 170 at The Green (28th) and 600 at Gott Bay (29th). The Corn Crake cen­sus re­vealed 313 call­ing males. There were three Grasshopper War­blers and Wa­ter Rails at three sites. The seabird breed­ing sea­son is look­ing en­cour­ag­ing so far. Num­bers of nest­ing Kit­ti­wakes and Ful­mars are up on 2013-16 lev­els and there were good num­bers of Shag, Ful­mar, Guille­mot and Ra­zor­bill eggs and chicks at the month-end. Num­bers of nest­ing Her­ring and Lesser Black-backed Gulls con­tinue to dwin­dle. Scarce breed­ers in­cluded a pair of Green­finches, a pair of Com­mon Red­polls and a pair of House Martins. A sum­mer­ing Robin at Bale­phuil failed to at­tract a mate. Phill Cat­ton (www.is­lay­birds.blogspot.com) and John Bowler (john.bowler@rspb.org.uk)

BOR­DERS

HIGH­LIGHTS: Ospreys showed at Watch Wa­ter (Lam­mer­muirs) and Yetholm Loch. Mute Swan num­bers showed a big in­crease at the lat­ter site, with 152 (21st). Also present were two Shov­el­ers, a Scaup and eight Gad­wall. Two Green Wood­peck­ers called at Hen Poo’, Duns Cas­tle. Red­starts were also re­ported there. The King­fisher re­turned to its favourite site by Tweed­side Hide at Pax­ton House. Pas­sage Sand Martins there num­bered 1,411 (7th) and 2,475 (12th). The new hide at Hule Moss (Green­law Moor) had a site first, with Shel­ducks pro­duc­ing nine young. 10 Tufted Ducks were also present and a pair of Pere­grines in­ter­acted. Pas­sage Swifts in­cluded 585 (17th) and a splen­did 1,135 (23rd). Gan­nets are at­tempt­ing to nest at St Abb’s Head. A sur­prise there was a pass­ing Black-browed Al­ba­tross. Two Cranes vis­ited farm­land at Ec­cles. James D Lough

CEN­TRAL RE­GION

HIGH­LIGHTS: Four San­der­ling were at the head of Loch Tay (7th). CLACKMANNANSHIRE: There were 51 Black-tailed God­wits in Devon­mouth Pool (4th). A Marsh Har­rier was at the Black­de­von Wet­lands (22nd). STIRLING DISTRICT: A Cuckoo was at North Third Reser­voir. (3rd). Two Short-eared Owls

were near Sher­iff­muir Inn (8th). A Quail was at Sher­iff­muir (23rd). Neil Bielby

DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Black-headed Bunting was at New Galloway (16th-17th). A Mediter­ranean Gull was at Drum­more (20th). Five Ospreys were at both Th­reave Es­tate and Caerlave­rock, with an­other at Loch Doon. Night­jars were seen across the re­gion. Breed­ing Spot­ted Fly­catch­ers and Grey Wag­tails were at Buck­land. A Man­darin was at Eskrigg (6th). A Red­start was at Gar­roch Es­tate. A Wood­cock was at Kirk­con­nell Flow. MULL OF GALLOWAY/RHINS: Shags, Ra­zor­bills, Black Guille­mots, Guille­mots and Kit­ti­wakes bred. Red Kite, Lin­net and Wheatear were seen. OTHER SITES: A Jay and young Curlews were in Dum­friesshire. A Pere­grine, Red Kite, Buz­zard, Canada Geese, Wil­low War­blers and Sedge War­blers were at Th­reave Es­tate. King­fish­ers were at Caerlave­rock and on the River Dee. Tree Spar­rows were at Main­srid­dle. Tawny Owls bred at Eskrigg. Three Whin­chats were in Lau­rieston For­est. Oys­ter­catcher, Curlew and Red Kite were at Kirkcud­bright Bay. Kirk­bride Loch held young Grey­lags, Lit­tle Grebes, Tufted Ducks and Reed Bunt­ings. Pam Woods (Dum­friesandgal­loway­bird­ing@ya­hoogroups.com)

FIFE

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Scaup re­mained at Kil­con­quhar Loch (to 2nd). A Surf Scoter was off Kin­shaldy (23rd). A no­table 67 Goosanders were off West We­myss on 25th. A Quail was at Morton Lochs (11th). A Red-throated Diver flew past Fife Ness and a Great North­ern Diver was in Dal­gety Bay (12th). Manx Shear­wa­ters passed An­struther (five on 1st, 120 on 13th), Dal­gety Bay (seven on 15th), Cel­lardyke (20 on 21st), Path­head (four on 25th) and Fife Ness (100 on 28th). Fife Ness logged five Storm Pe­trels (29th). Lit­tle Egrets were in Bal­gove Bay and off the Eden Es­tu­ary Cen­tre. A Spoon­bill flew over Ferry Hills and then ap­peared at Tor­ry­burn (18th). An Osprey flew over Kil­many. Two Green­shanks and six Lit­tle Terns were at Tentsmuir Point. Guard­bridge held a Whim­brel. An Arc­tic Skua flew past Fife Ness (28th). Lit­tle Gulls were at Guard­bridge (11th) and Fife Ness (29th). Pairs of Cuck­oos were at East We­myss (15th), Kilmin­ning (14th) and Wormis­ton (25th). Two Grey Wag­tails were in Cu­par. Whin­chats re­turned to Glen Vale with three there (5th). A pair of Ravens dis­played over Kil­renny (3rd). David Hee­ley (dw.hee­ley@bt­in­ter­net.com)

HIGH­LANDS

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Com­mon Rosefinch was at Scourie (4th). A Hawfinch vis­ited Ul­lapool (8th-11th). A Lesser Whitethroat was at The Mound, Loch Fleet (3rd-12th). An Ic­ter­ine War­bler held ter­ri­tory at Nigg (from 2nd). A Wood­chat Shrike was at Gar­bole, Strathdearn (8th-11th). BADENOCH AND STRATHSPEY: A Pied Fly­catcher and two Wood War­blers were at Craigel­lachie (1st). Three Black-tailed God­wits and a Pied Fly­catcher were at Insh Marshes (25th). A Green Wood­pecker was in Glen Tromie (21st). EASTER ROSS: Sea­watch­ing off Tar­bat Ness pro­duced max­ima of 225 Com­mon Scot­ers (28th), 98 Manx Shear­wa­ters (21st), two Arc­tic Skuas (29th) and six Great Skuas (30th). A Pur­ple Sandpiper, Glau­cous Gull (3rd) and Ice­land Gull (23rd) were also noted. INVERNESS-SHIRE AND BLACK ISLE: A Curlew Sandpiper vis­ited Udale Bay (2nd). A Lit­tle Egret was at Bra­han (1st). Two Lit­tle Gulls were off Chanonry Point (8th). Forty Manx Shear­wa­ters were off Fort Ge­orge (28th). A Pied Fly­catcher sang at the en­trance to Glen Maz­eran, Strathdearn (13th). SKYE AND SOUTH WEST: Quails called at Kil­muir (6th) and Hallin (1st). A Short-eared Owl was at Up­per Hal­is­tra (30th). A Pin­tail vis­ited Loch Treaslane (10th). A Lit­tle Gull was at Broad­ford (6th). Six Whim­brels were at Ard­nish (12th). WESTER ROSS AND SUTHER­LAND: A Sooty Shear­wa­ter was off Strathy Point (17th). There were 22 Great Skuas at Culkein Drum­beg (10th) and three Arc­tic Skuas at Raf­fin (27th). A Mediter­ranean Gull vis­ited Loch Tor­ri­don (22nd). Two Arc­tic Skuas (27th), two Glau­cous Gulls (5th) and Lit­tle Gulls (5th and 14th) were off Brora. A Brent Goose was at Dornoch Point (19th). Tom Wells

LOTH­IAN

HIGH­LIGHTS: A Black-browed Al­ba­tross, seen in North York­shire the day be­fore, was briefly ob­served from Sea­cliff, head­ing to­wards the Bass Rock in very bad weather (29th). This is the fifth record for Loth­ian, with the oth­ers in 2002 and three years’ worth of sight­ings (all of the same bird pre­sum­ably) from 1967-69. The wet north-east­erly winds of the 29th also brought an adult Sabine’s Gull to Bel­haven Bay. MUSSELBURGH AREA: An im­ma­ture Mediter­ranean Gull was seen (7th). Nine Gad­wall, 32 Goosanders and a Black-tailed Godwit were present (10th). A Barn Owl was at nearby Goshen Steading (13th). ABERLADY AREA: Sin­gle Quails were heard

(11th & 17th) with two call­ing (14th). Two Ospreys flew over the bay and two Whim­brels were seen (11th). A Lesser Whitethroat was still singing (30th). TYNINGHAME AREA: The Reed War­bler con­tin­ued to sing at Seafield Pond un­til the 14th. A Red Kite was seen over Bel­haven Bay (4th). A fe­male Gar­ganey was at Seafield Pond (17th). Twenty-eight Manx Shear­wa­ters, a Bonxie, an Arc­tic Skua and two Lit­tle Terns flew past Scoughall (30th). BARNS NESS AREA: A Red Kite flew over White Sands (4th). A Quail sang at Barn Ness (10th). Two Yel­low Wag­tails were at Skat­eraw (14th). OTHER SITES: A Roseate Tern was at Leith Docks through­out the month, where it paired up with a Com­mon Tern. Five Cuck­oos were seen in the Pent­lands at Lo­gan­lea (1st) with a Lit­tle Ringed Plover (25th) and im­ma­ture Med Gull (26th) at nearby Threip­muir and an Osprey at Bavelaw (25th). Mean­while four Cuck­oos, a pair of Whin­chats and a Barn Owl were in the Lam­mer­muirs (9th) with an Osprey hunt­ing at Faseny (18th). Thir­teen Cross­bills were counted at Beecraigs CP (3rd). An Osprey was seen at Cra­mond (5th), where three Scaup (25th), two Pin­tails, three Whim­brels and 80 Manx Shear­wa­ters (all 26th) were also seen. A noc­tur­nal Quail was heard over Long­nid­dry (8th) with oth­ers in fields to the south of the vil­lage through­out the month and an­other at Dam­side near Loan­head (18th). Loan­head also held a Cuckoo (19th) in fields op­po­site Ikea (19th). A Ring-necked Para­keet was seen in Morn­ing­side (16th). Jim Ni­chol­son

MO­RAY

HIGH­LIGHTS: An Ice­land Gull was at the Lossie Es­tu­ary (2nd), with a Glau­cous Gull there (16th-29th) and a Sooty Shear­wa­ter (26th). Quails were at Dark­land (4th and 10th), Gol­ford (5th), Keith (two on 7th), Kin­loss (14th-19th), Ro­seisle (21st) and El­gin (21st). A Curlew Sandpiper was at Find­horn Bay (3th-4th). Two Great North­ern Divers were off Kingston (17th). A Lit­tle Egret was at Find­horn Bay (27th). OTHER SIGHT­INGS: Sea­watch­ing brought records of Manx Shear­wa­ter, Great Skua, Gannet, Ful­mar, Kit­ti­wake, Guille­mot, Arc­tic Skua, Puf­fin, Sand­wich Tern, Ra­zor­bill, Black Guille­mot, Red-throated Diver, Red-breasted Mer­ganser, Sooty Shear­wa­ter, Com­mon Tern, Eider, Great North­ern Diver and Arc­tic Tern. Find­horn Bay had Whooper Swan, Shel­duck, Black-tailed Godwit, Canada Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Bar-tailed Godwit, Red-breasted Mer­ganser, Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Lossiemouth had Wi­geon, San­der­ling, Pere­grine, Dunlin and Ringed Plover. Yvonne Wat­son

OUTER HE­BRIDES

HIGH­LIGHTS: A White-throated Needle­tail was at Gleann, Barra (22nd). A White-winged Black Tern was at Loch Mor/ Fada (19th). A Rose-coloured Star­ling was at Eoli­garry, Barra (22nd-30th). OTHER SITES: A Gar­ganey was in the Bal­ranald area (3rd-13th). A Pin­tail was at Loch Mor (16th). Quails were at Eoli­garry, Swain­bost, Gal­son and Skiger­sta. A Wa­ter Rail was on Min­gu­lay (20th). An Osprey was at Loch Euphort and Askernish. Two Lit­tle St­ints were at Loch Paible (2nd), with oth­ers at Aird an Ru­nair, South Bois­dale and Ard­vule (6th). Four Curlew Sand­pipers were at Loch Paible (6th). A Pur­ple Sandpiper was at Aird an Ru­nair (23rd). Two Lit­tle Gulls were at Loch Sti­a­pab­hat (10th-11th) with one lin­ger­ing (to 16th). Ruff were at Loch Sandary and in the Loch Mor area through­out the month. A hand­ful of Glau­cous and Ice­land Gulls re­mained. Three Long-tailed Skuas flew north off Aird an Ru­nair (6th), and one was over Paible (7th). Two Po­ma­rine Skuas were seen from the Lochmaddy-uig ferry (12th). A Tur­tle Dove was in South Glendale (1st-2nd). Swifts were over Loch Branahuie (14th) and at Hougharry (21st). A Red­wing was at Car­nan (8th). A Lesser Whitethroat was in South Glendale (5th), when a Reed War­bler was at Car­nan. A Wood War­bler was on Barra (1st). Four Siskins were at Loch Eynort (6th) and a male was seen feed­ing two re­cently fledged ju­ve­niles at Lan­gass Lodge (8th). 10 Cross­bills were at North Loch Eynort (27th). Steve Duffield (www.west­ern-isles-wildlife.co.uk)

TAYSIDE

HIGH­LIGHTS: The Lur­gies held a Spoon­bill (1st), with two (2nd-11th), a Lit­tle Stint (9th), two Ospreys (10th), two Lit­tle Egrets (15th), with three (26th), and a Red Kite (25th). Mur­ton Re­serve held a Lit­tle Ringed Plover (7th). A Gar­ganey was on the Slunks (9th). A Great North­ern Diver vis­ited Lu­nan Bay (11th), with three Lit­tle Terns there (14th) and 300 Manx Shear­wa­ters (26th). A Great Skua was at Mains of Usan (11th). A Black-throated Diver was at Kin­nordy (12th). Seafield Farm held a Quail (19th). A Great North­ern Diver was at Craig Mill Burn mouth (26th). MONTROSE BASIN: There were nine Com­mon Sand­pipers and three Green­shanks (25th). Max­ima were 14 Cor­morants, five Herons, 92 Mute Swans, two Grey­lags, 152 Shel­ducks, five Wi­geon, five Teal, 10 Mal­lards, 766 Eiders, five Red-breasted Mer­gansers, eight Goosanders, a Moorhen, seven Ringed Plovers, 296 Oys­ter­catch­ers, a Lit­tle Ringed Plover, eight Dunlin, two Black-tailed God­wits, 63 Curlews, a Red­shank, 246 Black-headed Gulls, 43 Com­mon Gulls, 40 Her­ring Gulls, eight Great Black-backed Gulls, a Sand­wich Tern, 130 Com­mon Terns, and 27 ‘Com­mic’ terns. Two Wa­ter Rails were seen (26th). OTHER SITES: Mur­ton Re­serve, For­far (7th) held two Shov­el­ers, a Gad­wall, Sand Martins, eight Lap­wings with two ju­ve­niles, two Mute Swans with two cygnets, Cor­morants, Coots, a Mag­pie, Chif­fchaff, Yel­lowham­mer, Reed Bunting, Pied Wag­tail, and two Red­shanks. Craig Mill Den (8th) held a Spot­ted Fly­catcher. Lu­nan Bay (11th) held four Sand­wich Terns, 10 Kit­ti­wakes, 10 Ful­mars, three Red-throated Divers and a Gannet, plus four Vel­vet Scot­ers (25th). Glen Esk (17th) held a Red­start, Cuckoo, Spot­ted Fly­catcher, Wheatear, Com­mon Sandpiper and Sedge War­bler. Barry Bud­don (18th) held Black­cap, Buz­zard, Mis­tle Thrush, Whitethroat, Swal­lows, Sky Larks, Wil­low War­bler, two Mag­pies and Swifts, plus a Wheatear (29th). Fish Town of Usan (26th) recorded 15 Manx Shear­wa­ters. Bob Mc­cur­ley

Black-throated Diver, Lochin­dorb, High­land late May

In as­so­ci­a­tion with

Quail , Kin­loss Mo­ray, 7 June

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