So in answer to yesterday’s blog title, now we know what was next: PALLID HARRIER! The day had started well, with sunshine and an easterly breeze and, despite there being no birds at all caught on the morning trap round, we were fairly confident that something would turn up. My census revealed an increase in Willow Warblers in the North (it’s great seeing them in the geos and on cliff tops, real ‘migration in action’ stuff) and the whoosh of wings as three Ruff and a Black-tailed Godwit came in from the sea over my head to land on Easter Lother.
|Incoming! Black-tailed Godwit and Ruff arriving from the North.|
A nice surprise was to follow with the relocation of the Short-toed Lark at the airstrip and news filtered in from the south that the Red-backed Shrike was still present, a Redstart and Reed Warbler were new in and Willow Warblers were up to 21. A good morning.
|Another brief appearance from the elusive Short-toed Lark.|
|The Arctic Warbler in Schoolton.|
|Can you tell what it is yet? The first fly past that showed the key features.|
|You beauty! What more needs to be said?|
|Whilst watching the Arctic in the Schoolton garden, the harrier flew along the Meadow Burn directly behind it. Brilliant!|
|Watching a Willow Warbler on Dronger, I realised I was being watched by this fluffy young Fulmar.|
|One of the nice things about August is that as well as the good migrants, several seabirds are still present. Here a young Bonxie practices chasing an Arctic Skua.|