The strong SW winds seem to have moved things about a bit, with an interesting selection of birds about the island. Pick of the bunch was a Ruff at Barkland, only the second spring record in the last 12 years and the earliest Fair Isle record by nine days. Amongst the other common waders a Jack Snipe at Da Water was also notable.
|The Ruff (despite being seen with Starlings here) was generally with waders (Lapwing, Redshank and Ringed Plovers) in the fields at Barkland.|
As well as the Ruff, the year list got a boost from two Bean Geese opposite Stackhoull, the first here since 14th December and the first description species of the year!
|One with a long-looking dark bill and one with a very orange bill, but overall size and structure (particularly the dumpy necks and head shapes) seems to identify these as Tundra Beans. The poor picture quality here obvioulsy doesn't help.|
With Assistant Wardens returning soon and some south-easterlies forecast, I'm hoping there'll be a few more birds to report soon.