No big rarities, but a beautiful sunny day on 19th and some pleasant birding over both days as migrants continued to come in, despite the freshening SW wind. After several days of gales and rain, the lack of wind and the sunshine on Thursday were enjoyable enough to be out in, but the fact that birds were arriving (albeit in fairly small numbers) was an added bonus. A small arrival of warblers saw the Yellow-browed count rise to 3, 2 Barred Warblers (in what has been a relatively quiet autumn so far for the species), Wood Warbler, 12 Willow Warbler and 6 Blackcap, with ones and twos of several other species. A Red-breasted Flycatcher in Schwarzi Geo was well received and the Red-backed Shrike was still performing around the Obs. A Hen Harrier appeared briefly at Wirvie in the evening and Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine were also present. Swallows posted their highest total of the month with 17 passing through and two Peacock butterflies were the first of September.
|Birding the geos is not always easy, so well done to the birders who picked out the Red-breasted Flycatcher (our first of the autumn). Can you spot it?!|
|How about this Yellow-browed Warbler? The number of good birds that must be missed at the base of cliffs and geos that aren't visible from the island top isn't worth thinking about!|
|Not a bad sight from the kitchen window. The 'spyhopping' Risso's Dolphin in the middle appears to be trying to see what we're having for dinner.|
|Driftwood in the garden provides entertainment for the Great Spotted Woodpecker. A few peanuts stuffed into the various logs will hopefuly help this rather tired migrant to build up the strength to continue its journey to somewhere more suitable.|
|On days when birds are arriving, they can appear in odd places - this Yellow-browed Warbler is on top of the Rippack, a relatively high point covered in heather but not much in the way of cover or typical phyllosc habitat.|