Sunday, 15 July 2012

Wknd 14-15 July

Shag ringers have been busy - 9 of 21+ mainly juv/imm birds at Wrecked Craigs rocks on Saturday morning were darvic ringed (imms blue-ZLP, red-CWE, green-ADN, AZL, KDD, JUT, TLA, USS, XLZ; ad green-SCZ?) - my second best haul here.

In evening single Red-necked Grebe, 2 RTD in Gosford Bay, diving flock of 130+ Common Scoter off Craigielaw Point, 156 Barwits on Gosford Sands.

Sunday - now 31 juv Sandwich Terns in only 80 birds on Seton shore, one catching its own fish but most waiting to be fed; this time 3+ juvs and some accompanying ads had metal rings only, suggesting they might be from the Farnes - some chicks were on the wing there by 10 July. Dave tells me that Sandwiches red-ENL and white-EAP were at Tyninghame on 12 July (more from Forvie). Some beautiful breeding plumage waders there too with 62 Barwit, 14 Golden Plover, 7 Dunlin (all ads) and 1 Knot, latter still reddish; even the Curlews have some nice rufous on them (pics above and below).

Breeding atlas - back to Seton golf course margins for Grasshopper Warbler, another half hour and this time neither sight nor sound of any of that species. Nice to see 4 Grey Partridge there, also to confirm Goldcrest with ad m FF in the pines around the caravan park (now 49 species confirmed NT47C, 4 more easy ones to go: Greenfinch, Mistle Thrush, Feral Pigeon, Stock Dove, plus Gropper!). Also got Swift entering a house on Castle Walk at junction of Fishers Road, a new site for me.

This view is the south end of Aberdour in a bright evening light, digiscoped from Gosford (17.5 miles ENE).

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