Curlews.... on approach (c) 2009
Curlews... fly past (c) 2009
Curlews.... in to land (c) 2009
Goldies.... on the deck (c) 2009
Goldies.... through > high NW (c) 2009
1000 - 1500hr
S F2, 5degC, 10 - 40km, 8/8, QNH 1022 steady.
An improving morning with waders dominating. Totally overcast skys with little wind this morning made the birds easier to see. Several skeins of Golden Plovers went through NNW and N, again very high but easily visible this morning. Curlews also prominent with some on the move west. A couple of Oystercatchers also went west. A small skein of pinks approached over the water, clipped the wave wall and away low NNW. During the morning no passerines were seen either on the deck or on the move but after lunch four well spaced albas went N and NE and mipits totalling six began to trickle through..... could this be the start of the influx?
Golden Plover 62 > NNW
Curlew 43 > W and NW
Pink footed Goose 27 > NNW
Oystercatcher 2 > W
Lapwing 40 > NNW
alba wagtail 4 > N and NE
Meadow Pipit 6 > N
Goldfinch 19 > S
Golden Plover 31
Skylark 4 singing
a few Chaffinch in the wood and several Wrens.
Still no mipits at Leeshaw late afternoon.
Goldeneye male... erect display (c) 2009
Goldeneye male.... at rest (c) 2009