My first 2 common whitethroats of the year were singing at Garrygall this morning, 13 days later than last year. A sand martin was also in the same area. There were a few more swallows around today but hopefully there are more to arrive still.
There's a lot of very smart looking great northern divers around at present.
An overnight camp near Bragar, Isle of Lewis and woke to a lovely morning and Turnstones, Dunlin and Ringed Plover on the beach. Arctic Terns were fishing close in to the shore and 5 Whimbrel flew over. Common Sandpiper heard. Also in the area: Grey Heron, Great Northern Diver, White Wagtail, Shelduck and Rock Pipit.
A Sedge Warbler was singing in Carloway last night.
An afternoon tour round Ness in the unaccustomed warm sunshine held some surprises: Dotterel – two (a male and a female) on the machair between the Sports Centre and Ness Social Club (6.30 - 7.30 pm)
Golden Plover – 18
Dunlin – 70
Ringed Plover – 21
Whimbrel – 8 at Fivepenny flew off NW (7.30 pm)
Oystercatcher – 40