Monday, 24 June 2013

Random Roundup!

So what’s been kicking off at St Abb’s Head…

Time to break it down… 

Since my last post a Spoonbill flew past north on the 11/06 (a first for the reserve). Other recent highlights have been a drake Mandarin at Millar’s Moss on the 16/06 and a female on the 23/06. A Cuckoo was also briefly seen on the 22/06 at Northfield.

Buzzard with food
The breeders have also been keeping busy. Most of the seabirds now have young and guillemots will be jumping soon.  Meadow pipits, Rock pipits, Carrion crow, Rook, Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Willow warbler, Sedge warbler, Blue tits and Great tits are all fledging and Coots and Mallards have plenty of young on the Mire Loch and at Millar’s Moss. 

2 pairs of Little grebe have been spotted acting very territorial on the Mire Loch so hopes for some little, little grebes soon. Reed warbler has also been singing in the reedbed for a while now… breeding?

Rock pipit first bath!
Time for a rest
Plenty of NB Argus around as well as Small Copper, Wall Brown and the first Common Blues have begun to emerge. 

NB Argus
Small Heath (at John Muir Country Park)
Things have also slightly improved on the moth front with Marbled Coronet, Scalloped Hazel, Common and Map-winged Swift, Silver Ground Carpet and Brimstone all being recent additions. The trap is out again tonight, although with a monster of a moon it might not be much of a catch.

Map-winged Swift
No further sightings of Dolphins but rumours of a Whale spotted off the head are filtering in. A Harbour Porpoise on the 18/06 went south.

Hordes of Common Blue and Blue-tailed Damselflies around the dam end of the Mire Loch today, but still awaiting the first dragons.

Common Blue Damselfly

Blue-tailed Damselfly

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Black guillemot, Black redstart and Bottlenose dolphins...

Long time no blog … been busy with full colony counts of auks. Counting Guillemots in my sleep!
Black Guillemot
Very little to report on the migrant front. A nice Black guillemot has been frequenting ‘Burnmouth Harbour’ Burnmouth Harbour at St Abbs Head, not Burnmouth! and was still around on the 7th. A female Black redstart has also turned up again at the lighthouse this evening... presumably a new bird as the last one was seen on the 7/5.

Canada's swimming north past the lighthouse... weird!
Bottlenose dolphins have been making almost daily appearances over the last few days. With 15-20 south on the 5th, 8 north on the 7th and further reports from St Abbs harbour.

Bottlenose Dolphins
Breeding birds...

Guillemots and Shags now have young. Kittiwakes, Fulmars and Razorbills won’t be far behind. One of our Puffins was bringing back fish tonight so it’s safe to assume they also have young. 

Millar’s Moss today;
Coot b/2 + 2 occupied nests + 7 ad.
Mallard b/5 + 12m, 7f
Tufted duck 12m, 10f
Also an interesting looking 2nd yr Great black-backed gull with full brown hood… probably been feeding in mud.

Mire Loch.
Coot b/5, b/3
Tufted duck 4m 3f
Mallard 3m

Also Pied wagtails have fledged from nr boathouse and Rock pipits are being fed at the lighthouse.

Moth trapping has been fairly quiet recently but this Herald was a nice surprise. 


Chrysolina polita

One for the dub birder ‘Birding at 140 bpm (brews per minute)’ on the Brownsman