August 2010

The bird of the year (so far!) turned up at the south end of our island on 5/8 in the form of an Alpine swift.  Only one of just 3 records in Orkney, it was a large and handsome bird, giving close up views of its white belly and chin.

6 crossbills at Rackwick on Hoy and a pure white albino starling on South Walls were also of interest (8/8).

At Cantick Head on South Walls (also 8/8) we had the best ever views of a pair of adult harbour porpoises playing beneath us in the clear sea – we could actually see them swimming underwater, awesome!

Also a large flock of 50 whimbrel overhead at Gerraquoy on 17/8.