May 2010

May migrants have included a gorgeous trip of 4 dotterel in Tankerness on 9/5.

A bit of a red-letter day on 15/4, with great views of an adult sea eagle in Rendall; followed by close ups of our beared seal in Finstown.  It’s a long way from home – should be in the high Arctic!

Other highlights included Scottish primroses in flower on 18/5, a pair of wood sandpipers on 19/5, and a cuckoo on 20/5 & 25/5.

We saw a food pass by a pair of hen harriers on 25/5.

Bird of the month though (so far!) was a red-rumped swallow in our local village of St. Margaret’s Hope on 25/5.

Orcas have been seen on a weekly basis now for about 3 weeks in the Pentland Firth, Scapa Flow, and around the islands.