April 2022 – Sightings

April 2022 – Sightings

30/4/21

  • Angle Shades moth

29/4/21

  • Great Northern Diver (x7)
  • Whimbrel (x2)
  • Great Skua
  • Arctic Skua
  • Linnet (singing in garden)
  • Twite (singing in garden)

26/4/21

  • Great Northern Diver (x3)
  • Tufted Duck (x3 – new arrivals)
  • Whimbrel (x14+4+2+1 – spring passage has started)
  • Hen Harrier (x2 ring-tails)
  • Golden Eagle (still around…)
  • Little Terns (x6+8 – first of the year)
  • Cuckoo
  • Swallows
  • Sedge Warbler (first of the year)
  • Blackcap (two singing males)
  • Danish Scurvy-grass (in flower)

24/4/21

  • Golden Eagle (a sub-adult individual) – our first on the island!
  • Hen Harrier (several sightings of at least 3 individuals)
  • Red-throated Diver
  • Cuckoo
  • Emperor Moth
  • Common Heath moth
  • Moss Carder Bee (ssp agricolae) queen
  • Marsh Violet (in flower)
  • Blinks (in flower)
  • Several fragments of iron-age pottery discovered

23/4/21

  • Red-throated Diver

22/4/21

  • Canada Geese (x7)
  • Hen Harrier (two separate ring-tails)
  • Golden Plover (x25+2)
  • Corncrake
  • [Great Skua (x4 reported)]
  • Arctic Skua
  • Manx Shearwater (several hundred individuals off-shore)
  • White Wagtail (x4)

21/4/21

  • Little Grebe
  • Cuckoo (first of the year)
  • Sand Martin (first for the year)
  • Twite
  • Chrysolina staphylea (a leaf beetle – first for Coll)

20/4/21

  • Hen Harrier (male)
  • Whimbrel (first of the spring)
  • Golden Plover (flocks of 40, 30 and then 40)
  • Canada Goose (x5)
  • Pheasant (a single female has taken up residence locally)
  • Twite (impressive flock of 230 birds)

19/4/21

  • Great Northern Diver
  • Red-throated Diver
  • Golden Plover (x3)
  • Snipe
  • Manx Shearwater (several hundred moving north)
  • Swallow (reported)
  • White Wagtail (x3)
  • Redwing (a single bird of the Icelandic race)
  • Twite (a flock of 130)
  • Small-spotted Catshark (egg-case on beach)
  • Nursehound (egg-case on beach)
  • Blonde Ray (egg-case on beach)
  • Dolphin sp (a small pod close-in)

18/4/21

  • Greenland White-fronted Goose (x12)
  • Teal (x12)
  • Hen Harrier (male)
  • Kestrel
  • Arctic Skua
  • Golden Plover (x2)
  • Corncrake (first of the year)
  • Blonde Ray (egg case on beach)

15/4/21

  • Great Northern Diver (x3)
  • Shelduck (x1 north)
  • Curlew (x1)
  • Black Guillemot (x3)
  • Greenland Wheatear (first of the spring)
  • Willow Warbler (first of the year)
  • Scots Lovage (leaves)
  • Common Scurvygrass (in flower)

14/4/21

  • Great Northern Diver (x2)
  • Barnacle Geese (small flocks leaving)
  • Manx Shearwater (huge rafts offshore)
  • Guillemot
  • Razorbill
  • Puffin
  • Twite (x50)
  • (Orca and Minke Whale reported yesterday)

4/4/21

  • Great Skua (x2 first of year)

2/4/21

  • Greenland White-fronted Geese (x63)
  • White-tailed Eagle (x3)

1/4/21

  • Peregrine Falcon (female found dead on beach)
  • Greenfinch (x5)
  • (Golden Eagle reported locally again!!)

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