Sanderling and Dunlin roosting at high tide at Newbie on the Solway (Dumfries & Galloway) 4 June 2011.
May was a pretty awful month for birding as far as I am concerned - far too windy for most of the month. I was pretty glad to see the back of it but June started in the same vein with just the same Curlew Sandpiper in the creeks at Marshside on 1st. A singing male Quail at Hesketh Out Marsh on 3rd was nice before we headed up to Scotland for our holiday on Ardnamurchan. We stayed a day on the Solway on the way up seeing little apart from some nice wader flocks in the high tide roosts.
There's plenty about Ardnamurchan in the previous posts and local birding since the trip has been predictably rather quiet apart from some good birds today at Hesketh Out Marsh. I've located reasonable numbers of Corn Buntings on the Ribble marshes (7 singing males on Longton Marsh yesterday evening and 3 at HOM); Yellow Wagtail, Jackdaw, Great spotted Woodpecker and 39 Avocets all being noteworthy HOM records.
I walked from HOM out to the River Douglas today and apart from a family party of 6 Tree Sparrows it was quite uneventful. I was surprised to see 26 Arctic Terns on the Douglas though, including two 1st summer birds. They were rather territorial and quite aggressive when Greater Black-backs flew over, usually returning to the same saltmarsh patch. Breeding has been recorded on Longton Marsh in the past (Birds of Lancashire and North Merseyside) in 1964 when one pair bred and subsequently on Hesketh Out Marsh prior to the site being claimed to agriculture n the 80's.
Two Ravens out on Longton Marsh too.