The 2017  Stronsay Bird Report now printed and the covers illustrated with an original pencil sketch:







Best bird of the year - a Northern Flicker seen briefly at very close range in the Reserve Drive on 2nd December (see sketch below)



The main features we noted were the black and brown barred mantle;

The shortish (longer than Woodcock)dark rounded tail, and the gleeming white large rump patch - almost like an open furnace door! No head details were noted other than that the bill was not 'long' - ruling out Snipe/Woodcock etc.

Suddenly rising up out of the grass and displaying the features that it did it 'should' have been a 'wader' - but it clearly wasn't!  Woodpeckers hardly come to mind in Orkney - especially in early December!







Plenty of Goldcrest last Autumn:








 A great discovery in late July 2017

at the Bu Loch - the island's first record of

Least Sandpiper, a transatlantic vagrant to the UK!





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