Tyninghame on the 12th, single Little Ringed Plovers were at Musselburgh on the 24th and at Tyninghame on the 27th, Whimbrel could be found in good numbers with 18 at Musselburgh on the 1st and 22 at Tyninghame on the 20th, Black-tailed Godwits were reported only from Musselburgh with 7 there on the 16th, Ruff were present throughout including 8 in Belhaven Bay on the 11th and at least 9 at Musselburgh on the 27th, Greenshanks at Tyninghame peaked at 26 on the 20th.

Little Egrets could be found at Tyninghame (or nearby Belhaven Bay) pretty much daily in what must surely have been the best month for this species any county in Scotland had ever seen, at least three birds were present throughout but at least 7 seen on the 20th was a new Scottish Record Count. Little Egret sightings away from Tyninghame / Belhaven Bay included 3 in Aberlady Bay and singles at Cramond and Musselburgh (all on the 26th).

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A one day juvenile Red-crested Pochard in Aberlady Bay (25th) was rarity of the month. Dave Allan.

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This Spotted Redshank at Musselburgh was one of around 8 seen in Lothian. Mike Thrower.

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This Little Stint at Tyninghame was just one of at least 12 seen during the month. Dave Allan.

Birds of prey included a Red Kite over Straiton, Loanhead (14th), up to 6 Ospreys were seen with birds over Bruntsfield, Edinburgh (13th), Musselburgh (13th & 14th), Barnton, Edinburgh (15th), Pentland Hills (17th) and Tyninghame (22nd). A Long-eared Owl was at Aberlady (5th).
In a good month for Roseate Terns 6 were reported at Ferny Ness (3rd) with at least 2 present there (2nd & 4th), others were present at Tyninghame on & off including at least 3 (7th), two’s were in Belhaven Bay (2nd) and at Barns Ness (14th). Single Black Terns were at Cramond (9th-11th) and Tyninghame (27th-28th), a high count of 59 Arctic Terns was made at Tyninghame (2nd). Mediterranean Gulls could easily be found at Musselburgh with no fewer than 5 present throughout the month including two juveniles (2nd) and a white darvic ringed 2nd-winter (30th), other Meds included 2 at Tyninghame (20th) and 1 at Seton Sands (28th). It wasn’t a great month for Little Gulls, but 7 past Whitesands Bay (16th) and 5 at Musselburgh (30th) were the highest counts. Arctic Skuas were seen at Musselburgh (1st) and Tyninghame (2nd), 4 flew past Seafield, Edinburgh (13th) and 2 past Whitesands Bay (16th).
A drake Mandarin Duck was seen again at East Fortune Ponds (17th), the only Pintail report came from Musselburgh (27th), Greater Scaups were at Tyninghame & Seafield, Edinburgh (both 13th) and 2 Gadwall were at Musselburgh (29th-30th) with 8 Shoveler there (24th). Red-necked Grebes in Gosford Bay peaked at 41 (25th).
Quail were at a few locations, away from the usual spots birds were heard at Bonnyrigg, Midlothian (14th) and East Linton (15th). There was notable arrival of Yellow Wagtails on the East Lothian Coast on the 24th and at least 12 were present between Barns Ness and Torness.

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