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.