Thursday, 19 April 2018

19th April 2018 Unst S1 Overcast clearing

The Goldfinch was still present in our garden at dawn but only 5 Brambling had remained. A walk along the north cliffs from Skaw produced a surprise 2 Rooks flying towards Lamba Ness being my first for the year. Otherwise 3 Wood Pigeons arrived from the north and a couple of Brambling. This evening a House Martin (another addition for the year), White Wagtail and Reed Bunting were present at Haroldswick and the number of Brambling in our garden had increased to 10 including one bearing a ring.

Muckle Flugga viewed 'through' the Noup

White Wagtail at Haroldswick



Brambling at Millfield
Knowing that Mike has been mist-netting some Brambling in Baltasound we rather assumed it would be one of his but that's not the case.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

18th April 2018 Unst SSE1 Clear

A Goldfinch present in our garden from dawn was a new addition for the year and was later briefly joined by a male Yellowhammer but both were eclipsed by finding a Long-eared Owl at Burrafirth.

Goldfinch at Millfield

Long-eared Owl at Burrafirth

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

17th April 2018 Unst SE5 Rain

Robbie found a Woodchat Shrike at Ordaal and he then checked an Egret at Burrafirth seen yesterday by Jane Gray that proved a Great White. I was literally just leaving for Sumburgh but very fortunately saw both in quick succession and still made the airport pick-up with 5 minutes to spare! We then saw the Pied-billed Grebe at Loch of Spiggie.

Adult Great White Egret at Burrafirth


Male Woodchat Shrike at Ordaal
With its extensive primary patch and white flanks, as it has unfortunately been found dead this evening, it will be interesting to take a look at the bases to its central tail feathers tomorrow to see if it's a niloticus or senator ...

Pied-billed Grebe at Spiggie

Monday, 16 April 2018

16th April 2018 Unst E3 Overcast

The Finch flock in our garden now numbers 30 Bramblings and 6 Siskins. Otherwise 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were seen at Skaw shortly after dawn and a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on the beach at Haroldswick shortly before dusk!


 Bramblings and Siskins at Millfield

Male Brambling at Millfield

Sunday, 15 April 2018

15th April 2018 Unst SE2 Misty

Awoke to thick fog but I could see 5 Siskins in our garden. I headed to Skaw where a Brambling was present. Lamba Ness added 3 Great Northern Divers close offshore and a few Fieldfares. Norwick played host to a Green Sandpiper, a Ring Ouzel, the 2 female Hawfinches and 27 Brambling. Haroldswick provided my with my first Reed Bunting and Tree Pipit of the year but perhaps the biggest surprise of the day was a European White-fronted Goose accompanying the Greylags at Clibberswick. On seeing Mike he told me there were 6 Hawfinches at Setters Hill that proved too much to resist.

Great Northern Diver 5
Heron 4
European White-fronted Goose 1
Water Rail 2
Green Sandpiper 1
Swallow 2
Tree Pipit 1
White Wagtail 2
Pied Wagtail 6
Wheatear 8
Robin 24
Dunnock 5
Song Thrush 6
Mistle Thrush 1
Fieldfare 15
Ring Ouzel 1 male
Blackcap 1 male
Chiffchaff 10
Goldcrest 1
Siskin 5
Chaffinch 7
Brambling 61
Hawfinch 8
Reed Bunting 1

Siskin at Millfield


Great Northern Divers off Lamba Ness

Grey Heron roosting on the cliffs at Lamba Ness

White Wagtail at Lamba Ness

Mistle Thrush at Norwick

Ring Ouzel & Blackbird at Norwick

Brambling at Haroldswick

Swallows at Haroldswick


Tree Pipit at Haroldswick

Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Clibberswick

Saturday, 14 April 2018

14th April 2018 Unst SE2

A quick check of Norwick revealed the continued presence of 3 Ring Ouzels seen by Mike yesterday and the 2 female Hawfinches. This evening 2 Siskins had arrived in our garden.

Male Ring Ouzel at Norwick

Pair of Siskins at Millfield

13th April 2018 Unst ENE2

A quick look at Skaw early this morning produced a Black Redstart, 4 Wheatears and a few Chiffchaffs. With the onset of rain and a freshening wind late afternoon a few birds began arriving with a Black Redstart, a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest all appearing in our garden.

Black Redstart at Skaw

Black Redstart at Millfield