The appearance of a female Linnet in our garden was a surprise. It joined a lingering Tree Sparrow that has made occasional appearances in recent days. A look around Norwick added the lingering Common Crane and 2 Mealy Redpolls.
A long day at work on Yell where I heard and saw the singing Marsh Warbler that Brydon found at Hamnavoe a couple of days ago. Even better was to follow as he then laid-on a female-type Golden Oriole at Halligarth that I saw, albeit only in flight, on my commute home!
I headed straight to Lamba Ness where the highlight was a pod of 9+ cetaceans seen moving north past the tip. Looking into the early morning sun initially their identification proved tricky but their size and headshape reminded me of Risso's Dolphins and Brydon confirmed the identity based on their dorsal fin shape - furthermore, as they approached and passed the point, some of my images reveal the 'scarring' to their fins. Later in the day a pair of Red-necked Phalaropes on the sea proved a treat but migrant passerines appeared to be in short supply with just 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Mealy Redpolls seen.