A quick look at Norwick produced a surprise 2 Reed Buntings. At Haroldswick the Glossy Ibis was still at the old church and the Moorhen was still on the pool. The Black-throated Diver and 17 Common Scoter were still off Uyeasound and there were 2 Purple Sandpipers present. A Sparrowhawk was seen chasing a Blackbird at Ungirsta.
Tuesday, 1 December 2020
Monday, 30 November 2020
Friday, 27 November 2020
A beautifully calm morning. As I headed to Burrafirth I saw the Glossy Ibis still in a field near the old kirk in Haroldswick but couldn't stop as I had a car on my tail - there were 10 Goldeneye on the loch and 2 Glaucous Gulls on the beach. We then drove south to Uyeasound where the calm seas were playing host to 9 Red-throated Divers, a Black-throated Diver, 10 Great Northern Divers, 18 Common Scoter and 710 Long-tailed Ducks.
Thursday, 26 November 2020
A walk round Skaw produced a Long-tailed Duck, a Purple Sandpiper, a Woodcock, a juvenile Glaucous Gull and a Fieldfare. A walk round Norwick added a Long-tailed Duck, a Merlin, c.30 Snipe, a Woodcock, 3 Robins, 2 Redwings, a Blue Tit and 5 Chaffinches. We met Mike at Burrafirth subsequently seeing his 2w and adult Glaucous Gulls there.
Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Brydon re-found the Glossy Ibis that he'd found yesterday morning shortly after I'd disembarked from the ferry at Gutcher! It showed well foraging beside a stream adjacent to Clingera.
Ten days ago Mike saw some hybrid Geese way in the distance on the far side of Loch of Snarravoe. Whilst driving past Belmont dashing for the ferry to Yell there was a roadside flock of Greylags and a quick scan revealed the presence of a Barnacle Goose and 3 hybrids. Only having a bridge camera at my disposal I quickly rattled off a few images and successfully caught the ferry!