Saturday, 27 June 2020

27th June 2020 Unst SE3 Overcast

A walk around Norwick produced a flock of 5 Common Crossbills that didn't linger long before flying off high south.

Common Crossbills at Norwick

Hedgehog at Norwick

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

24th June 2020 Unst S3 Overcast

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.

Female Linnet at Millfield

Male Mealy Redpoll at Norwick

Female Mealy Redpoll at Norwick

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

23rd June 2020 Unst SW3 Overcast

A day spent working on Yell but Connel found 3 Common Crossbills at Setters Hill of which I saw a juvenile on my commute home.

Juvenile Common Crossbill at Setters Hill

22nd June 2020 Unst SW3 Overcast

A day primarily spent working on Unst but I did see a couple of late migrants being a Garden Warbler at Skaw and a Spotted Flycatcher at the School.

Spotted Flycatcher at the School

Garden Warbler at Skaw

20th June 2020 Unst S2 Misty

Great Northern Divers on the sea off Lamba Ness

Thursday, 18 June 2020

18th June 2020 Yell & Unst NE1 Foggy

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!

Marsh Warbler at Hamnavoe

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

16th June 2020 Unst E1 Clear

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.

Risso's Dolphins & Auks passing Lamba Ness