Wednesday, 20 June 2018

20th June 2018 Unst W2 Clear

A good start to the day was provided by seeing a Killer Whale from our garden thanks to a tip off from Brydon that offshore fishermen had seen a couple heading in the direction of northeast Unst. Whilst I normally walk to Norwick and back as I was on my way to work we drove down to the bus shelter. We'd only walked c.50m when I heard an unfamiliar call and soon located a male Black-headed Bunting! Whilst it's the fourth I've now been fortunate enough to find in the UK it's the first 'Spring' male. On getting home at around 5pm I took a walk down to Norwick and was pleased to find it still present now feeding alongside a Siskin.



 Male Black-headed Bunting at Norwick

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

12th June 2018 Unst NW3 Overcast

George Rogers had seen a Rosy Starling in his garden at Baliasta yesterday so we headed across there during my lunchbreak to see it being pursued by a Common Gull that clearly had intentions on taking it! Fortunately the Rosy Starling survived the pursuit and joined a flock of Starlings at the sunken garden before briefly sharing an adjacent field with a juvenile Iceland Gull. We had to leave all too soon but nice to have seen a Rosy Starling during the current influx.


Rosy Starling with Common Gull in pursuit at Baliasta

Juvenile Iceland Gull at Baliasta

Saturday, 9 June 2018

9th June 2018 Unst NNE2

You always hope that by being out conducting breeding bird surveys it might produce the odd surprise, but being June, you don't expect that to be two species of Geese with firstly a pair of Barnacle Geese with a pair of Greylags and then an overflying flock of 5 Pinkfeet (my first of the year) accompanied by another Barnacle Goose at Lamba Ness this morning.



Barnacle, Greylag and Pink-footed Geese at Lamba Ness

Otter on Yell

8th June 2018 Lerwick

The Bearded Seal was present on its favoured slipway...




Bearded Seal at Victoria Pier, Lerwick

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

2nd June 2018 Unst W2 Fog clearing

A Pied Flycatcher present in our garden at 4.15am soon moved to Norwick but proved to be virtually the only migrant seen all day. However, an Otter in the fog and then a pod of c.8 Risso's Dolphins in calm seas off Ramnageo were memorable.

Pied Flycatcher at Norwick

Otter in the fog


Risso's Dolphins off Ramnageo

Friday, 1 June 2018

1st June 2018 Unst. Calm and sunny with fog rolling in and out all day

An early morning walk around Norwick produced two singing Marsh Warblers. This evening I caught-up with a summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver off Norwick but it was probably closer to the tip of Lamba Ness.



Black-throated Diver off Norwick / Lamba Ness

Thursday, 31 May 2018

31st May 2018 Unst SE1 Clear

Another very enjoyable day's birding started at 4.30am when there was a male Common Redstart on our drive and then finding a Marsh Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, a Willow Warbler and female Common Redstart at Skaw. Wilma very kindly alerted me to a songster in her garden that proved to be another Marsh Warbler and I also saw a Lesser Whitethroat, a Garden Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, a female Common Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Pied Flycatcher at Norwick. Millfield produced a male Ortolan on the walls of the cemetery and there was a singing Sedge Warbler in our rosa. We saw a Whinchat and Common Whitethroat at NorthDale, a Honey Buzzard over Nikka Vord but viewed at great range from Clibberswick but identified by Al watching it at much closer range from Boordanoost, Haroldswick. We then headed south seeing a Robin at Setters Hill and finding a Temminck's Stint on a small pool at the road junction to Westing.

Male Common Redstart at Millfield


Marsh Warbler at Skaw

Marsh Warbler at Norwick


Male Ortolan Bunting at Millfield

Very distant Honey Buzzard over Nikka Vord


Temminck's Stint at Westing