Sunday, 23 February 2020

23rd February 2020 Unst NW1 Overcast

Lamba Ness seawatch with Brydon 8.00am - 9.00am; drake Eider N then S, 30N Kittiwake

Millfield; 5 Snow Buntings

Haroldswick; Great Northern Diver, Woodcock, Long-eared Owl

Westing; juv. Iceland Gull

Oil rig off Lamba Ness

Long-eared Owl at Haroldswick

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

19th February 2020 Unst NW2 Clear

Lamba Ness seawatch 8.00am - 8.45am; blue Fulmar N, Merlin, 2w Glaucous Gull

Millfield; Peregrine, 6 Snow Buntings

Saturday, 15 February 2020

15th February 2020 Unst S6 Overcast

Millfield; 2 Snow Buntings

Westing; juv. Iceland Gull

Uyeasound; 16 (14ad,2juv) Whooper Swans, 3 (2ad,juv) Mute Swans.

the White Wife entering into the spirit of Up-Helly-Aa

14th February 2020 Unst S6 Overcast

Millfield; juv. Glaucous Gull, Snow Bunting.

Uyeasound Up-Helly-Aa 2020

Thursday, 13 February 2020

13th February 2020 Unst WSW2 Clear

Much nicer weather today than forecast with thankfully no sign of the promised overnight heavy snow. I sea-watched for an hour that produced 5 blue Fulmars and the largest northbound number of Gannets I've seen so far this year. We took a look around Haroldswick in the afternoon.

Lamba Ness seawatch 9.00am - 10.00am; 100N Fulmars, 5N blue Fulmars, 800N Gannets, 2N Kittiwakes, 5N Guillemot.

Haroldswick; 2 Great Northern Divers, 5 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Redwings, 8 Snow Buntings.

Millfield; 200 Starlings, Snow Bunting.

A snow-capped Saxa Vord hill from Lamba Ness

Gannets passing Lamba Ness

blue Fulmar passing Lamba Ness

Redwings at Haroldswick

Meadow Pipit at Haroldswick
previously seen on the 3rd February it remains the only one that we've seen this year

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

12th February 2020 Unst NW3 Wintry showers

I spent a cold hour seawatching from Lamba Ness this morning that produced my first double-figue count of blue Fulmars this year. We walked to Valyie and back this afternoon.

Lamba Ness seawatch (9.00am - 10.00am); 1N Red-throated Diver, 500N Fulmar, 11N blue Fulmar, 100N Gannet, 2N (ad, 2w) Glaucous Gulls, 5N Kittiwake, 5N Guillemot.

Norwick; Merlin, 2 Moorhens, Long-eared Owl, Song Thrush.

the Lamba Ness track in winter plumage!

Norwick on my return

Monday, 10 February 2020

10th February 2020 Unst W5 Sleet showers

Millfield; 5 Red-throated Divers, juv. Iceland Gull, Razorbill