Sunday, 28 November 2021

28th November 2021 Unst N4 Snow showers

The Holsens road was covered in ice and snow preventing us seawatching from Lamba Ness so I completed the Beached Bird Surveys for Burrafirth and Norwick.

Burrafirth: 3 Red-throated Diver.

Haroldswick: Great Northern Diver, Robin & 2 Chaffinches.

Norwick: Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver & Glaucous Gull.

Something of a water spout passing Lamba Ness

Saturday, 27 November 2021

27th November 2021 Unst N5 Light snow showers

Brydon collected me and we headed to Lamba Ness where we spent 90 minutes sea-watching although hampered by the cold northerly wind constantly buffeting us, poor light and birds passing more distantly than we would have liked! I then completed the annual Greylag count for north Unst whilst Mike tackled the much larger area to the south but he was quick to note that it seemed as though many had left the island with the onset of snow - I managed 339.

Lamba Ness: blue Fulmar N (BHT), Merlin, Black Guillemot N, c.40 Guillemots N, Puffin N, 8 Little Auks N, 4 Glaucous Gulls N (3 1cy & ad) & 8 Kittiwakes. Also a Minke N (BHT) & 5+ Orcas N.

Little Auk passing Lamba Ness

Orca passing Lamba Ness

Friday, 26 November 2021

26th November 2021 Unst NE8 Overcast

The gales associated with Storm Arwen persisted all day confining us to home.

Norwick: 1cy Iceland Gull & Redwing.

Thursday, 25 November 2021

25th November 2021 Unst NNW4 Overcast

After a strong overnight northerly I met Brydon at Lamba Ness and we sea-watched from 8.30am until nearly 10.30am with the highlight being 11 Little Auks and I guess my first Shelducks of the year should qualify too! A walk around Norwick with Brenda produced a Long-eared Owl and a Goldcrest but proved rather ill-timed getting caught in a prolonged heavy snow shower!

Lamba Ness: Red-throated Diver N, 11 blue Fulmar N, 4 Shelduck N, 12 Guillemots N, 4 Puffins N, 11 Little Auks N, 4 Glaucous Gulls N & 15 Kittiwakes N.

Norwick: Long-eared Owl & Goldcrest.


1cy Glaucous Gull passing Lamba Ness

Shelduck passing Lamba Ness

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

24th November 2021 Unst WSW5 Clear

We made a tour of the lochs today but they proved quiet with 3 Scaup the best.

Uyeasound: Red-throated Diver, drake Scaup, 2 Fieldfare & Chaffinch.

Westing: 2 Red-throated Diver

Loch of Cliff: 2 Scaup (one drake). 

Norwick: Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, Robin & 8 Chaffinch.

Tuesday, 23 November 2021

23rd November 2021 Unst W6 Overcast

I completed the two monthly WeBS counts for north Unst with the highlights being a 1cy Puffin and a 1cy Iceland Gull both on the sea just off Norwick beach.

Norwick: 1cy Puffin & 1 cy Iceland Gull.

Burrafirth: drake Scaup.





1cy Puffin off Norwick

Monday, 22 November 2021

22nd November 2021 Unst WNW5 Overcast

It felt like sea-watching from Lamba Ness was worth another try, but despite similar weather conditions to yesterday, there were far fewer Fulmars, Guillemots and Kittiwakes passing today.

Lamba Ness: 1N & 1S Red-throated Divers, 5 blue Fulmars N, 5N & 3S Guillemots, 2 Puffins N, 2 Little Auks N & 3 Kittiwakes N.


Scandinavian Herring Gull passing Lamba Ness
no white-wingers today but a steady trickle of argentatus


Juvenile Red-throated Diver passing Lamba Ness


blue Fulmar passing Lamba Ness


Puffins passing Lamba Ness