Monday, 30 March 2020

30th March 2020 Unst N4 Overcast

A quick look around the garden produced 2 overflying Snow Buntings.

Friday, 27 March 2020

27th March 2020 Unst W4 Clear

Being the time of year when winter visitors are departing whilst summer visitors are arriving was neatly illustrated by seeing 3 Whooper Swans flying towards Norwick followed a few minutes later by us seeing our a Chiffchaff in our rosa - the latter being our first for the year.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

26th March 2020 Unst W4 Clear

After a few passing showers early morning it soon became a bright sunny day. More good fortune as whilst again gardening today I heard the Gulls start alarming and looked skywards to see a Common Crane approaching high from the east, fly around the contour of the valley of Norwick and depart to the south - the second we have seen from our garden since living here.

Common Crane over Millfield, Norwick
Our previous earliest date for this species was 31/3.

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

25th March 2020 Unst NW1 Overcast

A day staying at home gardening was considerably enlivened by the appearance of a pod of Killer Whales originally hugging the base of the cliffs of Lamba Ness eventually crossed the wick allowing us closer views until they continued south.

Red-throated Diver deciding it was time to depart!

Killer Whales from Millfield

Sunday, 22 March 2020

22nd March 2020 Unst SW5 Overcast

Norwick; juv Glaucous Gull, Pied Wagtail

Baltasound; Long-eared Owl

Juvenile Glaucous Gull at Norwick

Saturday, 21 March 2020

21st March 2020 Unst S3 Overcast

After a fine aurora, clear skies overnight and a southeasterly airflow crossing the North Sea a few more migrants arrived despite the subzero temperatures at dawn.

Lamba Ness; 5 Wigeon.

Skaw; 4 Snipe, 2 (juv & ad) Glaucous Gulls, Pied Wagtail.

Norwick; Snipe, 8 Woodpigeons, 4 Redwing, Mistle Thrush, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Siskin.

Haroldswick; 5 Pinkfeet, Bonxie.

A beautiful start to the day at Lamba Ness

Freighter passing Lamba Ness
It's fast approaching that time in Spring when you wonder where such ships have originated and whether there are any transatlantic passengers about to fly ashore...!

Wigeon off Lamba Ness

Adult Glaucous Gull at Skaw
Clearly having some difficulty flying due to its damaged left wing.

Mistle Thrush along Holsens road
The first that we've seen this year.

Starlings and Redwing at Norwick

Bonxie over Haroldswick
The first that we've seen this year. Ignoring the one seen in January last year it is our earliest March date for the species since living here.

Pinkfeet at Haroldswick

Thursday, 19 March 2020

19th March 2020 Unst NW2 Clear

It was nice to enjoy blue skies with some warmth in the sun. Whilst it felt like Spring, unfortunately the wind direction ensured that very few migrants were in evidence.

Norwick; Great Northern Diver, Robin, Pied Wagtail, 2 Snow Buntings.

NorthDale; 2 Fieldfares.

Burrafirth; Redwing.

Haroldswick; 4 Great Northern Diver, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Meadow Pipits, Pied Wagtail, Siskin.

Muckle Flugga

part of the Gannetry in the background

Sheep on the Noup

Guillemots on the ledges

Shore Station at Burrafirth

thankfully just a controlled fire of a roof that had become dangerous in recent gales

Fieldfare at NorthDale

Female Siskin at Haroldswick