Thursday, 28 May 2015

28th May 2015 Unst SW4

Early morning visit to Skaw, Lamba Ness, Haroldswick and Burrafirth produced little. We then met Alan who had relocated his female subalpine in the roses at Halligarth which we soon saw. We then toured the Baltasound sites seeing the Todd’s Canada Goose but little else in the ongoing westerlies.

Pink-footed Goose 1
Todd’s Canada Goose 1
Wigeon 7
Teal 1
Pintail 2
Whimbrel 2
Iceland Gull 1
Chiffchaff 2
Blackcap 1
Subalpine Warbler 1 female
Sedge Warbler h
Redwing 1

Female Subalpine Warbler at Halligarth (Allan Conlin)
Allan not only found and identified but also obtained the above images of this ultra-skulking individual. With the recent split of Moltoni's Warbler, and the male present on nearby Fair Isle, we were disappointed not to hear this bird call as the understanding of any other identification characters of females is still in its infancy. However, it is interesting to compare the similarity in appearance with the female Subalpine Warbler present on Blakeney Point alongside the male Moltoni's Warbler a little earlier in the month:
Female Subalpine Warbler at Blakeney Point in May 2015 (Jake Gearty)

Pair of Pintail on Haroldswick pools (JFC)
Arctic Tern at Norwick Beach