Saturday, 30 May 2015

30th May 2015 Unst to South Mainland

We made our usual early morning visit to Skaw and Lamba Ness but no new migrants were seen. Back to the croft for breakfast and packing before heading for the ferry to Yell, with a couple of quick stops at Haroldswick pool and Uyeasound. The usual fast drive across Yell for the ferry to Mainland and we then headed for towards Sumburgh. We quickly saw the drake Ring-necked Duck on Loch of Hillwell and also a drake Garganey, and then nearby to try to see the Corncrake. We soon located it calling and after some time it walked out of the thick grass and gave some superb views. It was now time to drive back to Lerwick to catch the overnight ferry to Aberdeen.

Whooper Swan 17
Garganey 1 drake
Ring-necked Duck 1 drake
Corncrake 1

Corncrake at South Mainland (JFC)

Loch of Hillwell