Wednesday, 11 May 2016

11th May 2016 Unst NE1 Clear

With news of a Calandra Lark on Fair Isle we toured Unst checking every ploughed field that we could find! The Sedge Warbler had remained at Skaw and was now very showy jumping from rock to rock in the burn. The Norwick Mealy Redpolls had presumably relocated to Lamba Ness favouring the sheep pens where the two male Snow Buntings also remained. A Redwing was new in at Valyie but the other migrants seen there were lingerers. Whilst we were at Northdale, Brydon kindly text that Paula Goddard had seen a Red-backed Shrike in her garden. Although we were only a mile away Brydon beat us there and found two Red-backed Shrikes present. We watched them feeding along the fencelines much to the consternation of the local Meadow Pipits. Checking the Setters Hill pines produced a smart first-summer male Pied Flycatcher and Baltasound was playing host to an assortment of waders amongst which was a Wood Sandpiper. A large ploughed field attracted us to Belmont where a dozen lingering Long-tailed Ducks remain. Uyeasound and Halligarth both yielded a few more migrants to end another very enjoyable day.  

Pied Wagtail 1
Sedge Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 1

Sedge Warbler at Skaw

Pied Wagtail at Skaw

Lamba Ness
Dunlin 4
Mealy Redpoll 2
Snow Bunting 2 males

Mealy Redpoll at Lamba Ness

Redwing 1
Chiffchaff 3
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Siskin 1

Male Siskin at Norwick

Swallow 2

Red-backed Shrike 2

Red-backed Shrikes at Ungirsta

Willow Warbler 1

Setters Hill
Pied Flycatcher 1 first-summer male
Spotted Flycatcher 1
Chiffchaff 3

First-summer male Pied Flycatcher at Setters Hill

Pintail 2
Black-tailed Godwit 2
Greenshank 1
Wood Sandpiper 1

Wood Sandpiper at Baltasound

Chiffchaff 2

Long-tailed Duck 12
Spotted Flycatcher 1

Pair of Long-tailed Ducks at Belmont Loch

Swallow 1
Lesser Whitethroat 1
Willow Warbler 3

Lesser Whitethroat 1
Willow Warbler 2
Chiffchaff 2