Sunday, 8 May 2016

8th May 2016 Unst NE5 Overcast

Awoke to a brisk northeasterly so decided to seawatch from Lamba Ness from where there was a constant passage of small flocks of Puffin and what might prove my only Pomarine Skua of the Spring being a superb pale morph with full tail. The Shore Lark and Snow Bunting were both still present. Skaw again proved quiet but Robbie kindly text to say he had found a male Blue-headed Wagtail at Haroldswick Pools. I arrived just in time for to see it be chased off by a Meadow Pipit. It didn't appear to go far but frustratingly I couldn't relocate it. Robbie then text to say he had found a juvenile Glaucous Gull on the track to Lamba Ness! Before we took a look the bird found us by appearing amongst a melee of Gulls feeding at Norwick beach. Burrafirth played host to a Lesser Whitethroat but passerines remained at a premium at other sites checked. Checking Baltasound revealed a pair of Shelduck and a pair of Pintail. Returning via Haroldswick there was again no sign of the Blue-headed Wagtail but a drake Garganey was a nice surprise to round off an enjoyable day.

Lamba Ness seawatch 5.30am - 7.00am
Ringed Plover 1
Dunlin 1
Pomarine Skua 1 N at 5.55am
Puffin c.150 N
Shore Lark 1 male
Snow Bunting 1 female
Dolphin sp. 1

Swallow 1
Pied Wagtail 1
Chiffchaff 1

Haroldswick Pools
Garganey 1 drake
Dunlin 10
Swallow 2
White Wagtail 2
Blue-headed Wagtail 1 male
Willow Warbler 1

Male Blue-headed Wagtail at Haroldswick Pools
A dreadful image of a superb bird - nice one Robbie!

Drake Garganey at Haroldswick Pools

Glaucous Gull 1 juvenile
Chiffchaff 2
Siskin 4

Melee of Gulls at Norwick Beach

Juvenile Glaucous Gull at Norwick Beach

Mouse at Valyie

Lesser Whitethroat 1

A new arrival at Burrafirth

Setter Hill Estate
Chiffchaff 1

Chiffchaff 1

Shelduck 2
Pintail 2