Monday, 9 May 2016

9th May 2016 Unst SE3 Clear

An early seawatch produced a winter-plumaged Red-throated Diver flying north - all others seen have been in summer plumage. The Shore Lark was still present and Mike Pennington's 3 Snow Buntings were seen that included a full summer-plumaged male and the juvenile Glaucous Gull was patrolling the cliffs. A Carrion Crow at Skaw was quickly seen off by a Hooded Crow. We decided to head for Basta on Yell where we were treated to superb views of Brydon's White-billed Diver as it dozed on the sea not far off the cliffs. A shopping stop at Mid Yell produced a bleached juvenile Iceland Gull near the pier. The return ferry to Unst produced further views of the drake Surf Scoter.

Lamba Ness seawatch 5.00am - 6.00am
Red-throated Diver 1 N winter plumage
Eider 1 S drake
Glaucous Gull 1 juvenile
Arctic Tern 2 S
Puffin 90 N
Greenshank 1
White Wagtail 1
Alba Wagtail 1 W
Shore Lark 1
Snow Bunting 3 (2 males)

Sunrise over Lamba Ness from Millfield

Male Snow Bunting at Lamba Ness

Juvenile Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness

Swallow 1
Chiffchaff 1
Carrion Crow 1

Swallow 3

Basta, Yell
White-billed Diver 1

White-billed Diver at Basta

Whooper Swan 1

Mid Yell
Iceland Gull 1 juvenile
Chiffchaff 3

Juvenile Iceland Gull at Mid Yell

Surf Scoter 1 adult drake