Monday, 18 July 2016

18th July 2016 Unst SE1 Overcast

An early morning visit to Skaw produced 5 Sanderling and 10 Turnstone on the beach there and a Chiffchaff was seen at Norwick. A late afternoon visit to Lamba Ness produced the first Common Swift we have seen on Unst this year and the usual suspects passing out to sea.

Returning Sanderlings and Turnstones on Skaw beach

First-winter Common Snipe G.g. faeroeensis at Lamba Ness
The beautiful rufous form G.g. faeroeensis breeds in Iceland, the Faeroe Islands, Shetland and Orkney

the only surprise passing Lamba Ness today!

Moulting adult Chiffchaff at Norwick

Swallows at Norwick

Common Swift at Norwick