Tuesday, 19 July 2016

19th July 2016 Unst

The Common Swift remains at Norwick and there was a Chiffchaff in song at Setters Hill but otherwise just a couple of Turnstone were seen on the beaches today and the first fully fledged Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Common Gulls.

Great Skuas at Burrafirth
Amongst the Bonxies present at Burrafirth there are some very dark individuals. Such individuals are considered second-summer birds and show rather uniform upperwing-coverts and black underwing-coverts being similar to South Polar Skuas in that respect. That said they do show pale streaks to their scapulars but that would not be so easy to see under typical sea-watching conditions.