Friday, 26 August 2016

26th August 2016 Unst NE1 Overcast

An early morning visit to Skaw revealed pretty much the same birds that were present as yesterday and with the favourable wind it was a little disappointing that nothing new had arrived. Norwick was proving likewise until drizzly rain arrived and within a couple of minutes there were suddenly birds buzzing everywhere with the majority being Willow Warblers but also including a couple of Pied Flycatchers and a Tree Pipit. They soon formed a fast moving flock and whilst looking through them there on the fence was an Icterine Warbler! Unfortunately the flock was rapidly moving up the vegetated ravine and were difficult to keep up with and all too soon I saw the Icterine Warbler flying out of the top end of the ravine and towards the endless moorland. I never saw it again, so after yesterday's similar encounter with the Wood Warbler at Skaw, it's amazing how quickly some newly arriving migrants leave their place of landfall. This evening a quick check of the Burrafirth garden proved worthwhile as a confiding Wood Warbler put on a great show.

Sanderling 7
Knot 2
Marsh Warbler 1
Common Whitethroat 1
Garden Warbler 1
Willow Warbler 3

Long-eared Owl 1
Tree Pipit 1
Willow Warbler 10+
Chiffchaff 2
Icterine Warbler 1
Pied Flycatcher 4

North Dale
Whinchat 1
Willow Warbler 2

Willow Warbler 2

Willow Warbler 5

Willow Warbler 1
Wood Warbler 1

Icterine Warbler at Norwick

Seal at Haroldswick


 Wood Warbler at Burrafirth