Thursday, 13 October 2016

13th October 2016 Unst SE4 Overcast

A colder and windier day so less pleasant conditions than the recent prolonged spell of warm calm weather. The days are shortening too and being overcast low light levels persisted all day. Skaw produced a Robin, a Fieldfare and 3 Chiffchaffs. Lamba Ness was quiet until just as we were leaving when we found a Waxwing feeding on the ground on thrift seed. North Dale proved windy with just 2 Redwing seen. Burrafirth was better as we found a Slavonian Grebe on the Loch of Cliff, a flock of 18 Fieldfares flew south and we found a confiding Little Bunting along the burn there. Skeggie produced our only Yellow-browed Warbler of the day. Easter Loch at Uyeasound played host to an assortment of diving Duck including a female Common Scoter, c.20 Goldeneye and 3 Scaup. Haroldswick also proved windy with just a Blackcap and Goldcrest seen. Lund was sheltered but also proved quiet with just a Blackcap and 12 Redwing seen. We flushed a Jack Snipe and saw 5 Redwings at the School and a single Robin was seen at Setters Hill.

Slavonian Grebe at Loch of Cliff

Little Bunting at Burrafirth

Common Scoter at Uyeasound