Tuesday, 10 January 2017

10th January 2017 Unst W1

A nice start to the day but with cloud building and a freshening westerly wind by dusk. From dawn it was apparent the arrival of Glaucous Gulls was ongoing with eventually 13 (5 ad & 8 juv) seen arriving in off the sea over Norwick bay although the passage had fizzled out by midday. The 4 Tundra Bean Geese were still present at Norwick and 4 Redwings and a Chaffinch were also seen there. Just a single juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen flying north at Skaw but 8 (2 ad, 2w, 5 juv) were present among a mixed flock of Herring and Great Black-backed Gulls at Lamba Ness where a Pink-footed Goose was accompanying the Greylag Geese. The drive to Burrafirth produced a single Fieldfare and Burrafirth beach produced the bird of the day as a superb adult Iceland Gull was sat alongside a juvenile Glaucous Gull. Our final Glaucous Gull (juv) of the day was seen at Haroldswick.

The Taing at Norwick beach
pretty much showing the flightpath of the incoming Glaucous Gulls today

argentatus Herring Gull at Norwick

 Tundra Bean Geese at Norwick

Juvenile Glaucous Gull and adult Iceland Gull at Burrafirth