Friday, 13 January 2017

13th January 2017 Unst NW10 Wintry showers

The forecast 'arctic blast' duly arrived but although the wind was very strong there was very little associated snow. Norwick bay played host to a feeding melee of Gulls that included at least 10 Glaucous Gulls (ad, 2w, 8 juv) but there was no sign of the Tundra Bean Geese - presumably frozen out. Lund bay produced a juvenile Glaucous Gull. Uyeasound produced the surprise of the day with 3 drake Goosander sat on the sea. Belmont produced several flocks of incoming Long-tailed Ducks probably amounting to around 30 individuals. Burrafirth beach played host to a juvenile Iceland Gull and 4 Glaucous Gulls (2 ad & 2 juv) and the Fieldfare was still present. On getting home to Millfield a Pink-footed Goose (presumably from Lamba Ness) flew over and was seen to land at Norwick where it joined the Greylags. Another quick check of the beach produced 9 Purple Sandpipers.

Norwick bay with Gulls feeding along the swell

 Second-winter Glaucous Gull at Norwick

Nine Glaucous Gulls at Norwick
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Drake Goosander off Uyeasound

Pink-footed Goose at Norwick

Starling joining the Waders

 Juvenile Great Northern Diver at Norwick

Haroldswick Bay and Clibberswick