Monday, 27 March 2017

26th March 2017 Unst W3 Misty

A look at Norwick produced a Goldcrest busily feeding on emerging tiny flies, 2 Meadow Pipits overflew heading inland and there were 2 Woodpigeons and a Redwing present and the Pinkfoot remains with the Greylags. Mark then kindly text to say there was a Chiffchaff in his garden so it suddenly felt like Spring had arrived! As I arrived a Skaw I saw a Water Rail and there was a Pied Wagtail on the beach there being the first I've seen this year. Lamba Ness produced a flock of 7 Meadow Pipits followed by another 2 coasting west along the southern cliffs in the company of either a Lapland or Snow Bunting that dived out of sight below the edge of the cliff. The pools played host to a small flock of 5 Snow Buntings and 6 Skylarks and there was a Redwing among the lichen-covered rocks at the point with 3 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks below. A quick check of Burrafirth revealed a petite juvenile Iceland Gull on the beach. 

Male Goldcrest at Norwick

Shetland Wren at Norwick

Snow Buntings at Lamba Ness

Redwing at Lamba Ness

Juvenile Iceland Gull at Burrafirth