Monday, 1 May 2017

1st May 2017 Unst SE4 Clear

A Willow Warbler in our garden was early promise but just a single male Snow Bunting was seen at Lamba Ness and a Willow Warbler at Skaw albeit our first Stonechat of the year was seen along the road on the way home. Norwick then came good with a juvenile Iceland Gull along the beach, where 3 Swallows were busy feeding, a pair of Blackcaps were the first we have seen this year, there were 4 Willow Warblers present and a Fieldfare, Dunnock and Robin... and a very pleasing find in the form of a female Subalpine Warbler that shared its garden with a Waxwing! A tour of the Baltasound sites then produced a couple more Willow Warblers and our first Lesser Whitethroat of the year and a Mealy Redpoll.

Willow Warbler at Millfield

Juvenile Iceland Gull at Norwick

Swallow at Norwick

Female Blackcap at Norwick

Pair of Blackcaps at Norwick

Female Subalpine Warbler at Norwick, Unst

BB November 2013 compares the tail patterns of the Subalpine Warbler complex...

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Waxwing at Norwick

Mealy Redpoll at Setters Hill