Monday, 29 May 2017

29th May 2017 Unst Calm & overcast

In what felt promising calm overcast and almost oppressive conditions it was disappointing that Skaw held nothing more than a Swallow and a couple of Phylloscs. Lamba Ness added a small flock of 'altifrons'-type 'Northern' Golden Plover and a tight flock of 4 migrant Ringed Plovers. Norwick beach produced my first 3 Sanderling of the year and continued to play host to the long-staying juvenile Iceland Gull, the Spotted Flycatcher had also remained but otherwise just a White Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Mealy Redpoll were seen. Sites around Baltasound literally proved birdless until getting out of my car at Clingera where the song of a Common Rosefinch was immediately heard being soon tracked down to a first-summer 'orange variant' male. A check of Halligarth produced a singing male Blackcap.

Adult male altifrons-type Golden Plover at Lamba Ness
Robbie first introduced us to these strikingly-plumaged beauties a couple of years ago that are in fact illustrated in the Collin's Guide

Sanderling at Norwick

White Wagtail at Norwick

Mealy Redpoll at Norwick

Orange-variant first-summer male Common Rosefinch at Clingera

Male Blackcap at Halligarth