Friday, 2 June 2017

2nd June 2017 Unst S1 Fog clearing

Awoke to thick fog and a Redwing in our garden so it didn't feel a lot like June! Drizzle but calm at Skaw produced just a single Willow Warbler. Burrafirth added a surprise Long-tailed Duck and a Chiffchaff. Haroldswick bay played host to a Common Tern. The fog thickened and rain soon followed. It cleared early afternoon and we saw the drake Surf Scoter with Eider off Hamar that Brydon had relocated there yesterday. The Baltasound sites added singing Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff and 2 Mealy Redpolls were present at the Post Office. Our reward came late in the day finding a female Red-backed Shrike at the School and a first-summer drake Velvet Scoter sat on the sea off Haroldswick.

Long-tailed Duck and Tufted Duck at Burrafirth

Common Tern at Haroldswick

Female Red-backed Shrike at the School

First-summer drake Velvet Scoter off Haroldswick