Saturday, 30 September 2017

30th September 2017 Unst SE2 Overcast

A good selection of migrants seen at Skaw including a Kestrel, a Whinchat, a Robin, 5 Song Thrush, a Reed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs and Reed Bunting with Paul E and Nick C finding an obliging Red-throated Pipit. Norwick added 2 Robins, a Redstart, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Tree Pipits, a Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Mealy Redpolls and a Brambling. the Heritage Centre played host to a Robin and a Whinchat and Burrafirth held a Redstart, a Whinchat, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Spotted Flycatcher. Setters Hill delivered a nice surprise in the form of a Wryneck as well as a Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Robins, 2 Blackcaps, 1 Chiffchaff, 12 Brambling and 2 Mealy Redpolls. Hillsgarth was also active with a Kestrel, a Redwing, a Song Thrush, 6 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher, a Reed Bunting, a Chaffinch and a Brambling but the School proved quiet with just a Robin, 3 Redwing and a Fieldfare. We made a late afternoon visit to Clibberswick, Haroldswick and Feall seeing 2 Merlin, a Redstart, a Whinchat and a Chiffchaff.

Reed Bunting at Skaw
my first of the Autumn and it's bill appeared to show some pink!

 Red-throated Pipit at Skaw (all JFC)

Lesser Whitethroat at Skaw

Lesser Whitethroat at Norwick

Mealy Redpoll at Norwick

Common Redstart at Norwick

Juvenile Spotted Flycatcher at Burrafirth

 Wryneck at Setters Hill

Kestrel at Baltasound

Pied Flycatcatcher at Baltasound