Friday, 20 October 2017

20th October 2017 Unst SE4 Overcast

A gloomy drizzly and windy start to the day but good numbers of Robins, Blackbirds, Song Thrushes, Redwings, Fieldfares and Brambling were immediately evident. A Hawfinch was found feeding on rose-hips at Norwick and whilst watching it a Little Bunting flew down to and briefly landed on the road! I then met Al and saw a male Ring Ouzel he'd just seen and then another along Holsen's road. A quick look at Halligarth produced a couple of Chiffchaffs and Goldcrests and the same was true of Hillsgarth and Setters Hill. Clingera produced a Yellow-browed Warbler and a drive along the foreshore at Buness resulted in distant views of Brydon's first-winter Surf Scoter alongside 2 Common Scoter and several Long-tailed Ducks.

Hawfinch at Norwick

First-winter Surf Scoter off Buness