Thursday, 5 October 2017

5th October 2017 Unst NW8 Overcast

A howling gale made life incredibly difficult with just 3 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap seen at Skaw. After seeing just a Whinchat and Chiffchaff at Lund we concentrated on checking flocks of Golden Plover seeing a few Ruff. A look at Easter Loch proved more worthwhile as we saw 6 Whooper Swans, a Pinkfoot over and 3 Goldeneye and among a flock of Tufted Duck we found a juvenile / female Ring-necked Duck in very difficult conditions - a gale and no scope! We had to head north to find a signal to let everyone know and returned with our scopes although it then proved difficult to stop the tripod from blowing over! We then had a quick look at Norwick seeing a Little Bunting.

Female / juvenile Ring-necked Duck at Easter Loch