Thursday, 25 January 2018

25th January 2018 Unst & Yell Calm

I waited for the rain to clear and then made my way south across Unst seeing a juvenile Iceland Gull at Dam Loch and a second-winter at Uyeasound where the 5 White-fronted Geese were still present and there was a sign of Spring in the form of my first returning Oystercatcher of the year! Crossing Bluemull produced a Great Northern Diver, 2 Red-throated Divers, c.20 Long-tailed Ducks, the female Velvet Scoter accompanying 2 Common Scoter and the drake Surf Scoter among the Eider. A quick visit to Cullivoe added another juvenile Iceland Gull and I saw the female King Eider still near the mussel lines in Mid Yell Voe.

Second-winter Iceland Gull at Uyeasound