Saturday, 6 January 2018

6th January 2018 Unst NW4 Overcast

Brydon kindly collected me and we then sat seawatching at Lamba Ness for a good 3 hours. We saw a single Red-throated Diver, 3 blue Fulmars, c.4 Glaucous Gulls, c.15 Kittiwakes and c.15 Common Guillemots all moving north. We then checked Skaw seeing c.6 Redwing on the drive and there. Norwick was better with 2 Mealy Redpolls and 6 Chaffinches. A female Pintail was present on Easter Loch, the drake Goosander had joined a flock of 15 Mergansers on the adjacent sea and 2 Iceland Gulls were around the offshore fish cages. A single drake Long-tailed Duck was on Loch of Belmont.

blue Fulmar passing Lamba Ness

Adult Glaucous Gull passing Lamba Ness

Female Pintail at Easter Loch
Last year I didn't see one on Unst until April