Tuesday, 10 April 2018

10th April 2018 Unst SE1 Overcast

I walked the cliffs from Skaw to the Noup seeing a blue Fulmar, a Sparrowhawk, 5 Purple Sandpipers, 2 Woodcock, my first Bonxie of the year, the juvenile Glaucous Gull, the Sandwich Tern, 3 Puffins,  4 Wood Pigeons flying north east, a flock of 10 Hooded Crows flying north, a Mistle Thrush, 12 Fieldfare and a Chiffchaff. As I drove back along Holsens road there was challenging frosty Redpoll in a roadside field that is probably best left unidentified. This evening a flock of 4 Grey Herons flew northeast over Millfield, the juvenile Glaucous Gull was in the field behind our house along with my first Carrion Crow of the year, 2 Scandinavian Rock Pipits were on Norwick beach, and a/the Redpoll sp. was seen very briefly at Millfield.

Black Guillemot off Skaw

Puffins and Razorbills off Skaw

blue Fulmar off Skaw

A Fulmar sadly snared by fishing line in its nest

Bonxie distantly over the Noup - my first of the year

Sandwich Tern at Skaw

Mistle Thrush flushed from the north cliffs of Skaw

Woodcock at Skaw

Eastbound shipping passing Lamba Ness

Redpoll sp. at Norwick

Grey Herons over Millfield

Scandinavian Rock Pipit at Norwick