Tuesday, 29 May 2018

29th May 2018 Unst E2 Mist

Misty conditions persisted for most of the day with the wind freshening but still from the east. Almost every migrant seen was a Pied Flycatcher with us seeing birds at most sites visited totaling 10 all north of Baltasound. Yesterday's male Red-backed Shrike was still present at the start of the track to Lamba Ness. Whilst enjoying an evening walk around the Skaw headland we heard a familiar 'tuwee' call and picked out an American Golden Plover in flight over the sea. Thankfully it landed, albeit distantly, on the beach and promptly sat down. Whilst making our way towards it, but still at the other end of the beach, it suddenly took flight, called several times and flew high towards Burrafirth - exciting but a pity it didn't allow closer approach.

Male Pied Flycatcher at Norwick

Female Pied Flycatcher at Haroldswick

Male Pied Flycatcher at Ungirsta

Female Pied Flycatcher at Ungirsta

Female Pied Flycatcher at Feall

First-summer American Golden Plover at Skaw