Saturday, 28 July 2018

28th July 2018 Unst SE2 Overcast

With the wind sweeping across the North Sea the conditions felt promising. On arriving at Skaw I saw a Warbler sat on a fence, that on hastily stopping the car, proved to be an Icterine Warbler - brilliant! A juvenile Black Redstart briefly joined the Warbler on the fenceline and the Common Whitethroat was still present. NorthDale played host to a surprise in the form of a juvenile Reed Bunting that are not known to breed on Shetland. Norwick added a Pied Flycatcher and the School a nice fresh Willow Warbler being our first of the Autumn. Mike then found a Marsh Warbler present alongside the Icterine Warbler so we gave it a try obtaining some nice views, and just as we were leaving, we noticed a pod of Killer Whales hugging the north coast of Lamba Ness! A very enjoyable day in the continuing warm weather.

Icterine Warbler at Skaw

Juvenile Black Redstart at Skaw

Red Admiral at Millfield

Juvenile Reed Bunting at NorthDale

Pied Flycatcher at Norwick

Willow Warbler at the School

Marsh Warbler at Skaw

Killer Whales off Lamba Ness