Sunday, 29 July 2018

29th July 2018 Unst SSE4 Overcast

Despite a subtle shift to a more southerly airstream the trickle of early Autumn migrants continued albeit the strengthening wind made looking for passerine migrants increasingly difficult. At Skaw the Icterine Warbler had remained overnight, the Common Whitethroat was still present and they had been joined by a Willow Warbler. A Peregrine overflew Norwick being mobbed by a Raven. The Ungirsta plantation produced my first Cuckoo of the year and my first Garden Warbler of the Autumn. A tour of the Baltasound sites added a Pied Flycatcher at Hillsgarth and a Sand Martin over the fields at Clingera.

Icterine Warbler at Skaw
Its worn remiges age it as an adult

Juvenile Cuckoo at Ungirsta

Garden Warbler at Ungirsta

Pied Flycatcher at Hillsgarth

Sand Martin at Clingera