Friday, 7 June 2019

7th June 2019 Unst SW2 Overcast

A cold grey dawn soon improved into a sunny warm day that was ideal for fieldwork. Walking through moorland isn't the most productive habitat for migrant birds but today was more about migrant butterflies with good numbers of Painted Lady butterflies flying north (the first we've seen this year) along with a few Red Admirals. We also saw out first Silver Y moth of the year. Migrant birds seen comprised a Kestrel, 6 Swallows, a Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Spotted Flycatcher and a female Red-backed Shrike that was found by Jim & Lynn.

Shore Station at Burrafirth

Muckle Flugga

the Rosy Starling twitch but it failed to show

Flock of Whimbrel
A flock of five and a flock of seven were seen today. 

Song Thrush

Hooded Crow and female Common Kestrel at Lamba Ness

Painted Lady at Millfield
we saw around 30 today

Female Red-backed Shrike at Lamba Ness