Tuesday, 8 October 2019

8th October 2019 Unst SSW2 Clear

Skaw held a Purple Sandpiper, a Robin, 8 Song Thrushes, 12 Redwings, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Bramblings, a Siskin and 5 Snow Buntings. At Lamba Ness we saw a Robin, a Fieldfare, a Song Thrush, 8 Redwings, the Barred Warbler, a Goldcrest, a Brambling and 3 Lapland Buntings. Norwick added a Peregrine, a Stock Dove, 2 Swallows, a Whinchat, 3 Robins, 4 male Ring Ouzels, 5 Redwings, 2 Song Thrushes, a Blackcap, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 6 Goldcrests, 2 Chaffinches, c.15 Mealy Redpolls, 2 Siskins and a Reed Bunting. Mark Golley had found an Eastern Stonechat at Westing that we saw mid-afternoon and were pleased to see was a colourful individual suggesting it might be a Stejneger's Stonechat and Mark considered in comparable to the Salthouse Stejneger's Stonechat that was confirmed as such by DNA analysis. Just as were driving to the shop in Baltasound Brian, Geoff & Martin found a Pallas's Warbler behind the post office that we were soon enjoying watching. A quick look at Haroldswick produced a Jack Snipe and a Reed Bunting.

Snow Bunting at Skaw

Barred Warbler at Lamba Ness

Lapland Bunting at Lamba Ness

Stock Dove at Norwick

Peregrine at Norwick

Whinchat and Common Redstart at Norwick

presumed first-winter male Stejneger's Stonechat at Westing

First-winter male Stejneger's Stonechat at Salthouse October 2018 (Graham Willmott)

Pallas's Warbler at Baltasound