Sunday, 15 December 2019

15th December 2019 Unst S1 Overcast

After several days of wet and windy weather it was nice that it was much-improved for the WeBS counts. A walk around Skaw and out to the headland produced a Red-throated Diver, an adult Glaucous Gull and a Redwing. Lamba Ness added a juvenile Iceland Gull. A walk of my circuit around Norwick was disrupted by some of the flooding that was presumably responsible for more Teal and Mallard (including a domestic variant) being on view than is normally the case and I also saw a Merlin carrying prey, a juvenile Glaucous Gull, a Woodcock and 8 Snow Buntings. The flock of 5 Pinkfeet were still at the Heritage Centre. The WeBS count at Burrafirth also produced a decent count of 44 Teal, a juvenile Whooper Swan and 2 adult Glaucous Gulls.

Burn of Norwick in flood

Adult Glaucous Gull at Skaw

Juvenile Iceland Gull at Lamba Ness

Snow Buntings at Millfield

Juvenile Glaucous Gull at Millfield

Merlin carrying prey at Millfield
I'd guess its prey is a House Sparrow

domestic variant Mallard at Norwick
not the 'Black Mallard' I would have chosen to find!

Adult Glaucous Gulls over Quoys