Saturday, 10 April 2021

10th April 2021 Unst N3 Clear

Much nicer weather at last so spent most of the day birding although the continuing northerly wind is doing us few favours. A single Redwing was all that I could find at Skaw but a walk around Norwick proved more productive seeing the 2 Great Northern Divers, the 2cy Iceland Gull, 2 Woodpigeons, a colour-ringed Rock Pipit, the 2 Pied Wagtails, 35 Skylarks, 4 Redwings, my first Goldcrest of the year and 2 Chaffinches. We arrived at Burrafirth shortly after the loafing Gulls had been disturbed but saw 2 2cy Iceland Gulls and the 2 2cy Mute Swans were still on Loch of Cliff. Haroldswick added 2 Pink-footed Geese and 3 Redwings.

Goldcrest at Norwick
After the recent weather it was nice to see any passerine migrant today and this one was even in song!

Colour-ringed Rock Pipit at Norwick
A quick look online would suggest that it was ringed in Norway...

Pinkfeet at Haroldswick

7th April 2021 Unst N5 Overcast

In the immediate aftermath of the 'Arctic blast' we saw 2 Great Northern Divers, our first Puffin of the year and the 2cy Iceland Gull in the wick and the Snipe, 4 Redwings & 4 Skylarks remain in our garden.


Tuesday, 6 April 2021

6th April 2021 Unst NNW7 Wintry showers

A true Arctic blast confining us to barracks where a Snipe, 4 Skylarks and 4 Icelandic Redwings were seen in our garden.

the front of our house

the result of the ice storm on our garden

another blizzard sweeping through...

... and another!

Snipe in our garden

Sunday, 4 April 2021

4th April 2021 Unst W8 Overcast

Gales did little to inspire me but I saw 2 2cy Iceland Gulls off Norwick, a Bonxie battling its way ashore there against the wind and a Redwing remained in our garden.

Saturday, 3 April 2021

3rd April 2021 Unst NW5 Overcast

A 2cy Iceland Gull was present at Norwick but that was that... until 4.30pm, when at the onset of drizzle 4 Redwings appeared on our lawn and were briefly joined by a male Pied Wagtail.

Redwing at Millfield
one of the four was bearing a metal ring

Thursday, 1 April 2021

1st April 2021 Unst NW2 Clear

A nice bright virtually calm albeit cold start to the day. A walk around Norwick produced the Woodpigeon, a Redwing and my first double-figure count of Meadow Pipits of the year - 15. We took a walk out to Heogland for a change of scene seeing a Whooper Swan, the 4 2cy Mute Swans, 4 Goldeneye, c.200 Long-tailed Duck, c.75 Eider and a 2cy Iceland Gull.

2cy Mute Swans off Heogland
including the two 'polish' individuals

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

30th March 2021 Unst Calm Overcast

It felt promising conditions today from the outset but they failed to deliver the hoped-for March Wheatear. The 4 Whooper Swans were still present at the Loch of Cliff and 2 Great Northern Divers were feeding close to the beach at Haroldswick. A walk around Norwick produced 2 Snipe, my second Woodpigeon of the year and a Redwing and there were 2 Redwings at Skaw. A few Auks and Kittiwakes were flying north past Lamba Ness and my first Bonxie of the year overflew also heading north.

Great Northern Diver off Haroldswick

Redwing at Skaw

Bonxie at Lamba Ness
the third year in a row that I've seen Bonxie before the end of March