Wednesday, 31 July 2019

31st July 2019 Unst SSE1 Misty

Whilst I again failed to find a migrant passerine, visits to Skaw and Norwick beaches revealed a noticeable arrival of Turnstone with 18 on the former and 20 on the latter. On arriving home Charlie and Jim were cutting hay in the field behind our house. A quick scan of the Gulls and there was a juvenile moulting to first-winter Mediterranean Gull - the first I've seen on Shetland! A check of a few more sites added a Green Sandpiper and a colour-ringed Whimbrel at Ungirsta mires. On returning home the Med Gull was flying along the foreshore, visiting the beach and the cut hay fields.

Juvenile moulting to first-winter Mediterranean Gull at Norwick

Green Sandpiper at Ungirsta

colour-ringed Whimbrel at Ungirsta