Friday, 16 August 2019

16th August 2019 Unst S4 Light Rain

Steady light rain and a fresh southerly persisted all day. There were again good numbers of Meadow Pipits, alba Wagtails and Wheatears at every site visited. There was a single Knot on the beach at Skaw and 3 at Norwick where the Pied Flycatcher and Willow Warbler remained at Valyie. The Shore Station at Burrafirth proved quiet so it was a nice surprise when an Icterine Warbler flew from cover onto the fence along the burn. A walk around Haroldswick added 25 Snipe on the beach and revealed the continued presence of the juvenile Stonechat at the pool and there was a Willow Warbler at NorthDale. An afternoon visit to Lamba Ness confirmed that both Red-necked Phalaropes had also remained in situ.

Meadow Pipits along the fence-line at Burrafirth

Icterine Warbler at Burrafirth

Common Snipes on Haroldswick beach

Juvenile Stonechat at Haroldswick