Saturday, 19 October 2019

19th October 2019 Unst NE4 Overcast

We first visited NorthDale where unfortunately there was no sign of the Lesser Grey Shrike. We did see 2 Robins, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrushes, 30 Redwings and a Chiffchaff. We then tried Skaw where all we saw was 3 Robins, 40 Redwings, a Chiffchaff, 10 Bramblings. Norwick proved quiet too with us only seeing the Swallow, 3 Robins, a Blackcap, 2 Goldcrests, 40 Bramblings. Brydon and Mike did much better finding an Olive-backed Pipit in Baltasound. We were soon on the scene and whilst it was initially flighty we did eventually obtain some nice views despite the increasingly windy weather - superb! After enjoying a coffee with Robbie he showed us a Long-tailed Duck sat on a grassy bank of the houb. On returning home a juvenile Glaucous Gull seen from our kitchen window was Richard's 100th species seen on Unst since being here. We then headed for Lamba Ness where there was a juvenile and near-adult Glaucous Gull among a flock of mainly argentatus Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls and a Bonxie flew north. A look in Haroldswick revealed the continued presence of the Black-throated Diver.

Olive-backed Pipit in Baltasound

near-adult Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness

Juvenile Glaucous and argentatus Herring Gull on Lamba Ness