Tuesday, 12 November 2019

12th November 2019 Unst NE5 Overcast

With a cold northerly wind I headed for Lamba Ness where in 90 minutes I saw a female Long-tailed Duck, 6 Guillemots, 4 Little Auks, 40 Kittiwakes and a small pod of Killer Whales all moving north. I also saw the blue Fulmar from the cliffs and 6 Glaucous Gulls (3 juv, 2 2w & 4w) patrolling back and forth along the clifftops and 25 Snow Buntings. At Norwick I saw the Knot and 2 Robins. At the Shore Station a Sparrowhawk was seen in pursuit of a Redwing. At Haroldswick there were 5 Pinkfeet and a Song Thrush. On returning home there was a Siberian Chiffchaff in our garden - hardy birds considering how cold it's felt here today!

Killer Whales passing Lamba Ness
they always look the part powering through heavy seas

Little Auk passing Lamba Ness

blue Fulmar at Lamba Ness

Juvenile Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness

Second-winter Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness

Fourth-winter Glaucous Gull
Adult-like plumage but fleshy tones to the bill and dark subterminal marks on both mandibles

Pink-footed Geese at Haroldswick

Siberian Chiffchaff at Millfield