A windy grey morning so perhaps no surpise that Glaucous Gulls were back on the agenda with a couple seen at Skaw. A look at Norwick added my first 3 Woodpigeons of the year. As we drove into Baltasound a panic was ensuing with lots of Greylags, Lapwings, 8 Woodpigeons and Starlings taking to the air and a trail of Hooded Crows gave away the presence of a Red Kite flying low through Daisy Park! It then flew to the hillside north of Setters Hill where we watched it circling for a while - the first we've seen on Shetland!
Skaw; 2 juv Glaucous Gulls, 8 Skylarks
Norwick; 3 Woodpigeons, 19 Skylarks
NorthDale; 10 Skylarks, Fieldfare, 2 Redwings
Baltasound; 20 Wigeon, Red Kite, 8 Woodpigeons
Woodpigeon at Norwick
my first for the year!
Red Kite at Baltasound
A very welcome unexpected bonus on making a visit to the shop, and with only just over 20 records for Shetland, it's no real surprise that it's the first that we've seen here.