Thursday, 11 June 2020

10th June 2020 Unst

A quick check for migrants produced just a late female Common Redstart - Brydon did rather better finding a Greenish Warbler at Halligarth that unfortunately I didn't have time to see as we had arranged a boat trip so we could visit and count the seabirds breeding along the north cliffs of Unst. However, we hadn't reckoned on chancing upon a near full summer-plumaged White-billed Diver off Burrafirth, that with some clever maneuvering of the boat by our skipper, we were able to approach quite closely - superb!

Female Common Redstart at Valyie
At the time I cursed that its tail wasn't blue. But with news of a Rufous Bushchat near Oslo the following day it wasn't its tail colour that was an issue after all!

blue Fulmar sat on the cliffs of Lamba Ness

leucistic Oystercatcher along the north cliffs of Saxa Vord
First seen on 13/5/17 and again last Spring at Skaw

White-billed Diver off Burrafirth