Sunday, 23 August 2020

23rd August 2020 Unst N4 Overcast

I joined Brydon at Lamba Ness for an hour's seawatching where I obtained a very brief view of a Storm Petrel and far more prolonged views of a Phalarope called by Brydon that we both felt most-likely a Red-necked but it was just too distant for us to be sure. I returned home and didn't feel too enthused by the northerly wind although perhaps I should have thought more of the presence of a Garden Warbler aptly in our garden. We didn't venture back out until early afternoon when we walked around Norwick seeing our first Pied Flycatcher and Blackcap of the Autumn, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Willow Warblers and the Wood Warbler when we found a Greenish Warbler at Valyie - superb! As it raised the inevitable question as to whether it was the same bird having moved site we headed for Haroldswick and I met Mike in the small garden where his pishing quickly produced a few brief views that nicely confirmed that individual's continued presence. We then headed for Burrafirth quickly seeing the lingering Barred, Garden and Willow Warblers before finding another Greenish. Amazing! We were soon joined by Robbie who also appreciated it being a real performer! We then had high hopes for a late visit to Skaw but it added just a Garden Warbler.

Garden Warbler at Millfield

Pied Flycatcher at Norwick

Wood Warbler at Norwick

Greenish Warbler at Valyie

Greenish Warbler at Burrafirth