An unpleasant windy day that hampered birding. I saw just a single Fieldfare in a very brief visit to Skaw. Norwick added 2 Stonechats, a Ring Ouzel, a Song Thrush, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Goldcrest, a Reed Bunting, 5 Chaffinches, 10 Bramblings and 3 Greenland Redpolls. At Haroldswick there was another 2 Stonechats. I then met Brydon at Burrafirth where we saw 2 Redwings, a Blackcap, a Yellow-browed Warbler and Jamie's Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll.
Wednesday, 30 September 2020
Tuesday, 29 September 2020
A very eventful day working on Yell managing to see an Arctic Warbler at Cullivoe and then Dougie Preston's latest brilliant find being a first-winter Tennessee Warbler at Burravoe! During the course of the day I also saw a Fieldfare, a Redwing, 3 Blackcaps, a Willow Warbler, a Chiffchaff, 15 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Chaffinches and a Brambling.
Monday, 28 September 2020
A cold windy and rather unpleasant day to be birding and my first Glaucous Gull of the Autumn at Lamba Ness only added to the rather wintry feel! A look around Norwick added 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, my first Siberian Chiffchaff of the Autumn, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrests, Jamie picked out my first Hawfinch of the Autumn, a Chaffinch, 6 Bramblings, 2 Linnets and 2 Greenland Redpolls. At Haroldswick I saw 2 Redwings, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Siskin and at Burrafirth I saw a Redwing, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Reed Bunting.
Sunday, 27 September 2020
Saturday, 26 September 2020
A day spent working on Yell where I saw a Yellow-browed Warbler in the first garden I checked at Camb and a Chiffchaff at another garden. I returned to Unst seeing a Peregrine at Snarravoe and then having just enough time to have a look at Norwick where I saw 10 Pinkfeet, my first Common Redstart of the Autumn, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Chiffchaff and a Brambling.
Friday, 25 September 2020
Thursday, 24 September 2020
A cool, grey morning and much windier than forecast. I failed to see a migrant passerine at Skaw so decided to walk the headland where at long last I found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper having walked it so many times hoping to do exactly that! It had chosen the windy side of the hill so it was difficult to hold the camera still but kneeling and then laying on the wet turf helped - as did it then slowly walking towards me! Having exchanged a couple of messages with my parents it was subsequently then a shock to hear that my Dad was being admitted to hospital by ambulance. Nearly as bad, was the news that my Mum was not allowed to travel to hospital with him at the most worrying of times due to the Covid restrictions - literally the first time they have been apart through shielding and the subsequent easing of restrictions. Needless to say that my mind was then elsewhere so I didn't do much more birding with a Stonechat at Burrafirth being my only other notable sighting. Thankfully my Dad's back home this evening and I hope enjoying the following images... of a species we've enjoyed watching together on several occasions... with me stood at his side when he found one on an equally windswept headland in Ireland on one memorable occasion!
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
A cool, clear and calm morning at last that turned into a calm warm day with plenty of sunshine. Skaw produced a Pied Flycatcher and a look around Norwick added the Slavonian Grebe, a Pink-footed Goose, a Wigeon, the Stonechat, a Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Pied Flycatcher and 5 Tree Sparrows. Brydon then found a superb Booted Warbler in Baltasound that was performing alongside 2 Willow Warblers. I returned north seeing 2 Chiffchaffs at Burrafirth and a Whinchat and a Merlin and 3 Lesser Whitethroats at Haroldswick.
Slavonian Grebe at Norwick
Reed Warbler at Norwick
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
It was another breezy day with rain persisting for most of it. I didn't venture far with my highlights being my first Slavonian Grebe of the Autumn and 14 Pale-bellied Brents of the year on the sea off Norwick.