Wednesday, 2 September 2020

2nd September 2020 Unst S6 Overcast

The forecast wind picked up soon after first light and continued to strengthen throughout the day hampering looking for migrants. The Arctic Warbler, that was nice to hear calling today, was still at Skaw as was Brydon's eclipse drake 'Northern' Eider. A walk around Norwick added a Kestrel, the juvenile Stonechat, the Greenish Warbler, a Willow Warbler, a Siskin and a very brief encounter with a Common Rosefinch that flew off south being my first this year. At Burrafirth my first Pinkfoot of the Autumn overflew and a Lesser Whitethroat was also new. With seabirds being recorded off various places around Shetland I gave Lamba Ness a try despite the unfavourable wind direction for there seeing a single Sooty Shearwater, an eye-catching Catharacta and my first Purple Sandpiper of the Autumn.

Arctic Warbler at Skaw

Eclipse drake 'Northern' Eider off Skaw

Pinkfoot over Burrafirth

Lesser Whitethroat at Burrafirth