Thursday 3 September 2020

3rd September 2020 Unst SSW3 Overcast

It was overcast but calmer than forecast this morning with the wind picking up this afternoon. As I walked out of the front door a Collared Dove was a surprise being the first that I've seen since June. As I walked up the slope to Valyie it was nice to hear both the Greenish and a Willow Warbler singing! Whilst walking around Norwick I also saw a Kestrel, the juvenile Stonechat, a Blackcap, a Garden Warbler, a Barred Warbler, a Siskin and the Common Rosefinch put in another brief appearance before again flying off high south. Skaw added just a Reed Warbler that Jamie had seen yesterday afternoon. We failed to add to the score-sheet at both Burrafirth and Haroldswick, so as Jamie had found 4 Curlew Sandpipers at Uyeasound, we took a trip down there seeing 3 accompanying a flock of 9 Ruff and the juvenile Little Gull was still present. An evening visit to Lamba Ness produced an early Lapland Bunting.

Collared Dove departing Millfield

Common Rosefinch at Norwick

Greenish Warbler at Valyie
A recording of its song here

Juvenile Stonechat at Valyie

Reed Warbler at Skaw

Curlew Sandpiper at Uyeasound

Juvenile Little Gull at Uyeasound