Monday, 9 November 2020

9th November 2020 Unst SSE4 Overcast

A gloomy grey day with misty low cloud. Skaw produced the 3 Long-tailed Ducks, an Eider, a Woodcock, 5 Blackbirds, 10 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings and a Blackcap. A brief seawatch at Lamba Ness saw 2 blue Fulmars fly south, there were 3 Harbour Porpoises close offshore, a Purple Sandpiper with the Turnstones and at least 20 Fieldfares and 2 Redwings along the access track. Returning along Holsens road added a pair of Stonechats. A walk around Norwick produced the Great Northern Diver, 2 Woodcock, 40 Snipe, 10 Redwings, 6 Robins, a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Blue Tit and 5 Chaffinches. Burrafirth was playing host to a Robin, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Blue Tit and returning via Haroldswick beach proved worthwhile as my first Grey Plover of the year on Unst was feeding on the seaweed. Just as it was getting dark Alison arrived with a male Blackcap in her hand that she had found sat in the middle of the road - after it warmed up, it flew off strongly.

Blackcap at Skaw

Harbour Porpoise off Lamba Ness

Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone at Lamba Ness

Siberian Chiffchaff at Burrafirth

Grey Plover on Haroldswick beach