A nice calm and bright morning. Haroldswick was still playing host to the Slavonian Grebe, a drake Gadwall that was first seen by Robbie yesterday and the Moorhen. There were 4 Whooper Swans on Easter Loch and the 6 Mute Swans were offshore. The wintering 2cy Little Gull was present around the salmon cages off Uyeasound. The walk out to Heogland was enlivened by 2 Purple Sandpipers and an Oystercatcher on the beach and there were 4 Common Scoter among the Long-tailed Ducks and Eider offshore and 2 2cy Iceland Gulls alongside the loch. The drive home produced the surprise of the day as there was a drake Goosander on the partially frozen roadside loch just south of Watlee.
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Friday, 22 January 2021
Tuesday, 19 January 2021
Nice Spring-like weather today so I completed the monthly WeBs counts and covered a few nearby sites. Skaw produced a Woodcock and 3 Fieldfares. Norwick was still playing host to the male Stonechat, the Blue Tit bearing a ring, a Great Tit and 10 Chaffinches. A visit to the shop produced the surprise of the day as there was an obliging Slavonian Grebe on the sea off Haroldswick.
Thursday, 14 January 2021
Wednesday, 13 January 2021
After a couple of days of snowy conditions it was nice to see it melt today! Yesterday we saw a male Merlin from our kitchen and a walk around Norwick today produced a Red-throated Diver, a Jack Snipe, 12 Common Snipe, a Woodcock, the male Stonechat, 5 Redwings, a Blue Tit and 5 Chaffinches.
Friday, 8 January 2021
Another cold hour spent seawatching from Lamba Ness produced a Red-throated Diver, a Great Northern Diver, 3,000 Fulmars, 2 blue Fulmars, 160 Gannets, a 2cy Glaucous Gull, 2 Kittiwakes and 5 Guillemots all flying north. A visit to the shop combined with a quick look at the houb produced 3 Knot and 8 Dunlin.
Thursday, 7 January 2021
Whilst driving along Holsens road I saw 2 Moorhens. A cold hour spent seawatching from Lamba Ness produced c.1,500 Fulmars, 2 blue Fulmars, a Kittiwake, just a single Guillemot and a Black Guillemot all flying north and a Jack Snipe was flushed from a pool there. Skaw was playing host to a male Merlin but there was no sign of yesterday's White-billed Diver.
Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Sunday, 3 January 2021
We took a look around Uyeasound and then walked out to Heogland seeing 3 Great Northern Divers, 2 Whooper Swans, the family party of 6 Mute Swans that includes 2 'polish' 2cy, a female Scaup, c.300 Eider, c.200 Long-tailed Ducks, a female-type Velvet Scoter, 7 female-type Common Scoter, c.25 Goldeneye, a Grey Plover, 3 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Iceland Gulls (2 2cy & 3cy), an adult Glaucous Gull and a Razorbill. The female-type Velvet Scoter was still of Skibhoul this evening.