Monday, 26 April 2021

26th April 2021 Unst SSW3 Light rain

An overcast morning with some light rain that became more persistent through the afternoon. Our garden held some early morning promise with an overflying Arctic Skua, a Swallow and Sand Martin looping around our rooftops, a Chiffchaff and a flock of 9 Bramblings. On arriving at Skaw there was a Whimbrel on the beach, my first 3 House Martins were flying back and forth along the burn but otherwise just the Redwing was seen. Lamba Ness was playing host to a Black-tailed Godwit. A walk around Norwick proved more productive with a Black-tailed Godwit, a Common Buzzard that flew west, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Whimbrel, 50 Meadow Pipits, the Robin, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest. A look around Haroldswick produced a flock of 9 Pinkfeet, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Redwings, my first Mistle Thrush of the year, 5 Wheatears and 3 Chiffchaffs. Burrafirth proved quiet with just a Pied Wagtail seen. A visit to NorthDale after the rain had cleared through produced another encounter with the Common Buzzard now hovering over Feall, a Song Thrush and a Dunnock.

House Martin at Skaw

Common Buzzard over Norwick
only the second I've seen on Unst

Mistle Thrush at Stove
the latest I've seen in Spring