Monday, 15 November 2021

15th November 2021 Unst SW4 Overcast clearing

Nice weather to be birding with a few migrants still present.

Skaw: Fieldfare & Chiffchaff.

Lamba Ness: 3 Long-tailed Ducks, 3 Woodcock, 6 Meadow Pipits, Skylark, 10 Redwings, 1 Fieldfare & 12 Snow Buntings.

Holsens road: 5 Fieldfare & Siskin.

Norwick: Woodcock, Long-eared Owl, 4 Robins, 4 Blackcaps, Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Siskins, 17 Chaffinches & 2 Brambling.

Haroldswick: 51 Fieldfares.

Burrafirth: drake Scaup.

Drake Scaup at Burrafirth

Possible female Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid (left) & Tufted Duck at Burrafirth
Being similar in size to the accompanying Tufted Duck and having the hint of a crest note its more Scaup-like headshape and reduced black tip to the bill hence matching the description of some females of this hybrid combination in the Collins Guide.