Wednesday, 27 April 2022

27th April 2022 Unst NW2 Overcast

Perfect early morning weather to complete a Black Guillemot survey where the highlight was a flock of 9 Snow Buntings atop East Hill. Then straight into completing two Common Bird Census squares that produced a White Wagtail and 3 Brambling on Haroldswick beach. A walk around Norwick produced the surprise of the day being a redhead Goosander sat alongside the burn that runs through the mires and more routine fare the best being a Sparrowhawk, 6 Whimbrel, a Collared Dove, a Redwing, a Robin, a Dunnock, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and a female Hawfinch.

East Hill cliffs

Black Guillemots on the cliffs at East Hill

Guillemots and a few pairs of Kittiwakes at East Hill

Snow Buntings at East Hill

Raven at East Hill

White Wagtail at Haroldswick

Eider at Norwick

Whimbrel at Norwick

Dunnock at Norwick

Blackcap at Norwick

redhead Goosander at Norwick mires

a ringed Pied Wagtail at Norwick