Monday 31 October 2022
Sunday 30 October 2022
The overcast dank conditions soon cleared into a nice bright day until heavy cloud rolled-in again around mid-afternoon. The overnight southeasterly wind was no doubt responsible for a few more late migrants appearing with our best being a couple of Long-eared Owls and an overflying Waxwing heading north. Mike's away enjoying a seabird bonanza so we covered his SOTEAG beached bird survey for Easting beach during the afternoon.
Norwick: Long-eared Owl, 4 Robin, Waxwing, Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, 4 Goldcrest, 7 Siskin, 3 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling & Snow Bunting.
Easter Loch: 15 Mute Swans, 27 Whooper Swans & 33 Goldeneye.
Easting Beach: 20 Redwing, 10 Fieldfare, Blackcap & 2 Brambling.
Saturday 29 October 2022
A grey windy start to the day that brightened along-with the wind easing around lunchtime with insects then on the wing and Starlings making aerial pursuits for them... but no Swifts! A few late Autumn surprises today with a Willow Warbler at Norwick, single Reed Buntings at both Norwick and Skaw and best of all a Common Nightingale at Burrafirth.
Norwick: Long-tailed Duck, 10 Redwing, Fieldfare, 3 Robin, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest, Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, Reed Bunting & 8 Snow Buntings.
Skaw: juvenile Glaucous Gull, 2 Blackcap, Siberian Chiffchaff & Reed Bunting.
Friday 28 October 2022
The cloud was so low that it was like birding in gloomy fog for most of the day but we did manage to complete the SOTEAG monthly Beached Bird Surveys for Norwick and Burrafirth.
Norwick: 3 Long-tailed Duck, Woodcock, Pied/White Wagtail, 3 Robin, 5 Redwing, 3 Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff, 7 Goldcrest, Chaffinch, 2 Brambling & Snow Bunting.
I spent the day working on mainland where there was an obvious arrival of large Gulls taking place with around 400 argentatus Herring Gulls and c.50 Great black-backed Gulls being seen. A distinct lack of white-wingers was noticeable but that was put right on my journey home when a juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen patrolling the harbour wall at Gutcher.
Tuesday 25 October 2022
Monday 24 October 2022
Norwick: juvenile Whooper Swan, 4 Long-tailed Duck, Sparrowhawk, 2 Woodcock, Robin, Song Thrush, 16 Redwing, 2 Fieldfare, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcap, Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Goldcrest, 8 Greenland Redpoll, 4 Chaffinch & 20 Brambling.
Sunday 23 October 2022
I spent the day working on mainland where highlights were few and far between but included a flock of c.80 Fieldfare on Yell and a couple of flocks of c.40 Redwing on mainland.
Saturday 22 October 2022
Friday 21 October 2022
A stiff easterly wind to contend with but there didn't seem too many new arrivals on offer although they included my first Woodcocks of the Autumn.
Norwick: Woodcock, Tree Pipit, 2 Robin, Song Thrush, 10 Redwing, 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Greenland Redpoll, 2 Chaffinch & 10 Brambling
Skaw: Woodcock, Robin & Wheatear.
Burrafirth: 10 Redwing, Siberian Chiffchaff & Chiffchaff.
Thursday 20 October 2022
With the first south-easterlies for what feels like since early September hopes were running high. A walk around Norwick suggested little new had arrived with a Tree Sparrow the best. Burrafirth added a few oddities but nothing to set the pulse racing!
Norwick: Robin, 25 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 28 Fieldfare, 7 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Tree Sparrow & 8 Greenland Redpoll.
NorthDale: 28 Redwing, Blackcap & Goldcrest.
Wednesday 19 October 2022
Tuesday 18 October 2022
We said farewell to Rich and I dropped him at the bus stop so he could commence his long journey home. I headed for my usual circuit around Norwick where the Red-breasted Flycatcher was still is residence at Valyie and there was a late'ish Willow Warbler neaby.
Monday 17 October 2022
A nice morning but the forecast rain arrived mid-afternoon and the wind increased. Fortunately our reward came early finding a smart male Red-breasted Flycatcher at Valyie.
Norwick: juvenile Whooper Swan, 3 Long-tailed Duck, Tree Pipit, 2 Song Thrush, 6 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff, male Red-breasted Flycatcher, Siskin heard, 8 Greenland Redpoll & 50 Brambling.
Sunday 16 October 2022
A better day with highlights being a Yellow-browed Warbler being present in our garden for much of the day and another at Valyie, finding a Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth and 2 Parrot Crossbills at Ungirsta plantation.
Norwick: juvenile Whooper Swan, 2 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 5 Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, Goldfinch & 60 Brambling.
NorthDale: Song Thrush, 5 Redwing, 3 Blackcap & 4 Goldfinch.
Burrafirth: 6 Redwing, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff, Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll, Greenland Redpoll & 5 Goldfinch.