Monday 27 February 2023
Sunday 26 February 2023
Drizzle persisted on and off for much of the morning but it became drier in the afternoon so we took a look at a few sites that produced our first Long-eared Owl and Siskins for the year.
Norwick: Great Northern Diver, Sparrowhawk, Merlin & Stock Dove.
We completed the monthly SOTEAG beached bird surveys for Norwick and Burrafirth.
Norwick: Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 2 Whooper Swans, Stock Dove, 2 Woodpigeon, Woodcock & Meadow Pipit.
Wednesday 22 February 2023
As the day dawned calm we spent a couple of hours walking the coastline at Muness where seeing 33 Great Northern Divers proved the highlight being my record site count. We then drove to Westing where a roadside flock of 21 Snow Buntings kept flying up onto overhead wires but no Gulls had gathered. As the forecast rain hadn't arrived I then took a walk around Norwick.
Muness: 33 Great Northern Divers, Pink-footed Goose & 8 Long-tailed Duck.
Westing: 21 Snow Buntings.
Monday 20 February 2023
With a westerly gale battering the island I headed to Westing soon being joined by Robbie.
Westing: Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull & Viking Gull.
Saturday 18 February 2023
Being a calm dry morning we were just ready to head out when a hailstorm arrived to be followed by light snow that was enough to lay as a dusting. Replaced by blue skies we headed to Uyeasound and started to walk the coast south. A search through plenty of Eider and Long-tailed Ducks failed to produce anything else when another hailstorm arrived that soon became heavy rain so it was beginning to feel a mistake! Undeterred, after the shower had passed through, we continued towards Belmont. A scan across Loch of Heogland produced a few Teal, Wigeon and Goldeneye so it seemed worthy to take a look through the scope. Among the first Teal I looked through and there was a vertical white stripe I've been hoping to see for years - of a drake Green-winged Teal - a long overdue find tick! Whilst we enjoyed views of it through the scope and obtaining a few distant record shots, for no apparent reason, it suddenly took flight alongside a pair of Teal and flew off high towards Fetlar until we lost the trio from view. A scan of the bays beyond the loch produced 23 Red-throted Divers and then a huge White-billed Diver. Whilst we both enjoyed some nice scope views it was really too far to photograph so as it was low tide I scrambled across the seaweed-covered tombolo and onto the Holm of Heogland. Whilst closer, I was now looking into the sun and it soon put some distance between us heading south in the direction of Linga.