A day spent guiding for Shetland Nature with a male Red-necked Phalarope proving the highlight.
Saturday 24 June 2023
Another day and another Acro found singing whilst on my way to work, this time a Marsh Warbler at Kirkaton. I've still only seen two species of Acro this year - Blyth's Reed & Marsh - only on Shetland! I failed to obtain an image but have uploaded a recording of it singing here. I also enjoyed hearing a Lesser Whitethroat singing at Valyie.
Friday 23 June 2023
Tuesday 20 June 2023
Saturday 17 June 2023
Friday 16 June 2023
Monday 12 June 2023
Saturday 10 June 2023
With a southeasterly airflow at last I covered most of the north Unst sites seeing, almost unbelievably, my first Pied and Spotted Flycatchers of the year... but it wasn't quite Foula!!
Norwick: Kestrel, 12 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Cuckoo, 3 Swallow & Blackcap.
Northdale: 20 Woodpigeon & Pied Flycatcher.
Haroldswick: 2 Shelduck, Chiffchaff & male Common Rosefinch.
Friday 9 June 2023
A quick look at Norwick produced my first Cuckoo of the year. We then completed our first boat-based survey of the seabirds along the north cliffs of Unst that resulted in us circumnavigating the isle.
Sunday 4 June 2023
I completed a circuit around Norwick seeing just a Sparrowhawk, a Collared Dove, a Chiffchaff and a Tree Sparrow. However Chris Ridgard let me know that he'd found a singing Warbler at Halligarth delivering a torrent of mimicry. I joined him there and along with Robbie, Glen and Gina I was treated to listening to a Marsh Warbler singing its repertoire from the depths of the rosa. Despite spending an enjoyable couple of hours listening to it I only managed a single glimpse. I've uploaded a sound-recording of it to xeno-canto here.