Its been a mixed week for birds. At the weekend the weather was warm but very windy around F5.
We headed to Sumburgh quarry first where Black Redstart and Red Backed Shrike had been seen the previous day.
It wasn't surprising that very few birds showed with the strong wind, the two birds in question didn't show to me but I did see Pied Wagtail, Fulmar, Wheatear, Blackbird, Wren, Starling & Sparrow. An hour after we left both birds showed, just typical.
Down at Grutness a small flock of 6 Dunlin, Redshank , 2 Ringed Plover, Lapwing 2 and Oystercatcher 4 fed on the muddy edges. Lots of Arctic Terns were bring in fish which was good to see and lots of tern taking off when a Gt or Arctic Skua passed over.
The day after we went across to Geosetter, as we stopped the car a Quail started to call which happened to be about 10-15 feet away. It didn't show at all even though it called frequently during our two hour stay. It called several times then had a 10 min break before starting up again.
Another Quail also started called in the bottom field , one of these birds may have been the bird from Boddam then Brow marsh.
As a Lesser Grey Shrike had been seen again down at Maywick along with a Marsh warbler and Comon Rosefinch, we took a detour but failed to see any of the birds which may have been scared off by someone putting out washing. We did see a Crossbill and a pair of Linnet.
ON Tuesday we headed to Sumburgh again and after a long two hour wait the Red Backed Shrike appeared on a fence above the quarry, I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't move a bit closer the road. No sign for me with the Black Redstart although it was seen earlier in the morning
Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Monday, 29 June 2020
The Puffins at Sumburgh Head seem to be having a good breeding season as do the other auks, Razorbill and Guillemot.
With the increase in the number of Auks bring in fish, its noticeable that there has been an increase in the number of Skua, Gtbb and Herring Gulls patrolling the cliffs.
Wednesday, 24 June 2020
We now visited Sumburgh Head twice in recent weeks and its been very quiet from a visitor point of view. in fact we were the only visitors for most of the time.
This has attracted a lot of Skuas, mostly Gt Skua but a couple of Arctic as well but the Gt Skua seems to be top dog
Arctic and Gt Skua
Kittiwake with nesting material
Gt Skua brings down Guillemot who releases fish to right
Lots of Guillemot on the stack down at Sumburgh Head
Rock Pipit and Wheatear also seem to be doing well
That's why I haven't seen many Killer whales this year, have been looking on the sea
Puffins bring in fish have normally gone straight down tunnel
Good to hear the Kittiwakes although numbers have been greatly reduced since the 1980's