Friday, 16 October 2015

South Mainland

During the week the weather improved with some superb sunny still days and easterly winds.

Geese are everywhere at present, large flocks of geese flying over our house several times a day. Unlike last year when only a few Barnacle geese could be seen, this year well over 250 have been regular for several days so far. Two flocks one at Quendale in a stubble field and another over 100 at the very south end of the road from Spiggie

 Large flocks of Pinkfeet and Greylag along with over 20 whooper swan gather at the latter site.

Up at Sumburgh Head  large numbers of Goldcrest landed and a few Ring Ousel , Chaffinch, Snow Bunting, Chiffchaff and Blackcap

The showy Lapland Bunting is drawing a steady stream of admirers and is faithful to it usual site giving exceptionally close views

 Whooper Swans can be found in good number at Spiggie and Clickimin Loch in Lerwick

I finally saw the Dusky Warbler at Sanick ,giving fleeting glimpses over an hour, calling as well. This is a lifer for me and the twentieth new bird since coming to live in Shetland. Here a Yellow Browed Warbler, Blackcap(pair), Dunnock, Robin(2), Chiffchaff, Twite (6) and Fieldfare shared the same garden

Large numbers of Fieldfare, Redwing have arrived joined by a few Song Thrush.

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