Spring Migration is gathering pace after a slow start in Shetland. April is a time where Winter birds leave and replaced by birds from the south.
It always amazes me that such a small bird as the Goldcrest can travel great distances without coming to harm, yesterday three turned up at Sumburgh hotel giving excellent close views, this is following one in our garden earlier in the week.
Rarer birds arriving this week include a small number of Black Redstart and three Great Grey Shrikes, Hawfinch and a couple of dozen Brambling.
Most of the Fieldfare and Redwing have gone , while the odd Snow bunting lingers. In West Voe Long Tailed Ducks numbers dropped to (88), Common Scoter (6) Gt Northern Divers (3) Eider (48), while waders are still in flocks: Turnstone (48) Curlew (76) Oystercatcher (26 but also in pairs)