In the last few days Red Kite, Reed Warbler, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper have been seen. A few years ago we had an influx of Crossbill at this time of year and it would be good to see some again.
We headed over to Sandness on Saturday in glorious weather. We parked next to the beach which enabled us to view the waders about 1/2 way along. Once located we headed out and got fairly close to them:
Knot (2) Sanderling (3) Ringed Plover (32) Turnstone (22) Oystercatcher (78) Curlew (34) Dunlin(6)
also Arctic Tern (100) Arctic Skua (4) Gt Skua (2) Cormorant (4) Wheatear (8) Pied Wag (2 pairs with 4 +3 young) Rock Pipit, Wren, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Eider, Red breasted merganser, Common, GTBB, Herring gull, Hoddie, Raven, Whooper Swan
A lot of action as Arctic Skuas chased the Arctic Terns
Shetland has become a great place to see Whales with many Killer Whale sightings, also Minke Whales , White sided and Risso dolphins and Porpoise numbers seem to be building in Mousa sound. On Friday I watched a pod of 8 in the morning and they were still in the same area 5 hours later.