Sunday, 4 June 2017

Spring continues

Although spring migration may nearly have come to an end, it is still an important time for the breeding birds in Shetland. With only around 75 regular species breeding here everyone becomes important.

                                       Male Wheatear, a stunning bird that is fairly common on the moorland

Skylark is reasonably common here unlike England where it has become very uncommon. Its great to hear them sing from the front door

Starling having one of its 5 a day, a very common bird in Shetland and very noisy

Blackbird is the commonest and only breeding thrush, apart from the odd Robin at Kergord

Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff still passing through the islands. More rarer warblers have been present these as few days with Blyth Reed Warbler at Sullom and Icterine Warbler at Sandwick and Scatness

It was good to see a party of 12 House martin with 6 Swallow at Sumburgh Head. Also here a female Bluethroat, no photos but four reasonable views among the roses.

6 Long Tailed Duck at Scatness (5 above), more common spring and summer visitor 15 years ago

Still hoping for late Spring migrants with Marsh warbler, Red Backed Shrike and possibly Bee eater.

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