Saturday 27 May 2017

Spotted Flycatcher

During the week migrants arrived in good numbers , with some rarer one like the Golden Oriole at Kergord, Rustic Buntings on Noss and Unst and a late record of Lesser Kestrel on Noss

I saw none of these but came across this spotted Flycatcher, one of four birds on the day. Back in Sheffield this is a declining species and only a migrant in Shetland. I certainly have had better views up here with little vegetation to hide the birds

This one used three perches to fly off to catch flies and seemed quite content when i left

A few other migrants put in an appearance, with Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Swallow, Common Sandpiper and White Wagtail also present

At West Voe four pairs of Eider displayed and later in the week 6 Velvet Scoter stayed a short time

                                          A Common Redpoll at Sumburgh Gardens was a nice find.

Even though the Arctic terns were only displaying it was good to see a large number with sand eels being brought to the females


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