The wind though has been a big problem with Force 6 most of the time with some heavy rain as well, not the best for photography. Ok if these had been easterly winds, but they have been coming across from the west or north
On Foula, American White Crowned and White Throated Sparrows, Buff Bellied Pipit , Blythe Reed Warbler and a Turtle Dove. On Unst River Warbler, Bairds Sandpiper, American Golden Plover, Buff Breasted Sandpiper , Citrine Wagtail and Pechora Pipit - so not bad if you managed to the islands.
The Marsh Warbler however proved more difficult and despite seeing it about a dozen times in two hours it would just not rest more than a second. Again the vegetation seemed more dense that at the same point last year and it was a Force 6 wind .
Grutness was quiet with only a few birders present looking at a flock of Long tailed Duck (6), a Little Gull was picked out in a large flock of gulls resting just off the point with Black Guillemot(8) and an Arctic Skua put in a very short appearance, Gannets crashed into the sea and a flock of Shag rested on rocks near the cairn. I talked to a birder who had been up to the Quarry where he said the Marsh Warbler was still present but keeping well into the vegetation giving only brief views in 1.5 hours. Getting back to the pier a Red Throated diver showed briefly before flying off as the Good Shepherd arrived from Fair isle with 150 sheep aboard
I took a trip up Quendale in good weather. Around the bridge at least 50 house sparrow and 20+ Starlings showed in the bushes with one Wren. Nothing was flushed from the burn but at the dam a few birds started to show. First two Swallow flew down the valley, a Kestrel was seen across the field and about 30 Skylark took off from the bare field. This also held 12 Blackbird and another 6 could be seen on the wall opposite. A small party of 5 Redwing flew in and started to work the field. Meadow pipit, Twite, Rock Dove, Raven, Hoddie, BH Gull, Common Gull all flew over.
Lots of House Sparrow at Quendale
Pied Billed Grebe, Marsh Warbler, Little Egret, Red Breasted Merganser, Eider, Mallard, Teal, Grey Heron, House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Wren, Northern Wheatear, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Skylark, Hoodie, Raven, Greylag, Pinkfeet, BH Gull, Gt BB, Herring Gull, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Gt Northern Diver Shag, Gannet, Golden Plover, Redshank, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Dunlin, Black Tailed Godwit, Curlew, Turnstone, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, Purple Sandpiper, Knot, Redwing, Pied Wagtail, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Coot, Moorhen, Swallow, Kestrel, Little Gull, Red Throated Diver, Long Tailed Duck, Twite, Arctic Skua, Common gull, Rock Dove, Black Guillemot, Slav Grebe, Goldeneye