Sunday, 5 January 2020


Finally got out having been down with a chest infection.

The weather was good considering we have had severe gales over the past few days . Saturday was still, calm, mild with some sun

Headed down to Sumburgh as a couple of Scoter had been seen in West Voe. On arrival at the south end I could see 6 birders on the sand dunes at the north end.

The was a good number of birds but distant. I first picked up the male Velvet Scoter, then the Common Scoter as well as 6 Gt Northern Divers some with fish.

 even at 1200mm the duck was still a small size

Rafts of Long Tailed Ducks stretched out along the northern end and a few in smaller flocks.

Over at Grutness fewer birds but two Red Throated Diver was a good find, unusual in winter.

Saturday birds
Gt Northern Diver, Red throated Diver, Velvet Scoter, Common Scoter, Lt Duck, Wigeon, Black Guillemot, Shag, Cormorant, Eider, Gt BB, Common Gull, BHG, Herring Gull, Rock Dove, Turnstone, Curlew, Lapwing, Snipe, Starling, House Sparrow, Redwing, Fieldfare, Rock Dove., Wren, Blackbird, Fulmar, Twite, Hoddie, Raven, Greylag,

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