Sunday 22 March 2020

Grutness birds - Shetland

These posts may be come more irregular as Corona Virus kicks in. Throughout my walk I never met anyone, a bus passed with no on and a few cars headed up to Sumburgh Head

Out in the bay at Grutness several Eider could be seen displaying 

Once they started to feed a flock of gulls descended on the flock of eider and started to attack them when they brought food to the surface

The number of Red Throated Divers had decreased to 5 but were well spread out, unlike last week when they gathered into one flock

Lots of wader about at present with Curlew calling as they went to a stubble field. A flock of 26 Oystercatcher flew up from the beach calling and soon joined the Curlew feeding in the field

Other waders included Turnstone(6) Ringed Plover (8) and Redshank(12) on the beach

In the garden a Chiffchaff moved swiftly through the shrubs, my first of the year

A Couple of Purple Sandpiper landed on the beach well away from the rocky area. Further out a small flock of Long Tailed Duck and Black Guillemot.

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