Sunday, 14 June 2020

Shetland Savi's Warbler

I was down at Scatness again this week this time hoping to see the Savi's warbler which had been present for the previous two days.

Having missed out on the Serin at the far end of Scatness, the Savi's proved equally elusive but at least it was there somewhere in deep cover.

Meadow Pipit doing well

A couple of birders came and left but I waited and waited changing position to the north side of the garden with Steve and Gary (keeping the 2 meters away) who had been present before I arrived. Steve was the owner of the garden and had put out three excellent photos.

Rock Pipit

An hour and half passed before it started to sing from deep cover, about five minutes later it popped up and headed across the garden to the west side still in deep cover.

Wheatear with more nesting material

I headed round and saw it straight away, it made its way down a branch and I managed to get one decent photo with another two obscured by a branch, then it was back into deep cover but came out again later in the evening

I had seen another one in Sumburgh Hotel gardens a couple of years ago which was distant but more visible. It was still present today

Dunlin at Grutness Pool

A few Rose Coloured Starling about, similar situation to England. It is almost a year ago that I photographed one in Lerwick.

Other Scarce birds included Quail, Ringed Bill and Mediterranean Gull, Little Egret, Blyth Reed Warbler, Greenish Warbler, as well as Humpback and Killer Whales

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