Wednesday 30 September 2020

Migration finally

 While there has been a few rarities about, including  the Tennese Warbler in Yell and others up in Unst its been fairly quite in the south mainland.

We had a couple of days when a few common migrants turned up, several Yellow Browed Warbler one of my faviourities were found at the quarry, Grutness and Sumburgh gardens, always a nice find

A Lapland Bunting down at the pool at Grutness, which was elusive at first put in an appearance over the far side of the loch for a second time.

In the sun a Brambling, Willow Warbler (4) Goldcrest (3) Blackcap (2) Swallow (6) Redwing showed well.

Flocks are starting to form with a flock of Skylark (50) Meadow Pipit (70) Twite (50), Rock Dove (75) around the farm

Sunday 27 September 2020

Shetland Waders

 Although migration has started off very slow there are lots of waders coming through Shetland. The South mainland is one of the best places to see a good variety.


With Virkie, West Voe, Scatness and Grutness all places to search. The afternoon light at this time of year is excellent for photographing on the  east side.

These are all taken at Grutness. Lots of seaweed had been kicked up by recent storms and this provided ample food for Turnstone, Dunlin, Sanderling, Knot, Ringed Plover, Redshank, Oystercatcher


While searching for waders this Lapland Bunting showed briefly at a distance at the Grutness pool