Saturday, 10 October 2020

Shetland Blyth Reed Warbler

There has been a big invasion of Blue Tits throughout Shetland with a few Gt Tit as well as common migrants still flood into the islands.

Still some interesting scarce migrants as well. We went down to Spiggie today parking up near the fishermen's hut and nearly straight away saw a Wryneck which flew up from the grass landed briefly on the sheep pens before flying up towards the dunes.

It was a good start as i made my way up to the Blyth Reed Warbler spot. Only one person watching when i arrived and said it had flown back into the nettles about 5 mins ago

The is a couple of things that Birders are noted for, patience and the ability to stare at a clump of nettles, rocks or bushes for a long time. I was expecting Bill Oddie to pop up but nothing did as we continued to get to grips with every leaf and every bit of movement.

Eventually the other birder said he would go across the burn and `move' the bird forward. It worked as the bird flew up and landed a bit closer.

A second flush moved it more into the open and it was happy to feed and looked settled. Also in the same area was a Reed Warbler, a couple of Goldcrest and Robin.

The Blyth Reed warbler then showed as it moved along a closer clump of nettles giving some good views.

This warbler is noted for having a pale stripe  running from the eye to the bill and just have a light blob just behind the eye.

Its overall colour is grey Olive- brown and has short wingtips and darkish legs, confirming this was a  Blyth Reed Warbler only the second one i have seen in Shetland

Blyth Reed Warbler are a scarce migrant to Shetland, coming from Eastern Europe or Asia

On the loch both Mute and Whooper swans lots of wigeon, Tufted and Mallard and one Slavonian Grebe with the Gt White Egret still down at the south end.

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