Monday, 26 October 2020

Siberian Chiffchaff

Most birders have now left Shetland so its down to a few local birder to come up with the goods. The Blackpoll Warbler remains up at East Burrafirth and on Sunday a Whites Thrush made an appearance in Gulberwick, may be the same one from last week which appeared in nearby Lerwick

A number of Arctic Redpolls are still getting reported, most from Unst and several Siberian Chiffchaff from various parts including two from the south mainland.

I went down to the Blyth Reed Warbler site at Spiggie, a place i intend to keep an eye on. As soon as i arrived the Sib Chiffchaff was seen on nettles just a few feet away.

A Blue Tit made a couple of fleeting appearances then moved back into  dense nettles, a rare bird in Shetland.

It flew over the narrow burn and landed near the cattle feeding rings and started to feed. It posed a few time then dropped to the ground where it caught a Crane fly

This was a ringed bird

It then moving further into cover in the corner near the fence. I spent some time here and a flock of Brambling moved in, 6 birds with a couple landing on the fence. A Chaffinch soon joined them and they flew and landed in a field on the opposite side of the road.

Two Robin and three Wren fed close by, a Wood pigeon flew passed and then a couple of Goldcrest appeared in front of me feeding before moving up the burn

Flocks of Fieldfare (50) and Redwing (20) were joined by Blackbird (20) but were very wary. From the nettles further in flocks of Meadow pipit (40) and Skylark (22) took to the air.

No sign of the Great White Egret but plenty of swan with Whooper (64) and Mute (12) with lots of wigeon, goldeneye, Tufted, Mallard, Teal and a few coot on the loch.

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