Sunday, 6 June 2021

Shetland migrants

The weather has been very good for a week or so, lots of sun, still but with Haar on the east side. Lots of birders have arrived and this has allowed an increased coverage.

Migrants this way please (Sumburgh runway)

I was sad to hear that Andy Flaws had passed away, we always had a good chat about the birds down at Grutness.

Its been a very good spring for Icterine warblers and i saw 6 in three days, also just recently an influx of Red Back Shrikes, with an odd Woodchat Shrike. I also came across 2 Marsh warblers, both singing.

Icky warbler

Also Corncrake, several sightings of White Tailed Eagles and Rough legged Buzzard, Bluethroats, Temminck's Stint, a couple of rare Little tern, Ring Necked Duck, Rustic Bunting, Sardinian Warbler, Paddyfield Warbler and a couple lof Blyth Reed Warbler, Hobby, 2 King Eider, Rosefinch, and Gt Reed Warbler, Golden Oriole (3) to name a few

I was down at Quendale for the second time this week. The first visit was quiet with only Spotted Flycatcher note worthy. The second visit on Saturday was alot better with singing Marsh Warbler and Icterine Warbler seen briefly but singing. Just one of those times i couldn't get any photos as the birds remained deep in cover.

A pair of Black Throated Diver was also seen down at Quendale bay, these have been around for a couple of months now, joined by 3 Red Throated and 2 Gt Northern Divers.

A large number of gulls rested on the edge of the beach.

Common Migrants still in good numbers with Spotted Flycatcher especially numerous. Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Pied Flycatcher, Seadge Warbler even Cuckoo in 4-5 places

Sedge Warbler  one of two singing down at Swinster

Good to hear that a few Basking Shark have been seen, hope to see one or two in south mainland, last year we had around a dozen. Orca sightings remain scarce in the south mainland, i just missed seeing a pod at St Ninan's on Friday

Curlew Sandpiper

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