Lots of young birds around
Ringed Plover with 3 young
Young Ringed Plover
A coming together Ringed Plover and Lapwing
Mallard with 9 young
Lapwing chick, one of two seen
Starlings carrying food, count 21 nests, most in stone walls
Good to see two swallows and twelve House Martin near Sumburgh quarry
These last few days a number of interesting migrants have turned up. In Unst 4 White Tailed Eagles at Hermaness, several Golden Orioles , three Osprey, two/three White Billed Divers, thanks to Roy Twigg (From Sheffield) who was visiting Shetland for finding a distant one near Cunningsburgh. Sad news that the Long Tailed Skua had been taken into care and was in a poor state.
This might be bird flu as it seems to be affecting Skuas the most. Over the weekend i have found 21 dead birds including a Gt Northern Diver, Eider, lots of Gannets, Kittiwake and Herring gulls- not all down to bird flu hopefully.