Monday, 25 July 2022
Puffins-New bedding please
Friday, 22 July 2022
The young Arctic Terns
Wednesday, 20 July 2022
Arctic Terns doing well
Good to see the Arctic Terns doing well and so far not too affected by bird flu. The flu has affected both Skuas and very few have been seen around the colony at Grutness so this will have helped
Monday, 11 July 2022
Broad - Billed Sandpiper- Shetland
This Sandpiper had originally been found by Hugh Harrop on the 8 June at Grutness and then it disappeared for a while. It was relocated at the same spot and then down at Virkie a week or so ago.
The bird was relocated on the morning of our visit and when i arrived I found no one else about. Having seen a flock of Dunlin at the west side the day before I set off to check whether the Sandpiper was with them as the bird does associate with dunlin flocks.
I located the bird at the far end of the Dunlin flock which was feeding along the tide line. Although the tide was coming in slowly the Broad -Billed Sandpiper then tucked its beak in and went to sleep. The whole flock took off as a helicopter passed low overhead but the flock flew around and landed to the south, in better light.