Sunday, 23 October 2022
Tuesday, 18 October 2022
Homeyer's Great Grey Shrike
This is a possible first for the Uk, and seem to have all the credentials.
Great Grey Shrikes have taken a bit of a nosedive in recent winters, with just 17 confirmed birds reported in the winter of 2021-22. The first bird to be reported this autumn was in Shetland, at Hillswick, Mainland. However, when pictures made it online the bird revealed a lot of white in the wing and tail. Crucially, the two outermost tail fathers (T6 and T5) are wholly white and the primary patch is also large (c 50% of exposed primaries at broadest point) and runs along the secondaries. The bird also has a pale rump, blurry white scapulars, and a white supercilium that bridges the bill. Plus, the bird's underside is relatively plain, with subtle scaling on the breast. OK there's variation/overlap with excubitor but to have so many pro-homeyeri features makes this a good candidate for Britain's first accepted
Saturday, 15 October 2022
Lerwick Glaucous Gull
Monday, 10 October 2022
Shetland Barred Warbler and more
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Although i have seen a few Barred Warbler since moving to Shetland I have never managed to get any photos until now.
Most as very mobile and sit in deep vegetation but this one at Lunna, in the northeast mainland, was more or less obliging.
Another bird that has been present in same area for past four days.
It favoured a line of Sycamore bushes to north of Lunna Kirk.
It was surprisingly difficult to see in the bushes, but I managed to get some photos on the wall and wires against the sun
It was visible at the end of the bushes for a while before taking off and flying up towards Lunna House.
Later I saw the Turtle Dove at Gott, but briefly as it flew over and two Hornemann's Arctic Redpolls at Hillswick which sheltered in the corner of the walled garden
I arrived after a brief visit to see the Maywick Myrtle Warbler but in Force 6 winds and torrential rain i move north after good views of the bird but no chance of any photos. This is the second time i have seen this species in Shetland. Amazing this rare north American visitor which had been present for three days was joined by a second bird, just a short distance away in conifers down towards Ireland (Shetland)
There has been a lot of problems with Twitchers parking in laybys and blocking this single-track road. Also breaking down fences, urinating in front of the windows of the house which had children inside and using foul language. Thanks fully these are a minority but increasing numbers of visitors will always cause problems.
Later in the day, a Least Heron a very rare visitor and only the second for the Uk arrived at Scousburgh causing hundreds of birders to descend on the area. Again, on single track roads blocking it completely. Also seen speeding along roads which have lots of blind bends.