Tuesday, 8 November 2016


Not much improvement on the patch with 23 Tufted Duck, 3 Goldeneye, a Fieldfare and 2 Redwing. Though the highlight of the day was undoubtedly 5 Waxwings - 3 in a garden just up the road and 2 very tame ones in my garden.

Waxwings in the garden

Monday, 7 November 2016


No birding done today, but I did manage to see 3 Waxwing at Scatness whilst waiting for the bus, 2 Waxwing at Sandwick seen from the bus and 6 Waxwing in Lerwick feeding on a small cotoneaster outside the Lerwick Hotel.
Waxwings in Lerwick - taken on my phone

Sunday, 6 November 2016


Not a lot doing on the patch today - 1 fly by Glaucous Gull, 1 Goldeneye and a Robin.
Glaucous Gull

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Winter's here

Definitely a wintry feel in the air now, most things have cleared out of the patch, the only migrants today were 2 Redwing, a Blackcap and a Robin. More in the vein of winter was a Little Auk in West Voe along with 80 Long-tailed Ducks and 10 Red-breasted Mergansers. 4 Tufted Duck, 45 Wigeon and a Goldeneye were on the Loch.
Blackbird - in the garden most mornings
Long-tailed Duck

Friday, 4 November 2016

Another Goldfinch

Another Goldfinch on the patch today, that's a total of 6 birds this autumn. Around the rest of the patch - 2 Blackcaps, Merlin (in front of the house), 60 Long-tailed Duck, 5 Red-breasted Merganser (West Voe), 12 Redwing, 3 Fieldfare and a Robin.
Long-tailed Ducks

Wednesday, 2 November 2016


Amazingly there are still 1 or 2 new birds coming into the patch, Dunnock and Wood Pigeon were both new arrivals, still 25+ Rewing and a Song Thrush in the neep field, 2 Goldeneye and 4 Whooper Swans on the Loch, Jack Snipe flushed from the docks, Robin in the garden and a showy Merlin along the road.
A fine view from the end of the road

Monday, 31 October 2016

Scary Veg Day

The day started with 3 Goldfinch in the garden, obviously new birds, so I thrashed the patch once again and there were indeed birds on the move - 10 Whooper Swans (7 flying south and 3 on the Loch), a female Chaffinch on West Voe beach of all places, 1 Merlin, 4 Robins, 1 Blackcap (on Moast Beach), 40 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush and the Slav Grebe was still in West Voe along with 2 Great Northern Divers and 45 Long-tailed Ducks.
Slavonian Grebe
Whooper Swans