Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Whacky World of Herring Gulls

With an hour or two to kill in Lerwick, I had a quick look through the 40 or so Gulls on Victoria Pier - mostly Herring Gulls with the odd Greater Black coming and going. Of the 15 or so 1w Herrings present at least 5 were really frosty 1w Argentatus types plus a 2w Argentatus type and one really tiny 1w Argenteus type bird.
Various 1w 'frosties'
2w 'frosty'
Small and petite 1w 'argenteus' type

Friday, 3 February 2017

Mr Piggy Eyes

Not a reference to the fascist cockwomble Mr Trump, but to the 1w Glaucous Gull that is still around Scatness. Cheap bread from Tesco again last night, so another Gull feeding session at Moast Beach, as well as the Glauc, there was a 1w Iceland Gull coming and going, a rather dark 1w Herring Gull (presumably one of the dark things that occur on Iceland) and a 2w Lesser Black-backed - I can't recall ever seeing a second year LBBG on Shetland, I have seen the occasional 1w bird in winter before and 'not quite adult' birds in the summer, so this bird coming in was totally unexpected.
Glaucous Gull
2w Herring Gull
Near adult Herring Gull
Dark 1w Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Friday, 27 January 2017


There has been a few thousand Gulls around Scatness over the last few days, on the 25th I picked out a 2w Kumlien's and an adult Iceland in front of the house. And with Tesco selling their near date bread off last night at 20p a loaf, today was going to be spent gulling. Most of the Gulls were on the leeward side of Lady's Holm, so I dumped 10 loaves of bread into the sea at Moast Beach, and it didn't take too long for about a thousand of them to come in feeding. Amongst them a 1w Glaucous and 2 Iceland Gulls (1w and 2w) and a rather pale 1w Herring Gull.
A bit of a surprise was a Goldfinch briefly in the garden, presumably one of the birds from last autumn still hanging about.
Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull
Pale Herring Gull

Saturday, 14 January 2017


2 White-fronted Geese among the 80+ Greylags in front of the house today, I didn't see White-front on the patch at all last year so it's good to get them UTB so early.
Top photo - not snowing, bottom 2 - snowing!

Friday, 13 January 2017

Moast Beach

Another winter storm hits Shetland, a northerly this time and it doesn't have a name (the met office don't seem to bother naming them if they don't affect London in any way). I managed to get as far as Moast Beach on the patch before the snow showers started, not a great deal on Moast but the Gannets and Kittiwakes were coming in pretty close.

Saturday, 7 January 2017


2 Scaup in amongst the Tufties on the patch this morning, plus 40+ Great Northern, 1 Black-throated and 3 Red-throated Divers in Quendale Bay.