Friday, 5 May 2017

First Arctics

The first Arctic Terns of the year appeared on the patch today with 12 in West Voe and 18 off Moast Beach. Elsewhere there was a Kestrel over the house, 3 Reed Buntings by the Loch, 5 Swallow and 4 willow Warbler by Moast Beach and 5 Whimbrel and 4 Black-tailed Godwit headed North in the evening.
Arctic Terns
Reed Bunting

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Sub Alp Still

The male Eastern Subalp was back in the docks by Moast Beach again this morning, also on the patch - 1 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 House Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 Gadwall and a Common Tern.
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
House Martin

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Still Birds

Still a few birds kicking around - the Eastern Subalp is still in the dock and has been seen up by the road, 6 Willow Warblers still in the docks, Blackcap, Robin and Lesser Whitethroat in the garden and 5 Pintail, 4 Gadwall and a Swallow at Loch of Gards.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Eastern Subalp

Lots more migrants on the patch - Lesser Whitethroat and Robin in the garden, Redstart at the end of the road, Swallow, Common Tern, Whimbrel and 6 Pintail at the Loch, 2 Collared Doves around Colonial Place. But it was the docks that attracted most birds with 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers and a stunning male Eastern Subalpine Warbler - a most welcome self-found year tick.
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Another Shetland sunset
Eastern Subalp Twitch

Monday, 1 May 2017


Quite a few migrants around the patch today - 1 Fieldfare, 4 Gadwall, 9 Pintail, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Tern, a 1s Iceland Gull and a rather smart Snow Bunting.
Snow Bunting

Sunday, 30 April 2017


A few new birds on the patch yesterday - Carrion Crow, 3 Gadwall and a Common Tern. A small fall of warblers in the garden this evening - a Chiffchaff, female Blackcap and an incredibly grey Willow Warbler (acredula?).
Super grey Willow Warbler

Monday, 24 April 2017


A nice Brambling in the garden today, presumably as a result of the wing going northeast for about 4 hours.