A bit of drizzle to go with the overnight easterly and a result, Icterine Warbler joining the Chiffchaff in the garden, somewhat more confusing was the Carrion Crow event today, I tend to see Carrion Crows at Scatness in April but today I had around 24 flying south all in groups of 4 (inc a group that landed briefly in front of the house), either that or the same flock of 4 was doing circuits of south mainland. Elsewhere just a Knot and a Swallow.
A bit of an easterly overnight and a strange set of migrants on the patch, especially considering the date - Grey Wagtail, Robin and Wood Pigeon! Elsewhere on the patch 9 Long-tailed Ducks and 2 Shoveler on the Loch and a Chiffchaff in the garden. A single Marbled Coronet was in the moth trap.
Spring is not far off coming to an end, with only a week or so to go. And so it is on the patch, with only 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Shoveler, 5 Swallow and 2 Golden Plover being seen today. Put the moth trap out last night for the first time this year - 2 Angle Shades, 2 Netted Pugs and a Shears.
At long last, finally managed to get Shoveler on the patch yearlist (2 on the Loch), not only that but a fly over Grey Wagtail as a bonus, I'm not sure quite why a Grey Wag would be passing through this late as all my previous records at Scatness have been in either April or October. Elsewhere on the patch - 2 Swallow (around Loch), Reed Warbler (still in the garden) and male Scaup and male Velvet Scoter (West Voe).
An extremely pale Reed Warbler in the garden caused a bit of a headache, but it is just a Reed albeit a very pale one. Also on the patch today were 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Chiffchaff. The Velvet Scoter in West Voe was showing a bit closer.
A male Velvet Scoter was in West Voe this evening, managed to get a record shot before the fog rolled in, it's about time West Voe produced something as throughout the winter it was pretty well birdless.
Still a good few birds on the patch - 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Whimbrel, 30 Swallow, 4 Reed Buntings, 4 Gadwall, 1 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Swifts, 1 Brent Goose and a female Bluethroat - could have been yesterday's bird as it was only 300 yards away, but today's bird looked more well marked, so on balance is probably a different bird. Amazingly a bird race team today saw an adult male in the same place a few hours earlier!