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.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Here we go again

The 2017 Patchwork Challenge begins, a few bits and bobs around the patch - 1w Glauc and ad Iceland Gull on the Loch, 1 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipits and 3 Redwings in the Neep field, Gannets and Kittiwakes in Quendale Bay, 2 'fly-through' Whooper Swans and 2 Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plover and 4 Red-breasted Mergansers in West Voe. 3 hours birding and 41 species.
Glaucous Gull
Great Northern Divers
Iceland Gull
Long-tailed Duck
Whooper Swans

Friday, 30 December 2016

Belated Post - Goa, Nov '07 Part 1

Whilst rummaging around in a drawer at home, I came across 2 CD's full of photos from Goa from 2007, when I spent 2 weeks there in November with the Fray and Mental Dave.
Indian Pitta
Black Eagle
Black-shouldered Kite
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Cinnamon Bittern
Collared Kingfisher
Chestnut-shouldered Petronia
Grey Nightjar
Heart-spotted Woodpecker
Jungle Owlet

Goa, Nov 2007 Part 2

More from Goa 2007.
Malabar Grey Hornbill
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Sri Lanka Frogmouth
White-bellied Drongo
White-bellied Sea Eagle
White-browed Wagtail
White-eyed Buzzard
White-rumped Shama

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Post Conor

At the height of Storm Conor yesterday there were Gulls everywhere, so it was safe to assume there would be loads today - there wasn't! Around the patch there was 4 Whooper Swans heading south, 10 Red-breasted Mergansers in West Voe, a storm blown Guillemot hanging about some dry-stone walls (later captured and released back to the sea) and 2 Meadow Pipits and a Redwing in the neep crop.
Storm Conor at full chat yesterday
Common Gull
Whooper Swans
A victim of Storm Conor - or potential Ivory Gull food