Saturday, 31 May 2008

May 31st 2008

Caught this Setaceous Hebrew Character in the moth trap last night.

Friday, 30 May 2008

May 30th 2008. Thrush Nightingale.

Common Rosefinch and Sedge Warbler at Scatness, Thrush Nightingale and Yellow Wagtail at Grutness, Grey-headed Wagtail and Marsh Warbler at Quendale, Sparrowhawk and 3 Swifts over Brow Marsh.

Thrush Nightingale

Thursday, 29 May 2008

May 29th 2008. Nightjar.

Icterine Warbler at Sumburgh Head, Common Rosefinch at the Sumburgh Hotel, Nightjar on Whalsay - trying to hide on a wall in somebodies back garden !! also male Red-backed Shrike there.


Wednesday, 28 May 2008

May 28th 2008. Black Stork.

Spent the morning up on Ronas Hill with Gary Bell, looking for passage Dotterel, this was soon abandoned when a Black Stork flew over heading northeast, as this was only the second Shetland record (the first was in 1977 !) we came down off the hill to look for it again.
No sign of the Stork around North Roe area (it did seem to be dropping down there somewhere), 2 Greenshank, male Goosander in the area.

2 Manx Shearwater off Eshaness in the afternoon, Long-eared Owl and singing Redwing at Kergord, Common Rosefinch in the Sumburgh quarry.

Black Stork

Monday, 26 May 2008

May 26th 2008. Sub-alp - Garden tick !

1st summer male Subalpine Warbler in the garden for a few minutes early morning - another house tick !! (157)

Got better views of the Tawny Pipit at Dalsetter, Sparrowhawk at Sumburgh Head, Whinchat at Scatness.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

May 25th 2008. King Eider.

Little Stint on Moast Beach, but very little else at Scatness.

1st summer male King Eider around Scord Beach - after taking photos, managed to see the bird from the kitchen window - taking the house list up to 156 !

King Eider

Little Stint

Saturday, 24 May 2008

May 24th 2008. Tawny Pipit.

Male Black Redstart in the garden, Tawny Pipit at Dalsetter late afternoon.

Tawny Pipit

Friday, 16 May 2008

May 12th-16th 2008. Caithness.

5 days around Caithness, mainly around the Wick/Thurso area.

Red Deer seen on most days, a few Ospreys, Black-throated Diver and Barn Owl.

Red Deer & Stoat

Friday, 9 May 2008

May 9th 2008. LEO.

Long-eared Owl in the garden at 7am !!

Monday, 5 May 2008

May 5th 2008

About 300+ Common and Arctic Terns at Grutness, + a few common migrants around Sumburgh Farm.

Common & Arctic Terns

Friday, 2 May 2008

May 2nd 2008

Male Scaup in Lerwick on Clickimin, male Scaup on Spiggie, 1 Ruff at Hillwell, 1st Year Iceland Gull at Quendale, Lesser Whitethroat and Reed Bunting in Virkie Willows.

Iceland Gull

Thursday, 1 May 2008

May 1st 2008

Male Redstart in garden.