Sunday, 29 March 2009

Winter Returns.

So much for Spring being on its way - this is how the garden looked this morning !!

Friday, 27 March 2009


Easterly winds all night - at last a migrant - Greenfinch in the Garden !!

*New photo added to 'miscellaneous debris' gallery.

Wednesday, 25 March 2009


All day around South Mainland - no migrants what so ever, even in a South-easterly with drizzle.

3 Whooper Swans, 18 Wigeon, 11 Tufted Duck, 5 Goldeneye, 2 Moorhen, 2 Shelduck and the Mallard x Pintail Hybrid at Scatness.

3 Common Scoters, 2 Shelduck, 4 Great Northern Divers and a Grey Heron off Scord.

Male Pintail at Boddam.

Common Scoters.

Grey Heron.

Grey Heron.

Black Guillemot.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Some Migrants.

2 Pied Wagtails and a Meadow Pipit over the House + Waxwing flew north towards Toab in the morning. 2 Redwing in the Garden.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009


The 1st yr Glaucous Gull again around the House, sitting on the roof waiting to be fed ! Another 1st yr Bird at Sumburgh Head + 20 Twite around the Lighthouse and a Great Black-backed Gull feeding on a dead Sheep in the sea. Ad Peregrine and Whooper Swan past the House in the morning + 8 Great Northern Divers in the Bay.



Great Black-backed Gull (and sheep).


Monday, 16 March 2009

Garden Birds.

By putting a few pieces of stale bread on the lawn I was expecting the usual Starlings and House Sparrows, what turned up to dine instead was a 1st yr Glaucous Gull, 10 Herring Gulls, 2 Raven and 4 Hooded Crows !!

Glaucous Gull.

Glaucous Gull.

Glaucous Gull.


Friday, 13 March 2009

Snow Buntings.

Spent all day around South Mainland, hoping for some signs of Spring - apart from the odd Skylark singing. 2w Glaucous Gull in front of the House again, 2 Snow Bunting at Garth's Ness, Slavonian Grebe, Long-tailed Duck and 3 Red-throated Divers on Spiggie and hundreds of Fulmars on the cliffs around Fitful Head.

Snow Bunting.



Tame Blackbird at Quendale.

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

The Shetland Catch.

Most of the day spent at The Shetland Catch - 9 Iceland Gulls (8 1w, 1 2w), 3 Glaucous Gulls (1 ad, 2 1w) + a few Eider and Long-tailed Ducks quite close in. Also 2 Glaucous Gulls (1w +2w) in front of the House in the morning and Pied Wagtail at Rova Head.

Black-headed Gull.


Long-tailed Ducks.

Long-tailed Duck.

Long-tailed Duck.

Long-tailed Ducks.

Long-tailed Duck.

Long-tailed Duck.
Iceland Gull shots on next posts down.

Iceland Gulls Page 1.

Iceland Gull shots from The Catch.

More on next post down.

Iceland Gulls Page 2.

More Iceland Gull shots from The Catch.