Friday, 28 September 2012

The Magic Pool

Out today for about 10 minutes until it lashed it down, and I gave up - I did find a Wood Warbler though, albeit a dead one. So due to a lack of birds, birding or both, here's a bit about the Magic Pool. The Magic Pool of Scatness (twinned with the secret 'Magic Ditch of Virkie) is located to the south of Loch of Gards and is pretty much dried up most summers, only getting water in it from the end of August onwards, and is about 30 feet long by about 12 feet wide - tiny ! So far this year it has hosted Avocet, Little Egret (just about annual now in Shetland), Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Little Stints and a Buff-breasted Sandpiper - so it really does now warrant the name Magic Pool.
The Magic Pool viewed from the end of the Scatness road
How small is that ?!!!
Little Egret on the 30th May.
Avocet on the 23rd May
Buff-breasted Sandpiper on 23rd September.
One of the 2 Little Stints present this month
Pectoral Sandpiper present this month

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