Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Top Garden Day

A quick look around the garden at eight this morning, and all there was, was a Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler. Headed out to do the patch at the back of nine, had another quick look around the garden, now a female Subalpine Warbler there ! After spending an hour or so trying to get some photos, went off and did the rest of the patch, despite walking all the walls, cliffs and gardens - nothing ! Got back to the house and had a quick look for the Subalp again, still present but a bit skulky, but now a Red-breasted Flycatcher bouncing around the lawn -  garden tick ! (the Subalp wasn't).
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Subalpine Warbler

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sum Plums

A couple of summer plumaged wader shots from the patch this weekend.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Posh Snobs

Back on the patch after nearly a week, tho' I did get a cracking bird from the bus on my way to work last Sunday - Osprey between Mossy Hill and Clumlie, also 8 Carrion Crows at Channerwick on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, back to today, 5 Barnacle Geese on the Loch were patch year-ticks as were 8 Knot on the headland. The most stunning birds of today must go to a pair of summer plumaged Snow Buntings near one of the pools on the headland - corkers. Around the rest of the patch were 1 Wood Pigeon, 1 Swallow and 6 Sanderlings. 6 Common Scoters flew south past Lady's Holm. An interesting record from today was of one of the colour-ringed Starlings, that has been wintering at Scatness, has bred and is now feeding chicks.
Barnacle Geese
Colour-ringed Starling
Snow Buntings
Wood Pigeon

Sunday, 19 May 2013


Still a lot of yesterdays birds around the patch - Wood Sand and Red-backed Shrike still present, new birds were Icterine Warbler by the turning circle and 2 Reed Buntings at the back of the Loch. Other birds present today were a Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Linnets, female Redstart, 6 Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a House Martin, Chiffchaff and 6 Shelduck.
Red-backed Shrike
Reed Bunting
Wood Sandpiper

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Hard Work

Bloody hard work looking for migrants in a force 6 north-easterly, but checking the sheltered bits paid off eventually. The first bird of the day was another Wood Sandpiper at the back of the Loch, feeding with the Dunlin flock, a small geo on the south side of Scatness held 11 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 2 Sand Martins, a Garden Warbler and 3 Whimbrel, a female Red-backed Shrike was in the top garden, being battered all over the place by the wind and my own garden had a Garden Warbler, female Redstart, male Black Redstart, a Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, male Blackcap and a Spotted Flycatcher.
Garden Warbler
Sand Martin
Wood Sandpiper

Friday, 17 May 2013

Last Week

Sporadic visits to the patch over the last week, highlights include a Wood Sandpiper on the Loch on the 11th along with around 250 Arctic Terns and 40 Purple Sandpipers, a Lesser Whitethroat in the garden all week, 6 Willow Warbler on the 11th, 4 Carrion Crows and 13 Great Northern Divers on the 12th,  Tree Pipit in the garden on the 14th and 2 Garden Warblers and another Tree Pipit on the 17th.
Arctic Terns
Great Northern Diver
Purple Sandpiper
Wood Sandpiper

Friday, 10 May 2013


Still south-easterly, and still 3 Goldfinches in the garden. On the rest of the patch - 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Whitethroats, 3 Linnets, a Carrion Crow, 18 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin, a House Martin, male Reed Bunting, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Song Thrush. But the star bird of the day was a cracking male Grey-headed Wagtail.
Grey-headed Wagtail
House Martin

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Day of Pigs

The south-easterly continues with, weirdly, an influx of Pigeons ! aside from the usual bird table raiding Rock Doves there were one each of Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove and Turtle Dove. Elsewhere the 3 Goldfinch were still in the garden along with 2 Blackcaps and 2 Willow Warblers, a male Pied Flycatcher was out on the cliffs, an Arctic Skua and 3 Golden Plover on the headland and a Song Thrush, a Chiffchaff and 5 Swallows were around the loch.
Pied Flycatcher
Song Thrush

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

New Birds

The first hint of a south-easterly and new birds on the patch - 2 Willow Warblers, a Siskin, 6 Swallows, a Sparrowhawk, 1 Arctic and 2 Common Terns and 3 Goldfinch ( in the garden, no less ).
Willow Warbler
Photogenic Turnstones on the Loch

Monday, 6 May 2013


A quick hour on the patch this morning after work - 2 Blackcaps, a Brambling, 7 Swallows and  a Short-eared Owl.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Gargle Blaster

Out on the patch, and things seem to be picking up a bit - 5 Common Terns in front of the house in the morning, a cracking male Garganey on the loch, a rather tame Sanderling at Scord, 2 White Wags and a Whimbrel on Moast Beach and a Willow Warbler on the cliffs.
White Wagtail