After spending most of yesterday unsuccessfully searching for the Yellow-rumped Warbler that disappeared from Virkie just after first light, it was a bit of a bonus when it was relocated this morning at the Grutness garden. So that was me heading off for a Shetland tick then, but not before coffee and bacon !
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Still stuck in work for 12 hours a night, but as it's the 1000th blog post, here are a few cripplers that have appeared on here in the last few years -
|Brown Flycatcher - Fair Isle|
|Brown-headed Cowbird - Fair Isle|
|Cretzschmar's Bunting - Fair Isle|
|Caspian Stonechat - Fair Isle|
|Chestnut-eared Bunting - Virkie|
|Citril Finch - Fair Isle|
|Calandra Lark - Baltasound|
|Pine Crosbeak - Collafirth|
|Sandhill Crane - Orkney|
|Scop's Owl - Swinning|
|Siberian Rubythroat - Gulberwick|
|Siberian Rubythroat - Fair Isle|
|Siberian Thrush - Foula|
|Siberian Thrush - Fair Isle|
|Veery - Foula|
|Taiga Flycatcher - Fetlar|
|Wood Duck - Loch of Brow|
|White-throated Sparrow - Sumburgh Farm|
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Just as I'm about to go back to work for another 14 nights, the Barred Warbler that has been in the garden for the last few days, finally decided to put on a show - just a pity it was in the fog and only viewable from the kitchen window. I've just noticed that this is my 999th post on this blog ! - I'll maybe do something a bit special for my next post.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
A most pleasant day with very light westerly winds and sunshine, so I reckoned it would be a good call to check all the gardens around Scatness and find some drift migrants, 90 minutes later and a grand total of 1 Whinchat ! Over the last few weeks there has been a small flock of waders out on the headland, so I then went to check these out and today the small flock was a very small flock - a flock just 3 birds ! But that was OK as it consisted of 1 Dunlin and 2 Little Stints, with this in mind I the checked all the beaches and found a further 5 Little Stints - 3 on Moast Beach, 1 on Sanblister Beach and 1 on Scord Beach (along with 32 Sanderling) - so not too bad of a day especially without any south-easterly winds.
Sunday, 7 September 2014
Finally got out around the patch after the rain had cleared (constant rain for about 20 hours !), a Willow Warbler and an elusive Barred Warbler in the garden gave me a little bit of hope for the rest of the patch. Whilst walking along the road between gardens, a most unexpected surprise was a Grasshopper Warbler, flushed from the roadside ditch - I think that this is just the second record of Grasshopper Warbler at Scatness - so is now as common as Lanceolated Warbler !!! And finally, just before dark, a Common Rosefinch in one of the gardens of Colonial Place (too flighty and too dark to get a photo, so I'm using an old one).