Monday, 29 August 2016

Clear out

It looks like everything has cleared out from the patch, all I could manage today was 2 Willow Warbler, a Merlin, a Kestrel and 28 Black-tailed Godwits.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Arctic Day 2

The Arctic Warbler in the garden was even more elusive than yesterday, it showed only twice during the day, once at about 1pm then again at 6pm. At 6pm it showed stupidly well in the willow outside the kitchen window, elsewhere on the patch I could only manage 6 Willow Warblers.
Arctic Warbler
Last night's sunset

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Arctic Warbler

Got home from work this morning to find an Arctic Warbler calling in the garden, I've never known an Arctic to be as elusive as this fella - 4 to 5 half decent views in 5 hours!!!

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Still Happening

Still quite a few migrants about the patch - 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Swallows, 1 Sand Martin, 2 Whinchat, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Ruff, 1 Whimbrel and 2 Knot.
Pied Flycatcher
A fine afternoon at Scatness

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

New Birds

A few new birds on the patch today - 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Whinchat and a Reed Warbler. 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Restart remained in the garden and 6 Willow Warblers were also around the patch. A bit of a surprise was a Polecat at the bottom end of Spring Field.
Lesser Whitethroat
Willow Warbler

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Garden Birds

Now 2 Pied Flycatchers in the garden plus a Common Redstart.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Still Arriving

More migrants on the patch today - 1 Pied Flycatcher (still in the garden), 3 Common Redpoll, 1 Kestrel, 6 Ruff, 1 Grey Heron, 23 Knot, 1 Little Stint, 30 Sanderling, 20 Dunlin, 1 Garden Warbler and 2 Willow Warblers.
Little Stint

Sunday, 21 August 2016

More Migrants

Around the patch today were - 1 Pied Flycatcher, 7 Willow Warblers, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 1 Common Whitethroat, 1 Swift and a Knot. There was probably more, but it was really foggy for most of the day. A new moth for the garden trapped last night - Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing.
Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Migrants at last

Easterlies and rain! On the patch today - 12 Willow Warblers, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Swallow, 3 Knot, 1 Grey Heron and a Little Stint.
Pied Flycatcher
Willow Warbler

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

After the storm

After a few days of gale force westerlies, checked the patch for any waders - Little Stint and 2 Ruff on the Loch and a Black-tailed Godwit in one of the fields.
Black-tailed Godwit

Friday, 5 August 2016

Moast Beach

A load of Waders on Moast Beach, nothing unusual, the best being a Common Sandpiper.
Ringed Plover
Common Sandpiper
Shetland Bumblebee

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Autumn begins

Definitely the start of the autumn today with a Curlew Sandpiper on Moast Beach and 2 Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and a Little Stint on Loch of Gards.
Curlew Sandpiper
Green Sandpiper