Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Highlights

The only highlights on the patch for December was a Pink-footed Goose seen a couple of times with the Greylags and the Northern Lights showed a couple of times too.
Northern Lights from the garden
Pink-footed Goose

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Gambelli White-fronted Goose

Huge surprise on the patch, the 'Greenland' White-fronted Goose that has been around for the last couple of days, looks like it is of the subspecies 'gambelli' - the bill on it is huge! More on Gambelli here.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017


At last, finally year ticked Dunnock with one in the garden this morning.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

PBG - 1st for Shetland

Not a lot on the patch apart from a very late Wheatear, the day was somewhat salvaged with Shetland's first Pied-billed Grebe on Spiggie, giving distant views from the road.
Pied-billed Grebe

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Patch Highlights October

October was hard work on the patch with not that many easterlies, but there were a few highlights.
Barnacle Geese
Mistle Thrush
Ring Ouzels
Slav Grebe
Spotted Flycatcher
Song Thrushes

Thursday, 19 October 2017

White-winged Scoter

Yesterday I made a trip to Whalsay, got piss wet through, but managed to see the Steppe Grey Shrike albeit distantly and in the rain! Today headed up to Unst and got crippling views of the White-winged Scoter on Loch of Belmont. And it's still raining!!
White-winged Scoter

Thursday, 5 October 2017


A quick look around the south end of Lerwick after work for the Parrot Crossbills, 3 birds were in the same tree that they were found in a few days earlier before moving down to a garden near Sound cemetery. I did have a look yesterday, but only had a female type flying towards Helendale calling.
Parrot Crossbill

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Patch Highlights September

A few pics from around the patch taken during September.
Spotted Flycatcher
Yellow-browed Warblers

Monday, 18 September 2017


A mad dash up to Dale of Walls before work for the Black-billed Cuckoo, watched it on a couple of occasions as it worked its way up the burn. Photos not brilliant as it was pissing down and nearly dark!

Friday, 25 August 2017


Barred Warbler, Redstart, Greenshank, 2 Chiffchaffs,Whinchat, Garden Warbler, Green Sandpiper and 5 Ruff around the patch today.

Green Sandpiper

Garden Warbler

Thursday, 24 August 2017

They're here....

Autumn has finally arrived and has started of quite nicely with 2 Barred Warblers in the garden along with a Garden Warbler and 5 Willow Warblers. Just 1 Willow Warbler on the rest of the patch, but it was pissing down all day, so I'm sure there's more to be found out there when the weather clears.
Barred Warblers

Monday, 31 July 2017

Summer Moths

Some Moths from the summer trapping sessions.
Clouded-bordered Brindle
Dark Sword Grass
Dusky Brocade
Flame Shoulder
Gold Spot
Marbled Coronet
White-line Dart