Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Eastern Subalp number two!

A few migrants around the patch today - 4 White Wagtails,1 Grey Heron, 2 Gadwall, 3 Pintail and 7 Barnacle Geese around the Loch, 6 Sanderling and a Whimbrel on Moast Beach, 6 Chiffchaffs in the docks, and then it all kicked off in the garden, starting with a Robin, 2 Chiffchaffs and a brief Wood Warbler, trhen, in trying to re-find the Wood Warbler, stumbled across a female Subalpine Warbler which turned out to be another eastern when eventually trapped and ringed.
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Barnacle Geese
Grey Heron

Friday, 5 May 2017

First Arctics

The first Arctic Terns of the year appeared on the patch today with 12 in West Voe and 18 off Moast Beach. Elsewhere there was a Kestrel over the house, 3 Reed Buntings by the Loch, 5 Swallow and 4 willow Warbler by Moast Beach and 5 Whimbrel and 4 Black-tailed Godwit headed North in the evening.
Arctic Terns
Reed Bunting

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Sub Alp Still

The male Eastern Subalp was back in the docks by Moast Beach again this morning, also on the patch - 1 Blackcap, 1 Robin, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 House Martin, 9 Swallow, 2 Gadwall and a Common Tern.
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
House Martin

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Still Birds

Still a few birds kicking around - the Eastern Subalp is still in the dock and has been seen up by the road, 6 Willow Warblers still in the docks, Blackcap, Robin and Lesser Whitethroat in the garden and 5 Pintail, 4 Gadwall and a Swallow at Loch of Gards.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Eastern Subalp

Lots more migrants on the patch - Lesser Whitethroat and Robin in the garden, Redstart at the end of the road, Swallow, Common Tern, Whimbrel and 6 Pintail at the Loch, 2 Collared Doves around Colonial Place. But it was the docks that attracted most birds with 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warblers and a stunning male Eastern Subalpine Warbler - a most welcome self-found year tick.
Eastern Subalpine Warbler
Another Shetland sunset
Eastern Subalp Twitch

Monday, 1 May 2017


Quite a few migrants around the patch today - 1 Fieldfare, 4 Gadwall, 9 Pintail, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Tern, a 1s Iceland Gull and a rather smart Snow Bunting.
Snow Bunting

Sunday, 30 April 2017


A few new birds on the patch yesterday - Carrion Crow, 3 Gadwall and a Common Tern. A small fall of warblers in the garden this evening - a Chiffchaff, female Blackcap and an incredibly grey Willow Warbler (acredula?).
Super grey Willow Warbler

Monday, 24 April 2017


A nice Brambling in the garden today, presumably as a result of the wing going northeast for about 4 hours.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


4 Linnets in the garden this morning was a bit of a surprise given that the wind has been from the north or northwest for quite a while now. More typical was a 1w Glauc on the loch.
Glaucous Gull

Thursday, 13 April 2017


3 Barnacle Geese and a Wheatear on the patch today were both year ticks, only other thing of note were 7 Pintail.
Barnacle Geese

Friday, 31 March 2017


Apart from a fly-through Hen Harrier on the 31st, most of March was pretty much a waste of time. The usual fare managed to sneak in though with Song Thrush on the 11th, Chaffinch on the 12th, Goldcrest on the 18th, Pied Wagtail on the 26th,Moorhen, Shelduck and Bar-tailed Godwit on the 28th and a Siskin on the 31st. Despite there being Stonechats on areas outside the patch this month, I still managed not to find one!
Purple Sandpiper
Sunset with Fitful Head
Hebrew Character
Looking southwest from the garden

Friday, 24 February 2017

Spring like

Stunning Spring-like weather today, but very little on the patch - just a 1w Glaucous Gull.
Glaucous Gull
Looking North from 4 post hill
The Norrona heading east

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Modern Angels

3 Iceland Gulls around The Shetland Catch in Lerwick, there was no fish being landed today, so they had to settle for dog biscuits and bread.