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.

Thursday, 16 February 2017


2 Glaucs on the patch today and still quite a few Gulls feeding off Moast Beach and, in the last few minutes of daylight, a drake Green-winged Teal at the back of the Loch. 6 Twite were in a neighbour's garden.
Glaucous Gulls
Common Gulls
Herring Gulls

Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Whacky World of Herring Gulls

With an hour or two to kill in Lerwick, I had a quick look through the 40 or so Gulls on Victoria Pier - mostly Herring Gulls with the odd Greater Black coming and going. Of the 15 or so 1w Herrings present at least 5 were really frosty 1w Argentatus types plus a 2w Argentatus type and one really tiny 1w Argenteus type bird.
Various 1w 'frosties'
2w 'frosty'
Small and petite 1w 'argenteus' type

Friday, 3 February 2017

Mr Piggy Eyes

Not a reference to the fascist cockwomble Mr Trump, but to the 1w Glaucous Gull that is still around Scatness. Cheap bread from Tesco again last night, so another Gull feeding session at Moast Beach, as well as the Glauc, there was a 1w Iceland Gull coming and going, a rather dark 1w Herring Gull (presumably one of the dark things that occur on Iceland) and a 2w Lesser Black-backed - I can't recall ever seeing a second year LBBG on Shetland, I have seen the occasional 1w bird in winter before and 'not quite adult' birds in the summer, so this bird coming in was totally unexpected.
Glaucous Gull
2w Herring Gull
Near adult Herring Gull
Dark 1w Herring Gull
Iceland Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull