Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Shetland 2013

Highlights from Shetland 2013, with @galleybirding, @colliestonbirds, @royzah64

 

Final totals: 

 

Baltimore Oriole
Two-barred Crossbill
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Arctic Redpoll
American Golden Plover
Corncrake
2 Red-breasted Flycatchers
2 Red-backed Shrikes
2 Wood Warblers
3 Bluethroats
3 Barred Warblers
7 Common Rosefinches
30+ Yellow-browed Warblers
 

 

Day 5 - 24th September

Our last day started with with a Common Rosefinch in the Gord area and a Red-backed Shrike at Aith. This was presumably the same bird which had moved up into the crop and was now eating bees:

 

 

 

We then checked Channerwick where a couple of Yellow-browed Warblers and the Wood Warbler were still present:

 

 

 

A search round the Maywick / Bigton area produced 4 Common Crossbills, 2 Barred Warblers, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and another Common Rosefinch:

 

 

Geosetter held yet another Common Rosefinch and a fine Red-breasted Flycatcher:

 

We then caught up with the Durigarth Bluethroat again, where there was also a Yellow-browed Warbler, and we finished off with a few more Yellow-broweds around the Sumburgh area:

 

 

 

 

Day 4 - 23rd September

Today we headed north to Unst but started with a quick look at the Gloup on Yell where we found a Barred Warbler:

 

We then made straight for Skaw where the juvenile Two-barred Crossbill (in a mixed flock with Twite, Mealy Redpoll and a Common Rosefinch) was a tick for @folkestonebirds:

 

 

The area also held an impressive flock of over 500 Snow Buntings, of which these were a few:

 

The Norwick area held another Common Rosefinch and about 5 Yellow-browed Warblers before we heard that the Baltimore Oriole had reappeared at Halligarth. It took some time but we eventually all got reasonable views of this tick for @colliestonbirds and @royzah64:

 

 

(The Oriole was too skulky to photograph so here it is courtesy of Ian Cowgill and the excellent Nature Shetland website)

We ended the day on a high with an Arctic Warbler at Lund:

 

 

A good list of other migrants included Grasshopper Warbler, Reed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Turtle Dove, Great Spotted Woodpecker, at least 3 more Yellow-browed Warblers, Tree Pipit and Yellow Wagtail:

 

 

Day 3 - 22nd September

 

Another good start with us happening upon a showy Bluethroat on our early morning walk round the Gord area:

 

 

The Red-backed Shrike was still catching mice at Aith, then we moved on to Channerwick where the Wood Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler were still present. Further Bluethroats were seen at Boddam (top) and Durigarth (bottom):

 

 

Spiggie produced a Corncrake and Yellow-browed Warbler, with a further 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Levenwick and another 4 at Quendale. We finished up again at Hoswick for better views of the Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll and a Common Rosefinch:

 

 

 

 

 

The Rosefinch was tricky to photograph in the rain but the Corncrake was even tougher (the end result though was pretty satisfying!)

 

Day 2 - 21st September

 

The day started well with another Wood Warbler, near our Chalet at Gord, and the finding of 2 Red-backed Shrikes - at Aith (first two photos) and Fladdabister (third photo): 

 

 

 

 

 

A Pied Flycatcher at the latter site was a year tick for three of us! 

 

 

 

The middle part of the day was harder work round some of the more northern parts of mainland though we managed 3+ Yellow-broweds (no photos though) and a couple more migrant Great Spotted Woodpeckers, this one was in the process of destroying a fence post:

 

A nice Arctic Redpoll at Hoswick provided a good finale though it was not overly obliging. South-easterlies forecast for tonight so here's hoping...

 

 

Day 1 - 20th September

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Quendale Quarry - an excellent find for the crew...

Red-breasted Fly at Sumburgh Quarry

Yellow-browed Warblers, a couple of about 11 seen today

 

 

Migrant Great Spotted Woodpecker

 

 Wood Warbler

 

Ruff. The American Golden Plover was too distant to get a decent shot.