Monday, 30 September 2013

Fair Isle and Shetland trip.

 The first new species for me was a Bonelli's Warbler at Virkie South Shetland.
 Memories of the Thornton Rosefinch, we saw several during our two week stay.
 Good views of up to six Lapland Buntings on FI.
 I never tire of watching Fulmar from the cliffs.
 Several Great Spots were frequenting the islands, looking for trees!
The highlight for me was finding a Corncrake on FI, not a common bird on the island.
 Twite were common.
 The rarest bird I saw. Wrens of the race zetlandicus. Once down to only a few pairs.
 Several Barred warblers were seen ,both on FI and Shetland.

 Another new species for me, Subalpine Warbler at Mid Yell.

 A very obliging Icterine Warbler at Norwick, Unst.

 Shetland demands to be photographed, but I can never do it justice.
 Fair Isle under the rainbow.

 Now where is that Magnolia warbler!!
 Yellow browed warblers were every where , easily the most common warbler.
 One way to get to the islands with a ship load of Vikings!
 Plane over and Good Shepherd back.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Red Kite and Wigeon.

 Two Wigeon were in the Markfield inflow pool along with 5 Shoveler, 4 Teal and 6 Gadwall. A Water Rail was also skulking in the reeds.
 A Red Kite flew west at 1600.
Dodgy Snow Goose looking serene as dusk falls.