Monday, 3 October 2016

Shetland day 5: When things go quiet

Interestingly yesterday's flycatcher at Toab is probably a Collared (kerching!), appears to the way people are reacting to Hawky's pic posted last night on social media, however without DNA we are screwed–which also appears to be the consensus.  Of course today it had scarpered, as had most , if not all, of yesterday's goodies.  Today was slow but we managed to pick up along the way: Velvet Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Great Northern Diver, a brace of Winchat, upwards of 10 Yellow-brows, Merlin, Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Slavonian Grebe, Scaup, Whooper Swans, Arctic Tern, Bonxie–which anywhere else would be a good haul–but this is Shetland.

So quiet at one point we went back to Scalloway for one of its more boisterous inhabitants 

Best bird of the day: A Belted Galloway

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