Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Interesting birding.

I am sorry I was interrupted!

However I am again!

Monday, September 27, 2010

a year tick and a dip!

This morning a revisit to the lighthouse in sun! Arctic Warbler really showing well and a photographers dream.
Hopefully i will be able to post one of Jon Dunn's lovely images later!

Barred Warbler in the quarry.

Eventually we saw a lovely if elusive Yellow Browed Warbler at the mill!

The dip well .....a White's Thrush that had a huge twitch on at Sandwick!
Whilst the bird is still there whether we get to see it or not will be down to luck rather than fieldcraft!

Still it was a lovely day and we ended up with a Common Rosefinch that finally gave itself up to view thanks to Rob and his very well behaved dog!

The supporting cast wasn't bad for a days birding! More later!
Oh the title - actually two year ticks!
Awaiting that lifer!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shetland birding

Arrived at Sumburgh Airport at 1.15 - at 2.10 I was watching a juv. Barred Warbler - very confiding! Hope for its sake its not too confiding otherwise the Farm cats might have a tasty morsel.

Then up to the Lighthouse to seek out the veru elusive Adult Arctic Warbler - well i arrived and immediately was able to see it and watched it in among the rose bushes for another few minutes! Very nice start!

Walked down to the quarry and saw a few birders leaving and with that so did my chances of spotting the Yellow-browed Warbler....probably decided enough being watched ! Still there is always tomorrow!

Assorted cast including Gannets, a Bonxie scaring the life out of some curlews! hooded crow and a Redshank marching about in a Shetland Pony fiels in Grutness!

Weather forecast is great for the next week - south-easterlies and gale force! Watch this space!

Photo of Arctic Warbler on Hugh Harrop blog....http://hughharropwildlifephotography.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 24, 2010


Well I shall be off soon to Shetland for two weeks - including 5 days on Fair Isle!
Whoop...whoop as a friend of mine says!

I really need to get out in that fresh(!)air - smell the sea and just relax!

I may get the chance to up date my blog as I go - all depends on the internet connections and time!

My year list will grow - been so busy this year that the bird list is not up to its regular totals!
Hopefully so will my Shetland list and with talons crossed my UK Life List too!(grow that is!)

So in anticipation watch this space!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Big Butterfly Count

Read here for the results of the big butterfly count