Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Shetland Isles - Days 5 and 6

Day 5, 1st October 2014
We returned to Unst, as we had unfinished business. The Eastern sub Alpine warbler and the Barred warbler were soon in the bag, but the Rustic Bunting proved far more difficult and was seen by only one member of the team. At Norwick the Wryneck was still on the beach posing for photos in the warm sunshine. We also saw a Marsh warbler in a patch of nettles and got to grips with the female King Eider on the way back on Yell. For me though the bird of the day had been the Wryneck.
Barred warbler, Haroldswick, Unst
Wryneck, Norwick, Unst
Day6, 2nd October 2014
Target for the day was a Little Bunting at Eswick, we didnt find it so after lunch back at Lerwick we tried for the Pectoral Sandpiper at Clevigarth.
Pectoral Sandpiper, Clevigarth
Pectoral Sandpiper
We visited several likely spots but without success except near Spiggie where a Merlin complete with ready meal landed quite close to the car.
The Merlin was the Bird of the day, but the highlight of the day was the Chilli we had for dinner, lovingly cooked by 'Wimbo'.

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