Friday, 10 October 2014

The Shetland Isles - good birds to the end

Days 8 & 9
Saturday was wet, we did go out to look for a Rose coloured Starling but gave up as the heavy rain continued. After lunch back in Lerwick we set off again as the rain eased. A Bluethroat showed very well in the same area we had explored in the morning and then news that the Pallid Harrier had returned to Tingwall had us jumping back in the cars for the short drive to Tingwall. The Harrier was sitting on a post near to the airfield and attracting the attention of a Merlin. So despite losing a good deal of the day to the weather we had ended up with 2 excellent birds for the day.

Our final day
After packing up we went back for another look for the Rose coloured Starling. This time we were successful as the bird was seen flying into the same Sycamore 'hedge' the Bluethroat had been in.
Rose coloured Starling
A distant Rose coloured Starling

We drove back to the Sumburgh area to see what we could find before heading for the Airport. The 'boys' found a Lesser Whitethroat, while I amused myself trying to photograph another Yellow browed warbler,
Yellow browed Warbler, Sumburgh Head


  1. Top notch trip Bob,amazing ticks,
    Looks like your hard work paid off.

  2. WHOA....I am not worthy! Those Bluethroat photos are dynamite! Congrats!

  3. Thanks for your comments, a case of being in the right place at the right time.