Friday, 12 September 2008

TW3: 6 - 13 September

It proved to be a frustrating week with constant easterly winds and either a) no birds but awesome weather or b) lots of birds but awful weather! Wednesday was perhaps the best day to be out and about with a huge influx of common migrants in to Shetland. I didn't have to go far and spent most of the day taking stock images of commoner migrants such as Redstarts, Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchats etc etc here in the garden at HQ. The week ended on a real high with a superb Lanceolated Warbler grovelling around the Sea Mayweed at Sumburgh Head in a force 8 gale Sumburgh Head. In between dashing down rabbit burrows, running through stone walls and disappearing for ages it finally gave itself up and posed out in the open for a few seconds before scurrying away. I've lost count how many 'Lanceys' I've seen here in Shetland (probably around 15 now) but they are one hell of a special bird and are always a real treat to see. Thanks to James McCallum for finding it.

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