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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Shetland 30/9/15

Weather - light westerly becoming strong westerly. Day started with sun and clear skies, though developing cloud with drizzle by the evening.

This morning the weather was superb, and Hoswick being positioned where it is meant that there was little wind. I did a two hour circuit around Hoswick to Swinister finding 16 Yellow-browed Warblers, which has proved to be the highlight of the trip so far for me. Just incredible how many of these little Siberian gems are too be found here. Also lovely to see and hear skeins of Pink-feet flying south. From here on, the day slowly went downhill, dipping five Orcas, a Blyth's Reed, and then an Arctic Warbler, though a Bluethroat in between these dips was pleasant enough. I'm going to give up twitching now I think unless I need it, as I've only three days left to find something that boasts capital letters on the pager. 

Totals are: 

Yellow-browed Warbler - 25
Song Thrush - 1
Blackcap - 3
Redwing - 4 
Willow Warbler - 2
Pied Flycatcher - 1
Robin - 1
Pink-footed Geese - 113 South
Twite - 8
Bluethroat - 1 Quendale
Slavonian Grebe - 2 Weisdale

 Bluethroat at Quendale
 awaiting the Orcas that had already gone through heading north
the coastline at Levenwick

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