Me thinking it would soon fly off didn't happen, and after another hour it was still sat there just as we had finished our meals and Paula had downed her last bit of wine (a bit of motivation given by me no doubt). So we set off on a brisk walk all the way back up to the dew pond and thankfully the bird was still present, but as soon as the scope had been set up the bird took flight, done a couple of flypasts and went off down the valley, not to be seen again. Very lucky!!
juvenile Pallid Harrier at The Burgh. A tiny bit of deja-vu seeing the first county Pallid Harrier back at this same spot in 2011. After not going for the Unst bird this autumn, it was nice to catch up with this bird, being the 2nd county record.
Grey Partridge at The Burgh