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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Shetland 3/10/15

Weather - moderate SW wind and high cloud. First time in the week I've seen Fair Isle!

The final day and my final walk around the Hoswick area. Generally quiet with an obvious clear out following the calm night, however there was a steady passage of Pipits moving south. Managed to dig out a Tree Sparrow feeding with House Sparrows which got me excited not knowing how significant this was. It turns out it's an uncommon migrant in autumn, and Mike Pennington was quick to point out that's it's my best find in the week (by far better than a Rosefinch and 2 Barred's)......not sure if that's a good thing or not! I birded up til the point I had no choice but to catch the ferry back, and the last garden I checked, a Yellow-browed popped out. A great ending. 

Totals are:
Willow Warbler - 1
Tree Sparrow - 1 Hoswick
Fieldfare - 1
Redwing - 6
Pink-footed Geese - 18
Yellow-browed Warbler - 8
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 1
Siskin - 4
Lesser Whitethroat - 1
Merlin - 1

It could have been a much better week, however when you look back it's not too bad, with the following highlights seen:

Lanceolated Warbler - 1
Pechora Pipit - 1
Blyth's Reed Warbler - 2
Arctic Warbler - 1
American Golden Plover - 1
Yellow-browed Warbler - 88
Red-breasted Flycatcher - 2
Barred Warbler - 2 
Common Rosefinch - 1
Bluethroat - 1
Lapland Bunting - 1

 Tree Sparrow in Hoswick
 Pink-footed Geese at Swinister
 Yellow-browed Warbler on Sumburgh Head
 Fulmar at Sumburgh Head
 Red-breasted Flycatcher at Hestingtott
 North Town, Virkie

views from Sumburgh Head