Friday, 12 February 2010


If only it was spring, because you could have been mistaken for believing it this morning ? An absolutely stunning day, cloudless skies and motionless seas. A trip to Lerwick this morning for the weekly shop. So paid the Catch a visit, but apart from the local Eiders there was bugger all doing.

On the ferry home a female Common Scoter at Laxo gave me hope of maybe finding one on patch. So, once home grabbed the scope and set about some seawatching. Plenty of Great Northern Divers and a couple of Red-throated Divers, just one Long-tailed Duck and a notable increase in Guillemot's. After a couple of hours I was all but given up, on the way home stopped just down from the house to have one last search. Bingo! A male and female Common Scoter, fairly distant at first but eventually came a lot closer, thankfully.

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