Thursday 22 October 2009

A Bunting Trio

Being the loving husband i am plus a way to stay in the good books, i offered to do the weekly shop in Lerwick. Thinking of course that no right minded birder will be out in 40mph winds, how wrong i was ! A call whilst in the butchers from John Laurie put that right. For the second day running he had found another Bunting, this time of the Little flavour. Fortunately i managed to get the earlier than arranged ferry home and met up with John Laurie and Dr Marshall at Sandwick where hopefully it was still residing. Thankfully it was where they last saw it, still feeding with Sparrows, although very mobile i managed to pin it down in some docks where it seemed to go to roost. Hopefully it will be present in the morning so an attempt can be made to photograph it. Also present at Sandwick was a Reed Bunting and a very late Willow Warbler, and even though i didn't see them the Yellowhammer was still and a Water Rail was new.

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