Wednesday 11 May 2011

Visiting migrant.

I lived up to my blog description with a 5 day trip back up to Whalsay. Great to see friends again and equally great to be out birding on 'patch' again. The timing seemed to be a bit of a master stroke with a decent fall of common migrants. As is typical with Shetland the weather plays an integral part of the day ahead, one minute sunshine the rain coupled with high winds after virtually none, taxing is one word for it. Managed a patch lifer with Sand Martin (exciting or what) other than that good numbers of Willow Warbler, Tree Pipit, Whitethroat and Lesser Whitethroat a probable Bluethroat on patch disappeared and an immaculate male Brambling was very nice. 3 Ring Ouzel on the isle with a frustrating bird at Skaw that nearly flew into the mist net. Managed to get some ringing done with the pick being 4 Lesser Whitethroat and a smart male Redstart caught in the heligoland.

A flava Wagtail at the Houb on Monday need assigning to race if anybody can help. Is it just a Blue-headed flava or does it fit Blue-headed beema ? Helm's Pipits and Wagtails just leaves me head scratching.

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