Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Bloody twitchers

The planned day off isle with Dougie went according to plan, with all target birds seen easily. South mainland was our destination as this seems to be the only part of Shetland with birds actually in it! First port of call was Quendale for the Buff-bellied Pipit, which gave decent views.

After the Pipit it was the Isabeline Shrike a mile or so away at Brake. A very approachable bird that gave exceptional views. Also at Brake were 2 Common Rosefinch and a Chiffchaff.

Next up was the very easy to see Citrine Wagtail at Fleck. Not quite were I would want to be hanging around though.

From Fleck it was off to Skellberry for the juv American Golden Plover, again quickly picked out in the roaming flock. A great days twitching and 4 decent year ticks.
Back on Whalsay and a message the Olive-backed Pipit is still at Skibberhoull, still couldn't bloody find it. Ah well.

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