Wednesday 5 October 2011

Way up north

The weather was crap but I met up with Dougie this morning and we headed to the far north of mainland. No great rares but plenty of scarce. Starting off at Isbister and flogging through the iris beds was hard work, but with 2 YbW's and 2 Jack Snipe it seemed worth it! A ringed YbW was present at Voe, Ronas Voe but from where? South Collafirth had a smart male Red-breasted Flycatcher and 2 YbW. Another 2 YbW at Orbister and a final stop at Islesburgh produced another YbW, Pied Flycatcher, Chaffinch and a Lesser Whitethroat of probable eastern origin. A hard day but well worth the effort. Back on isle and no sign of the Ortolan Bunting from yesterday.

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