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Sunday 19 May 2024


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Ring-necked Duck, Wood Sandpiper at Loch of Hillwell.
Marsh Warbler singing in garden at Hillwell.
Red-backed Shrike male + fem. at Bellister, Laxfirth.
Red-backed Shrike male at Setter, Loch of Spiggie.
Red-backed Shrike male at Fleck.
Red-backed Shrike male at West Hall, Ness of Sound, Lerwick
Icterine Warbler, Wood Warbler, Marsh Warbler at Greenfield Place, Lerwick.
Red-backed Shrike males x 2 at Sumburgh Head.
Red-backed Shrike male Uradale, SE of Scalloway.
Icterine Warbler at Hestingott.
Red-backed Shrike fem. at Sandwick.
Hen Harrier ringtail at Loch of Girlsta.
Marsh Warbler, Red-backed Shrike male at Quendale.
Golden Oriole still in garden at Mid Yell, Red-backed Shrike fem. at Arisdale Burn, Red-backed Shrike male at Breckon, Red-backed Shrike at Gutcher, Marsh Warbler at Basta, Icterine Warbler at Camb, Yell.
Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler at Halligarth, Red-backed Shrike male at Norwick, Unst.
Red-backed Shrike fem. at Feal, Red-backed Shrike male at Aithbank, Fetlar.
Red-backed Shrikes x 2 male + fem., Marsh Warblers x 2 on Out Skerries.
Icterine Warbler, Red-backed Shrikes x 6 on Whalsay.
My SanDisk Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Reader arrived yesterday, which was extremely quick. Spent the entire day trying to find some good birds and failed, but still a lovely day out south. At the Geosetter Burn, I found one Chiffchaff and that was it! No sign of the Red-backed Shrike yesterday or of the one at Rerwick by the roadside. Headed to Brow Marsh to have a scan of all the dykes for the Little Bittern found last night, no luck there. Also had a look at Setter Marsh. Headed to Quendale Mill, where I saw a Chiffchaff, a Willow Warbler, a Swallow, tons of House Sparrows, Raven and a few Wheatears as I walked as far as the dam. Bumped into Michelle H. here too! Saw a Bonxie flying over as I left.

Tried to find this morning's Icterine Warbler at Hestingott and failed with that too. Went to the Grutness Pool, where it was lovely to see several Arctic Terns flying around, 2 Oystercatchers, Lapwing, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Blackbird bathing in a puddle and a Pied Wagtail joined him. Looked in the Grutness Garden, nothing there but Starlings and House Sparrows and not even any cats! Drove up to Sumburgh Head and walked across to look at the new tree plantation within a dried stone wall area – all looks very good, all the trees have been protected by pallet fencing and hopefully they will survive and mature over the next few years and be a magnet for migrants – there have already been Red-backed Shrikes in here.
Drove along the Scatness Road, super slowly – didn't see anything of note. Thought about walking down to the pool, but felt too tired at this point. Headed to the Virkie Pool where there was a good number of waders, including Turnstones, Ringed Plovers, Sanderlings, Ruff, Dunlins, Curlew and also Starlings foraging amongst the seaweed. The bluebells lining the road here, made a very pretty scene.

Parked up at Exnaboe to look for a Icterine Warbler and as soon as I got out of the car a very large pale golden husky type dog growled and barked from a garden next to the three parking spaces, so I left and found somewhere else to park. No sign of any Icterine Warbler. Ended up at every birder's favourite destination, Boddam! Lots of Eiders at Boddam Voe, Turnstones, Redshanks, Starlings, Mallards and a Great Northern Diver. Drove straight home from here and arrived back at 9pm, still light!

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