7 Oct 2013

Sunday blues.

Sunday morning on Shetland and expectations are high. The weathers grim but we're determined to get out in the field, walk the ditches, search gardens and peer into dank woods. Then we are hit with a double whammy. Ovenbird on Papa Westray and later a Lanceolated Warbler on Fair Isle. As Ellesmere Ports finest always says 'they might as well be on Mars'. With no flights available on the Sunday to either place and no internal flights available from Kirkwall to Papa Westray we consoled ourselves with a slap up Sunday dinner (cooked by Groucho) and a count up of the number of Yellow-Browed Warblers we'd found.

The total of YBW's we've seen is in excess of 30! Quite stunning really when you think that when I were a lad at University they were mega rare.

More rain today (Monday) and a thrash up Quendale Burn added 4 more Yellow-broweds to the total, loads of Blackcapsa Garden Warbler & two Reed Buntings. And the piece de resistance - a Dunnock for the trip list. Happy days.
Yellow-browed in nettle bed right up by the rifle range at Quendale. 

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