Saturday, 8 October 2011

Shetland Day 5

Black headed bunting
We started Early and caught the ferrie to yell and drove right through the island and got another ferrie to Unst, and then drove 200metes up the road to Belmont, and we were soon looking at a lovely Black headed bunting, what a superb bird the yellowish under parts showed well and the streking on the crown and mantle, we watched it along the wall for about 5 minutes, before it went into a crop field and out of sight for about 15 minutes, before it flew over and landed on a chimney stack and showed really good, there was also a few meadow pipits, sky larks and some house sparrow around the area.

From here we headed to north Unst and met up with Ashley and Dan, they were watching a very elusive Bluethroat which was keeping low in the crop field, the bird was flushed a few times, we managed to see the orange on the tail in flight as it flew up and fanned its tail out.

Back on the mainland we popped in for another look at the Lesser grey shrike, which was showing really well other birds today noted, Artic tern, Wheatear, Skylark, Shags lots, Twite and a couple of Grey herons from here we headed back to the diggs. 
Black headed bunting

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