Day 8 - 20th September
With a depletion of available birders and a brisk south westerly without rainfall it was quite possible there would be nothing to report today. Not quite.
A Yellow-browed Warbler was around the iris bed for much of the day. Of course this could be new in, but it seems more likely to be a bird that has been in for a few days and undetected. Certainly the Pied Flycatcher near the digs is the one from Sunday as it droops its right wing. Single Bramblings and Goldcrests on geos may well have been new birds.
Otherwise migrants still in situ included a Redstart, around 8 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Buntings, a Tree Pipit, Chiff Chaff and a couple of Willow Warblers. The only raptors seen today were two Kestrels, so hopefully the Sprawk has moved on as it has taken birds in the Rocklea garden.
As this might get a bit repetitive the next few days I will do a little bit on resident birds / Skerries generally for those who don't know the islands well. To kick off - the islands have a fairly pure Rock Dove population. I am told one bird doesn't look pure but the majority look like pure Rock Doves. If you are visiting the islands whilst on Shetland you can't really miss the Rock Doves as there are usually a couple on the shore on Bruray near the harbour and airstrip, but otherwise the area behind Rocklea and the kale yard, and the nearby cliffs, is the best bet for views of a flock of birds.
Last edited by Stephen Dunstan : Tuesday 20th September 2011 at 21:14.