Sunday, 27 September 2015

Bluethroat in our garden

27th September 2015.
Day one of our Shetland trip (should've been day2!). A decent nights sleep followed by a big breakfast onboard the Northlink ferry and we arrived on time at Lerwick. Not long before we picked up our hire car and we were on our way. We found our accommodation near Bixter with no problem. We parked the car and were unloading our luggage when things got interesting as a Bluethroat flew from some bushes opposite our house and flew into some Iris beds. We managed to track it down and had some reasonable views. After unpacking and a cup of tea it was off to Mossbank where we tried in vain to find the garden of a house where a Subalpine Warbler had been reported. Mossbank was much bigger than we anticipated and despite a good wander around no other birders could be seen and the news services messages were a bit too vague. We decided to abort this mission and head off to Toab in the hope of seeing a Blyths Reed Warbler. We found the right area and on our walk across the field a Merlin harassing a flock of Golden Plovers was nice to see. We soon located the Blyths but although we had several sighting they were pretty much all flight views. Off to Queandale Mill next and we soon had some nice views of 3 Yellow-browed Warbler. Tesco's for some much need provisions was next and then we finished off our day near Dale of Walls where we had another Yellow-browed Warbler.

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