Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Despite searching there was no sign of yesterday's Brown Shrike in the clear and sunny conditions - unfortunately perfect weather for things to move on; one of today's Yellow-browed Warblers was watched heading straight up high and away to the south towards Sanday as an example! In its place there was a good list of scarcities across the island including a Great-spotted Woodpecker near Ancum, yesterday's Bluethroat trapped at Holland, a total of 11 Yellow-browed Warblers, now three Red-breasted Flycatchers, 4 Common Rosefinches and the Pectoral Sandpiper still. There was also an increase in common migrants to 4 Whinchats, 12 Lesser Whitethroats, a Reed Warbler, two Whitethroats and 5 Willow Warblers while the Turtle Dove was still present. Other bits and pieces through the day included a good count of 59 Pintail, 11 Black-tailed Godwits, a Wood Sandpiper, two Merlins and 160 Snow Buntings.