Swainson’s Thrush blast off

and much more

Here’s the start of our Shetland adventure, Friday 23rd September. No complaints on Day One! Swainson’s Thrush one of the first migrants we saw, followed soon after by juvenile Pallid Harrier and 5 Yellow-browed Warblers (including super sight of 3 feeding and fighting together). A Barred Warbler was another good ‘padder’. We saw lots more species of course.

The Swainson’s Thrush at Dalsetter Wynd, Boddam, only about 10 minutes from the groups’ start at Sumburgh. It seems we were very fortunate to see the bird so well, and it wasn’t really seen after we left (nowt to do with us m’lud).

On to Quendale where the juvenile Pallid Harrier performed superbly for our group with 2 flybys. The almost day-glo orange on the body affected by the bird’s reported/ apparent Fulmar oiling, affected not only the body plumage but the flight feathers too.

The magical Quendale burn got us 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, including 3 together. A wonderful start.

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