Friday, 21 May 2010

Another one bites the dust...

The Plan; Fly to Fair Isle with Jase, for a day trip to see a White-throated Sparrow and a Rustic Bunting.

The Reality; Day trip by ferry, to Out Skerries after all flights were fogged out this morning...

Me and Jase decided to make the most of the situation today, and find our own birds on the Out Skerries. Only the birds had other ideas! and only a few Willow Warblers, a Siskin and a Common Sandpiper were found hanging around around on these wee islands.

The main interest was not till I arrived home, to receive a text telling me of a White-throated Sparrow down in the South Mainland that had been photographed today... This was a different bird to the Fair Isle bird due to it being a White striped bird, as opposed to the Tan striped individual at the obs on Fair Isle. Then the text came through that it had just been taken by the neighbours cat!

Harbour mouth of Skerries;
Some of the 'hot migrant' action today;


  1. Stephen Dunstan21 May 2010 at 21:39

    Had the Mute Swan moved on?

    You may know I was there 11th-18th and the only scarce migrants I had were Wryneck, Black Redstart with a few Pied Flys and a Gropper.


  2. Oh yes! even the Swan had bailed out...

    With a few goodies on Fair Isle, we were hoping there might be at least something semi-decent! Oh well, maybe next time...