Fourteen Days Away: Day 10: 5th October:
It was a clearer brighter day but that south-easterly was still howling and so after a bacon buttie we headed slightly north to Sullom plantation where the Black-throated Thrush was seen briefly yesterday. We were first on site and had the wood to ourselves and it was immediately obvious that there were plenty of birds present. A few Redwings and Song Thrushes exploded out and Goldcrests were vociferous along with the first YBWs of the day. In fact they became uncountable here and a figure of ten was probably still conservative. The walk back down was enlivened by me thankfully not taking the eastern path and meeting the large cow lurking in the undergrowth that leapt ungracefully over the fence back into the field in front of David and Jono while Bob and I merely reacted to the loud twanging of wire that reverberated through the trees!
|Another epic sunrise|
|Frakkafield - the last Hawk Owl was here many moons ago - we had two YBWs|
|Red-breasted Flycatcher - Lower Voe - Jono Lethbridge|
|Always amazed that this is the only defaced Passing Place sign we see...|
We only did the quarries but they had plenty of tired and hungry migrants in them with orange breasted Continental Robins, Blackcaps, a cold Siberian Chiffchaff, Song Thrushes, Blackbirds and a few Redwings grubbing around.
|A very rare looking Robin...|
|A very enormous looking Wren...|
|Nearly every quarry Fulmar was ringed...|
However, it was the tiny little Goldcrests grovelling in the grass and thistles at our feet that stole the show as they fed around us in complete oblivion of our presence. Just how they even get here is a marvel...
|Goldcrests - a real delight|
|Three Long-tailed Ducks were feeding in Grutness Voe as the sun finally set over the airport|