Fourteen Days Away: Day 6 : 1st October...
Another early rise (that caused trauma for the Knitters in the Hostel but they had made the whole place smell of boil in the bag fish so...) and then off south to check out a few sites on a gloriously still and bright Shetland morning. The mirror sea revealed a widely spread pod of perhaps 30 or so Harbour Porpoises at Gulberwick while a couple of Risso's Dolphins were feeding off Fladdabister shortly afterwards as we searched the ruined crofts around the village.
|I found this in an old croft - wish I had gone in for a look...|
Four spritely YBWs were in the same few sycamores along with a single Blackcap but it felt fairly quiet so we moved on to Okraquoy and David promptly picked up a Rosefinch in a garden from the car as we slowed to look at a Blackcap. We pulled over but the not so grotty Grotfinch had dropped down but I did pick up a rather warm shrike as it flew across the field. It appeared long tailed in flight and after just a few minutes that too did a bunk and although I was left pondering about the identity and we put it down as a Red-backed.
|Common Rosefinch - Jonathan Lethbridge|
|My shrike pics|
|Jono's shrike pics|
The Harbour Seals at Sandwick were entertaining in a spotty belching banana sort of way and allowed me a fairly close approach down the Mousa slipway and a Shetland Wren with huge feet clambered over the rocks with aplomb.
|Gorgeous Harbour Seals|
|Beach Hopper ... umm... living with his buddies in the Sandwick gents urinals...|
|Irising at Quendale|
|The old rifle range mechanism is identical to that at Rainham|
|Yellow Dung Fly and his mate - not lunch as I thought!|
|Pin-tailed House Sparrow|
A final YBW in Busta House followed by a glorious sunset over our own back garden lochan while we ate dinner to the sound of whistling Wigeon and squelchy Snipe rounded up the day nicely. The whisky was opened, the Milky Way gleamed overhead and we now just needed the Aurora to become visible to the naked eye... perhaps another night.
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