The Omen

Finally the good weather’s over, and the wind’s coming from a halfway useful direction. While the rest of Shetland bemoans the end of our warmest driest Spring ever, the birdspotters welcome the return of some more typical Shetland weather. And just in the nick of time as we enter Spring’s hottest (for rares) two weeks.

Came home this afternoon to find a Spotted Fly mooching around by the trap. A good omen, I always think. Met up with JLI, and after half an hour of stalking the skulking little tease we finally clinched a Marsh Warbler in the rose bushes below the road from my house. Bingo. Also Lesser Whitethroat and a brief Swift overhead.

On to the plantation. Poorer here, just a Blackcap and a skinny female Sparrowhawk. BM arrived at this point, so stood gossiping and speculating until a text arrived from J further down the isle – Red-breasted Flycatcher still near his house. We went mobhanded, but no joy – no sign of the R-b Fly, but a further 3 Spotted Flys and a painfully well-marked Whinchat.

From here over to the east side, and our first stop at the Alma yielded a dark orange female Red-backed Shrike, and a female Redstart. More Spotted Fly action, and another skulking warbler eventually proved to be Garden. All the meantime the wind was picking up nicely, and as I type it’s ESE and feeling promising. Tomorrow will be good somewhere in Shetland. Hopefully that somewhere is here. 


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