Autumn’s here – the Icterine has landed

Skulked home late today after a big party on Bressay last night, feeling a little fragile. JLI had just the tonic I needed – the first Icterine Warbler of the autumn on the isle. It took about half an hour in the plantation to finally get acceptable views of it, albeit brief ones. In the meantime, there are still 2 Crossbills lobbing around, though no sign of the much anticipated Two-barred invasion here or elsewhere.

Further exciting bird action up at North Loch, with a single Sanderling feeding with a Ringed Plover on the shore. A new bird for this end of the isle for me, and within sight of the house… I legged it down the airstrip hoping for a shamefully contrived house-tick, but alas! it buggered off before I could lay claim to it. Am still optimistic it might return before dusk, so will leave you and go upstairs to start scoping.

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