More hot Little Bunting and pussy action

Now there’s a blog title. If that shameless attempt at luring sad wankers (and frustrated adolescents) to my swell my blog’s visitor-roll doesn’t work, I don’t know what will. Enjoy.

Covered most of the isle today, though not I think seeing an enormous amount that was actually new in – but plenty of recycled birds from previous days. A Brambling in my tattie yard first thing had presumably relocated from a few hundred yards away (and had moved on to the heligoland kale yard later on); and the Black Redstart JLI found yesterday on my drive was still there, mainly in the vicinity of the dead black feral cat by the foot of the drive. I feel a note to BB coming on…

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Working my way down the isle just turned up a few Goldcrests, Robins and yet more Bramblings, but the latter mainly still in the places and numbers I’d seen them a week ago. Feeling a little disillusioned (but obscurely heartened by the lack of news from elsewhere in Shetland) I went to see the Little Bunting JLI and I found a couple of days ago. The perfect antidote, it was showing well.

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Little Bunting doing straining

Little Bunting doing done a poo

Little Bunting doing a Holloway

Little Bunting doing being plain lovely

Also nearby the same Lesser Whitethroat we saw 2 days ago.

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Back home for lunch, and to dig some tatties I’d promised JLI and family for their Sunday lunch. Climbing into the yard, and there in front of me was a new Little Bunting. Result. Less resultful was it taking off, dropping briefly into a patch of weeds, and then going over the hill and towards the more sheltered heligoland yard. Heyho. A brief but significant bird for me – 102 on the house yearlist. Met up with JLI in the afternoon, delivered said tatties and some cabbagey stuff too, and after a beer to fortify ourselves it was back out into the field to give Brough a good going over. Brough delivered as usual, with a female Redstart and 2 Ring Ouzels (male and a female). All of which could easily be semi-residents, as have all been seen in Brough in the past week already. Oh, and a Chiffchaff, to which we didn’t need to play tristis calls in order to eliminate, er, tristis. 😉

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And so the day ended. Or rather, not quite… Back home for tea and crumpets, and time to get the dogs in from their dog-run for the night. And what should greet me when I went to the dog-run door? A hugely excited lurcher, and a freshly killed feral cat. Daisy Dingo clearly got a taste for pussy after the August feral cat kill, and had struck again with another of the small black feral numbers that have been lurking about the place recently, and this afternoon had shown the spectacular ill-judgement of slinking into the Dingo’s dog-run. That’s 2 down in the past 2 days – one road-kill, and one dog-kill – and given how attractive 1 dead cat was proving to be this morning for a Black Redstart, imagine what sort of chat 2 dead cats together might attract tomorrow…

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11 Responses

  1. Entertaining blog and superb pics. What is your camera set up ( make and what lens?)

    Good birding

    Dave Slater

    • Thanks Dave, glad to hear you’re enjoying the blog.

      The camera is a Canon EOS 50D, and the lens is a Canon 300/2.8 LIS, mounted on a Canon 2x teleconverter. It’s sharp and fast, and my images would be much better if I actually had any idea of what I was doing with it. 😉

      • Thanks for the quick reply, I was looking at the EOS50D, but the lense is out my price range! Good luck if you are out tomorrow and look forward reading whats about.

        Dave

  2. Top work Jon. Maybe the mog that was advertised in this weeks Crofters Chronicles. You should get Brian to tell you the Mike Richardson story about feral cats…

  3. You’re a twat. I hope your lurcher kills you next time.

    • Oh please.

      Okay, an explanation for the hard of thinking – the cat was a feral cat. It chose to squeeze its way into the dog-run – I didn’t make it go in there. And the lurcher did what lurchers do. I didn’t see it happen, but I guarantee it will have been a quick end. I can’t make it unhappen. And I won’t leave my dogs locked inside a house all day where such accidents can’t happen, as that’s a welfare issue in itself.

      I won’t pretend I’m overly bothered about the cats death though. Feral cats here cause enormous damage to ground-nesting birds every summer. Cat kills bird. Dog kills cat. They’re both just doing what their respective natures compel them to do. You don’t like the fact my dog killed a feral cat – and I don’t like the fact that feral cats (an unnatural component of the local fauna) kill birds. Get over it. I know I have.

      xxx

  4. On a slightly cheerier note than those above….I am now booked to visit in June (thanks to Mr Fairhurst and also your encouragement) – plane tickets bought and paid for as well!

    I shall also be on Shetland for 2 weeks from 25th September. I think I have caught the Shetland bug!

    Eastern Crowned Warbler was a nice little bird as well, worryingly it was accompanied by a YBW – now did we look at each of the 20 plus really carefully?

    • I always do, Corinna – I’d have put money on Britain’s first being found in Shetland! How wrong I would have been…

      See you next year!

  5. You’re a twat. I hope your website gets shut down for false advertising.

    PS
    😉

  6. Jon, yes great Little Bunt pix, I’d be very, very pleased to find one of those. My autumn has been disrupted by the moving thing but hopefully back in action again now. Had cat troubles of my own, 7 hours of MIAOW + peeing on our bed (that’s thanks for you).

  7. so my wife was having dinner with you? so I thought I would check your blog? only to be surprised & shock by your Headline! to funny…

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