Easterly winds have been dominating for a few days now. This equals the arrival of birds. I used about one hour birding yesterday and found 50+ Goldcrests, 1 Marsh Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler, 1 Reed Bunting, Siskin, Wood Dove, some Blackcaps, about 40 Bramblings, 2 Barn Swallows and Common Sandpiper.
Obviously many migrants had arrived.
So I has quite excited to go to Svínoy this morning especially after receiving news from Mike P. about extreme rarities on Unst – Firecrest and Treecreeper.
But the evening and night had been clear and cold, so maybe most birds had already departed?
As soon as I arrived to Svínoy Goldcrests greeted me. During the day they kept coming and the total number was more than 100 birds (but no Firecrests like on Unst).
But there was a problem. The forecast promised occasional showers. Well, there only was one, but it lasted for 7 hours. And it was windy at that. Actually birding was kinda hard. So I ended up using a lot of time drinking PG Tips tea and coffee and eating Viscount Biscuits with Òli – a local resident.
But I did defy the elements a few times. And there were birds around! 3 Reed Warblers is a personal record for me.
23 Bramblings, several Blackcaps, Robins, Chiffchaffs, Barn Swallows, 100+ Goldcrests, White Wagtails, 2 Teal, 1 Wigeon and 1 Dunnock, 1 Song Thrush, many Redwings…
How is it possible to find so many vagrants without finding a single Thick-billed Warbler or other rarity? It has to be there with so many birds around. Maybe another day…