Little Bunting

Double Points for Shetland Nature Team

Quick update – can’t upload pics. First 2 days of leading on Shetland Nature Autumn Birding Break. 6 of us and a great team. Yesterday Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher and team-found Yellow-browed Warbler. Also saw Buff-bellied Pipit (a real cracker!), 2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper and plenty of sundries. Today began in rare-bird hunting in earnest on Unst. Straight in for the team with a double! Found not one but 2 Little Buntings! (photos of the first by Robbie Brookes on Birdguides). Also superb point blank range views of Hornemann’s Arctic Redpoll, up t 20 Greenland Redpolls (‘rostratas’), a couple of Reed Warblers to spice things up and Common Rosefinch at days end – plus plenty of commoner nice stuff to look at! More soon!



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4 Responses to Little Bunting

  1. Kevin Shaw says:

    Think you need to clarify what “find” means. The Buff-bellied Pipit was found on Tuesday by a visiting birder and has been mass-seen daily!

  2. Martin Garner says:

    Hi Kevin -sorry I see it reads a little ambiguously. We certainly found 2 Little Buntings – but was not claiming at all to have found the Buff-bellied Pipit just very nice to see.

  3. Tristan Reid says:

    Hi Martin,

    Sounds like you guys are having a great time on Shetland. Looking forward to hearing what you see next!


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