Strong S/SE winds on 5th October made for tough birding. Opting to stay on Unst, we nevertheless saw good new birds and revisited old friends. 2 Little Buntings, loads of Lapland Buntings, few Snow Buntings, a male Ring Ouzel , Greenland Redpolls in several spots, Hornemann’s Redpoll (still amazing!) 2 Yellow-browed Warblers (one new) and best for the group 2 adult Greenland White-fronts. This was a new species (depending on your taxonomy!) for most of the group. One member was on a new tick per day so far. Just provided little encouragement that these could be shoe-horned into that category.
Russian White-fronts don’t arrive in Shetland, as elsewhere in the UK until late October normally, so any this early are most likely to be Greenlanders. However the longer carrot-stick bill, dark chocolatey head and more extensive belly barring were all clocked.