Monthly Archives: October 2010

Bramble-finch or Chaffling

New kind of Hybrid? Tony Disley sent me the following fascinating account and photos – sure appears to show a mix of characters indicating presumed hybrid origin Ever heard of one of those before? Any other explanation? “I had 3 fantastic days over … Continue reading

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Robin – last good bird on Shetland

Yes Robin. I like Robins! Last day on Shetland. 10th October 2010. Just 3 hours pre-flight to ‘bird’ Sumburgh area with RR and PVH. Not a bad start as even before getting out of the car a Great Grey Shrike flew across … Continue reading

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Coues’s Arctic Redpoll

Are they coming? A small  arrival of more Twite -sized Mealy Redpolls alerted ‘Fetlar’ Thomason to arrivals not from the NW but from the NE. So when a similar sized bird with white rump was located in Baltasound school plantaion … Continue reading

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Olive-backed Pipit

Or Two! 9th October 2010. Dawn to Dusk birding with Messrs. Riddington and Harvey. Spent the morning working the Sumburgh area and Scatness, quick lunch at Paul’s and afternoon in the Quendale area. Dusk at Roger’s the previous evening (8th October) had incoming … Continue reading

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Red-flanked Bluetail

Last day blues – of the best kind Couldn’t resist a pre-dawn assault on Skaw and Norwick- checking for visible (and audible) migration. Clearly Brambling, Siskins and Redwings were on the move- expect new birds today me thinks. The 2 … Continue reading

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Black Duck

OK – maybe Genes of Black Duck In a week of mostly rare passerines (small birds) – a duck remains unidentified. First seen early in the week, independently by me and Brydon flying around Haroldswick. The bird was with a … Continue reading

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Greenland Redpoll

Big as a Sheep …was our size estimation for Greenland Redpolls. I think we saw them everyday in various places on Unst and Fetlar and even a couple on south Mainland (latter only fly overs). Almost Brambling-sized in direct comparisons. … Continue reading

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