On this occassion I ventured north with Paul Hawkins, Jonathan Lethbridge, Vince Haley Frame, Steve Bacon and Mat Eade.
The 2 UK life ticks were Pechora Pipit, which was very hard work, taking hours in poor conditions and eventually only seen after an organised flush, and Siberian Stonechat, which by contrast showed very well (pic below). Here are just some of the many pics from the trip:
Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll - what a cracker - again on Unst where my only previous one had been seen 2 years earlier
Isaballine Shrike - only my 2nd ever! This bird realy gave us the run around until we eventually caught up with it on our 4th attempt!
Couldn't resist another pic!
American Golden Plover - poor pic, but never really got great views of this bird
European Golden Plover - Leucistic type
Hooded Crow - common with their waistcoats on
Starling - as common as you can get - but very smart
Siberian Stonechat - tick!
A really poor shot of my 2nd ever American Buff Bellied Pipit
Yellow Browed Warbler - saw lots and as always very smart
Other birds of note seen during the trip were, Surf Scoter, Red Breasted Flycatcher, Barred Warbler, Wood Warbler and the best find of the crew; Great Reed Warbler, found by Mat on our last day! The trip may not have delivered us a mega eastern or yankee Thrush, but many good birds were seen and we all had a good crack along the way.
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