April in south Shetland

Lapland Bunting, Sumburgh

The last few days have brought a flurry of migrants ranging from Pintail to Collared Dove, including rapid increases in numbers of Bonxies (Great Skuas), Wheatears and Chiffchaffs, and the first Swallows.

Most noteworthy have been a flock of 17 migrant Black-tailed Godwits, singing male Lapland Bunting (the first I have heard singing in Britain), some colourful Bramblings, and an adult Crane at Brake (which seems to be a favoured site).

Many of the wintering geese and gulls have moved on, though a few remain like this Glaucous Gull near Burrastow.

Glaucous Gull, Shetland
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