Phalaropes and flowers

Red-necked Phalaropes, Funzie, Fetlar

This week we have spent two wet days exploring Fetlar and Unst.

On Fetlar the highlight was this pair of Red-necked Phalaropes at Funzie – right beside the road, and indeed at one point on the road! As far as I know, this is the only British site where they can be seen within feet of a road. Please be aware that they come and go, so you may need time and patience to see them.

On Unst the avian highlight was a fine male Surf Scoter still at Baltasound on 6th. Our main focus, however, was flowers at the Keen of Hamar. As well as the endemic Shetland Mouse-ear (Edmonston’s Chickweed), we saw plenty of Northern Rock-cress and Frog Orchids amongst what is an impressive variety of flowers in a relatively small area.

We also payed our respects to the house at Halligarth (about which more will follow), where singing Cuckoo and Blackcap would doubtless have pleased the former owners.

Shetland Mouse-ear (Edmonston’s Chickweed), Keen of Hamar, Unst

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