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.