Minus Numbers: Unst, Shetland, 18th-31st January 2021

As has been mentioned before, birders can sometimes be very negative. The question, 'what have you seen?' is usually replied with the answer 'not much ...' or 'well, we didn't see ...'. So, it was partly in irony, but with one foot in truth, that I have started reporting my year list in negative numbers. … Continue reading Minus Numbers: Unst, Shetland, 18th-31st January 2021

Sunburst and Snowblind: Unst, Shetland, 7th-16th January 2021

There were a couple of wintry showers on 7th January. Just enough to leave a transitory white sprinkling on bare surfaces, but if felt distinctly chillier. We had lunch with the Chessington grandsons, thanks to Facetime/WhatsApp. In the afternoon, a look round Baltasound produced two Pink-footed Geese and the lingering Velvet Scoter. After dark, it … Continue reading Sunburst and Snowblind: Unst, Shetland, 7th-16th January 2021

An Opening Day Half-century: Unst, Shetland, 1st January 2021

2020 wasn't all bad, and the worst thing that happened wasn't even COVID-related because it was Brexit, a narrow-minded, backward-looking, insular, tunnel-visioned catastrophe that, unlike COVID, was completely and utterly self-inflicted. No, 2020, brought us grandson Theo, and a great week in Cheshire visiting him and his brothers. Liverpool won the title for the first … Continue reading An Opening Day Half-century: Unst, Shetland, 1st January 2021

So, 2020: Unst etc., Shetland, 1st-31st December 2020

The end of the strangest year most of us have experienced. No war or famine, not in the coddled West anyway, but pestilence was certainly uppermost in our minds, as COVID-19 disrupted our lives, and death may have been, thankfully, no visitor to the doorstep of anyone I know well, but we know that coronavirus … Continue reading So, 2020: Unst etc., Shetland, 1st-31st December 2020