Long Spring: Unst, Shetland, 17th-28th February 2021

As soon as the snow started to melt, Shalders (as Oystercatchers are known in Shetland) magically appeared, as if they had been lurking just offshore, or in some sort of holding pattern in adjoining airspace. Monday 22nd February was a lovely mild spring-like afternoon, and three Skylarks appeared, equally miraculously, at Lund, flying up from … Continue reading Long Spring: Unst, Shetland, 17th-28th February 2021

The White Stuff: Unst, Shetland, 9th-16th February 2021

Our un-Shetland-like winter of lying snow, occasional further showers and relatively calm weather continued. Snow had thawed from the coast and islands like Balta, as usual, but the additional snowfalls covered the coast again, and temperatures were low enough, and salt spray scarce enough, for the new snow to stay. This is presumably why the … Continue reading The White Stuff: Unst, Shetland, 9th-16th February 2021

February is the Cruellest Month: Unst, Shetland, 1st-8th February 2021

I know it is my birthday month, but February is probably my least favourite month of the whole birding year, in Britain at least. January has the 'excitement' of everything being new of the year, March holds out the hope of new arrivals, but February is just more of the same. Yes, a few birds … Continue reading February is the Cruellest Month: Unst, Shetland, 1st-8th February 2021