An Early End to Autumn?: Unst, Shetland, 9th-21st October 2021

I try and set my self attainable birding targets these days. Each autumn I say I'd be happy if I could 'gripback' White's Thrush, and see one on Unst, and find a Red-flanked Bluetail. But as autumn progresses I start reining in even these modest ambitions and hoping I can find the annual Arctic Redpoll. … Continue reading An Early End to Autumn?: Unst, Shetland, 9th-21st October 2021

Equinox: Unst, Shetland, 12th September-3rd October 2021

Mark Obmascik's book The Big Year describes three (real life) American birders' year-listing exploits in 1998 as they all set out to break the record for the most species seen in a calendar year. Sandy Kemito, the eventual winner, is cast as the 'baddy'. For example, while on Attu, the easternmost of the Alaskan islands, … Continue reading Equinox: Unst, Shetland, 12th September-3rd October 2021