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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Shetland

I'm just back from a week on Shetland with Dan Chaney and Mike Duckham. We stayed at the north end of Yell and spent our time birding Yell  as well as Fetler and Unst. The team did fairly well finding Black-headed Bunting on Unst, a UK record 3 American Golden Plover together on Fetler, co-finding Fetler's first Pallid Harrier with Brydon from Shetland Nature and the usual supporting cast of scarcities including 3 Hawfinches, 2 Barred Warblers, a Pec Sand and umpteen Yellow-browed Warblers.  I'll add some photos of the Bunting in due course, when Dan gets round to sending them to me and also do a more detailed trip report. In the mean time, I'd love to hear from anyone else who has good photos of the bunting as it would help the submission process. Finally - big thanks to Dougie Preston and Brydon for the local gen.

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