Friday, September 28, 2012
check out this link...
National Geographic Top 10 Islands.
Fair Isle is number 5 on the list.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
|Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi|
Deryk caught this bird by hand! After watch a following the bird for some time. The bird was seen entering a hiding spot in the Wali Burn near my house, he stuck his hand in under the overhang and like a magician and his hat he pulled out the rare bird. The bird was caught & ringed yesterday evening and seen again today.
Besides Richard's Pipit there was plenty of other interesting birds around...
Paddyfield, Lanceolated, Arctic Warblers, Olive-backed Pipit, etc.
but no further sightings of the Magnolia Warbler...
|Roadside Lapland Bunting|
|Redpoll in Driveway|
|Female - Blackcap|
|Can I log into my Facebook?|
Inquisitive Lesser Whitethroat at my window.
|South Harbour Shags|
|Jellyfish invasion in the North Haven Henry found 2 species we still have to research.|
If you can help with the ID please let us know?
|I had another major lifer tick this week! The Big Five Oh!|
Monday, September 24, 2012
|Magnolia Warbler Dendroica Magnolia|
2nd record for Britain!
1st for Fair Isle & Shetland
I must say AWESOME!
Thank you to visiting birdwatcher & photographer Steve Arlow
for the use of his photos as you can see from my photo below...
My record shot is rubbish in comparison.
Late in the day I got a call from Jason from his cellphone standing on the edge of a cliff in the North West of Fair Isle. "Tommy I have an American Warbler! I don't know what it is? I've got photos and will be able to ID it later but can you look in your American bird books?" (Jason, knowing I'm American and I always have my Sibley & Crossley bird guides about.) My books are in the other room I start running with the phone, Jason describes the bird, I start to go through the Warbler sections. Too many yellow grey American Warblers! I can think strait or focus because I want to see the bird too! what ever it is? I'll bring my books with me! I'm on my way! My son Henry & I grab the books and hop in the car and play rally drivers to the airport then half way up Ward Hill. In the car, my mind reeling, I was thinking from the brief description what could it be? Bay-breasted Warbler? Female American Redstart? The suspense was killing me! Out of the car with still a rough hike up up over pitted heathered moar land hills and then down short slick grass slopes ending at sudden cliff edges as fast as I could, trying not to have a heart attack or slip and kill myself. I get there... Heart pounding, out of breath, it's a Magnolia Warbler! Someone arrived with a North American Bird Guide just before me. But wow what a bird! The setting sun lit the cliff face perfectly with warm light as we all watch from across Copper Geo. Jason let's Henry & I look though his scope. Instant Legend!
|The finder of the Magnolia Warbler Asst. Warden Jason Moss of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory spreads the news!|
|Nice one Jason!|
Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
After a unsuccessful 7am. start in my own Auld Haa garden to try and relocate the Booted Warbler seen the day before. The phone rang a few times yesterday with news of rare birds...
Blyth's Reed Warbler at Schoolton,
Lanceolated Warbler caught & ringged at Da Water,
Arctic Warbler still at Pund,
But it was only the news of Magnolia Warbler that got me out of the house and running.
|Highlights of the Shetland Wildlife Autumn Birding Tour visit to Fair Isle.|
|Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos|
seen on the Meoness croftland viewable from the Auld Haa 3 of the 4 days of the tour.
|Plenty of common birds were seen like these Willow Warblers.|
|That Auk-ward moment...|
|A private viewing inside of the South Lighthouse.|
Arranged with the Fair Isle Lighthouse Society.
|View from top of the South Lighthouse.|
|Bonus! The group had great show of the Northern Lights!|
Originally thought to be a Lanceolated Warbler? possibly even more interesting as the measurements and other details may hopefully find it of an rare eastern race of Grasshopper Warbler?
Other bird highlights seen...
Barred Warbler & Rosefinch are nice birds to see.
Well done the group leader Jon Dunn, he was the first to find & identify the Citrine Wagtail by name while we all were watching the Arctic Warbler.
|Viewing the Arctic Warbler!|
Then having the thrill of seeing it caught & ringed...
|Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis|
"coinciding with the Aurora Borealis"
|& of course waiting for the plane... the Fair Isle experience ended with a stunning rainbow...|