Whilst the 28th saw a similar spread of birds around, it was livened up by a Honey Buzzard found by visiting ex-Warden Paul Harvey, although unfortunately it was only seen for a short time as it left Malcolm’s Head and headed north-west. The question of whether I can count the raptor shaped dot I saw from Chalet as it circled high away from Hoini as Honey Buzzard on my Fair Isle list is maybe best left to me and my conscience.
Other scarce migrants included 6 Red-backed Shrikes (the same number as on 28th, although how many birds have passed through in three weeks of almost daily sightings is unclear), 2 Bluethroats and Grey-headed Wagtail (with 2 on 28th), whilst other species of note included Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl, 3 Redwing, 10 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 Redstart, Whinchat, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Sparrows (still) and 11 Snow Bunting, whilst Water Rail and Green Sandpiper were also noted.
|An unusual late-spring influx of Snow Buntings has also been noted elsewhere in the Northern Isles. These two were at Kenaby today.|