|Its never good when waterfalls are flowing upwards...|
|A very bedraggled Redstart by the road to Skaw|
|Paul looking at a Little Bunting|
After a long (2 hour!) lunch break back at Scraefield to dry out, we checked Skaw, where we had 1 Robin, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Reed Warblers, 1 Blackcap, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatears and a new Little Bunting (or maybe the bird from the cliffs 2 days ago?). A thrash up the burn at Burrafirth produced single Reed Warbler and Reed Bunting, and 2 Swallows. And that was it for the day.
|Another bedraggled bird - a Reed Warbler|
|A nice frosty Mealy Redpoll|
Returning to the croft, there were evidently new birds in, with 5 Blackcaps and at least 5 Chiffchaffs, the latter all feeding in the grass around the sheep pens, plus 2 Siskin and single Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart, Whinchat, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Song Thrush and House Martin, with 2 Peregrines off towards Saxa Vord. Oh, and a Red-throated Pipit!
Hoping our luck would continue, we worked the cliffs on the north side of Lamba Ness, adding 2 more Redstarts, c.7 Song Thrushes, 1 Wheatear, 3 Robins, and another Fieldfare. On to Burrafirth, there was just 1 Chiffchaff in the burn, and another Chiff at the shore station. We finished off at Houlland, which we haven't done for two days, seeing a Sedge Warbler in the burn, along with single YBW, Blackcap, Chiff, Redstart (number 9 of the day), Redwing and Song Thush (number c.25 of the day).