Great end to a fantastic week

Day 8

We rushed to the ferry and spent most of the day on Yell, heading south again, checking fields and a few gardens as we went. This time we were joined by another NGBer, Logan who lives in Shetland. We saw a few Yellow-browed Warblers, Goldcrests and Blackcaps as a result. We also stopped at a loch which had Greylag Geese, Pink-footed Geese, Whooper Swans and Scaup.

Scaup

Scaup

We then went to search for a female King Eider which had been with a group of Eider. We could find her but I was amazed at how many Eiders there were. Must’ve been a good few hundred!

A small selection of the hundreds of Eider

A small selection of the hundreds of Eider

On the ferry between Yell and Shetland we watched 50 or so Black Guillemots drift by which was impressive. Finally, we arrived on Shetland itself and rushed towards the street where an Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler was last seen. After a bit of looking, we saw it as well as a Swallow and a few Siskin. It was conveniently en route to the ferry and showed well. What a nice bird to end the trip on!

Enjoying the warbler (Logan Johnson)

Enjoying the warbler (Logan Johnson)

Eastern Bonelli's Warbler, though admittedly, I personally didn't hear it calling.

Eastern Bonelli’s Warbler, though admittedly, I personally didn’t hear it calling.

We finished the trip by Tesco where we saw the only Sea Kale in Shetland and a group of seals on the rocks near by.

Sea Cabbage - the only one on Shetland, in Lerwick

Sea Kale – the only one on Shetland, in Lerwick

In the end we saw 101 bird species, 4 mammal species and the Sea Kale. I had a fantastic time thanks to A Focus On Nature and Brydon from Shetland Nature who was our guide for the trip. I had a brilliant experience and learnt a lot during my week away and will definitely consider returning!

2 thoughts on “Great end to a fantastic week

  1. Why do you need the ‘I feel’ in the last paragraph? I know you had a good week – be positive! Also, it’s en route, even if it’s pronounced ‘on route’. (Check a dictionary if you don’t believe me. If you used the spellchecker it would probably point that out too)

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