When I finally got to The Shunan yesterday afternoon with no scope and wanting to check if the Blue-winged Teal was still there I just blasted off a pile of photos.
There's the B-wTeal on the right of the picture
However, this is a tad more problematic, adult Iceland maybe, opinions welcome.
I'll take the scope in future.
Seawatch yesterday produced Fulmars going 3,000 an hour and two Blues with them, and not much else but Guillemot was a Patchwork tick. The gull scrum produced nothing of note, but always an interesting moment.
A very blustery walk around the Links revealed two Reed Buntings, tricky to get there.
A few minutes later it looked like this
Late afternoon, end of the telescopeless walk around
Today both the Blue-winged Teal and the Green-winged were in view, there was a Pied Wagtail and a drake Goosander at Bosquoy, early Oystercatcher and drake Shelduck on The Shunan and Louise finished the day off with a brief view of the Gyr (thing) from the kitchen window.
Oh, nice boat at Bosquoy...
Patchwork running totals for 2015
Old Nisthouse - 56 species FootIt - 51 (66) Comparitive PWC 2014 - 117 (169 Pts)
Palace, Birsay - 38 species - Comparitive PWC 2013 - 93 (121 Pts)