Saturday, 22 September 2018

26years Between Buntings

So today I couldn't get over to Fair Isle due to the high winds and just as we were about to leave Tingwall Aiport news of a Yellow-breasted Bunting appeared on the WhatsApp Rare bird news group.

Given the wind conditions, very strong North West, this bird was a bit of a surprise. Tore out of Tingwall and raced to Laxo ferry terminal and arrived just as the ferry was about to pull and as was quick of the mark was only 3 cars from the front of the queue.

A short ferry crossing later and a short drive to the site at Vats-Houll where the bird was seen tracked down to a ditch near the last house. It then went on to show pretty well over the next hour or so, though we kept a respectable distance as firstly given the very windy conditions we didn't want to cause the bird unwanted disturbance and secondly we didnt want to flush the bird as other birders would be arriving on the next ferry.

As a result this image here is the best I could get, it was realy difficult keeping the camera still in such windy conditions.

The only previous UK Yellow-breasted Bunting I have seen was way back on 1992 on the Farnes so a whopping 26 years ago.

There will be, and are, better images of this bird than mine but I'm satisfied with this streaky eastern bunting given the conditions.

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