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Posts tagged with Wendy Dickson

The scientists leave, the whales appear

The scientists leave, the whales appear

24/07/2009, by in

It’s happened at last … I’ve managed to get killer whale on the garden list! In the past 20 years, to my know­ledge, only two pods have been in, both when I was somewhere else.This time, it all happened very unexpectedly last Saturday, when a knock on the door from my neigh­bour Lawrence... Read more...

The art of nature well-honed at festival in Fetlar

The art of nature well-honed at festival in Fetlar

17/07/2009, by in

The second Shetland Nature Festival has come and gone, though unfortunately the weather caused it to finish with a whimper rather than a bang, when the all-day North Isles Nature Cruise, organised by Brydon Thomason of Shetland Nature, had to be called off due to a poor forecast.It was doubly... Read more...

Time to catch up with survey

Time to catch up with survey

26/06/2009, by in

Last week began quietly for North Isles wildlife, but gathered a little pace as the week progressed. The most interesting birds were 10 crossbills seen at Baltasound last weekend, preceded by a male in Haroldswick.Breeding right across Europe and beyond, wherever there are conifers, those occurr... Read more...

Anemone hunting in the spring tides

Anemone hunting in the spring tides

12/06/2009, by in

I just can’t resist the big spring tides we had around the turn of the month. It’s a rare chance to get right down the beach and look at some of the animals and other organisms that normally only those folk who dive get to see.What I was really after were sea anemones. As I wandered down the... Read more...

Busy week up north as migrating birds flock in

Busy week up north as migrating birds flock in

30/05/2009, by in

Star bird in the North Isles last week was an adult Franklin’s gull that put in a brief appearance at Norwick last Sunday morning before relocating to Westing and Snarravoe the following day. Could it be the same bird that was at Graven in mid-May?A female golden oriole showed well at Baltasou... Read more...

North Isles burst into bloom

North Isles burst into bloom

22/05/2009, by in

Last week was a good one for cetaceans in the North Isles. On the 10th, at least eight, maybe as many as 10 killer whales were seen off Funzie, Fetlar. Then on the Monday, about six killer whales were off Haroldswick, though no adult male was seen with them.In addition, there were about 25 w... Read more...

Tirricks back in force and doing well in Unst

Tirricks back in force and doing well in Unst

15/05/2009, by in

With winds predominantly in a west to south-westerly direction, and gales during the latter part, last week was a fairly quiet one for migrant birds around the North Isles.A couple of blackcaps, one male and one female, were at Norwick in the first half of the week, where a chiffchaff was heard ... Read more...

Curl-dodie puts in early show at Keen of Hamar

Curl-dodie puts in early show at Keen of Hamar

08/05/2009, by in

The first day of May and Skerries was visited by a red-rumped swallow. Not only do these birds have a different plumage to our more familiar barn swallow, but a different personality or jizz as well.Red-rumped swallows are norm­ally found across southern Europe where they are fairly common. The... Read more...

Pace slackens in North Isles

Pace slackens in North Isles

24/04/2009, by in

What a difference a week makes. In contrast to the previous one, last week in the North Isles was much slower paced.A common crane was seen flying high over Baltasound in a north-easterly direction last Sunday. Meanwhile, a long-eared owl at Trolla Water in Unst caused some interest last week, ... Read more...

Hoopoe puts isles in the pink

Hoopoe puts isles in the pink

17/04/2009, by in

Last week was a colourful one for North Isles wildlife and Whalsay was certainly “in the pink”.Surely one of the most sought-after birds to see in Shetland must be a hoopoe, one of which was around the Marrister to Brough area from the 10th at least until Sunday night.With its pink body,... Read more...

Summer migrants move in as winter birds leave

Summer migrants move in as winter birds leave

10/04/2009, by in

Last week a steady trickle of summer migrants moved into the North Isles.The first day of April produced a stock dove and pied wagtail at Saltness and chiffchaff at Skaw, all in Whalsay, while the same day the first bonxie for the North Isles showed up in Fetlar.Two days later a wheatear and two woo... Read more...

Sweet song of spring skylark

Sweet song of spring skylark

03/04/2009, by in

It wasn’t very encouraging to be greeted by a whiteout on the day the clocks went onto summer time. And it wasn’t too good for some of our familiar garden birds such as blackbirds when the ground was frozen so hard that they couldn’t find their invertebrate food at such a crucial time of year... Read more...

Rain geese heard yodelling in firth

Rain geese heard yodelling in firth

27/03/2009, by in

Spring certainly sprang last week – skylarks and wrens were singing, oystercatchers and lapwings display­ing, and the first rain geese heard “yodelling” in the firth.Interestingly though, having driven through Kergord last week and seen the lesser celandine coming well into flower, it was... Read more...

Garganey is earliest visitor

Garganey is earliest visitor

20/03/2009, by in

There was a really spring-like feel in the air at the end of last week, with a few migrants coming in to liven up the North Isles wildlife.A lone, small duck on some flood water at Burrafirth immediately made me suspicious that it might be something unusual. A quick look through binoculars gave ... Read more...

Feisty goings on in swan lochs

Feisty goings on in swan lochs

13/03/2009, by in

Last year a pair of mute swans spent a lot of time on the lochs at Uyeasound, Unst. They didn’t look to be fully mature birds – males don’t breed until they are four years old, females a year younger.However, what is presumably the same pair are now back again, and beginning to get quite... Read more...

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