Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Happy New Years Day Bird Listing by the Birdstalkers

First of the year birds... 

David - Henry - Tommy - Logan
Fair Isle's New Years Day Birdstalkers
The boys said we are not birdwatchers... we are Birdstalkers. funny kids.

South Harbour - Auld Haa House on the right.

2 Moorhen! together and out in the open?
 I couldn't help but notice how much they look like Puffin in flight

in the search of birds

January 1st, 2013 Bird List.
  1. Starling
  2. House Sparrow
  3. Rock Dove
  4. Fulmar
  5. Shag
  6. Hooded Crow
  7. Great Black-backed Gull
  8. Greylag Goose
  9. Herring Gull
  10. Mallard
  11. Great Tit
  12. Redshank
  13. Turnstone
  14. Eider Duck
  15. Wigeon
  16. Goldeneye
  17. Long-tailed Duck
  18. Purple Sandpiper
  19. Goosander
  20. Black Guillemot
  21. Rock Pipit
  22. Common Gull
  23. Snipe
  24. Guillemot
  25. Gannet
  26. Kittiwake
  27. Blackbird
  28. Curlew
  29. Teal
  30. Redwing
  31. Fieldfare
  32. Moorhen
  33. Woodcock
  34. Water Rail
  35. Twite
  36. Raven
  37. Lapwing
  38. Robin
  39. Peregrine
  40. Red-breasted Merganser
  41. Fair Isle Wren
  42. Song Thrush
  43. Glaucous Gull
  44. Merlin
Total 44 species!
6 more than last year. Surpassing our 2011 record by 1 bird!

The best bird for me was the Great Tit that I have been hoping for 2 months would stay around long enough to make it to the new list. A Goosander, Glaucous Gull & 2 Moorhen are also nice birds to find any day on Fair Isle.

What fun to have David & Logan join us.
Between the rain showers we even had some Sun!
We definitely had a Happy New Years Day, Cheers.
East cliffs & Sheep Rock.

Possible, the best find of the day! a huge skate or shark's egg sack.
contact us if you have any info on this?

Glaucous Gull


  1. Great start to the New Year and Happy New Year to you all.

  2. Happy New Year Tommy - great to see your photos. Has David swapped his football team and gone for West Ham now that Sunderland are having a tough time.... ATB, Paul

    1. David is with Sunderland forever I would say... cheers!

    2. Tough time? Just lulling everyone into a false sense of security so we can storm the FA Cup.

  3. Excellent start to the year! Happy Birding to you!

  4. How sad - I probably only saw about half a dozen off that list. I just got to come back as a bird watcher - note was careful not to say a BIRD. Well done Guys. Margo