|Thrush Nightingale Luscinia luscinia|
Fair Isle - May 20th 2012
The Thrush Nightingale was caught & ringed by Fair Isle Bird Observatory Warden David Parnaby on Morning trap rounds. This is the first one I have seen in the hand... though I have seen one almost every year and 3 times in my own garden, it was great to see this bird close up, not flicking around and diving into cover. Plenty of other new birds in today, like in my garden 16 Siskin, a Goldfinch & 2 Tree Sparrows! Elsewhere on isle 2 Bluethroats, the first Icterine Warbler of the year & another Hoopoe all have been reported today... I've got to get back out there! what's next?
(Common) Nightingale Luscinia megarhynchos
Fair Isle - May 21st 2012
Wow I can't beleave it! One of each. The "Common" Nightingale is more common in most of Britain but actually rarer on Fair Isle than Thrush Nightingale. Both birds a day apart must mean something? I don't know what that is, but it's great for comparison! The Common Nightingale has a buff or plain chest and a over all rusty red colour. While the Thrush Nightingale has a mottled chest and a duller grey brown body & wings. To confirm one species from the other it usually best to measure & examine the wing feathers as the wardens have done with these 2 birds.
|Thrush Nightingale & away it went happily with some new jewellery.|
|This Shore Lark turned a few heads as well!|
|Horned Lark aka Shore Lark Eremophila alpestris|
|Goldfinches & Tree Sparrows are not common on Fair Isle.|
always a pleasure to see for me.
|Oystercatcher egg & nest sight|
|Shetland Wildlife Group - Fair Isle May 2012|
|Reed Bunting on the Auld Haa padio.|
|Grey or Blue Headed? - Yellow Wagtail was one of the highlights|
|Whitethroat on the South Harbour beach.|
|They had no complains about the food and seemed to enjoy their adventure to Fair Isle and stay at the Auld Haa Guesthouse.|
|Coastguard practice mission|
Montagu's Sea-snail Liparis montagui
The rarest sighting on Fair Isle is this badly named fish? The Montagu's Sea-snail caught by my son Henry looks more like a tadpole than a snail? Nick Riddiford says it's a first record for Fair Isle. We have it in our saltwater fish tank where I noticed a big life threatening parasite. I gave it minor surgery to remove the worm. I've seen these worms in the bellies of large fish like Cod & Pollack but never in such a small fish. It's been 2 days and it seems fine? but we are watching it closely.