Tour At A Glance

Cost:

1350.00

Deposit:

350.00

Single Room Supplement:

100.00 [please note cabins are shared on the ferry crossings and rooms at Saxa Vord are not en suite]

Tour Code:

A fair amount of walking is required to get the most from your holiday. The terrain is varied and therefore a reasonable level of physical fitness is required. Expect some early starts and long days in the field.

Group Size:

Seven plus Leader

Richard's Pipit Little Bunting Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll Olive-backed Pipit Siberian Stonechat Barred Warbler Lapland Bunting

Shetland - Island Autumn Magic

Date: 16th - 27th September [SPACES] or 4th - 15th October 2019 [FULL]
Leaders: Paul Roberts [September] or Ashley Saunders [October]

Introduction

 

 

Lanceolated Warbler
 
Approximately ninety miles long and situated at the North-eastern tip of the British Isles, Shetland is a birders paradise. Becoming increasingly popular with Britain’s active birders and rarity-hunters, its appeal has risen in recent years as increased observer coverage makes it an attractive alternative to the Scilly Isles in autumn. While vast, the numbers of birds turning up here in the autumn is also great and a wealth of hot spots known for turning up good birds makes finding rarities a real prospect. We use two different bases on our tour, to maximise our coverage of the islands and offer a change of scenery for exciting pre-breakfast excursions! Exploring every nook and cranny is the key to success and this involves walking ditches and stone dykes, scanning pools and peering into gardens – the Shetland people are largely very friendly and in the past we have even been invited in for a better look! Easterly winds are not vital for bringing rarities either – a change is the wind is often all that is required to create an arrival of migrants from the east. Yellow-browed Warblers can reach 40-50 in one trip, while species such as Red-breasted Flycatcher, Arctic Warbler, Blyth’s Reed & Marsh Warblers, Olive-backed Pipit, Red-flanked Bluetail and Little Bunting are regular visitors. Westerly depressions can also deposit American waders and land birds such as Buff-breasted Sandpiper and the catharus thrushes – Grey-cheeked, Swainson’s, Hermit and Veery. Shetland is becoming renowned for producing that real ‘mega’ though – even Siberian Rubythroat is not as rare as it once was. Thick-billed Warbler, Cape May Warbler and Chestnut-eared Bunting are just some examples of such species which have appeared in recent years. So whatever the weather there is real hope of an exciting discovery, all amid some of the most dramatic scenery in the British Isles. We will visit the islands of Yell and Unst, basing ourselves for four nights at Saxa Vord in the far north of the British Isles, and weather and birds permitting we may also visit the islands of Fetlar and Whalsay. Join us for a real bird migration adventure this autumn! Your tour leader will be Paul Roberts or Ashley Saunders and you can expect to see around 120 species.
 

 

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