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Steve Minton
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Spring like
Stunning Spring-like weather today, but very little on the patch - just a 1w Glaucous Gull. Glaucous Gull Looking North from 4 post hill The Norrona heading east

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Modern Angels
3 Iceland Gulls around The Shetland Catch in Lerwick, there was no fish being landed today, so they had to settle for dog biscuits and bread.

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GWT
2 Glaucs on the patch today and still quite a few Gulls feeding off Moast Beach and, in the last few minutes of daylight, a drake Green-winged Teal at the back of the Loch. 6 Twite were in a neighbour's garden/ Glaucous Gulls Common Gulls Herring Gulls Twite

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The Whacky World of Herring Gulls
With an hour or two to kill in Lerwick, I had a quick look through the 40 or so Gulls on Victoria Pier - mostly Herring Gulls with the odd Greater Black coming and going. Of the 15 or so 1w Herrings present at least 5 were really frosty 1w  Argentatus types...

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Mr Piggy Eyes
Not a reference to the fascist cockwomble Mr Trump, but to the 1w Glaucous Gull that is still around Scatness. Cheap bread from Tesco again last night, so another Gull feeding session at Moast Beach, as well as the Glauc, there was a 1w Iceland Gull coming ...

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Gullistan
There has been a few thousand Gulls around Scatness over the last few days, on the 25th I picked out a 2w Kumlien's and an adult Iceland in front of the house. And with Tesco selling their near date bread off last night at 20p a loaf, today was going to be ...

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White-fronts
2 White-fronted Geese among the 80+ Greylags in front of the house today, I didn't see White-front on the patch at all last year so it's good to get them UTB so early. Top photo - not snowing, bottom 2 - snowing!

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Moast Beach
Another winter storm hits Shetland, a northerly this time and it doesn't have a name (the met office don't seem to bother naming them if they don't affect London in any way). I managed to get as far as Moast Beach on the patch before the snow showers starte...

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Scaup
2 Scaup in amongst the Tufties on the patch this morning, plus 40+ Great Northern, 1 Black-throated and 3 Red-throated Divers in Quendale Bay. Scaup

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Here we go again
The 2017 Patchwork Challenge begins, a few bits and bobs around the patch - 1w Glauc and ad Iceland Gull on the Loch, 1 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipits and 3 Redwings in the Neep field, Gannets and Kittiwakes in Quendale Bay, 2 'fly-through' Whooper Swans and 2 Sa...
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