|1988 started with a Willow Warbler wintering at Hamister,
unprecedented in Shetland. (No it wasn't a
Chiffchaff!). Mid May saw a nice spell of easterly winds, a
Coot (very good Whalsay bird) was at the Houll loch on the 12th.
The 13th was one of those mental days with birds everywhere.
Me and Michael Williamson were out looking and although we didn't
manage to find anything to warrant a major twitch we had a good list
of sub-rares. Four Red Backed Shrikes, Coot, Black Redstart,
Sedge Warbler, Wryneck, Wood Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Icterine
Warbler, Spotted Redshank plus Common and Wood Sandpiper and with
loads of common stuff it was an enjoyable day.
Over the next few days things slowly quietened down. A
phone call from BM on the 18th changed all that however, he'd found
a Broad Billed Sandpiper at the Houb. On my arrival it
had gone missing and after a short search I found it back on the
spit. I had been expecting a miniature Snipe-like wader but
encountered a bird in winter plumage and was closer to Sanderling in
colouration. It gave excellent views over the next few days
with a Brent Goose present on the 20th and was last seen on
the 22nd of May.