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NOTE that ALL records go into the database used in the compilation of the Shetland Bird Report EVEN IF they do not appear on this page. Recording forms are available here. Full details of Fair Isle sightings are on the FIBO website. Photographs are copyright of the named photographer and may not be used for any other purpose without their permission. New Shetland Checklist downloadable as a pdf here. Species in red are BBRC rarities. Species in orange are local rarities.

New rarity decisions added here on 12th August.

Friday 31st August  2007

The Melodious Warbler was seen briefly at Baltasound, and the Rose-coloured Starling is still there.

The Hawfinch is at Sumburgh Head. A Pied Flycatcher is at Hoswick. There are 148 Greylag Geese, 300 Curlews, a Goldeneye, 18 Mute Swans and 110 Rock Doves at Spiggie. Another flock of 300 Rock Doves is at Tingwall.    

A Peregrine Falcon is at Isbister, Whalsay.

NB Great Shearwater pictures added for 29th August.

Thursday 30th August  2007

Melodious Warbler at  Baltasound - George Petrie (2 photos); Jim Nicolson; Rose-coloured Starling at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

Common Rosefinch at Virkie; Hawfinch at Sumburgh Head

Common Rosefinch at Virkie; Hawfinch at Sumburgh Head - Rob Fray

A Melodious Warbler is at Baltasound, along with the Rose-coloured Starling, while the Common Rosefinch and a Red-backed Shrike are at Norwick.

A Hawfinch is at Sumburgh Head; it is still moulting out of juvenile plumage and the only other 2 August records were probably adults lingering from spring. A Common Rosefinch is at Virkie.

There are 450 Golden Plovers at Turdale Water, Bixter.

Wednesday 29th August  2007

Killdeer at Pool of Virkie - Roger Riddington; Greenshank at Pool of Virkie - Jim Nicolson; Willow Warbler at Hoswick - Lee Mott; Starling, Turnstone and Ringed Plover at Lunna - George Graham

Great Shearwater 40 km west of Sumburgh - John H. Simpson

The Killdeer is still at Pool of Virkie, along with a Greenshank, while a Greenshank was also seen at Scatness. A Pied Flycatcher and a Robin are at Hoswick. A Green Sandpiper flew over Kirkidale, Walls.

A Common Rosefinch is at Gardie, Bressay.

The Rose-coloured Starling is still at Baltasound.

There were 4 Great Shearwaters and 25+ Sooty Shearwaters at about 55 km SW of Foula (or 40 km north of Westray); one Great Shearwater followed the boat until it was about 40 km west of Sumburgh Head (or about 30 km south of Foula).

Tuesday 28th August  2007

Rose-coloured Starling at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

The Pallid Harrier flew north over Loch of Spiggie in the late afternoon. The eclipse male King Eider is still off Wester Quarff along with 759 Common Eiders. There are 36 Knots at South Ness in Lerwick. There are 2 Siskins at Sandgarth, Voe.

The Rose-coloured Starling is still at Baltasound, and a Common Rosefinch is at Norwick.

Monday 27th August  2007

Sanderling at Norwick - Wendy Dickson

The Ortolan Bunting was still at Hoswick first thing, there are 40 Swallows at Hoswick and a Common Sandpiper at Noness. An Iceland Gull is at Ness of Hillswick. There are 2 Black-tailed Godwits on Whalsay.

Sunday 26th August  2007

Ortolan Bunting at Hoswick - Dave Hall (one photo); Lee Mott (2 photos); Sanderling at Lund - Mike Pennington

The Killdeer flew over Virkie calling in the morning, and a Black-tailed Godwit is at Pool of Virkie. The eclipse male King Eider is still off Wester Quarff. The male Ortolan Bunting is still at Hoswick.

A Wood Warbler is on Out Skerries, along with the long-staying Tree Sparrow. A Barred Warbler is at Ham, Bressay.

At least 10 Great Shearwaters were seen from a fishing boat about 27 km west of Fair Isle, along with 70 Sooty Shearwaters. One Great Shearwater followed the boat to about 40 km SW of Sumburgh Head (still nearer to Orkney, at bout 30 km distance). A juvenile Long-tailed Skua and a Sooty Shearwater were seen off West Burra and 3 Sooty Shearwaters and a Manx Shearwater were seen off Eshaness.

Saturday 25th August  2007

The Killdeer was on Pool of Virkie, the first time it has been reported for over 2 weeks, and a first-winter Little Gull and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were also there. An eclipse male King Eider is off Wester Quarff. A male Ortolan Bunting is at Hoswick, and a Greenish Warbler was reported there as well.

The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still at Baltasound.

There are 5 Ruffs and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Voe of Leiraness, Bressay, and a Garden Warbler and a summering Chiffchaff at Gorie.

Friday 24th August  2007

The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still at Baltasound and the Common Rosefinch is still at Norwick.

A Greenshank is at Brig of Bakkasetter.

Thursday 23rd August  2007

Pallid Harrier in Dunrossness - Rob Fray (3 photos)

 Ruff at Noss, Spiggie - Dave Hall; Willow Warbler at Sandgarth - Tony & Beth Gerrard

A juvenile Pallid Harrier was near the Spiggie Hotel beside Loch of Spiggie and was then seen later moving between Hillwell and Brow.

The adult Rose-coloured Starling is still at Baltasound.

The Barred Warbler is still on Fetlar, along with a Common Rosefinch and a Wood Warbler.

There are 2 Ruffs and 4 Knots at Eshaness. There are 7 Ruffs at Voe of Leiraness on Bressay.

Wednesday 22nd August  2007

Greenish Warbler at Skaw and Whooper Swan on Mainland - Larry Dalziel

Greenish Warbler at Skaw - Rob Fray

Greenish Warbler at Skaw, Rose-coloured Starling at Baltasound and Skylark on Unst - Dougie Preston; juvenile Kittiwake at Mossbank - Karn Crow

Barred Warbler on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason

The Greenish Warbler is still at Skaw on Unst, although another was seen briefly at Northdale late morning but not later, a Common Rosefinch is at Norwick and the adult Rose-coloured Starling is at Baltasound along with 8 Ruffs.

A Corncrake, a Barred Warbler, 2 Garden Warblers, 2 Whinchat, a Pied Flycatcher, 2 Ruffs, 9 Black-tailed Godwits and about 800 Golden Plovers are on Fetlar.

A Barred Warbler and a Garden Warbler are at Sumburgh Hotel, a Garden Warbler is at Toab, a Whinchat is at Sumburgh Head, a Lesser Whitethroat is at Virkie and 150 Greylag Geese at Loch of Spiggie. A Common Buzzard flew south over Firths Voe at Mossbank. There are 2 Ruffs and 12 Knots at Voe of Leiraness on Bressay.

Tuesday 21st August  2007

Greenish Warbler at Skaw, Unst - Mike Pennington

Rose-coloured Starling

Wood Warbler at Norwick and Willow Warbler at Skaw, Unst - Mike Pennington; Rose-coloured Starling at Baltasound - Glenn Harrison; Spotted Redshank at Scatness - Jim Nicolson

A Greenish Warbler is at Skaw on Unst, a Wood Warbler is at Norwick and the adult Rose-coloured Starling is at Baltasound. There is also a Greenshank at Skaw, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Whinchats in north Unst, and several Willow Warblers.

There are also Wood Warblers at Ocraquoy and Toab, a Garden Warbler at Fladdabister, 25 Knots and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie, and the Spotted Redshank and 30 Knots at Scatness, along with a scatter of Willow Warblers. A Garden Warbler and 28 Knots are on Noss.

Monday 20th August  2007

There are 45 Knots and a Ruff at Pool of Virkie, and a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Common Sandpipers and 4 Knots at Boddam.

An adult Rose-coloured Starling is at Baltasound along with 6 Ruffs, a Spotted Flycatcher is at Northdale and 2 Whinchats are at Norwick.

Sunday 19th August  2007

A Barred Warbler is at Norwick, along with 2 summering Chiffchaffs, and a Spotted Flycatcher and a Grey Wagtail are at Skaw, Unst.

The Spotted Redshank is still at Scatness, although one at Pool of Virkie in the evening may have been the same bird. There are also 132 Knots and a Black-tailed Godwit at Pool of Virkie, 13 Knots and a Ruff at Scatness, 13 Knots at Boddam, 7 Ruffs at Quendale, and 19 Ruffs and a Green Sandpiper at Quendale. There are 4 Shovelers at Loch of Spiggie, while there are 35 Linnets at Virkie and a Willow Warbler at Toab.

There are 6 Sanderlings at Kirkabister and 10 Wigeons in South Nesting.

Saturday 18th August  2007

Gannet at Belmont - Mike Pennington; Whooper Swans - Dave Okill

The Spotted Redshank is still at Scatness and another is at Loch of Troswickness.

A Shoveler and 8 Wigeons are at Uyeasound.

Friday 17th August  2007

Knot and Little Gull at Scatness - Jim Nicolson

A Storm Petrel flew past Wester Quarff.

A Spotted Redshank and a juvenile Little Gull are at Scatness and there are 21 Knots and a Ruff at Pool of Virkie.

Thursday 16th August  2007

White-rumped Sandpiper at Pool of Virkie - Rob Fray (2 photos); Jim Nicolson (one photo); Ruff at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

A White-rumped Sandpiper is at Pool Virkie. The Pectoral Sandpiper is still at Boddam.

There are 3 Black-tailed Godwits at Baltasound and 5 Ruffs at Haroldswick.

Wednesday 15th August  2007

Knots at Virkie - Rob Fray

There are 2 Greenshanks at Scatness and 20 Knots at Pool of Virkie.

On Unst there are 36 Knots at Baltasound and 23 at Burrafirth, and 6 Ruffs at Haroldswick.

Tuesday 14th August  2007

Ruff at Scatness - Jim Nicolson; Ruff, Sanderling and mixed waders at Scatness - Dave Hall; Arctic Skua at Mossbank - George Graham; Sandwich Terns at Virkie - Rob Fray

A Wood Warbler is at Skaw and a Fieldfare, a Grey Wagtail and a Willow Warbler are at Burrafirth. A Willow Warbler is at Burravoe, Yell.

There were 2 Sandwich Terns at Virkie in the evening, along with a Ruff, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 7 Sanderlings and a Willow Warbler, with a Greenshank and a Ruff at Loch of Huesbreck, a Ruff at Boddam and 3 Ruffs at Scatness.

There are 3 Ruffs, 8 Sanderlings, 31 Dunlins and 51 Ringed Plovers at Melby. There are 5 Sanderlings on Noss.

Monday 13th August  2007

Ruff at Boddam - Rob Fray (3 photos)

An immature Peregrine Falcon flew over Lund and a Willow Warbler is at Burrafirth.

A Ruff and a Greenshank are at Boddam, a Green Sandpiper and a Sedge Warbler are at Quendale and 25 Linnets are at Virkie.

A Greenshank is on Noss.

Sunday 12th August  2007

The Pectoral Sandpiper is still at Boddam, in the cut grass field just inland of the voe, while 3 Ruffs, a Greenshank and 2 Knots are also at Boddam, a Greenshank is at Huesbreck, and 20 Knots, 21 Sanderlings, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel are at Pool of Virkie.

A Willow Warbler is at Burrafirth.

Saturday 11th August  2007

Pectoral Sandpiper at Boddam - Rob Fray (3 photos)

The Pectoral Sandpiper is still at Boddam Voe. There are 8 Knots, 23 Sanderlings and 2 Willow Warblers at Virkie.

Friday 10th August  2007

Pectoral Sandpiper at Boddam and Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie - Jim Nicolson

Sedge Warbler at Skaw and Manx Shearwaters on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason

A Pectoral Sandpiper is at Boddam Voe. There are 7 Knots, 21 Sanderlings, a Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Willow Warblers at Virkie.

The Sedge Warbler is still at Skaw, Unst. There were 2 Manx Shearwaters in the Wick of Houbie, Fetlar, in the evening.

Thursday 9th August 2007

A Sedge Warbler is at Skaw, Unst. A Greenshank is at Loch of Huesbreck. There are 5 Knots, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 6 Sanderlings and a Willow Warbler at Virkie.

Wednesday 8th August 2007

The Killdeer was at Point of Tangpool, east of the Ness boating club, Virkie, at midday.

There are 7 Knots, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 13 Sanderlings at Pool of Virkie. A Ruff is on Fetlar.

Tuesday 7th August 2007

There are 4 Black-tailed Godwits, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 10 Knot, 115 Dunlins and 14 Sanderlings at Virkie, and a Willow Warbler is at Scousburgh.

A Fieldfare is at Skaw, Unst.

Monday 6th August 2007

A Wood Warbler is on Fetlar.

There are 56 Knot, 89 Dunlins, 13 Sanderlings and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie, and 43 Sanderlings at Grutness.

Sunday 5th August 2007

2 Manx Shearwaters were seen from the Papa Stour ferry this evening, about a mile off West Burrafirth. There are 24 Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie. A Willow Warbler is at Maywick.

Saturday 4th August 2007

3 Black-tailed Godwits, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit and 10 Knot are at Virkie. A Greenshank is on Fetlar.

Friday 3rd August 2007

The unidentified ringtail harrier was seen near Sandwick. There are 4 Knot at Virkie and 12 Sanderlings at Grutness.

Thursday 2nd August 2007

Arctic Terns at Skaw and juvenile House Sparrow at Haroldswick - Wendy Dickson

There are 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Knot at Virkie, 16 Sanderling at Grutness and 5 Shovelers at Scatness.

Wednesday 1st August 2007

A Knot and a Bar-tailed Godwit are at Virkie.

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