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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. For details on how to submit records by e-mail check the Bird Club's Recording page. Species in red are BBRC rarities. Species in orange are local rarities. 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.

Wednesday 28th February 2007

The adult Spoonbill is relocated at Voxter Voe and later moved to Brae, on Busta Voe below the Mid Brae Inn.

There are 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway and a first-winter Glaucous Gull at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick. A Black Redstart is at Fladdabister. There are 2 Stonechats and 5 Redwings at Ocraquoy. A Song Thrush and a Jack Snipe are at Sumburgh Hotel.

A male Reed Bunting and 24 Chaffinches are at Baltasound.

Monday 26th February 2007

Spoonbill at Graven - Jim Nicolson; Dougie Preston (3 photos)

The adult Spoonbill is still at Graven, next to Sullom Voe Terminal.

A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Shetland Catch in Lerwick. There are 41 Grey Herons at the roost at Brindister Voe.

There are 2 Common Redpolls on Fetlar.

Sunday 25th February 2007

Storm-blasted Raven, Red-throated Diver, Goosander and Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound - Mike Pennington

The juvenile White-billed Diver was in Skuda Sound, just east of Uyeasound, along with a male Velvet Scoter in mid-afternoon. A second-winter Glaucous Gull is at Uyeasound. A Mistle Thrush is Burrafirth and a Song Thrush is at Belmont.

The Spoonbill is now at Graven, next to Sullom Voe Terminal.

An adult Black-throated Diver is in West Voe of Quarff. The male King Eider is still in Mousa Sound. Another adult Black-throated Diver is in Bay of Quendale and there are 5 Stonechats at Grutness and one at Toab. A Chiffchaff is at Weisdale.

There are 2 Common Redpolls and a male Stonechat at Burravoe, Yell.

There are 8 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway and 2 male Goosanders at Strand Loch.

Saturday 24th February 2007

There are no less than 62 Great Northern Divers sheltering on the north side of Muness, Unst, following 36 hrs of strong southerly winds. A ringtail Hen Harrier and the Goosander are at Uyeasound, and the 5 Barnacle Geese, the 2 Carrion Crows and a first-winter Iceland Gull are at Baltasound.

The Chaffinch flock at Bixter has gone back up to 80.

Wednesday 21st February 2007

A Spoonbill is on Whalsay, although it is mobile and has been seen at Isbister and Challister so far. It is the 6th Shetland, the last being a bird which wandered around in autumn 2003 before last being seen on 1st January 2004. Winter records in Scotland are very unusual, however, so quite where it has arrived from is a bit of a mystery.

Tuesday 20th February 2007

There are 10 Snow Buntings, 30 Fieldfares, 11 Redwings and 30 Chaffinches at Bixter.

Monday 19th February 2007

The Ring-necked Duck is still at Loch of Tingwall and there are 7 Iceland Gulls at 7 Scalloway and 5 at Loch of Asta, all first-winters. There are 2 Sparrowhawks in Brae.

A Little Auk is West Voe of Quarff.

Sunday 18th February 2007

Shag at Belmont - Mike Pennington

A juvenile White-billed Diver is at Uyeasound. A 'blue' Fulmar is at Skaw, Unst. The 5 Barnacle Geese are still at Baltasound.

The male King Eider is still in Mousa Sound. The Green-winged Teal is still at Scatness, the Smew is still on Loch of Spiggie, a Peregrine Falcon is at Troswick and a Velvet Scoter is in West Voe of Sumburgh.

The Ring-necked Duck is still at Loch of Tingwall, along with a Pochard, and there are 4 Iceland Gulls (all first-winters) at Scalloway. There are 298 Curlews and 78 Wigeons at Loch of Housetter in North Roe. There are 3 Glaucous Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls at Shetland Catch in Lerwick.

Saturday 17th February 2007

An adult and a first-winter Glaucous Gull are at Shetland Catch in Lerwick.

Friday 16th February 2007

An adult and a first-winter Glaucous Gull are at Shetland Catch in Lerwick.

There are first-winter Iceland Gulls at Haroldswick and Belmont on Unst.

Thursday 15th February 2007

The Black-throated Diver has been reported from Melby again, there are 126 Wigeons at Norby, and 15 Fieldfares and 8 Chaffinches at Bixter.

Wednesday 14th February 2007

partial albino Turnstone at Scatness - Steve Minton

The partial albino Turnstone at Scatness is here for it's 4th winter.

Oystercatchers are slowly returning and there were 23 around Walls today.

The released Rough-legged Buzzard of the North American race was at Fladdabister in the afternoon.

Saturday 10th February 2007

Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound - Mike Pennington

The Green-winged Teal is still at Scatness, the Smew was on Loch of Spiggie and later on Brow, the Little Gull is still at Loch of Hillwell and a Scaup is on Loch of Spiggie.

An adult Glaucous Gull is at Uyeasound, and the 5 Barnacle Geese are at Baltasound, along with at least 355 Greylag Geese, including the neck-collared bird.

Friday 9th February 2007

A Whimbrel is on Out Skerries, along with 3 Glaucous Gulls and 27 Purple Sandpipers.

There are 21 Knots at Gardie, Bressay, along with a first-winter Glaucous Gull.

Thursday 8th February 2007

There are 2 Little Grebes, 2 Shelducks, 7 Moorhens and 400 Greylag Geese at Spiggie. There are 36 Oystercatchers around Sumburgh and Spiggie and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits are at Pool of Virkie.

Another 300 Greylag Geese are at Tingwall. There are 8 Chaffinches at Bixter. A flock of 300 Curlews is at Oxensetter in Northmavine.

Wednesday 7th February 2007

Iceland Gull showing characters of Kumlien's Gull at Scalloway - Dave Hall

A Green-winged Teal has finally returned to Scatness, the first sighting this winter. There are also 2 Pochards and 40 Tufted Ducks there. A male Stonechat is at Sandwick.

A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Shetland Catch in Lerwick, a Meadow Pipit is at Frakkafield and the female Sparrowhawk is still at Catfirth. A Goosander and a first-winter Iceland Gull are at Laxo. There are 5 first-winter Iceland Gulls, the third-winter Kumlien's Gull and a first-winter Glaucous Gull at Scalloway. Another first-winter Iceland Gull is at Loch of Asta.

There were 67 Slavonian Grebes counted between Whiteness and Skeld.

Sunday 4th February 2007

Common Gull at Westing - Mike Pennington

An adult Glaucous Gull is at Scord.

There are 2 returning Oystercatchers at Baltasound. 

Saturday 3rd February 2007

There are 93 Wigeons, a male Goosander, a Grey Heron and a Bar-tailed Godwit are at the mouth of the Sandgarth burn at Dales Voe, Delting. There are 7 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Trondra, opposite Scalloway. A Glaucous Gull has been coming to a garden at Firth for food for several weeks. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Scord.

There are 4 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Westing, Unst, as well as a returning Oystercatcher.

Friday 2nd February 2007

A White-billed Diver was off Kirkabister, Nesting, and there are 12 Redwings and 12 Chaffinches around South Nesting.

A third-winter Iceland Gull showing characters of Kumlien's Gull is at Quendale.

Thursday 1st February 2007

The Goshawk was reported at Catfirth again today.

Wednesday 31st January 2007

There are 2 White-billed Divers off Kirkabister, Nesting, along with a Little Auk. There were 95 Purple Sandpipers roosting at he Knab, Lerwick.

There are 44 Long-tailed Ducks at Melby and 223 Golden Plovers at Walls. The first-winter Little Gull and the redhead Smew are still at Loch of Hillwell. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at the Catch in Lerwick.

Tuesday 30th January 2007

There are 2 Goosanders at the head of Weisdale Voe. A Carrion Crow is at Wester Quarff. There are 5 Barnacle Geese at Baltasound. There are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls and a first-winter Glaucous Gull in Scalloway, a first-winter Iceland Gull at Loch of Clickimin and a first-winter Glaucous Gull at the Catch in Lerwick.

Monday 29th January 2007

Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gulls at Burrafirth - Mike Smith

The Ring-necked Duck and a first-winter Iceland Gull are at Loch of Tingwall and there are 7 Iceland Gulls (all first-winters) at Scalloway. A Carrion Crow is at Urafirth.

A first-winter Iceland Gull and 3 Glaucous Gulls (a third-winter and 2 first-winters) are at Burrafirth.

Sunday 28th January 2007

The first-winter Little Gull and the redhead Smew are still at Loch of Hillwell, a Peregrine Falcon is at St Ninian's Isle and a first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Spiggie, along with a Little Grebe, 9 Coots and 373 Lapwings.

The Water Rail is still on Trondra. A Song Thrush is at Voehead, Bressay. There are 4 Greenfinches at Bixter.

Saturday 27th January 2007

There are still 2 Moorhens and a Water Rail at Sandgarth, Voe.

Just 16 Chaffinches remain in the field at Bixter, but another 8 and a Greenfinch are at a garden nearby.

A Stonechat is at Uyeasound.

Friday 26th January 2007

  

Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull at Scalloway - Dave Hall; Sparrowhawk at Catfirth and Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gulls at Scalloway - Steve Minton

The Goshawk was at Catfirth again at mid-day, although there was also a male and a female Sparrowhawk there, as well as a 2 Woodcocks. A first-winter Glaucous Gull and and 10 first-winter Iceland Gulls are at Scalloway. The released Rough-legged Buzzard of the North American race is still at Channerwick.

Thursday 25th January 2007

The Goshawk that was possibly seen at Catfirth on Saturday was seen perched on the same fencepost in the rain during the afternoon.

The Smew is still at Loch of Hillwell. An adult male Peregrine Falcon is at Bixter, while about 25 Chaffinches still remain.

There were 9 Glaucous Gulls at Burrafirth, 4 adults and 5 first-winters.

Wednesday 24th January 2007

Iceland Gull and Mute Swan at Scalloway - Dave Hall

The Rough-legged Buzzard of the North American race which was released off Shetland last autumn is still here as it was seen over Channerwick today. Another early Pied Wagtail is at Scatness. The Black-tailed Godwit is still at Pool of Virkie along with 4 Bar-tailed Godwits. There were  just 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway.

There were 5 Glaucous Gulls, 4 adults and a first-winter, at Burrafirth during the day.

Tuesday 23rd January 2007

A Greenfinch is at Ocraquoy and a Water Rail is at Cunningsburgh. A first-winter Iceland Gull, a male Stonechat and 12 Red-throated Divers are at Wester Quarff. There are 23 Chaffinches on Trondra.

A Song Thrush, 3 Snow Buntings, 9 Greylag Geese, a male Merlin, a first-winter Glaucous Gull, 29 Rock Doves and 17 Twites are on Noss.

A Song Thrush is at Burrafirth and a Goosander is still at Uyeasound.

Monday 22nd January 2007

There are 14 Iceland Gulls at Scalloway - 12 first-winters, an adult and the third-winter Kumlien's Gull. Another first-winter Iceland Gull is at Gremista, Lerwick, and there are single first-winter Glaucous Gulls at Scalloway and Lerwick. An unseasonable Pied Wagtail is in Scalloway.

A Black-throated Diver is at Melby, along with 38 Redshanks and 71 Wigeons. There are 30 Red-breasted Mergansers in Tresta Voe.

Sunday 21st January 2007

The Gyrfalcon has been seen on Fetlar by local inhabitants three time in the last few days.

The White-billed Diver is still off Kirkabister, Nesting.

A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Baltasound.

Saturday 20th January 2007

The male Bufflehead was still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst.

The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall. A Waxwing is in Lerwick and 3 Goldcrests are at Catfirth. There are 2 Shelducks and 5 Moorhens at Loch of Spiggie. There are 2 Peregrine Falcons at Scatness.

Friday 19th January 2007

The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall, 2 Goosanders at Strand Loch and 2 Goosanders at Sand Water. In Lerwick there are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls and a first-winter Glaucous Gull while 6 Iceland Gulls are in Scalloway, including the third-winter Kumlien's Gull. There are 150 Chaffinches and 20 Fieldfares at Bixter. There are 4 Oystercatchers at Loch of Spiggie.

Thursday 18th January 2007

The male Bufflehead was still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst in the morning. The Canada Goose is still at Haroldswick and a Jack Snipe is at Baltasound.

A scatter of first-winter Iceland Gulls include 3 at Mangaster, two showing characters of Kumlien's Gull, one at Mavis Grind and another at Gremista, Lerwick. The third-winter Iceland Gull showing characters of Kumlien's Gull is still at Scalloway.

A ringtail Hen Harrier is at Bixter along with 50 Chaffinches and 21 Fieldfares. Another 25 Fieldfares are at Tingwall. There are 24 Redwings at Cunningsburgh.

Wednesday 17th January 2007

The Canada Goose is still at Haroldswick and a Moorhen is at Burrafirth.

Tuesday 16th January 2007

Iceland Gull at Lerwick and Little Gull at Hillwell - Dave Hall

The male Bufflehead was still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst in the morning. There are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Westing. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is on Fetlar.

The drake King Eider is still in Mousa sound but pretty distant. A first-winter Glaucous Gull and a first-winter Iceland Gull are at the Shetland Catch at Gremista, Lerwick. The Smew and the Little Gull are still at Loch of Hillwell. The Pink-footed Goose is still Sandwick. A Greenfinch and 24 Twites are at Cunningsburgh.

A Peregrine Falcon and at least 50 Chaffinches are at Bixter and a first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Melby.

Monday 15th January 2007

The male Bufflehead was still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst in the morning.

Adult and first-winter Iceland Gulls are at Gremista, Lerwick. There are still 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway

Sunday 14th January 2007

An adult European White-fronted Goose is at Spiggie along with 7 Scaups, a Pintail, 4 Coots and a first-winter Glaucous Gull. The Little Gull is still at Loch of Hillwell but the Smew has moved to Loch of Gards at Scatness. A Little Auk is at Levenwick. A Chiffchaff is at Quendale. The overwintering Black-tailed Godwit is still at Virkie. The Pink-footed Goose is at Sandwick with Greylag Geese. There were 2 Peregrine Falcons, a male and a female, at Bigton.

The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall. There are still 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway. An adult Iceland Gull is at Gremista, Lerwick. At least 5 Little Auks are in Bressay Sound between Lerwick and Bressay.

Saturday 13th January 2007

The male Bufflehead was still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst, but it had gone by mid-day. A Shoveler is at Uyeasound. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Gutcher on Yell.

The Gyrfalcon was seen north of Papil Water on Fetlar.

An adult Iceland Gull with characters of Kumlien's Gull is at Loch of Hillwell and first-winter Iceland Gulls are at Loch of Spiggie and Scatness. A 'Blue' Fulmar, 2 Little Auks and 3 Gadwalls flew past Virkie.

Friday 12th January 2007

Siskin at Voe - Tony & Beth Gerrard

A male Siskin is at Voe; it has been present since last September. The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall. There are still 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway and another Iceland Gull is at Westing on Unst.

Thursday 11th January 2007

There are 2 Tree Sparrows at Scousburgh. The 2 Moorhens are still at Sandgarth, Voe, and a dead Water Rail was found there.

Wednesday 10th January 2007

Iceland Gull at Lerwick - Dougie Preston

The male Bufflehead is still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Burrafirth.

There are 6 Iceland Gulls in Scalloway harbour and one Iceland Gull at the Catch in Lerwick. There are 3 Meadow Pipits at Nibon. At Collafirth, North Roe, there are 12 Redwings and 5 Fieldfares.

A Long-eared Owl and a Hen Harrier are on Fetlar.

For photos of Comet McNaught click here.

Tuesday 9th January 2007

There are 4 Iceland Gulls at the Westing, Unst.

Monday 8th January 2007

The male Bufflehead is still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst.

There are 5 first-winter Iceland Gulls and 2 first-winter Glaucous Gulls at Scalloway.

Sunday 7th January 2007

The male Bufflehead is still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst, although it was not present yesterday; where it goes to when it is absent is still unclear.

A flock of 42 Grey Herons was seen flying over Olna Firth between Voe and Brae. A flock of 28 Snow Buntings is at Sullom Voe and there are at least 150 Chaffinches in the neep field at Bixter. The Smew is still at Loch of Hillwell and there are 2 Shelducks, a Little Grebe and 2 Merlins at Loch of Spiggie. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Scatness.

Saturday 6th January 2007

The Gyrfalcon has been reported again, over Lambhoga on Fetlar.

An adult Little Gull is at Vatshoull, Whalsay.

A Chiffchaff is at Swinister, Sandwick; it is a collybita type bird. The first-winter Little Gull and the redhead Smew are still at Loch of Hillwell. The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall. There are still 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway, along with a second-winter and the third-winter Kumlien's type. A ringtail Hen Harrier is at Bixter, where there is still a flock of 100 Chaffinches. Another first-winter Iceland Gull is at Mavis Grind, near Brae.

There are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Westing, Unst.

Friday 5th January 2007

The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall. There are still 5 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway, along with a second-winter and the third-winter Kumlien's type. A first-winter Glaucous Gull and a first-winter Iceland Gull are at Lerwick.

The first-winter Little Gull and the redhead Smew are still at Loch of Hillwell.

Thursday 4th January 2007

The male Bufflehead is still on Loch of Snarravoe on Unst. Also on Unst, a first-winter Iceland Gull is at Westing and a first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Muness.

There are still 6 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway, along with 2 first-winter Glaucous Gulls, while another Iceland Gull is at Asta and a further 2 are at Lerwick.

The first-winter Little Gull is still at Loch of Hillwell.

Wednesday 3rd January 2007

There are 2 Moorhens and 2 Common Redpolls at Sandgarth, Voe.

Tuesday 2nd January 2007

A male King Eider is in Mousa Sound, off Sandwick. A Common Stonechat is at Clickimin in Lerwick.

Monday 1st January 2007

A male King Eider is off Symbister, Whalsay. A Moorhen is at Sandgarth, Voe.

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