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Saturday 31st March 2007

A Common Crane flew north over Boddam.

A Chiffchaff and 3 Goldcrests are at Ocraquoy.

Friday 30th March 2007

Brambling at Baltasound - Mike Pennington; Chiffchaff and Green-winged Teal at Scatness - Steve Minton

The Green-winged Teal is still at Scatness, along with the Mallard x Pintail hybrid, 2 Gadwalls and 2 Chiffchaffs. THere are 36 Knots at South Ness, Lerwick.

On Whalsay, a ringtail Hen Harrier flew north through Skaw and a Grey Wagtail was at Hamister.

A Chiffchaff is on Fetlar. A Brambling is at Baltasound and a Chiffchaff is at Norwick.

Thursday 29th March 2007

The Ring-necked Duck on Loch of Clickimin is presumably the bird that is usually at Tingwall.

A Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest are at Scatness. A Chiffchaff is at Voe. There are 10 Wood Pigeons at Kergord, a Goldcrest at Upper Kergord and 10 Fieldfares at Skellister, Nesting.

A Jackdaw is at Baltasound and 9 Wood Pigeons are at Norwick. An immature Glaucous Gull is at Gutcher.

Wednesday 28th March 2007

There are 456 Greylag Geese at Bixter and 10 Fieldfares at Dale of Walls.

A Goldcrest, a Redwing, 4 Fieldfares, a Robin and 3 Chaffinches are at Wester Quarff. There are 3 Goldcrests at Scatness.

Tuesday 27th March 2007

Merlin at Fladdabister - George Petrie

A Black Redstart, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, a Jack Snipe, a Reed Bunting, 3 Chaffinches, 2 Robins and a Rook are on Out Skerries.

A Goldcrest and a Wood Pigeon are at Ocraquoy with a Merlin at Fladdabister. There are 2 Goldcrests at Scatness.

A Chiffchaff is at Burrafirth and an Iceland Gull is at Skaw, Unst.

Monday 26th March 2007

The White-billed Diver is still off Whalsay, off Suther Ness near the Houb. There are 116 Purple Sandpipers at the Houb.

Common Snipe was heard drumming at Sandgarth, Voe.

Sunday 25th March 2007

Brunnich's Guillemot corpse at Scousburgh - Roger Riddington; Greylag Goose at Baltasound - Mike Pennington; Iceland Gull at Baltasound - Wendy Dickson

A Brunnich's Guillemot was found dead on the beached bird survey on Scousburgh beach, the second found on BBS in successive years. A few migrants in the Ness included 4 Goldcrests, a Woodcock and a Dunnock at Geosetter, 5 Goldcrests, 4 Robins, a Song Thrush, a Reed Bunting and a Pied Wagtail at Sumburgh and a Barnacle Goose at Brow.

A female Great Tit is on Foula.

An Iceland Gull is at Baltasound and there are 52 Purple Sandpipers at Westing.

A Moorhen is at Sandgarth, Voe, where a Merlin was watched taking a Common Snipe. A Goldcrest is at Melby. A Meadow Pipit was in song at Burra.

A Black-throated Diver is still off Melby, and a Water Rail and a Moorhen are at Loch of Elvister at Walls.

Saturday 24th March 2007

Ringed Plover at Burrafirth - Wendy Dickson

A female Stonechat and a Pied Wagtail are at Burrafirth, a Song Thrush and 7 Wood Pigeons are at Norwick, there are 7 Wood Pigeons, 7 Grey Herons, the 5 Barnacle Geese and a Sparrowhawk at Baltasound, and 17 Great Northern Divers are off Easting, Unst.

The Green-winged Teal is still at Scatness, the Smew, a female Shoveler and the Little Gull are still at Loch of Hillwell, a Scaup is on Loch of  Brow and a first-winter Iceland Gull is at Spiggie.

Friday 23rd March 2007

A male Hen Harrier is on Saxa Vord and a Short-eared Owl is Haroldswick.

Thursday 22nd March 2007

The White-billed Diver is off Whalsay, now at the Houb.

A Great Crested Grebe and a first-winter Iceland Gull are at Wester Quarff.

A Pied Wagtail flew over Burrafirth.

Wednesday 21st March 2007

A Pied Wagtail is at Gutcher.

Tuesday 20th March 2007

The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall. There are 8 Iceland Gulls at Scalloway and 2 at the Catch in Lerwick.

Monday 19th March 2007

Hybrid Mallard x Pintail at Virkie - Roger Riddington

Sunday 18th March 2007

A Wood Pigeon is in Lerwick.

Saturday 17th March 2007

White-billed Diver and King Eider at Symbister, Whalsay - Jon Dunn

'Kumlien's', Iceland and Gluacous Gull at Lerwick - Russ Haywood

The White-billed Diver is still at Symbister, Whalsay, with a male King Eider and. a first-winter Iceland Gull and a first-winter Glaucous Gull also there.

Another White-billed Diver is around the salmon cages at Laxo.

There are 9 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull at Scalloway. Another Iceland Gull is on Burra, 2 are at Wester Quarff and there 4 (including the 'Kumlien's Gull') at the Catch in Lerwick.

The Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall along with 2 Coots and 2 Red-throated Divers, the first back on freshwater along with 2 on Loch of Clickimin. There are 3 Goosanders at Strand Loch. In Whiteness Voe there are 33 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Slavonian Grebes.

A migrant Wren and a Dunnock are on Out Skerries.

Friday 16th March 2007

A White-billed Diver is at Symbister, Whalsay.

There are still 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Wester Quarff.

A Rook is at Baltasound.

Thursday 15th March 2007

There are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Wester Quarff.

Tuesday 13th March 2007

Glaucous Gull at Lerwick - Russ Haywood

There are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls and 2 first-winter Glaucous Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick, and 5 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Wester Quarff. A Woodcock is on Scrae Field, Quarff, and 13 Long-tailed Ducks at Sandwick.

A different Siskin is on Trondra, along with a Water Rail, 4 first-winter Glaucous Gulls and 2 Iceland Gulls.

Monday 12th March 2007

The 2 Greater Canada Geese are still at Sandwick, with a Water Rail also there. There are 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Wester Quarff. A Siskin is on Trondra.

There are still 50 Chaffinches at Bixter. A male Peregrine Falcon is at Sullom Voe Terminal.

Sunday 11th March 2007

Canada Goose at Haroldswick (with Whooper Swans and Greylag Goose)

Gulls at Shetland Catch in Lerwick include the Iceland Gull with characters of Kumlien's Gull. There are also another 5 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls.

A Wood Pigeon is at Tingwall with 2 Coots on the loch there.

The Greater Canada Goose is still at Haroldswick on Unst. There are adult and third-winter Iceland Gulls and a first-winter Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound.

Saturday 10th March 2007

putative Caspian Gull, Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gulls at Lerwick - Russ Haywood

A putative Caspian Gull was seen at Lerwick. It will be looked for again tomorrow.

There are 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway, another at Bridge End, Burra, another at Loch of Asta, and 4 first-winters (including the bird showing characters of Kumlien's) and a third-winter at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Scalloway and 2 first-winters are at the Catch.

A first-winter Iceland Gull is Baltasound and at least 522 Greylag Geese are on Unst. A third-winter Iceland Gull is at Burrafirth.

Friday 9th March 2007

A Dunnock is at the Sletts, Lerwick. A Glaucous Gull and 3 Iceland Gulls are at Shetland Catch in Lerwick with 4 Iceland Gulls at Scalloway.

A ringtail Hen Harrier was near Grasswater in west Mainland.

Thursday 8th March 2007

There were 2 Greater Canada Geese at Sandwick before they both flew off south.

Wednesday 7th March 2007

A Stonechat and 3 Wood Pigeons are on Out Skerries.

A Wood Pigeon is at Skaw, Unst, a Little Auk is at Burrafirth, the first-winter Iceland Gull is still at Haroldswick and a Bar-tailed Godwit is at Baltasound..

Tuesday 6th March 2007

Iceland Gull at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

The adult Spoonbill flew over Mavis Grind.

A Black-throated Diver and a first-winter Iceland Gull are off Symbister, Whalsay.

A Wood Pigeon is at Ocraquoy.

A first-winter Iceland Gull is at Haroldswick, with the first-winter Glaucous Gull at Burrafirth and an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull at Baltasound.

Another Glaucous Gull is at Burravoe, Yell.

Monday 5th March 2007

A first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull at Wester Quarff is very unusual as this age does not usually return for several weeks after the first adult. An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull is at Burrafirth, along with a first-winter Glaucous Gull.

Sunday 4th March 2007

A Mistle Thrush is at Ocraquoy.

There are 80 Chaffinches and 7 Fieldfares at Bixter and 2 Coots on Loch of Tingwall. An adult male Hen Harrier is at Loch of Brunatwatt, Walls.

A Jackdaw has been on Out Skerries for over a week.

Saturday 3rd March 2007

The adult Spoonbill is still at Brae.

A first-winter Iceland Gull showing characters of Kumlien's Gull is at Shetland Catch in Lerwick.

There are 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at Scalloway and another at Asta, along with an adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, the first of the year. The male Ring-necked Duck is still on Loch of Tingwall.

Friday 2nd March 2007

Spoonbill at Brae - Mike Pennington

The adult Spoonbill is still at Brae, either on the small marsh below the Mid Brae Inn or feeding on the houb at Burravoe, to the south of Brae.

An adult Puffin is in Yell Sound, just south of Bigga. A Woodcock and a Shelduck are at Skaw, Unst.

The released Rough-legged Buzzard of the North American race was watched eating a Woodcock in a garden at Cunningsburgh. The Velvet Scoter is still in West Voe of Sumburgh. A Skylark in full song at Spiggie is the first reported this year.

Thursday 1st March 2007

Iceland Gull at Scalloway - Dave Hall

The adult Spoonbill is still at Brae, on Busta Voe below the Mid Brae Inn.

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

The released Rough-legged Buzzard of the North American race was at Sandwick. A Woodcock is at Channerwick and 2 Peregrine Falcons are at Bixter.

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