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April 2012 Bird Sightings



Monday 30th April 2012

South Mainland: Black-throated Diver in Quendale Bay. Sedge Warbler and Carrion Crow at Scatness. Ring Ouzel, Brambling and Song Thrush at Sumburgh Hotel. Ring Ouzel at Mossy Hill. 2 Arctic Terns at West Voe of Sumburgh, 5 Black-tailed Godwits at Virkie, 5 Rooks and 7 Linnets at Toab. 2 Pochards at Brow Loch. Iceland Gull and Chiffchaff at Ocraquoy.

Sedge Warbler at Scatness - Stve Minton; Eiders and Great Northern Diver at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood

West Mainland: Goldfinch at Bixter. 2 Common Terns at Bridge of Walls.

Goldfinch at Bixter - Rory Tallack

Central Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Toft. 8 Goldfinches at Sound, Lerwick.

Whalsay: Wryneck at Hamister, 12 Siskins at Marrister.

Unst: 2 Bullfinches and a Sparrowhawk at Baltasound. Snow Bunting at Uyeasound, Iceland Gull, Goldcrest, Dunnock and Chiffchaff at Belmont.

North Mainland: Jackdaw at Isleburgh. Common Sandpiper at Eela Water.

Fetlar: 3 Wood Pigeons and a Linnet at Aithbank.

Sunday 29th April 2012

South Mainland: White-tailed Eagle flew north over Fitful Head, Skelberry and Wester Quarff between 17:15 and 18:45 (previously seen flying north over Fair Isle). Wryneck at Fladdabister and 2 Siskins at Ocraquoy. 2 Ring Ouzels at Sumburgh Hotel. Long-eared Owl at Virkie. Iceland Gull at Spiggie, Iceland Gull at Garths Ness, sinensis Cormorant, Pochard, 2 Shovelers and a Swallow at Hillwell. 4 Pink-footed Geese at Fleck. 3 Bramblings, 2 Siskins, 3 Robins, 2 Chaffinches and a Chiffchaff at Cunningsburgh.

Siskin at Ocraquoy - George Petrie; Swallow at Hillwell and Meadow Pipit at Clumlie - Jim Wood; Siskins at Cunningsburgh - Robin Gosden; Blackcap at Toab and Mallard at Boddam - Donald Robertson; sinensis Cormorant at Hillwell - Roger Riddington

Whalsay: Wryneck at Hamister.

Unst: 2 Arctic Skuas, Long-eared Owl, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs and 6 Robins at Norwick. Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 3 Robins and 3 Siskins at Burrafirth. Long-eared Owl, several Robins, Chiffchaff, 3 Siskins, 3 Bramblings, Dunnock, 4 Redwings and 12 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Rook, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap at Haroldswick. Dunnock at Baliasta. Carrion Crow at Quoys.

Carrion Crow at Quoys - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: 3 Iceland Gulls at Linganess, South Nesting. 2 Siskins at The Sletts, Lerwick. 2 Common Terns at Oligarth, Whiteness.

Yell: Common Scoter at Gutcher.

Common Scoter at Gutcher - Jim Nangle

West Mainland: Common Tern at Norby.

Burra: Swallow on Trondra.

Bressay: 2 Robins at Voehead.

Saturday 28th April 2012

South Mainland: light phase Booted Eagle south over Boddam at 10:00. 2 Ring Ouzels, 60 Robins, 5 Dunnocks, 3 Chiffchaffs, a Swallow and a Song Thrush at Sumburgh/Grutness, 4 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 2 Goldcrests and a Brambling at Quendale, Willow Warbler singing at Exnaboe. 2 Jackdaws, 4 Chiffchaffs and a Rook at Virkie. Long-eared Owl, Song Thrush, 2 Robins, 6 Chiffchaff, Siskin and Common Redpoll at Ocraquoy. Pink-footed Goose at Ringasta. 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Robins at Scousburgh. Chiffchaff at Cunningsburgh. Sparrowhawk at Gulberwick. 9 Chiffchaffs, 10 Robins, Dunnock and 2 Siskins at Hoswick.

Ring Ouzel at Grutness - Gary Bell (3 photos), Roger Riddington (3 photos), Charles Gifford (1 photo)

Goldcrest at Quendale, Skylark at Sumburgh and Red-throated Diver at Grutness - Jim Wood; Grey Heron at Spiggie and Robin at Grutness - Charles Gifford; Puffin at Sumburgh Head - Donald Robertson

Central Mainland: White-billed Diver (in full summer plumage) at Kirkabister. 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests, 10 Robins and a Blackcap at Kergord. Hawfinch, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at North Road, Lerwick. 2 Bramblings at The Sletts, Lerwick. Slavonian Grebe and Dunnock at Girlsta.

Unst: drake Garganey, 2 Pintails and 6 Chaffinches at Haroldswick. Bullfinch at Baliasta. Short-eared Owl at Burrafirth. Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound. 2 Swallows, 6 Bramblings and 4 Siskins at Baltasound.

Short-eared Owl at Burrafirth - Rob Brookes

Yell: 2 Jackdaws and a Song Thrush at Sellafirth. 2 Chiffchaffs at Cullivoe. Dunnock, Blackcap, Brambling and Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Bressay: 3 Dunnocks, 2 Chaffinches, 2 Robins, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Friday 27th April 2012

South Mainland: Common Crane over Sumburgh Head at 10am. 2 Ring Ouzels at Grutness. 3 Hawfinches, 2 Pintails, 5 Bramblings, 2 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap at Cunningsburgh. 3 Jackdaws at Virkie. 2 Swallows, Pochard, Shoveler, Little Grebe and 2 Wood Pigeons at Hillwell, 2 Gadwall at Scatness. 4 Common Redpolls and a Sparrowhawk at Ocraquoy. Long-eared Owl at Geosetter.

Hawfinch and Brambling at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Sparrowhawk and Common Redpoll at Ocraquoy - George Petrie; Common Redpoll at Ocraquoy - Jim Wood

Unst: Great Grey Shrike and Hen Harrier at Baltasound. Long-eared Owl and 8 Robins at Norwick. Reed Bunting and 8 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick.

Bressay: 2 Robins, 2 Dunnocks and 2 Chaffinches at Voehead.

Central Mainland: 2 Blackcaps at Upper Sound, Lerwick.

Blackcap at Lerwick - Gordon Carle

Thursday 26th April 2012

South Mainland: Hawfinch at Toab. 2 Ring Ouzels, Song Thrush, 2 Chiffchaffs, Dunnock and Brambling at Sumburgh Head. Hawfinch, Dunnock and Chaffinch at Cunningsburgh. 5 Bramblings at Virkie. Blackcap at Exnaboe.

Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh Head - Jim Wood; Chaffinch and Dunnock at Cunnigsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Unst: 2 Long-eared Owls, Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaffs and Robin at Halligarth.

Fetlar: Yellowhammer at Baelans.

Yell: Ring Ouzel at Ulsta, Mistle Thrush at Otterswick.

Central Mainland: 2 Hawfinches, 3 Bramblings, 2 Dunnocks and 3 Robins at Sandgarth, Voe.

Bressay: Dunnock, 2 Chaffinches and Robin at Voehead.

Wednesday 25th April 2012

Unst: 2 Ring Ouzels, 14 Bramblings, 30 Fieldfares, 9 Redwings, 6 Robins and a Song Thrush at Burrafirth, Snow Bunting at Lamba Ness, 2 Swallows, Song Thrush, 4 Robins and 2 Chiffchaffs at Baltasound, Long-eared Owl, 3 Sparrowhawks, 5 Robins and 4 Chiffchaffs at Norwick, 2 Reed Buntings, 10 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Robin and Swallow at Haroldswick, 2 Robins and 3 Chiffchaffs at Skaw.

Snow Bunting at Lamba Ness and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes; Ring Ouzel at Burrafirth and Chiffchaff at Baltasound - Jim Nangle

Burra: Osprey at Kettla Ness this morning.

Central Mainland: 3 Hawfinches, 4 Robins, 2 Moorhens, Dunnock, Common Redpoll and a flock of Bramblings at Sandgarth, Voe. Ring Ouzel at Dale Golf Course, Lerwick.15 Bramblings, Siskin, Chaffinch and 8 Chiffchaffs at Helendale, Lerwick. 12 Wood Pigeons at Sound, Lerwick.

Hawfinch at Sandgarth - Tony Gerrard; Red-throated Diver at Lerwick - Jim Nicoolson

South Mainland: 2 Long-eared Owls, Brambling, 3 Dunnocks, 3 Chaffinches and 2 Robins at Cunningsburgh, Black Redstart and 2 Dunnocks at Sumburgh Head, Common Tern at Virkie, 5 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap and Goldcrest at Quendale.

Chiffchaff at Quendale - Jim Wood

Yell: 6 Bramblings at Cullivoe, Blackcap, Dunnock and Chiffchaff at Gutcher, 3 Fieldfares at Gloup.

Bressay: Dunnock, 2 Chaffinches and Robin at Voehead.

Tuesday 24th April 2012

Unst: Ring Ouzel, 4 Bramblings and 40 Fieldfares at Burrafirth, Ring Ouzel and Sparrowhawk at Baltasound, Glaucous Gull and Chiffchaff at Uyeasound, 3 Sparrowhawks, 3 Robins and 3 Chiffchaffs at Norwick, Sparrowhawk at Haroldswick.

Out Skerries: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Moorhen, Whimbrel, Common Redstart, 3 White Wagtails, 32 Robins, 8 Chiffchaffs, Ring Ouzel, 3 Redwings and 2 Dunnocks.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Helendale, Lerwick. Kestrel at Brae. Coot at Loch of Tingwall.

Bressay: Great Grey Shrike, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Brambling, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff and 3 Robins at Voehead.

South Mainland: Common Redstart, Brambling, 2 Chaffinches, Siskin and Collared Dove at Toab. Hen Harrier at Levenwick. 2 Blackcaps, 2 Dunnocks and a Chiffchaff at Sumburgh Head, 3 Chiffchaffs at Quendale. 2 Bramblings, 3 Robins and 2 Chiffchaffs at Ocraquoy. Reed Bunting, 5 Robins, 5 Chiffchaffs and a Chaffinch at Cunningsburgh.

Brambling at Ocraquoy - George Petrie; Robin at Quendale - Jim Wood

Fetlar: Hen Harrier.

North Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Eshaness.

Yell: Black Redstart at Burravoe, 6 Bramblings and a Chiffchaff at Cullivoe.

Monday 23rd April 2012

Unst: Great Grey Shrike, 10 Ring Ouzels, 2 Long-eared Owls, 5 Chiffchaffs, 21 Bramblings, 3 Siskins, Sparrowhawk and Blackcap at Baltasound. Marsh Harrier, Short-eared Owl, Reed Bunting and 5 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. Sparrowhawk, 14 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings at Burrafirth, Goldcrest at Mid Djubidale.

Long-eared Owl and Ring Ouzel at Baltasound - Rob Brookes; Ring Ouzel at Baltasound - Mike Smith

Whalsay: 2 Great Grey Shrikes, Green Sandpiper and Sparrowhawk at Skaw. Common Buzzard at Whitefield. Sparrowhawk at Hamister.

South Mainland: Great Grey Shrike at Noness. 2 Long-eared Owls, 4 Bramblings, 3 Chaffinches, Dunnock and Robin at Cunningsburgh. Sandwich Tern at Grutness. Common Redstart, Dunnock, 5 Chiffchaffs and 10 Robins at Toab, Common Tern, 7 Robins, 2 Blackcaps and a Chiffchaff at Virkie, Little Grebe at Hillwell, 3 Chiffchaffs and a Dunnock at Quendale. 2 Swallows at Sandwick.

Long-eared Owl at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Chiffchaff at Quendale and Skylark at Sumburgh - Jim Wood

North Mainland: Snow Bunting and 2 Lapland Buntings at Eshaness.

Yell: Lapland Bunting, 6 Bramblings, Song Thrush, 2 Robins and 3 Chiffchaffs at Cullivoe. Green Sandpiper and 3 Redwings at Gutcher. 5 Redwings and a Chiffchaff at Sellafirth.

Central Mainland: 3 Hawfinches, 12 Bramblings, 10 Robins and a Moorhen at Sandgarth, Voe. 2 Iceland Gulls at Loch of Clickimin. Brambling and Dunnock at North Road, Lerwick. 4 Bramblings and 2 Chaffinches at Helendale.

Collared Dove at Lerwick - Charles Gifford

West Mainland: 2 Pheasants, Song Thrush and 4 Robins at Mid Walls.

Bressay: Chiffchaff, Brambling, Dunnock and 2 Robins at Voehead.

Sunday 22nd April 2012

South Mainland: Common Crane south over Cunningsburgh at 1&:20, also a Swallow there. 212 Robins, Mistle Thrush, 4 Ring Ouzels, 16 Song Thrushes, 12 Chiffchaffs, 8 Dunnocks, Common Redstart, Whimbrel, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Fieldfare and 5 Redwings at Sumburgh/Grutness. Great Grey Shrike, 20 Robins, 4 Chiffchaffs, Redwing, Linnet and 2 Chaffinches at Scousburgh. Hawfinch, 2 Swallows, 28 Robins, 2 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs (including a Dutch-ringed bird), Goldcrest and 2 Dunnocks at Virkie. Hawfinch, 14 Robins, 7 Chiffchaffs and 2 Dunnocks at Toab. 7 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bramblings, 1 Blackcap and 1 Dunnock at Quendale. 30 Robins, 2 Dunnocks and 2 Song Thrushes at Exnaboe. 3 Chiffchaffs at Scatness. Iceland Gull, 2 Shovelers and a Little Grebe at Spiggie. Hen Harrier at Fladdabister. Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Brambling at Ocraquoy. 2 Long-eared Owls, 1 Dunnock, 15 Chiffchaffs, 2 Song Thrushes and 11 Robins at Hoswick. at Hoswick. 9 Robins, 4 Song Thrushes, 3 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest at Swinister, Sandwick. 12 Robins and 4 Chiffchaffs at Setter, Sandwick.

Hawfinch at Virkie and Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh - Roger Riddington; Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Quendale - Jim Wood; Chiffchaff at Ocraquoy - George Petrie

Central Mainland: Great Grey Shrike at Vidlin. 2 Hawfinches at Veensgarth.

Hawfinch at Veensgarth - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay: Great Grey Shrike at Skaw.

Unst: drake Garganey, Reed Bunting and 8 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick, Osprey at Loch of Brecksie. Ring Ouzel, Shoveler, 8 Bramblings, 3 Siskins, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Blackcap at Baltasound. Glaucous Gull, 8 Bramblings, Chiffchaff and Ring Ouzel at Burrafirth.

Garganey at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Yell: Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, 7 Chiffchaffs, Fieldfare, Redwing, Blackcap, Chaffinch and Siskin at Gutcher. 8 Bramblings, Chiffchaff, 5 Robins, 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Fieldfares at Cullivoe. 6 Chiffchaffs at Sellafirth.

Siskin at Gutcher - Andy Gear; Brambling at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

North Mainland: 28 Bramblings at Ollaberry.

Fetlar: Pied Flycatcher, Long-eared Owl, 14 Chiffchaffs and 2 Wood Pigeons at Tresta, Long-eared Owl at Aith, Ring Ouzel at Funzie.

Pied Flycatcher at Tresta, Fetlar - Andy Cook

Central Mainland: Chiffchaff, 2 Bramblings and a Chaffinch at North Road, Lerwick. Small flock of Bramblings at Brae.

Bressay: 4 Robins, 2 Chiffchaffs, Dunnock, Chaffinch, Brambling and Goldcrest at Voehead.

Saturday 21st April 2012

South Mainland: Great Grey Shrike, numerous Robins, 3 Dunnocks, 2 Ring Ouzels, Black Redstart, 10 Siskins, Song Thrush and Chiffchaff at Sumburgh. 3 Ring Ouzels, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Iceland Gulls, Willow Warbler, 5 White Wagtails, 11 Chiffchaffs, 57 Robins, 8 Song Thrushes, 2 Fieldfares, Reed Bunting, Long-tailed Duck, Shoveler, Dunnock, Whimbrel and 2 Wood Pigeons at Scatness. Stonechat, Brambling, 8 Robins, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. 28 Robins, 10 Song Thrushes, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Chaffinches and a Goldcrest at Exnaboe. Common Redstart, Goldcrest, Dunnock, 20 Robins, 10 Chiffchaffs and an Iceland Gull at Toab. Marsh Harrier, 40 Robins, 18 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Dunnock and 2 Iceland Gulls at Quendale. 2 Shovelers and Iceland Gull at Spiggie. Long-eared Owl, Redwing, 10 Robins, 5 Chiffchaffs, Dunnock, 3 Chaffinches, Linnet and Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh.

Dunnock at Sumburgh - Jim Wood; Common Redstart at Toab and Stonechat at Virkie - Rob Fray; Ring Ouzels at Scatness - Steve Minton

58 Robins and 6 Chiffchaffs on Mousa. Long-eared Owl, 3 Chaffinches, a Dunnock and a Brambling at Cunningsburgh. Long-eared Owl, Song Thrush, 8 Bramblings, Siskin, Chiffchaff and 5 Robins at Ocraquoy. Wryneck at Hoswick beach. Grasshopper Warbler, 4 Chiffchaffs, several Robins, Blackcap and 3 Song Thrushes at Swinister Burn. Chiffchaff, Dunnock and 6 Robins at Setter, Sandwick. Wryneck at Wester Quarff.


Robin at Sumburgh and Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin and Brambling at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson;

Central Mainland: 3 Hawfinches, 2 Chiffchaffs and a Goldcrest at Sandgarth. Hawfinch, 12 Robins, 10 Song Thrushes and a  Dunnock at Voe. Garganey at Loch of Trondavoe. 10 Song Thrushes, Fieldfare, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps around Vidlin. Kestrel and 10 Bramblings at Brae. Common Scoter at Dales Voe, Delting. Hawfinch at Veensgarth. 2 Chaffinches at Upper Sound, Lerwick. Dunnock, Chaffinch and 4 Bramblings at North Road, Lerwick. 2 Hawfinches at Scalloway.

West Mainland: 9 Robins, 2 Pied Wagtails, 2 Chaffinches, 3 Song Thrushes, a Common Redpoll and Brambling around Sandness.  Wryneck, 23 Robins, 3 Song Thrushes, a Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest at Dale of Walls.

Wryneck at Dale of Walls - Rory Tallack

Whalsay: 2 Great Grey Shrikes and a Swallow at Skaw. Long-eared Owl at Symbister.

North Mainland: 30 Bramblings, 7 Common Redpolls and 2 Song Thrushes at Sullom.

Unst: Hawfinch, Shoveler, Sparrowhawk, 6 Chiffchaffs, 8 Robins, 4 Swallows, Dunnock, 14 Bramblings and 4 Siskins at Baltasound. 3 Swallows, 2 Reed Buntings and 8 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. Green Sandpiper at Lamba Ness. Sparrowhawk, 20 Robins, Blackcap. 4 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Common Redpoll and 18 Bramblings at Norwick. Kestrel at Watlee. 7 Chiffchaffs, 8 Robins and Iceland Gull at Uyeasound. 6 Ring Ouzels, Black Redstart, Willow Warbler, 2 Song Thrushes, 4 Robins, 12 Bramblings and a Chiffchaff at Hermaness.

Brambling at Baltasound, Chiffchaff at Haroldswick and Robins at Norwick - Mike Pennington

Yell: 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Robins, Blackcap, 3 Chaffinches and 12 Bramblings at Cullivoe. 2 Song Thrushes, Reed Bunting, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Siskin, Chaffinch and Robin at Gutcher. Short-eared Owl at West Yell.

Robin and Blackcap at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Out Skerries: 86 Robins, Pied Wagtail, Reed Bunting, Sparrowhawk, 4 Dunnocks, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Song Thrushes, 32 Redwings, 12 Chiffchaffs and 16 Bramblings.

Bressay: Wryneck, Chiffchaff, 4 Robins, 2 Song Thrushes and a Dunnock at Voehead.

Burra: Velvet Scoter at Bridge End. Mistle Thrush on Trondra.

Friday 20th April 2012

South Mainland: 160 Robins, 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Song Thrushes, a DunnockLesser Redpoll, Chaffinch, 8 Siskins and 3 Chiffchaffs at Sumburgh. Pied Flycatcher, 5 Chiffchaffs, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Black Redstart, Great Grey Shrike and Short-eared Owl at Scatness. 4 Bramblings, Ring Ouzel, 10 Robins and 3 Chiffchaffs at Cunningsburgh. Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh.


Brambling at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Lesser Redpoll and Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh - George Petrie; Black Redstart and Great Grey Shrike at Scatness- Steve Minton; Song Thrush at Scatness - Jim Wood

Lesser Redpoll at Sumburgh Head - Roger Riddington

Central Mainland 2 Gadwall at Ness of Sound.

Unst Hawfinch at Norwick, Ring Ouzels at Skaw and Norwick and totals in N Unst of 2 Sparrowhawks, Iceland Gull, Long-eared Owl, 4 Swallows, 2 Goldcrests, 23 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 7 Dunnocks, 48 Robins, 35 Bramblings, 9 Chaffinches and a Reed Bunting.

Goldcrest at Skaw, Unst - Mike Pennington

Fetlar 100 Robins, Moorhen, Black-tailed Godwit, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove,7 White Wagtails, 2 Dunnocks, 6 Ring Ouzels, 44 Fieldfares, 7 Song Thrushes, 15 Redwings, Blackcap, 22 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and Carrion Crow.

Ring Ouzels on Fetlar - Andy Cool

Yell 4 Lapland Buntings, 4 Song Thrushes, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Robins, 3 Bramblings, 2 Chaffinches, Dunnock and 40 Golden Plovers at Cullivoe. Brambling and 6 Song Thrushes at Gloup.

Song Thrushes at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Bressay 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Robins, 2 Song Thrushes, Chaffinch and Blackcap around Voehead and Cruester.

Thursday 19th April 2012

South Mainland: Great Grey Shrike still at Wester Quarff. Ring Ouzel, Black Redstart, Goldcrest, 33 Robins, 3 Chiffchaffs, Dunnock and 11 Siskins at Sumburgh/Grutness. Green Sandpiper at Toab. 6 Bramblings and 2 Chiffchaffs at Quendale. 2 Iceland Gulls, 2 Whimbrel, Robin, 3 Goldcrests, Blackcap, 5 Fieldfares and 2 Chiffchaffs at Scatness. 3 Iceland Gulls and a Shoveler at Hillwell, 2 Iceland Gulls, 2 Little Grebes and a sinensis Cormorant at Spiggie. Goldcrest and Robin at Geosetter.

Mallard ducklings at Sandwick, Puffin at Sumburgh and Mallards at Grutness - Jim Nicolson; Puffin and Goldcrest at Sumburgh - George Petrie; Lapwing at Spiggie - Charles Gifford


Robin, Chiffchaff and Wheatear at Sumburgh and Meadow Pipit at Spiggie - Jim Wood; Robin at Scatness - Ronnie Robertson; dead Ring Ouzel at Sandwick - Juan Brown

Unst: 2 Ring Ouzels, 3 Redwings and 4 Wheatears at Hermaness, Black Redstart, Willow Warbler, 5 Bramblings and Goldcrest at Burrafirth, 30 Barnacle Geese and a Song Thrush at Lamba Ness, 2 Swallows, 2 Long-eared Owls, Woodcock, 8 Bramblings, 4 Chaffinches, 10 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps, 7 Robins, 2 Linnets, 7 Redwings and a Moorhen at Norwick, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 4 Chiffchaffs, 13 Wood Pigeons and 6 Robins at Baltasound, Green Sandpiper, Sparrowhawk, 2 Chiffchaffs and Robin at Haroldswick, 2 Chiffchaffs, Brambling, 3 White Wagtails, Iceland Gull, Kestrel, 3 Redwings, 2 Wheatears and 6 Robins at Skaw.

Chiffchaff at Norwick - Jim Nangle; Barnacle Geese at lamba Ness, Brambling at Skaw and Willow Warbler at Burrafirth - Rob Brookes

Central Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Firth.

Long-eared Owl at Firth - Kevin Ward

West Mainland: 4 Bramblings, 4 Wheatears and a Robin at Sand.

Papa Stour: 2 Bramblings.

Brambling and Robin on Papa Stour - Naomi Scott

Bressay: 11 Robins, Song Thrush, 2 White Wagtails, 2 Wheatears and 5 Chiffchaffs on Noss.

Yell: 2 Bramblings, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and Robin at Cullivoe.

Wednesday 18th April 2012

Whalsay: Long-eared Owl at Brough. 15 Chiffchaffs, 1 Bullfinch, 1 Yellowhammer, 1 Brambling, 3 Siskins, 1 Swallow and 1 Goldcrest at Skaw. 2 Ring Ouzels at Hamister. Peregrine at Vatshoull. 7 Robins, 1 Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest at Isbister. Goldcrest at North Park. 3 Chiffchaffs at Sodom, 2 Chiffchaffs at Skibberhoull and 2 Chiffchaffs at Symbister.

Bullfinch at Skaw, Whalsay - John Lowrie Irvine

South Mainland: Great Grey Shrike at Wester Quarff, along with 2 Chaffinches, a Brambling, a Chiffchaff and a Goldcrest. Hawfinch at Maywick. Green Sandpiper at Fladdabister. 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Brambling and Robin at Quendale. Reed Bunting, Willow Warbler, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff at Virkie. Black Redstart, 11 Robins, Wood Pigeon, 2 Goldcrests, 2 White Wagtails, Wheatear and Song Thrush at Sumburgh/Grutness. Long-eared Owl, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Robin, 2 Fieldfares and a Song Thrush at Scatness. Green Sandpiper at Toab. 2 Shoveler and a Little Grebe at Spiggie. Kestrel at Fleck. Chaffinch and Robin at Sandwick. 2 Siskins, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff at Scousburgh.

Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Fieldfare at Quendale - Jim Wood; Chaffinch at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson; White Wagtails and Goldcrest at Sumburgh - Roger Riddington; Long-eared Owl at Scatness - Ronnie Robertson

Fetlar: 8 Bramblings, Robin, Chiffchaff and Wheatear at Tresta, 2 Robins at Funzie.

Brambling at Tresta and White Wagtail at Funzie, Fetlar - Andy Cook

Unst: Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness, Song Thrush and 5 Robins at Norwick, 4 Wood Pigeons, 7 Jackdaws and a Rook at Baltasound. 47 Fieldfares, 22 Redwings, 6 Song Thrushes, 2 Robins and a Goldcrest at Hermaness.

Papa Stour: Brambling.

Central Mainland: Arctic Skua at Toft.

Tuesday 17th April 2012

Unst: Ring Ouzel at Snarravoe, Iceland Gull at Norwick, Sparrowhawk at Baltasound.

Whalsay: Great Grey Shrike at the Booth.

Fetlar: Long-eared Owl and Chiffchaff at Tresta.

Chiffchaff at Tresta, Fetlar - Andy Cook

South Mainland: Chiffchaff at Scatness. 3 Iceland Gulls and 5 Shovelers at Hillwell, 3 Iceland Gulls at Garths Ness, Iceland Gull at Quendale. Snow Bunting, Wheatear and 2 Robins at Sumburgh Head.

Twite at Sumburgh Head - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: 1 Iceland Gull in Lerwick at the Fish Market (no counts from the Catch today). Hen Harrier at Laxo. 10 Siskins at Frakkafield.

Yell: Glaucous Gull, Brambling and Chaffinch at Cullivoe.

Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

West Mainland: 2 Bramblings at Eshaness.

Monday 16th April 2012

Fetlar: 2 Long-eared Owls and 5 Wheatears at Tresta.

South Mainland: 2 Sparrowhawks at Sumburgh Head. Sparrowhawk at Exnaboe. Sparrowhawk at Scatness. 2 Pintails at Hillwell. Wheatear at Sandwick.

Great Northern Diver at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood

Unst: 7 Jackdaws at Baltasound.

West Mainland: 3 Wood Pigeons at Sand.

Red-throated Diver at Eshaness - Jim Nicolson

Sunday 15th April 2012

South Mainland: 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shovelers and a Slavonian Grebe at Spiggie, Slavonian Grebe at Brow Loch, 2 Pintail and an Iceland Gull at Hillwell. Wheatear at Sumburgh Head.

Golden Plovers at Fleck and Guillemots at Sumburgh Head - George Petrie; Red-throated Diver at Grutness and Rock Pipit at Boddam - Jim Wood

Unst: Sparrowhawk at Baltasound, Goosander at Belmont.

West Mainland: Iceland Gull at Aith.

Saturday 14th April 2012

Yell: Brambling at Cullivoe. Wheatear at Ulsta.

South Mainland: Sparrowhawk at Spiggie.

Meadow Pipit at Clumlie - Jim Wood

Out Skerries: Chiffchaff.

Friday 13th April 2012

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Clumlie.

Central Mainland: 2 Gadwalls and 3 Wood Pigeons at Loch of Clickimin.

Tufted Ducks at Loch of Clickimin - Charles Gifford

Central Mainland: 2 drake Mandarins (both with green leg-rings) at Sullom.

Thursday 12th April 2012

South Mainland: Dunnock at Cunningsburgh.

Red-throated Diver at Tingwall - Jim Nicolson

Yell: Brambling at Cullivoe, Chaffinch at Gutcher.

Brambling at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle; Chaffinch at Gutcher - Andy Gear

Wednesday 11th April 2012

Unst: Iceland Gull at Norwick, Arctic Skua at Uyeasound.

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Sumburgh Hotel.

Great Skua at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson

Yell: Chaffinch at Gutcher.

Redwing at Whiteness - Davie Nicolson

Tuesday 10th April 2012

South Mainland: Black-throated Diver in Quendale Bay. Goldfinch at Sumburgh Head. 2 Ruff and 5 Iceland Gulls at Hillwell. Hen Harrier at Spiggie. Great Skua at Sandwick.

Great Northern Diver at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood (2 photos), Jim Nicolson (1 photo); Purple Sandpiper at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Fetlar: 3 Long-eared Owls and 2 Song Thrushes at Tresta, 27 Ringed Plovers, 44 Turnstones and a Redwing at Funzie.

Unst: Gadwall, Shoveler and 3 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound, Iceland Gull at Haroldswick, Wheatear at Lamba Ness, Wood Pigeon at Norwick.

Monday 9th April 2012

South Mainland: Black-throated Diver in Quendale Bay. Whimbrel at Compass Head. 5 Iceland Gulls (including one showing characteristics of Kumlien's) at Scatness.

Black-throated Diver in Quendale Bay - Roger Riddington; Linnet at Virkie - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: 2 Gadwall at Loch of Clickimin.

Gadwall at Loch of Clickimin - George Petrie

Fetlar: Snow Bunting at Everland.

Sunday 8th April 2012

Unst: 3 Iceland Gulls at Haroldswick, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a Little Grebe at Baltasound, blue Fulmar at Lamba Ness.

Yell: Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.

Iceland Gull at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Virkie.

Long-eared Owl at Virkie and Great Northern Diver at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood; Puffins at Sumburgh Head - Shona McLaren

Central Mainland: 2 Gadwall at Loch of Clickimin.

Saturday 7th April 2012

South Mainland: Black Kite over Virkie and then Clumlie/Troswick this morning. Hen Harrier, 2 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 3 Slavonian Grebes, 5 Moorhens and 5 Shelducks at Spiggie. 2 Shovelers and a Little Grebe at Hillwell, Slavonian Grebe at Brow Loch. 2 Velvet Scoters at West Voe of Sumburgh. Long-eared Owl at Virkie. Grey Heron at Cunningsburgh.

Fulmar and Wren at Boddam - John Moncrieff; Hooded Crow and Red-throated Diver at Grutness - Jim Wood

Wren at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Helendale, 2 Gadwall at Loch of Clickimin.

Purple Sandpiper at Lerwick - George Petrie

Unst: 2 Iceland Gulls at Haroldswick.

Fetlar: Wheatear at Hamars Ness.

Turnstone at Mid Yell - Charlie Inkster

Friday 6th April 2012

Bluemull Sound: White-billed Diver.

Central Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Helendale. 2 Gadwall and Glaucous Gull at Loch of Clickimin.

Tufted Duck at Loch of Clickimin - George Petrie

South Mainland: Wheatear at Boddam.

Black-headed Gull and Wheatear at Boddam - Jim Nicolson; Great Northern Diver at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood

Thursday 5th April 2012

Central Mainland: 20 Iceland Gulls at Shetland Catch, Lerwick. Long-eared Owl at Helendale. 2 Gadwall at Loch of Clickimin.

Yell: Glaucous Gull at Mid Yell. Hen Harrier at Otterswick.

Glaucous Gull

Glaucous Gull at Mid Yell - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick.

Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson

Bressay: 2 Chaffinches at Voehead.

Wednesday 4th April 2012

South Mainland: Greenland White-fronted Goose at Virkie. 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Sandwick.

Red-throated Diver Long-tailed Duck Long-tailed Duck White-fronted Goose Greylag Goose Meadow Pipit

Red-throated Diver and Long-tailed Duck at Grutness, White-fronted Goose at Virkie - Jim Wood; Greylag Goose at Bigton - Charles Gifford; Meadow Pipit at Ocraquoy - George Petrie

Yell: Great Skua at Burravoe.

Tuesday 3rd April 2012

South Mainland: Wheatear at Boddam. Greenland White-fronted Goose and Long-eared Owl at Virkie. Hen Harrier at Culsetter. 2 Velvet Scoters at West Voe of Sumburgh, Goldcrest at Scatness.

Wheatear Wheatear

Wheatear at Boddam - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Mute Swan on the sea at The Sletts.

Monday 2nd April 2012

West Mainland: Wheatear at Bridge of Walls.

Central Mainland: Rough-legged Buzzard still at Laxobigging. 13 Wood Pigeons at Scatsta. Long-eared Owl in Lerwick. Mute Swan on the sea at The Sletts.

Long-eared Owl

Long-eared Owl in Lerwick - Callum Anderson

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl and Iceland Gull at Virkie. Long-eared Owl at Ocraquoy.

Long-tailed Duck Long-tailed Duck

Long-tailed Duck at Grutness - Jim Wood

Sunday 1st April 2012

South Mainland: Chiffchaff at Scousburgh. Hen Harrier at Swinister, Sandwick. 7 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Spiggie, European White-fronted Goose at Culsetter, 2 Iceland Gulls, 4 Shovelers and 4 Coots at Hillwell. 2 Iceland Gulls at Exnaboe/Virkie. 12 Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie.

White-fronted Goose Golden Plover Golden Plover

Greenland White-fronted Goose at Spiggie - Roger Riddington; Golden Plovers at Fleck - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Helendale, Lerwick.

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