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March 2012 Bird Sightings

 

 

Saturday 31st March 2012

South Mainland: sinensis Cormorant, Great Crested Grebe, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 7 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Spiggie. 12 Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie. Bar-tailed Godwit at Sandwick.

Sinensis Cormorant Grey Heron Grey Heron White-fronted Geese Meadow Pipit Collared Dove Grey Heron

Sinensis Cormorant at Spiggie - Roger Riddington; Grey Heron and White-fronted Geese at Spiggie - Jim Wood; Meadow Pipit at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Collared Dove at Fladdabister - Wendy Howroyd; Grey Heron at Spiggie - Charles Gifford

Central Mainland: Greenfinch and Moorhen at Sandgarth, Voe. 2 Siskins and a Dunnock at North Road, Lerwick.

West Mainland: 2 Goosanders at Bridge of Walls.

Friday 30th March 2012

South Mainland: adult Iceland Gull showing characters of Kumlien's Gull at Boddam. Glaucous Gull at Scatness. 15 Greenland White-fronted Geese and an Iceland Gull at Spiggie. 2 Sanderlings at Pool of Virkie. The 2 Velvet Scoters still at West Voe of Sumburgh.8 Siskins at Ocraquoy.

Siskin at Ocraquoy - George Petrie; Greenland White-fronted Geese at Spiggie - Gary Bell

Central Mainland: 3 Siskins still at Sandgarth, Voe.

Hooded Crow at Lerwick - Charlie Inkster

Thursday 29th March 2012

South Mainland: 15 Greenland White-fronted Geese and a Slavonian Grebe Spiggie. Hen Harrier at Quendale. Pair of Shovelers at Hillwell. Barnacle Goose at  Ringasta.

Central Mainland: 4 Siskins and 2 Wood Pigeons at Lerwick.

Siskin at Lerwick - Jim Nicolson

North Mainland: Wood Pigeon at Collafirth.

Bressay: Chaffinch at Voehead.

Unst: Greenfinch at Baltasound.

Yell: Glaucous Gull at Mid Yell.

Wednesday 28th March 2012

South Mainland: 20 Siskins at Ocraquoy. Iceland Gull and Robin at Cunningsburgh. Short-eared Owl at Dalsetter. Pied Wagtail at Levenwick. Great Skua off Garths Ness. Iceland Gull at Virkie. Hen Harrier at Sandwick.

Siskins at Ocraquoy - George Petrie

Central Mainland: 40 Iceland Gulls the Shetland Catch, Lerwick. Hen Harrier at Stromfirth.

Unst: Greenfinch at Baltasound.

Greenfinch at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

Tuesday 27th March 2012

Unst: Sand Martin still at Haroldswick, along with Hen Harrier. Greenfinch at Baltasound. Song Thrush at Norwick.

Fetlar: steady trickle of Meadow Pipits in off; also a Jackdaw.

South Mainland: Chiffchaff and Hen Harrier at Maywick. Chiffchaff at Hestingott. Sparrowhawk and Long-eared Owl at Virkie.

 

Skylark at Clumlie and Long-tailed Duck at Grutness - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Greenfinch at Wethersta, Brae.

Greenfinch at Brae - Gabi Ratter; Skylark at Gott - George Petrie

Monday 26th March 2012

Unst: Sand Martin at Haroldswick (earliest ever for Shetland). 2 Iceland Gulls at Baltasound. 

Sand Martin and Mallard at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

South Mainland: Goldcrest at Fladdabister. Moorhen at Gulberwick. 2 Siskins at Ocraquoy. Bar-tailed Godwit at Sandwick.

Blackbird and Cormorant at Boddam - John Moncrieff; Long-tailed Ducks at West Voe of Sumburgh and Ringed Plover at Scousburgh - Jim Wood; Long-tailed Duck at Grutness and Mute Swan at Virkie - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: 3 Siskins at Sandgarth, Voe.

Sunday 25th March 2012

Unst: 6 Iceland Gulls, 2 Slavonian Grebes and a female Shoveler at Baltasound. Chaffinch and Wood Pigeon at Haroldswick. Glaucous Gull at Lund.

Fetlar: Hen Harrier near Stakkaberg and Moorhen at Funzie.

Yell: Glaucous Gull at Mid Yell.

South Mainland: Hen Harrier at Ringasta. 3 Iceland Gulls and 2 Shovelers at Hillwell. Iceland Gull at Garths Ness. Hen Harrier at Boddam. Puffin at Sumburgh Head.

Central Mainland: Great Tit at Asta. Water Rail in King Harald St, Lerwick.

Shag and Long-tailed Duck at Grutness - Jim Wood

Purple Sandpiper and Long-tailed Duck at Sandness - Charles Gifford

Saturday 24th March 2012

Unst: 12 Jackdaws, 6 Wood Pigeons, 2 Little Grebes and 2 Sparrowhawks at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: at least 40 Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick,

West Mainland: Chiffchaff still at Gairdins o' Sand.

Friday 23rd March 2012

Central Mainland: at least 40 Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick, including 3 Kumlien's. Pied Wagtail in Lerwick. Hen Harrier at Laxobigging.

Pied Wagtail and Purple Sandpiper at Lerwick - Charles Inkster; Tufted Duck at Clickimin - Jim Nicolson

South Mainland: Greenfinch at Cunningsburgh.

Greenfinch at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay: Pied Wagtail and the long-staying Kumlien`s Iceland Gull at Hamister. 18 Iceland Gulls around Symbister. 9 Common Scoters off Vatshoull.

Pied Wagtail on Whalsay - John Laurie Irvine

Yell: Collared Dove at Gutcher.

Grey Heron and Mute Swan at Walls - Charles Gifford

Thursday 22nd March 2012

Central Mainland: Hen Harrier at Laxobigging.

Bressay: Common Buzzard and 3 Song Thrushes on Noss.

Unst: Reed Bunting still at Haroldswick. At least 12 Jackdaws at Ordaal, Baltasound.

Fetlar: Glaucous Gull at Bay of Funzie.

Long-tailed Ducks and Purple Sandpiper at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood; Teal at Boddam and Tufted Ducks at Scatness - Charles Gifford

Wednesday 21st March 2012

Central Mainland: Rough-legged Buzzard still at Laxobigging. Hen Harrier at Sandgarth.

Yell: Glaucous Gull at Mid Yell.

Burra: Siskin on Trondra.

Fetlar: 3 Iceland Gulls at Bay of Funzie.

Tuesday 20th March 2012

South Mainland: Hen Harrier at Quendale.

Redwing at Quendale - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Goosander at Dales Voe, Delting.

Bressay: Water Rail at Voehead.

Monday 19th March 2012

Central Mainland: at least 30 Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick, including 2 Kumlien's. 4 Long-eared Owls at Helendale.

North Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Collafirth.

Sunday 18th March 2012

South Mainland: Ruff still at Hillwell along with Iceland Gull. Sanderling at Grutness. Scaup at Brow. Long-eared Owl at Ocraquoy.

Red-throated Divers and Sanderling at Grutness - Jim Wood; Ruff at Hillwell - Roger Riddington; Turnstone at Sandwick and Lapwing at Spiggie - George Petrie

Central Mainland: Great Tit at Sandgarth, Voe.

Fetlar: 4 Glaucous Gulls, 2 Iceland Gulls and 28 Fieldfares at Funzie.

Unst: 75 Golden Plovers and 50 Fieldfares at Uyeasound. Iceland Gull at Wseting.

Saturday 17th March 2012

Central Mainland: at least 50 Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick. 100 Jackdaws at Scalloway. Pied Wagtail at Girlsta.

Jackdaws at Scalloway - George Petrie; Iceland Gulls in Lerwick - Roger Riddington

South Mainland: Hen Harrier at Clumlie. Ruff at Hillwell.

Ruff at Hillwell, Long-tailed Duck at Grutness and Purple Sandpiper at West Voe of Sumburgh - Jim Wood

Unst: 2 Tundra Bean Geese, 32 European White-fronted Geese, 6 Slavonian Grebes, Sparrowhawk, 2 Iceland Gulls, 2 Carrion Crows  and 26 Jackdaws at Baltasound, 11 Jackdaws at Haroldswick.

Iceland Gull and Bean Geese at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

Fetlar: 4 Long-eared Owls on the island and a flock of 33 Ringed Plovers at Loch of Funzie.

Bressay: Dunnock at Voehead.

Papa Stour: Velvet Scoter still present.

Whalsay: 9 Common Scoters and Siskin at Vatshoull.

Friday 16th March 2012

South Mainland Long-eared Owl at Virkie.

West Mainland male Sparrowhawk and blue Fulmar at Sandsound. Sparrowhawk at Norby.

Central Mainland Song Thrush at Laxobigging.

Shag in Lerwick - George Petrie; Iceland Gulls at Lerwick - JIm Wood

Fetlar Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull at Funzie.

Bressay 2 Iceland Gulls at Voehead.

Thursday 15th March 2012

South Mainland Hen Harrier at Levenwick. 2 Velvet Scoters still at West Voe of Sumburgh. Long-eared Owl at Virkie. 2 Gadwall and a Pintail at Scatness. Wood Pigeon at Quendale. Iceland Gulls at Fleck, Hillwell, Garths Ness and Exnaboe.

Shelduck and Wigeon at Spiggie - George Petrie

Central Mainland 2 Long-eared Owls at Helendale.

Red Grouse at Tingwall - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay Siskin, Carrion Crow and about 30 Iceland Gulls including the long-staying adult Kumlein's.

Unst Reed Bunting still at Haroldswick, 12 Jackdaws at Baltasound and Song Thrush at Uyeasound.

Wednesday 14th March 2012

Central Mainland 35 Jackdaws and Pink-footed Goose at Tingwall, 65 Jackdaws and 4 Iceland Gulls at Scalloway. Hen Harrier south of Black Gaet,

West Mainland male Sparrowhawk at Weisdale.

Fetlar Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull at Funzie.

Tuesday 13th March 2012

Central Mainland Rough-legged Buzzard still at Laxobigging.

West Mainland Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Robins and 6 Redwings at Gairdins o' Sand. 3 Long-eared Owls at Skeld.

Unst 15 Jackdaws and 3 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Baltasound.

Fetlar Iceland Gull and 8 Black-headed Gulls at Loch of Funzie.

Monday 12th March 2012

Whalsay Adult Kumlien`s Iceland Gull and 3 Iceland Gulls around Hamister and North Voe and 11 Iceland Gulls at Sandwick loch. European White-fronted Goose at Challister, 5 Common Scoters at Vatshoull. Merlin at Skaw.

Iceland Gull on Whalsay - John Lowrie Irvine

South Mainland Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick.

Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick - George Petrie; Teal and Balck-headed Gull at Boddam and Merlin at Clumlie - Jim Nicolson

Fetlar Iceland Gull at Bay of Funzie.

Yell male Pintail at Hamnavoe.

Sunday 11th March 2012

Unst Taiga Bean Goose at Westing, Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Belmont, 8 European White-fronted Geese at Uyeasound, at least 25 European White-fronted Geese at Baltasound and Reed Bunting and Iceland Gull at Haroldswick.

Central Mainland At least 50 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick. Hen Harrier at Brig o' Fitch.

Goldeneye at Tingwall - George Petrie

South Mainland 2 Carrion Crows at Rerwick.

Shag at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson

West Mainland Long-eared Owl found injured near Skeld.

Bressay Dunnock at Voehead.

Photos of Oystercatchers eating sandeels on Papa Stour (described as 'exceptional' in BWP) here and here (for some reason they would not upload to the website).

Saturday 10th March 2012

South Mainland 2 Velvet Scoters still at West Voe Sumburgh. Pintail still at Scatness.

Central Mainland At least 50 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick.

Red-breasted Mergansers at Scalloway - Jim Nicolson

Unst 33 European White-fronted Geese at Baltasound. Reed Bunting still at Haroldswick.

Reed Bunting at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Friday 9th March 2012

Central Mainland Rough-legged Buzzard still at Laxobigging. At least 41 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick. 35 Jackdaws at Scalloway.

Jackdaw at Scalloway - George Petrie

South Mainland Sparrowhawk at Sandwick.

 

Ringed Plover and Teal at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Unst Moorhen, 7 Grey Herons and 2 Carrion Crows at Baltasound. 2 Iceland Gulls at Westing. Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gulls at Haroldswick..

Carrion Crow at Baltasound - Rob Brookes

Whalsay Common Buzzard at Vatshoull.

Thursday 8th March 2012

South Mainland 3 Long-eared Owls at Cunningsburgh.

Whalsay 22 Iceland Gulls at Symbister and 12 at Sandwick loch. The adult Kumlien`s Iceland Gull and 2 Pied Wagtails at Hamister.

Unst Moorhen and 15 Jackdaws at Baltasound. 2 Iceland Gulls and a Sparrowhawk at Westing.

Black-headed Gull at Westing - Rob Brookes

Yell Bar-tailed Godwit still at Cullivoe. 2 Jack Snipes at Loch of Littlester, Burravoe.

Bar-tailed Godwit at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Wednesday 7th March 2012

Central Mainland Rough-legged Buzzard still at Laxobigging. 60 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick. 2 Long-eared Owls at Helendale. Wood Pigeon at Frakkafield.

Wood Pigeon at Frakkafield - Angus Nicol

Tuesday 6th March 2012

Central Mainland 40 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick. Song Thrush and Dunnock at East Voe, Scalloway.

West Mainland Sparrowhawk at Sand.

South Mainland Water Rail at Grutness.

Monday 5th March 2012

Central Mainland Rough-legged Buzzard and 3 Bean Geese at Laxobigging.

South Mainland Tundra Bean Goose, Pink-footed Goose and 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese at Spiggie. 2 Velvet Scoters in West Voe of Sumburgh. 3 Song Thrushes at Virkie.

Unst Tundra Bean Goose at Westing. Reed Bunting and 5 European White-fronted Geese at Haroldswick. Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull and 500 Long-tailed Ducks at Belmont and 5 Iceland Gulls at Heogland.

Bean Goose at Westing - Jim Nangle

Yell Iceland Gull at Cullivoe. Glaucous Gull at Loch of Littlester, Burravoe. Song Thrush at Gutcher.

Whalsay 8 Common Scoters and 2 Whooper Swans at Vatshoull. 6 Iceland Gulls in North Voe with 1 at Brough.

West Mainland Chiffchaff at Da Gairdens, Sand.

Sunday 4th March 2012

South Mainland 2 Scaup, 5 Pintails, the Pintail x Mallard hybrid and an Iceland Gull at Scatness. European White-fronted Goose at Culsetter. 56 European White-fronted Geese and a Greenland White-fronted Goose, a Tundra Bean Goose, 7 Shelducks, 3 Slavonian Grebes, a Little Grebe and a Pochard at Spiggie. Female Pintail at Boddam. Little Grebe at Hillwell. 13 Bar-tailed Godwits and, 4 Shelducks at Virkie.

Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie and White-fronted Geese at Spiggie - Roger Riddington; Black Guillemot at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland Rough-legged Buzzard still at Laxobigging. About 33 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick including 3 showing characters of Kumlien's. 2 Long-eared Owls at Helendale. About 120 Jackdaws at Tingwall.

Unst Little Grebe, Slavonian Grebe, 2 Iceland Gulls, 26 Jackdaws and Carrion Crow at Baltasound. 2 Iceland Gulls and 22 Jackdaws at Haroldswick.

Jackdaw at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

Saturday 3rd March 2012

Unst: 5 Tundra Bean Geese, 25 European White-fronted Geese and 2 Iceland Gulls at Baltasound, 10 European White-fronted Geese at Norwick and Iceland Gull at Lamba Ness.

Bean Geese at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

Central Mainland: 40 Iceland Gulls at Shetland Catch in Lerwick.

Herring Gull and Grey Seal and Eiders at Lerwick - George Petrie

Friday 2nd March 2012

Unst: Rough-legged Buzzard at Hermaness, just north of the car park. Lesser Black-backed Gull at Baltasound.

South Mainland: Mistle Thrush and Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh.

Central Mainland: Water Rail at Lunning.

Water Rail at Lunning - Larry Dalziel and Jim Nicolson

Yell: 2 Jack Snipe at Loch of Littlester, Burravoe. Iceland Gull at Cullivoe and 4 Iceland Gulls at Wick of North Garth.

Thursday 1st March 2012

Central Mainland: 41 Iceland Gulls (including 5 Kumlien's) and 3 Glaucous Gulls at Shetland Catch in Lerwick. 3 Long-eared Owls at Helendale. 23 Grey Herons at Black Loch, Girlsta.

Long-eared Owl at Helendale - Jim Nicolson

South Mainland: 37 European White-fronted Geese still at Spiggie. 2 Pintails still at Boddam. Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh. Skylarks in song at Cunningsburgh, Virkie and Spiggie.

Curlew at Boddam - Charles Gifford

West Mainland: at least 25 Oystercatchers at Reawick.

Oystercatchers at Reawick - Julie Redpath

Yell: Glaucous Gull still at Loch of Littlester, Bar-tailed Godwit still at Cullivoe.

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