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May 2012 Bird Sightings

 

 

Thursday 31st May 2012

Yell: Black-headed Bunting still at Gloup.

Black-headed Bunting at Gloup - Jim Nangle

Fetlar: Temminck's Stint between Aith and Funzie this evening, but flew off south.

Unst: Short-toed Lark at Baltasound. 3 Goosanders at Uyeasound.

Goosanders and Dunlin at Uyeasound - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Vikrie. 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Scatness. 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Sumburgh. 2 Blackcaps at Quendale.

Short-eared Owl at Virkie, Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh and Arctic Skua at Clumlie - Jim Wood

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Yell: Black-headed Bunting still at Gloup.

Black-headed Bunting at Gloup - Larry Dalziel (2 photos), Jim Nicolson (1 photo)

South Mainland: Little Egret at Scatness. Wood Sandpiper at Hillwell. 2 Short-eared Owls at Virkie.

Little Egret at Scatness - Roger Riddington (one photo), Steve Minton (one photo); Short-eared Owl at Virkie - Roger Riddington; Arctic Skua at Clumlie - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Common Crane over Tingwall Airport this morning. Golden Oriole at Busta House, Brae.

Unst: Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl and Chiffchaff at Norwick.

Bressay: Bar-headed Goose at Uphouse and Common Swift on Noss.

Whooper Swans - Jim Nicolson

Tuesday 29th May 2012

Yell: Black-headed Bunting at Gloup.

Black-headed Bunting at Gloup - Jim Nangle (3 photos), Malcie Smith (1 photo)

South Mainland: female Subalpine Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Red-backed Shrike and Common Whitethroat at Quendale. 2 Lesser Redpolls, Siskin and Robin at Virkie. Short-eared Owl at Boddam. Spotted Flycatcher at Scatness. Short-eared Owl at Bigton.

Subalpine Warbler at Quendale - George Petrie; Marsh Warbler at Quendale, Sanderling at Grutness and Spotted Flycatcher at Scatness - Jim Wood; Oystercatchers at Quarff - Jim Nicolson; Short-eared Owl at Bigton - George Petrie; Sanderling at Grutness - Charles Gifford

Burra: Curlew Sandpiper at Banna Minn.

Central Mainland: Icterine Warbler at Scalloway.

Bressay: Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Monday 28th May 2012

South Mainland: White-billed Diver off Sumburgh Head from 19:00 to 20:00, but not afterwards; also Tree Sparrow, Common Redpoll, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a House Martin at Sumburgh Head. Marsh Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Wood Pigeons and 2 House Martins at Quendale. Red-backed Shrike at Virkie. Blackcap and 2 House Martins at Scatness.

Swallow and Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Golden Oriole at Kergord.

Unst: 2 Iceland Gulls at Burrafirth. Goosander at Uyeasound. Chiffchaff at Norwick.

Iceland Gulls at Burrafirth and Goosander at Uyeasound - Jim Nangle

Sunday 27th May 2012

South Mainland: Rustic Bunting still at Sumburgh Head along with Spotted Flycatcher. Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Wood Pigeon at Scatness. Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Virkie. 3 Red-backed Shrikes and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Quendale. Bluethroat, Marsh Warbler, Blackcap and Robin at Scousburgh. Icterine Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, and Garden Warbler at Geosetter. Spotted Flycatcher at Clumlie. Short-eared Owl near Channerwick. Icterine Warbler, Cuckoo and Golden Oriole at Quarff. Marsh Warbler, Robin, 7 Siskins and Lesser Whitethroat at Gulberwick. Red-backed Shrike near Fladdabister. Short-eared Owl at Toab.

Common Whitethroat at Scatness - Jim Nicolson; Common Whitethroat at Geosetter and Whooper Swan at Spiggie - Jim Wood

Arctic Skua, Greylag Geese goslings, Eider, Arctic Tern and Shag around Boddam - John Moncrieff

Unst: Red-backed Shrike and 3 House Martins at Skaw. Common Redpoll at Burrafirth. 2 Short-eared Owls, Chiffchaff and Kestrel at Norwick. 3 Wood Sandpipers, Red-backed Shrike and Hawfinch at Baltasound.

Short-eared owl at Norwick - Rob Brookes; Arctic Skuas at Burrafirth - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: Short-eared Owl and 3 Common Crossbills at Vidlin.

Yell: Tree Sparrow at Gutcher.

Fetlar: Icterine Warbler, Lesser Whiethroat, 12 House Martins and 8 Swallows.

Saturday 26th May 2012

South Mainland: Rustic Bunting near Spiggie Hotel at Scousburgh. Icterine Warbler at Geosetter. Garden Warbler at Ocraquoy. Chiffchaff at Fladdabister. Red-backed Shrike at Quarff.

Arctic Tern and Rock Pipit at Ocraquoy - George Petrie

Unst: Drake American Wigeon at Haroldswick along with Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap. Lapland Bunting on Hermaness. Hawfinch, Pied Flycatcher, Short-eared Owl and Glaucous Gull at Norwick Red-backed Shrike at Skaw and Sanderling at Lamba Ness. Red-backed Shrike 2 Barnacle Geese, Common Crossbill, Siskin and 3 Lesser Redpolls at Baltasound. Goosander and 2 Shovelers at Uyeasound. Spotted Flycatcher at Westing. 2 Snow Buntings on Valla Field. 33 Great Northern Divers off Muness.

Barnacle Geese at Baltasound - Jim Nangle

Yell: drake American Wigeon with female Wigeon sp. at Gutcher. Male Common Rosefinch and Tree Sparrow at Cullivoe.

Whalsay: Chiffchaff, Swift, Cuckoo and 2 Red-backed Shrikes at Skaw. Spotted Flycatcher and Reed Warbler at Creadyknowe.

Friday 25th May 2012

Unst: 2 Red-rumped Swallows at Skaw, along with 6 Swallows, Red-backed Shrike, Marsh Warbler, Willow Warbler and Lesser Whitethroat. Drake American Wigeon at Haroldswick along with 2 Reed Buntings, Garden Warbler and a Blackcap. Hawfinch, Pied Flycatcher and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Norwick. Red-backed Shrike and 9 Carrion Crows at Baltasound.

Red-rumped Swallow at Skaw and American Wigeon at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington; Marsh Warbler and Red-rumped Swallow at Skaw and American Wigeon at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes; American Wigeon at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Rustic Bunting still at Sumburgh Head. Garden Warbler at Toab. 2 Common Rosefinches at Scousburgh. Garden Warbler at Ocraquoy.

Central Mainland: Siskin at Mossbank. Red-backed Shrike at Sullom Voe.

Whalsay: Turtle Dove at Isbister.

Yell: male Common Rosefinch at Cullivoe.

Thursday 24th May 2012

South Mainland: Rustic Bunting and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Sumburgh Head. Red-backed Shrike, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Common Redpolls, 3 Siskins, House Martin and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Red-backed Shrike at Scatness. Spotted Flycatcher and Blackcap at Exnaboe. 2 Siskins and Blackcap at Toab. Spotted Flycatcher, Siskin and Swallow at Quendale. Red-backed Shrike at Scousburgh.

Rustic Bunting at Sumburgh Head - Jim Nicolson (2 photos) Roger Riddington (one photo); Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh Head - Charles Gifford

Yell: drake and presumed female American Wigeon at Gutcher. Spotted Flycatcher at Cullivoe.

Unst: drake American Wigeon at Haroldswick in morning and Baltasound late evening; also a Short-eared Owl and a Common Rosefinch at Baltasound. Hawfinch, Chiffchaff and 4 Carrion Crows at Norwick. Blackcap and Reed Bunting at Haroldswick.

Bressay: Red-backed Shrike and Icterine Warbler at Gorie. Icterine Warbler at Gardie House.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Whitethroat and 2 Swallows at Skaw. Red-backed Shrike at Vaivoe. 2 Red-backed Shrikes at Isbister. Grey-headed Wagtail, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Brough. Spotted Flycatcher and Lesser Whitethroat at Skibberhoull. Robin at Saltness.

Out Skerries: 2 Red-backed Shrikes, 5 Siskins, flava wagtail, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Swallow.

Central Mainland: Golden Oriole at Brae. Siskin at North Road, Lerwick.

Fetlar: Short-eared Owl and Robin at Everland.

Ringed Plover at Sandness and Wheatear at Walls - Charles Gifford

Wednesday 23rd May 2012

South Mainland: Avocet at Scatness, along with 2 Red-backed Shrikes, Icterine Warbler, Greenshank and 2 Spotted Flycatchers. Red-backed Shrike, Blackcap, Garden Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Quendale. Red-backed Shrike at Spiggie. 4 Spotted Flycatchers, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Virkie. Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redpoll at Sumburgh Hotel. Lesser Whitethroat at Grutness. Long-eared Owl and Spotted Flycatcher at Scousburgh. Spotted Flycatcher at Hoswick. Chiffchaff at Cunningsburgh.

Avocet at Scatness - Roger Riddington (2 photos), Jim Nicolson (2 photos), George Petrie (1 photo); Red-backed Shrike at Scatness - Jim Nicolson

Fetlar: drake Mandarin Duck at Funzie; also Red-backed Shrike, 2 Short-eared Owls, Reed Bunting, Snow Bunting, Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, 2 Collared Doves and 6 Wood Pigeons on the island, as well as unconfirmed reports of Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint.

Mandarin Duck on Fetlar - Andy Cook

Whalsay: Icterine Warbler, Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, Chiffchaff, Swallow, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Lesser Whitethroats at Skaw. 2 Red-backed Shrikes, Wood Pigeon and Spotted Flycatcher at Isbister. Spotted Flycatcher and Common Whitethroat at Sodom.

Unst: Red-backed Shrike, 3 Blackcaps, Kestrel, Willow Warbler, Common Rosefinch and 3-4 Common Crossbills at Baltasound. Kestrel and 10 Swallows at Skaw. Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Sparrowhawk at Norwick. Blackcap and 2 House Martins at Haroldswick. Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Swallows at Hermaness.

Red-backed Shrike at Baltasound - Mike Pennington; Pied Flycatcher and Meadow Pipit at Norwick - Rob Brookes

Yell: Sparrowhawk and 2 Collared Doves at Gutcher.

Bressay: Redwing at Voehead.

Papa Stour: singing Common Whitethroat.

Shag on Papa Stour - Naomi Scott

Tuesday 22nd May 2012

South Mainland: female Subalpine Warbler at Virkie, along with Curlew Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, House Martin, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and 4 Siskins. Bluethroat at Exnaboe. Kestrel and Siskin at Toab. Common Rosefinch at Cunningsburgh. Chiffchaff and 2 Robins at Scousburgh.

Subalpine Warbler at Virkie - Rob Fray; Common Rosefinch at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Fetlar: Little Egret at Funzie.

Yell: Common Rosefinch and Tree Sparrow at Gutcher. Collared Dove at Gutcher.

Whalsay: Long-eared Owl, Chiffchaff and Swallow at Skaw. Red-backed Shrike, House Martin and Spotted Flycatcher at Isbister. Willow Warbler and Siskin at Skibberhoull. 2 Pied Flycatchers at Sodom. House Martin at Symbister.

Out Skerries: Red-backed Shrike, Reed Bunting and Chiffchaff.

Red-backed Shrike on Out Skerries - Edwin Tait

Unst: Hawfinch, Hen Harrier, Sparrowhawk, 2 Wood Pigeons and 2 Chiffchaffs at Norwick. Common Crane, Sparrowhawk, 2 House Martins and 55 Swallows at Skaw. Common Redstart at Burrafirth. Snow Bunting at Hermaness. Blackcap at Northdale. Blackcap, 2 Willow Warblers and 22 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Willow Warbler at Haroldswick.

Willow Warbler at Baltasound, Hen Harrier at Norwick, Common Redstart at Burrafirth and Common Snipe at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes; Snow Bunting and Meadow Pipit at Hermaness - Johm Moncrieff

West Mainland: 40 Sanderlings at Melby. 2 Chiffchaffs at Dale of Walls.

Sanderling at Melby - Rory Tallack

Monday 21st May 2012

Whalsay: Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Skibberhoull, along with a Siskin and a Willow Warbler. Common Sandpiper, Swift, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Redpoll, Blackcap and Swallow at Skaw. Chiffchaff at Vaivoe. Willow Warbler and Common Redpoll at Hamister.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Skibberhoull - John Lowrie Irvine

Yell: Red-breasted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler, Willow Warbler and Robin at Arisdale. Swallow at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe.

South Mainland: Common Rosefinch and Siskin at Virkie. 7 Siskins at Exnaboe. Siskin at Toab. Common Redstart, Robin and Willow Warbler at Scousburgh. Collared Dove and 2 Chiffchaffs at Cunningsburgh.

Yell: Common Rosefinch and Tree Sparrow at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott/Veensgarth.

Common Crane at Gott - Jim Nicolson (1 photo), Larry Dalziel (2 photos)

Unst: 2 Reed Buntings, House Martin and 8 Swallows at Haroldswick. Sparrowhawk at Belmont. Swallow at Uyeasound.

Sunday 20th May 2012

South Mainland: Common Rosefinch at Scatness. Iceland Gull, House Martin and 3 Shovelers at Hillwell. Siskin and 5 Sanderlings at Virkie. Siskin at Cunningsburgh.

Yell: Tree Sparrow at Gutcher. Kestrel and Swallow at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Stromfirth.

Unst: 2 Swallows, Blackcap, Siskin and Reed Bunting at Haroldswick. Iceland Gull and 2 Swallows at Uyeasound.

Iceland Gull at Uyeasound - Jim Nangle

Bressay: Blackcap and 4 Siskins at Voehead.

Saturday 19th May 2012

Fetlar: Common Rosefinch and 2 Chiffchaffs at Funzie. 4 Wood Pigeons and a Robin at Tresta.

Common Rosefinch at Funzie - Andy Cook; Eider at Brough - Jim Nangle

Burra: White-billed Diver off Kettla Ness.

Unst: 9 Tree Sparrows at Uyeasound. 2 Gadwall at Haroldswick.

South Mainland: 2 Black-tailed Godwits at Fleck. Kestrel at Toab. 2 Siskins at Cunningsburgh.

Sanderling and Purple Sandpiper at Sandness, West Mainland - Charles Gifford

Friday 18th May 2012

Whalsay: Ortolan Bunting and Snow Bunting still st Skaw, along with 14 Knot, Robin and Chiffchaff. Blackcap at Hamister.

Yell: drake Mandarin Duck at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott. Short-eared Owl at Freester, Nesting.

Fetlar: first Red-necked Phalarope back on the island.

South Mainland: Sedge Warbler at Virkie. Common Redstart at Exnaboe. Long-eared Owl and 2 Blackcaps at Geosetter. 2 Siskins at Cunningsburgh.

Razorbills at Sumburgh Head - Jim Nicolson

Thursday 17th May 2012

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott. Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Robin and Wood Pigeon at Sandgarth, Voe.

South Mainland: Sedge Warbler and Sparrowhawk at Virkie. Iceland Gull and 8 Black-tailed Godwits at Fleck. Snow Bunting and Common Redstart at Sumburgh. Long-eared Owl at Quendale. Siskin at Cunningsburgh. Dunnock, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 2 Siskins at Ocraquoy.

Snow Bunting at Sumburgh - Jim Wood (2 photos); Snow Bunting and Common Redstart at Sumburgh - Jim Nicolson; Wheatear and White Wagtail at Grutness - George Petrie

Long-tailed Duck and Pied Wagtail at Spiggie - Charles Gifford

Unst: 4 Reed Buntings and 2 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. 2 Knot and 2 Carrion Crows at Uyeasound.

Papa Stour: 3 Siskins.

Siskin on Papa Stour - Naomi Scott

Wednesday 16th May 2012

West Mainland: 36 Long-tailed Skuas (including a flock of 28), 13 Pomarine Skuas (in one flock) and 4 Manx Shearwaters north past Watsness between 08:00 and 10:15.

Unst: Spotted Redshank and 2 Shoveler on Uyea. 3 Tree Sparrows and a Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound. 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Chiffchaffs and 4 Reed Buntings at Haroldswick.

Spotted Redshank on Uyea - Rob Brookes; Willow Warbler at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott. Pied Flycatcher at Scalloway.

Common Crane at Gott - Roger Riddington

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl and 2 Sanderlings at Virkie. Common Redstart, 2 Blackcaps, Tree Pipit, Robin and Willow Warbler at Sumburgh. Long-eared Owl, Blackcap and Swallow at Quendale. Iceland Gull and 9 Black-tailed Godwits at Fleck. Blackcap and Siskin at Cunningsburgh.

Snow Bunting, Common Redstart and Tree Pipit at Sumburgh Head, and Long-eared Owl at Quendale - Jim Wood

Red Grouse at Cunningsburgh - George Petrie; Blackcap at Cunningsburgh and Purple Sandpiper at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay: Snow Bunting at Skaw.

Snow Bunting at Skaw - Brian Marshall

Fetlar: Knot and 2 Snow Buntings at Funzie.

Tuesday 15th May 2012

Unst: Bluethroat at Hagdale. Common Crane at Skaw during the morning, but not later; also 2 Swallows at Skaw. 80 Knot, 3 Tree Sparrows, Pied Flycatcher, Carrion Crow and 4 Pink-footed Geese at Baltasound. 4 Snow Buntings and a Robin at Lamba Ness. 5 Willow Warblers and 3 Reed Buntings at Haroldswick.

West Mainland: 13 Pomarine Skuas (including a flock of 12) past Watsness between 07:00 and 10:00.

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott. Gadwall at Strand Loch. 21 Knot at Nesting.

Common Crane at Gott - Jim Wood

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Sumburgh Head at 13:00.

Whimbrel at Virkie - Jim Wood

Whalsay: 19 Knot and a Snow Bunting at Skaw.

Knot and Snow Bunting at Skaw - Brian Marshall

Noss: Snow Bunting and Wood Pigeon.

Bressay: Common Redstart.

Monday 14th May 2012

Unst: 650 Knot, 3 Tree Sparrows, Pied Flycatcher, 5 Carrion Crows and a Dunnock at Baltasound. 70 Knot and a Reed Bunting at Haroldswick. Bewick's Swan still at Northdale. Kestrel and Swallow at Norwick. Pied Flycatcher at Saxa Vord. Swallow and Grey Wagtail at Skaw.

Knot at Baltasound - Mike Pennington (3 photos); Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound and Knot at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Knot at Baltasound and Mallards at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott. 3 Swallows and a Sand Martin at Loch of Clickimin.

Whalsay: 67 Knot at Skaw. Blackcap and 2 Siskins at Marrister.

North Mainland: 240 Knot past Eshaness.

South Mainland: Tree Sparrow, Lesser Whitethroat and Common Redstart at Sandwick. Dunnock and Siskin at Cunningsburgh. 8 Siskins and a Dunnock at Ocraquoy. 2 Blackcaps and a Willow Warbler at Sumburgh.

Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper and Shag at Grutness - Jim Wood; Siskin at Ocraquoy - George Petrie; Common Redstart at Sandwick and Dunnock at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Arctic Terns on Burra - George Petrie

Sunday 13th May 2012

Central Mainland: Common Crane still at Gott. 5 Swallows at Loch of Clickimin.

South Mainland: Ortolan Bunting at Wester Quarff. sinensis Cormorant at Hillwell. Pied Flycatcher at Fladdabister. 2 Knot at Virkie.

Unst: Bewick's Swan still at Northdale. 8 Carrion Crows. 3 Tree Sparrows, 3 Bramblings and 2 Siskins at Baltasound.

Bressay: Tree Pipit and Chiffchaff at Voehead. 2 Mute Swans at Leira Voe.

Saturday 12th May 2012

Whalsay: Ortolan Bunting still at Skaw, along with 3 Common Redstarts, 2 Robins, Common Redpoll, Blackcap and 9 Fieldfares. 2 Bramblings, Robin, Common Whitethroat and Common Redstart at Brough. Pied Flycatcher, Common Whitethroat and 3 Fieldfares at Sodom. 2 Common Redpolls, Siskin and Robin at Skibberhoull.

Central Mainland: Common Crane at Gott.

Common Crane at Gott - Jim Nicolson

South Mainland: Red-backed Shrike at Fladdabister. Long-eared Owl and Chiffchaff at Quendale. 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Sumburgh. Dunnock, Robin, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Siskins at Ocraquoy. Pied Flycatcher and Wood Pigeon at Quarff. Siskin and Brambling at Cunningsburgh. 3 Reed Buntings, Dunnock, 2 Siskins and Chiffchaff at Sandwick. Common Redstart at Toab.

Long-eared Owl at Quendale, Whimbrel at Clumlie and Blackcap at Sumburgh - Jim Wood; Pied Flycatcher at Quarff - Jim Nicolson; Willow Warbler, Meadow Pipit and Blackcap at Sumburgh - Charles Gifford; Siskin at Cunningsburgh - Kathy Nicolson

Unst: Bewick's Swan still at Northdale, along with a Long-eared Owl and 4 Carrion Crows. Short-eared Owl at Hagdale. 3 Tree Sparrows, 2 Common Redpolls, Rook, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Jackdaws and 4 Common Redstarts at Baltasound. Long-eared Owl, Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Swallow at Northdale.

Tree Sparrow at Baltasound, Short-eared Owl at Hagdale and Grey Heron at Norwick - George Petrie; Carrion Crow, redpoll sp. and Tree Sparrow at Baltasound - Rob Brookes

West Mainland: Knot at Sand. Hawfinch and Brambling at Aith.

Papa Stour: 2 Barnacle Geese, Pied Flycatcher and Redwing.

Fetlar: Song Thrush, Grey Heron and 2 Common Redstarts at Funzie.

Yell: Brambling, Common Redpoll, 2 Siskins and Fieldfare at Gutcher.

Brambling at Gutcher - Andy Gear

A general widespread of arrival of Arctic Terns today.

Friday 11th May 2012

South Mainland: Grey-headed Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, 20 Swallows, 2 Shovelers and 4 Gadwall at Hillwell. Iceland Gull, House Martin, 2 Bramblings and 8 Swallows at Spiggie. Ring Ouzel, Kestrel, 2 Tree Pipits, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Blackcaps and Willow Warbler at Sumburgh. Tree Pipit and Song Thrush at Grutness. 5 Sanderling at Scatness. Wood Pigeon at Virkie. Pied Flycatcher and Chiffchaff at Quendale. 9 Siskins at Cunningsburgh. 25 Fieldfares at Sandwick.

Ring Ouzels at Sumburgh and Pied Flycatcher at Quendale - Jim Wood; Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh, Sanderling at Scatness and Wood Pigeon at Virkie - George Petrie

Pied Flycatcher at Sumburgh, and White Wagtail and Turnstone at Grutness - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: Common Crane again between Scalloway and Asta this morning, but not present early afternoon at least. Common Crane over Dury Voe during the afternoon.

Unst: 2 Chiffchaffs at Uyeasound. 3 Bramblings at Baltasound. 4 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, 3 Bramblings and 19 Fieldfares at Haroldswick. Iceland Gull at Burrafirth. Long-eared Owl and Common Whitethroat at Norwick.

Iceland Gull at Burrafirth and Bramblings at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

Yell: 2 Common Redstarts, Pied Flycatcher, Robin, Lesser Whitethroat and 3 Willow Warblers at Arisdale.

West Mainland: 15-20 Siskins, 6 Common Redpolls, Tree Pipit and 2 Robins at Sand.

Common Redpolls at Sand - Julie Redpath

Thursday 10th May 2012

Whalsay: Ortolan Bunting still at Skaw, along with 4 Common Redstarts, 3 Blackcaps and a Common Redpoll. 4 Tree Pipits, Blackcap, Pied Flycatcher and Common Redpoll at Symbister, Tree Pipit and Common Whitethroat at Sandwick, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and Carrion Crow at Hamister, Whinchat at Brough.

Central Mainland: Common Crane in the Tingwall Valley between Scalloway and Asta this afternoon. 5 Pied Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Tree Pipits, 5 Bramblings, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Siskins at Helendale, Lerwick. 2 Bramblings and a Tree Pipit at North Road, Lerwick. 5 Common Terns at Loch of Clickimin. Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap and Song Thrush at Upper Kergord.

Common Crane at Tingwall - Jim Nicolson

Unst: Common Crane at Inner Skaw early morning, and then presumably the same bird west over Northdale mid-morning. Rough-legged Buzzard near Gunnister during the afternoon. Bewick's Swan still at Northdale, along with a Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and 2 Chiffchaffs. 4 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Chiffchaffs, Common Redstart, Sparrowhawk, 6 Willow Warblers, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Bramblings, 3 Siskins, 2 Reed Buntings, Gadwall and 3 Carrion Crows at Baltasound. Sparrowhawk, Swallow, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Long-eared Owls at Norwick. 2 Common Sandpipers, Common Tern, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallows and 4 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick.

Common Crane at Inner Skaw - Rob Brookes; Reed Bunting at Haroldswick and Bewick's Swan and Chiffchaff at Northdale - Mike Pennington; Common Tern at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Bluethroat, Wryneck, Common Redstart and 2 Chiffchaffs at Sandwick. Osprey north over Skelberry at 17:00. Ring Ouzel, 2 Pied Flycatchers, Common Redstart, Whinchat, Common Whitethroat, 7 Tree Pipits, 2 Wood Pigeons, 2 Carrion Crows, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, 4 Robins and 5 Blackcaps at Sumburgh Head. 2 Common Redstarts at Scatness. 3 Tree Pipits at Spiggie. 13 Common Terns and 25 Swallows at Hillwell. 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Common Whitethroat, Common Redstart and 6 Reed Buntings at Virkie. Kestrel at Levenwick. 4 Shovelers at Boddam. 6 Siskins and 2 Bramblings at Cunningsburgh. Pied Flycatcher at Quarff. Long-eared Owl, Common Redstart, 3 Willow Warblers, Tree Pipit, 2 Blackcaps and a Swallow at Hoswick. Hen Harrier, Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, Robin and Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh.

Bluethroat at Sandwick and Pied Flycatcher at Quarff - Jim Nicolson; Twite and Turnstone at Boddam - John Moncrieff

Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher and Tree Pipit at Sumburgh, and Shovelers at Boddam - Jim Wood

Wheatear and Willow Warbler at Sumburgh - Charles Gifford

West Mainland: Hawfinch still at Aith. Osprey over Effirth at 21:15.

Out Skerries: Common Redstart, 2 Reed Buntings, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 2 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Brambling, Chaffinch, Grasshopper Warbler, Common Sandpiper, 5 Robins, 2 Whinchats, 3 Blackcaps, Song Thrush, Fieldfare and Common Whitethroat.

Fetlar: Common Sandpiper, 2 Fieldfares, 3 Common Redstarts, 3 Chiffchaffs, Short-eared Owl, Brambling, Chaffinch, 2 Whinchats, 4 Tree Pipits and a Swallow at Funzie. Song Thrush, 4 Chiffchaffs, 10 Siskins, Grasshopper Warbler and Woodpigeon at Baila. Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Redstarts, 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap, Collared Dove and Robin at Tresta. Swallow at Aithbank.

Pied Flycatcher at Tresta and Brambling at Funzie - Andy Cook; Pied Flycatcher at Tresta - Jim Nangle

Yell: Willow Warbler and Chaffinch at Cullivoe.

Wednesday 9th May 2012

Whalsay: Avocet briefly at Houll Loch. Ortolan Bunting, Red-backed Shrike, Ring Ouzel, 3 Common Redstarts, 2 Common Whitethroats and a Lesser Whitethroat at Skaw. Pied Flycatcher at Brough. Whinchat at Marrister.

Pied Flycatcher and Ortolan Bunting on Whalsay - John Lowrie Irvine

Out Skerries: Avocet on the isles later in the day. Also 2 Whinchats, 2 White WagtailsBlackcap, 2 Reed Buntings, Ring Ouzel, Brambling, Chaffinch, Common Sandpiper and 5 Swallows.

Avocet on Out Skerries - Edwin Tait

South Mainland: Wryneck at Grutness, Marsh Harrier at Sumburgh Farm at 09:30 and again later, Wryneck at Sumburgh Head, also 26 Tree Pipits, 8 Fieldfares, 6 Blackcaps, 7 Robins, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Song Thrushes, 5 Siskins, Reed Bunting, Common Sandpiper, Black Redstart, Brambling, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Redstarts, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Whinchat, Ring Ouzel and Carrion Crow around Sumburgh/Grutness. Long-eared Owl, Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Sandpipers, Dunnock, 3 Robins, 4 Blackcaps, 3 Willow Warblers, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Tree Pipits, 3 Reed Buntings and 5 Fieldfares at Virkie. Goldfinch, Common Whitethroat, Common Sandpiper and 2 Shovelers at Scatness. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Bramblings and 3 Reed Buntings at Toab. Common Redstart, Chiffchafff, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. Long-eared Owl, 2 Blackcaps, 7 Willow Warblers, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 7 Tree Pipits, Song Thrush and Chiffchaff at Quendale. 2 Grey-headed Wagtails, Wood Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, Sand Martin, 30 Swallows, 2 Shovelers and 4 Gadwalls at Hillwell. Robin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Scousburgh. Tree Pipit and Willow Warbler at Noness. Marsh Harrier at Clumlie at 10:45.Common Crane at Quarff in late afternoon. 8 Bramblings at Cunningsburgh.

Common Whitethroat at Scatness and Pied Flycatcher and Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh - Jim Wood

Eiders, Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Whimbrel and Oystercatcher at Boddam - John Moncrieff

Ring Ouzel, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Sumburgh, and Bramblings at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: Common Crane over Lerwick in afternoon. Common Crane over Ness of Trebister in evening. 15 Tree Pipits, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Chaffinch, 4 Bramblings, 2 Chiffchaffs, House Martin, Willow Warbler, Robin and 3 Wood Pigeons at Helendale. 2 Common Terns at Loch of Clickimin. Robin and Blackcap in North Road, Lerwick. Blackcap, 2 Bramblings, Common Sandpiper, Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Sandgarth, Voe. Little Gull near Tingwall Airport.

Pied Flycatcher at Sandgarth - Tony Gerrard

North Mainland: 2 Common Cranes still at Eshaness.

Whimbrels at Haggrister - Gwyn Stoyle

Unst: Common Crane at Lamba Ness from late afternoon, along with 3 Fieldfares. Bewick's Swan still at Northdale. 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Swallow at Skaw. Long-eared Owl, Sparrowhawk, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, Robin and Common Whitethroat at Norwick. 2 Common Terns, 3 Willow Warblers and Reed Bunting at Haroldswick. 4 Pink-footed Geese, 30 Knot, 3 Tree Sparrows, Common Redstart, 3 Swallows, 9 Bramblings, Chaffinch and several Arctic Terns at Baltasound.

Common Crane at Lamba Ness, Knot and Tree Sparrows at Baltasound and Cormorant at Norwick - Rob Brookes

Fetlar: Reed Bunting, 2 Shovelers, 3 Blackcaps, 2 Robins, 7 Carrion Crows, Arctic Tern, Greenshank, Swallow, 15 Barnacle Geese, 5 Common Redstarts, 2 Ring Ouzels, Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher. Collared Dove and 2 Carrion Crows at Uyeasound.

West Mainland: Hawfinch at Aith. Tree Pipit, Sanderling and Pied Flycatcher at Sandness. 2 Willow Warblers and a Pied Flycatcher at Dale of Walls.

Hawfinch at Aith - Elizabeth Wark

Bressay: Ring Ouzel, Common Redpoll, Chiffchaff and Robin at Voehead.

Tuesday 8th May 2012

Unst: 2 Common Cranes at Burrafirth, by Loch of Cliff (but gone by 10am), along with a Coot. Bewick's Swan still at Northdale, along with 3 Ring Ouzels and 2 Common Redstarts. 3 Brent Geese and Long-eared Owl at Norwick. Common Redstart at Lamba Ness. 4 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Tree Sparrows, Common Redstart, 6 Bramblings and Chaffinch at Baltasound. Whinchat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick. Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound.

Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound and Brent Geese at Norwick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Wood Sandpiper, Greenshank, Sand Martin, 30 Swallows, 4 Gadwall and a Shoveler at Hillwell. Fieldfare, ChiffchaffCommon Whitethroat, Pied Wagtail, Siskin, Ring Ouzel and 2 Common Redstarts at Sumburgh. House Martin, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Common Whitethroats, Ring Ouzel, Dunnock, Blackcap, 2 White Wagtails, Common Redstart, 4 Shovelers, Robin, Song Thrush, 2 Willow Warblers, Lapland Bunting, Wryneck, Fieldfare, 2 Tree Pipits and Reed Bunting at Scatness. Long-eared Owl at Virkie. Reed Bunting at Exnaboe. Reed Bunting at Spiggie. 6 Bramblings at Cunningsburgh. Common Sandpiper, 2 Linnets, Robin and Long-eared Owl at Hoswick and Blackcap, 3 Tree Pipits and 2 Reed Buntings at Swinister.

Whalsay: 10 Ring Ouzels (parties of 4 and 6 at Skaw and Hamister), 3 Robins, 5 Fieldfares, 5 Chiffchaffs, 10 Willow Warblers, Arctic Tern, 12 Common Redstarts, Sparrowhawk, 4 Bramblings, 4 Tree Pipits, Blackcap, White Wagtail, 5 Siskins, Pied Wagtail, Lesser Whitethroat  and a Bar-tailed Godwit.

North Mainland: 2 Common Cranes at Eshaness this afternoon (presumably from Unst).

Common Cranes at Eshaness - Emily Robertson; Willow Warbler at Haggrister - Gwyn Syoyle

Central Mainland: Linnet at Mossbank.

Linnet at Mossbank - Kareen Hunter

Offshore: 2 Long-tailed Skuas from a survey boat west of Shetland.

Burra: Robin and Pied Flycatcher on Trondra.

Monday 7th May 2012

Unst: 2 Common Cranes at Haroldswick for an hour this evening, before they flew off towards Burrafirth; also Long-eared Owl, Glaucous Gull, Robin, Brambling, Kestrel, Reed Bunting, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick. Bewick's Swan still at Northdale. Canada Goose, Tree Pipit, 3 Tree Sparrows, 2 Bramblings, Robin, Willow Warbler, Carrion Crow, Chaffinch and Shelduck at Baltasound. Long-eared Owl, 4 Chiffchaffs, 3 Bramblings and 3 Siskins at Norwick. 8 Siskins at Burrafirth. Common Tern at Uyeasound. 2 Barnacle Geese at Belmont.

Common Cranes at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington (2 photos), Rob Brookes (2 photos); Long-eared Owl at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Bewick's Swan at Northdale and Long-eared Owl and Glaucous Gull at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Reed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Redwing and 2 Robins at Sumburgh. 2 Jackdaws, Carrion Crow and Wood Pigeon at Exnaboe, 2 Jackdaws at Fleck, Chiffchaff at Virkie. Common Tern at Spiggie. Chiffchaff and 4 Siskins at Cunningsburgh. 2 Swallows and a Common Tern at Sandwick.

Chiffchaff and House Sparrow at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Common Tern at Spiggie, Twite at Clumlie and Great Northern Diver at Scord - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: pair of Mandarin Ducks at Crooksetter Burn, Sullom Voe Terminal (no general public access). Waxwing in Lerwick.

Sunday 6th May 2012

Unst: Bewick's Swan at Northdale (probably present for several days); also White-tailed Eagle at Northdale this morning. Long-eared Owl and Blackcap at Norwick, 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Siskins, Chaffinch, Brambling, 4 Pink-footed Geese and Blackcap at Baltasound.

Bewick's Swan at Northdale - Rob Brookes

South Mainland: Ring Ouzel at Dalsetter. Black Redstart and Carrion Crow at Sumburgh Head, Iceland Gull at Sumburgh Hotel, Long-eared Owl, 11 Shelducks, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Virkie, 2 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. Long-eared Owl at Quendale, sinensis Cormorant, 4 Gadwall, 3 Shovelers and 3 Pochards at Hillwell.

Wren, Wheatear and Pied Wagtail at Sumburgh - Jim Wood; Long-eared Owl at Virkie - Rob Fray; Long-eared Owl at Quendale - Donald Robertson

Bressay: Common Redpoll at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Willow Warbler and 2 Siskins at Voe.

Saturday 5th May 2012

Unst: 2 Ring Ouzels at Hermaness, 2 Tree Sparrows, 5 Pink-footed Geese, Canada Goose, Siskin, Chaffinch and Brambling at Baltasound, Snow Bunting at Lamba Ness.

Bonxie and Puffin at Hermaness - Rob Brookes

Central Mainland: 4 Siskins and a Moorhen at Sandgarth, Voe.

South Mainland: Blackcap at Sumburgh. 10 Shelducks at Virkie. 3 Siskins and 2 Bramblings at Cunningsburgh.

Blackcap at Sumburgh and Shelducks at Boddam - Jim Wood; Wheatear at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Lapwing at Mid Yell - Charlie Inkster

Friday 4th May 2012

Whalsay: Black Redstart at Hamister, Dunnock at Skaw.

Unst: Canada Goose at Baltasound.

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl and Dunnock at Virkie.

Arctic Skua and Whimbrel at Clumlie - Jim Wood

Bressay: Common Redpoll and Blackcap at Voehead.

Thursday 3rd May 2012

Unst: 4 Tree Sparrows, Canada Goose, Long-eared Owl, 3 Siskins, 33 Wood Pigeons and 2 Pink-footed Geese at Baltasound. Sparrowhawk at Norwick. Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound.

Canada Goose at Baltasound - Rob Brookes; Canada Goose at Baltasound, and Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull and Dunlin at Uyeasound - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: drake Mandarin Duck at Crooksetter Burn, Sullom Voe Terminal (no general public access). Hawfinch, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler at Sandgarth, Voe.

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Virkie. Kestrel at Sumburgh/Toab. Wood Pigeon at Scatness. 2 Common Terns at Quendale.

Wood Pigeon at Scatness - Ronnie Robertson; Kestrel at Sumburgh - Jim Wood; Meadow Pipit at Virkie - Roger Riddington

Bressay: Common Redpoll at Voehead.

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Unst: Tree Sparrow at Haroldswick. Long-eared Owl at Norwick.

Tree Sparrow at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: 2 Sandwich Terns in Quendale Bay. Long-eared Owl and Blackcap at Virkie. Black Redstart, 2 Dunnocks and a Blackcap at Sumburgh. 2 Siskins at Exnaboe. Chiffchaff at Scatness. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Hoswick.

Puffin and Wren at Sumburgh Head - Jim Wood

Bluemull Sund : Black-throated Diver.

Yell: Long-eared Owl at Hamnavoe.

Whalsay: Green Sandpiper at Skaw.

Central Mainland: Blackcap at Helendale, Lerwick. 2 Siskins and 6 Bramblings at Murrayston, Lerwick. 2 Bramblings, 2 Siskins, Robin and Dunnock at The Sletts, Lerwick.

Siskins and Brambling at Lerwick - Austin Taylor

Bressay: Common Redpoll at Voehead.

Tuesday 1st May 2012

Unst: White-tailed Eagle flew north over Baltasound school at 13:30. Common Whitethroat at Uyeasound, Linnet at Norwick, Chaffinch and Brambling at Burrafirth. Iceland Gull at Belmont.

Iceland Gull at Belmont - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Corn Crake, Arctic Skua, Song Thrush and 3 Robins at Toab. Drake Garganey at Clevigarth. Ring Ouzel and Dunnock at Sumburgh. Wood Pigeon and Blackcap at Virkie. 10 Siskins, Chaffinch, Brambling and Robin at Cunningsburgh.

Siskin at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Twite at Sumburgh - Jim Wood

Central Mainland: Mandarin Duck at Swining Voe. Common Buzzard near Lerwick. Arctic Tern at Stromfirth. Hawfinch, Robin, 2 Dunnocks and 2 Bramblings at Sandgarth, Voe.

Bressay: Common Redpoll, Brambling and Robin at Voehead.

Fetlar: 2 Chiffchafffs and a Robin at Tresta.

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