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January 2014 Sightings

 

 

Friday 31st January

South Mainland: Taiga Bean Geese at Scatness. Brent Goose at Virkie.

West Mainland: 10 Tundra Bean Geese at Sandness.

Central Mainland: Little Auk and Glaucous Gull at Alexandra Wharf, Lerwick. Glaucous Gull and Little Gull at Shetland Catch, Lerwick.

Black-headed Gull at Lerwick - Jim Nicolson

Yell: Brent Goose and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. 4 Fieldfares at Gloup.

Brent Goose and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Thursday 30th January

South Mainland: 2 Tundra Bean Geese and a Barnacle Goose at Ringasta. 6 Brent Geese at Noss, Spiggie. 5 Tundra Bean Geese and a European White-fronted Goose at Hillwell. Pink-footed Goose at Exnaboe. Tundra Bean Goose at Scousburgh. Tundra Bean Goose, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose, Common Scoter, Grey Plover, 23 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Shelducks at Virkie.

Bean Goose at Scousburgh and Brent Goose at Virkie - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: 2 Goosanders and a Coot at Strand Loch. Coot at Loch of Clickimin.

Cormorant and Red-breasted Merganser at Scalloway - George Petrie

Yell: 6 Tundra Bean Geese and a European White-fronted Goose at Hamnavoe. Snow Bunting at Arisdale. Pochard at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe. Great Spotted Woodpecker and Brent Goose at Cullivoe. Glaucous Gull at Gutcher.

Glaucous Gull at Gutcher and Brent Goose at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Unst: Black-throated Diver and 2 Little Auks past Snarravoe. 6 Tundra Bean Geese at Baltasound. 2 Goosanders at Uyeasound. 60 Golden Plovers at Uyeasound.

Purple Sandpiper at Norwick - Jim Nangle

WhalsayBar-tailed Godwit at Challister. Waxwing at Hamister. Iceland Gull and Little Auk at Symbister.

Wednesday 29th January

North Mainland: Bittern in a ditch just north of Mangaster junction before flying up the hill.

Unst: 6 Tundra Bean Geese, 7 European White-fronted Geese, Pink-footed Goose, 5 Common Scoters and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Baltasound. 3 Little Auks past Snarravoe.

Yell: 5 Tundra Bean Geese and a European White-fronted Goose at Hamnavoe. Pochard at Kirk Loch. Glaucous Gull and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe.

South Mainland: 5 Tundra Bean Geese at Symblisetter, Spiggie. 6 Brent Geese at Noss, Spiggie. 2 Tundra Bean Geese at Ringasta. Barnacle Goose at Brake. Pochard, Jack Snipe, 38 Snow Buntings and Barnacle Goose at Scatness. 2 Tundra Bean Geese at The Wart, Sandwick. Woodcock, Robin, 4 Fieldfares and Redwing at Swinister, Sandwick.

Oystercatchers at Virkie - Donald Robertson

Central Mainland: Waxwing, Great Spotted Woodpecker and Wood Pigeon at Helendale, Lerwick. 4 Chaffinches and a Robin at Sound, Lerwick.

Whalsay: Tundra Bean Goose at Brough. Long-eared Owl and Great Spotted Woodpecker still at Symbister. Woodcock at Skaw.

Tuesday 28th January

Unst: 7 Tundra Bean Geese and 7 White-fronted Geese (at least 5 European) at Baltasound. 2 Tundra Bean Geese at Haroldswick. Peregrine Falcon and Little Auk at Snarravoe.

Yell: 7 Tundra Bean Geese at Burravoe. Little Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Fieldfares and 2 Oystercatchers at Cullivoe. Pochard at Kirk Loch.

South Mainland: 5 Bean Goose and 6 Brent Geese at Noss, Spiggie.

Central Mainland: 5 Tundra Bean Geese at Gott. 3 Glaucous Gulls at the Shetland Catch, Lerwick.

Monday 27th January

Central Mainland: 3 Tundra Bean Geese at Gott. 2 Glaucous Gulls in Lerwick as well as one (maybe 2) Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrids ('Viking Gulls'). 32 Red-breasted Mergansers at East Voe of Scalloway.

Bean Geese at Gott - George Petrie; Viking Gull at Lerwick - Glen Tyler

Unst: Dark-bellied Brent Goose and 2 White-fronted Geese at Baltasound.

Yell: Little Gull and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. Pochard at Kirk Loch.

South Mainland: Brent Goose at Toab.

Sunday 26th January

Unst: Great Skua at Easter Loch, Uyeasound, briefly before heading north. Woodcock and Goosander at Uyeasound. 7 Tundra Bean Geese and Black-tailed Godwit at Baltasound. Little Gull at Haroldswick.

Bean Geese at Baltasound and Whooper Swans at Uyeasound - Mike Pennington

Central Mainland: adult Little Gull, Iceland Gull and 3 Glaucous Gulls at Shetland Catch, Lerwick. Tundra Bean Goose, White-fronted Goose, 2 Brent Geese and Little Gull at Gott.

Bean, Brent and White-fronted Geese and Little Gull at Gott - George Petrie

South Mainland: Tundra Bean Goose at Bakkasetter. 6 Brent Geese at Noss, Spiggie. Brent Goose at Toab. Little Auk at Scatness.

West Mainland: 5 Tundra Bean Geese at Sandness. Little Auk and 5 Whooper Swans at Sand, Garderhouse.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. Pochard at Kirk Loch.

Saturday 25th January

Unst: 7 Tundra Bean Geese, 2 Little Gulls, 4 Knot and 3 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Little Gull at Haroldswick.

Bean Geese at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

Central Mainland: 5 Tundra Bean Geese at Strand. Tundra Bean Goose and 3 Slavonian Grebes at Laxfirth. Pochard at Loch of Tingwall. 5 Common Scoters at Breiwick, Lerwick. 3 Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull at Shetland Catch, Lerwick. 2 Chaffinches and 2 Bramblings at Brae.

Bean Goose at Laxfirth - Ray Johnston; Bean Geese at Strand (2 photos), gulls at Toft and Common Scoter at Lerwick - Logan Johnson

West Mainland: 7 Bean Geese at Dale of Walls. Little Gull at Elvister.

South Mainland: Tundra Bean Goose at Loch of Brow. 2 Tundra Bean Geese at Fleck. 6 Brent Geese at Noss, Spiggie. Long-eared Owl at Virkie. 5 Woodcocks at Geosetter.

Long-eared Owl at Virkie - Rob Fray; Shag at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay: Iceland Gull at Whalsay. Woodcock at Skaw Taing.

Yell: in Cullivoe, Coot and 50 Wigeon at Loch of Papil, Pochard, 7 Whooper Swans, 51 Tufted Ducks and 17 Goldeneyes on Kirk Loch, Skylark at Breakon, and 3 Fieldfares. 6 Whooper Swans at North Garth, Gutcher.

Friday 24th January

North Mainland: Green-winged Teal still at Loch of Flugarth. Coot at North Roe.

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl and 2 Shelducks at Virkie. Pink-footed Goose and Barnacle Goose at Exnaboe. Pink-footed Goose and Barnacle Goose at Quendale. 6 Brent Geese at Spiggie.

Brent Geese at Spiggie - Roger Riddington

Whalsay: Tundra Bean Goose and Little Gull at Vatshoull. Common Scoter off Sandwick. Long-eared Owl at Saltness. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Gardentown. 2 Chaffinches and a Brambling at Hamister.

Little Gull on Whalsay - John Laurie Irvine

Unst: 2 Little Gulls at Westing.

Little Gulls at Westing - Rob Brookes

Yell: 9 Snow Buntings at Cullivoe.

Thursday 23rd January

Unst: 4 Tundra Bean Geese at Lamba Ness. 2 Little Gulls at Haroldswick. 2 Little Gulls at Westing. 2 Fieldfares at Burrafirth. 5 Oystercatchers at Baltasound.

Little Gull at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: 2 Tundra Bean Geese, Black Redstart, 2 Pintails and 2 Shovelers at Scatness. Long-eared Owl at Virkie. 2 Little Auks at Grutness. Barnacle Goose at Toab. Barnacle Goose and Brent Goose at Quendale. 4 Shovelers and 2 Little Grebes at Hillwell. 4 European White-fronted Geese at Bakkasetter. Woodcock, 3 Little Grebes and a Pochard at Spiggie. 2 Fieldfares at Ocraquoy. Long-eared Owl at Cunningsburgh.

Bean Geese at Sctaness - Roger Riddington; Long-eared Owl at Virkie - Rob Fray; Wigeon at Spiggie - George Petrie; Long-eared Owl at Cunninsgburgh and Grey Heron at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay: 5 Tundra Bean Geese at Brough. Long-eared Owl at Gardentown. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Saltness. Woodcock and Pink-footed Goose at Skaw.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. Long-eared Owl at Gutcher.

 Wednesday 22nd January

Unst: 7 Tundra Bean Geese at Baltasound. 2 Little Gulls at Haroldswick.

Little Gull at Haroldswick and Bean Geese at Baltasound - Rob Brookes

South Mainland: 2 Tundra Bean Geese at Culsetter, Spiggie. 3 Tundra Bean Geese at Quendale. European White-fronted Goose at Ringasta. Dark-bellied Brent Goose and Barnacle Goose at Quendale. Glaucous Gull at Sumburgh Farm.

Bean Geese at Spiggie and Brent Goose at Quendale - Roger Riddington

Tuesday 21st January

South Mainland: 10 Tundra Bean Geese at Ringasta. 4 Tundra Bean Geese and a Pink-footed Goose at Quendale. 2 Taiga Bean Geese and 5 European White-fronted Geese at Littleness, Spiggie. European White-fronted Goose at Culsetter, Spiggie. 3 Taiga Bean Geese and 4 White-fronted Geese at Ringasta/Bakkasetter. Black Redstart, Glaucous Gull, 2 Shovelers, Pintail, Redwing and 3 Fieldfares at Scatness.

Bean Geese in Dunrossness - Roger Riddington

North Mainland: 5 Bean Geese at Haggrister.

Whalsay: 8 Tundra Bean Geese at Brough. Little Auk off Skaw.

Unst: 2 Little Gulls and Goosander at Haroldswick.

Little Gull and Goosander at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Yell: European White-fronted Goose at Loch of Littlester.

Out Skerries: Water Rail, Glaucous Gull and Robin.

Monday 20th January

South Mainland: 3 Bean Geese at Exnaboe (at least 2 Taiga). 16 Tundra Bean Geese and a European White-fronted Goose at Scatness before flying N. Hen Harrier at Easter Quarff.

Bean Geese at Exnaboe - Steve Minton (2 photos); Roger Riddington (2 photos - last a montage of all 3 birds)

Central Mainland: 3 Glaucous Gulls and an Iceland Gull at the Shetland catch, Lerwick.

Glaucous Gull at Lerwick - George Petrie

Yell: Tundra Bean Goose at East Yell. Goosander and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe.

Bean Goose at East Yell - Dougie Preston; Goosander at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Whalsay: 5 Tundra Bean Geese at Vatshoull before flying N.

Unst: Tundra Bean Goose and Common Scoter at Burrafirth.

Bean Goose at Burrafirth - Brydon Thomason

Bluemull triangle: Leach's Petrel seen by Fetlar ferry crew.

Fetlar: Glaucous Gull at Funzie.

Sunday 19th January

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Scatness.

Long-eared Owl at Scatness - Steve Minton

Unst: Glaucous Gull at Norwick. 3 Common Scoters and Oystercatcher at Haroldswick. Oystercatcher at Baltasound.

Kittiwake at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

Out Skerries: Water Rail.

Saturday 18th January

Unst: male Smew at Loch of Snarravoe. Oystercatcher at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: Great Spotted Woodpecker and Little Grebe at Lerwick.

Friday 17th January

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: Glaucous Gull in Lerwick.

Out Skerries: Water Rail.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Thursday 16th January

North Mainland: 10 Snow Buntings at Oxensetter.

Wednesday 15th January

South Mainland: 3 Red-throated Divers and Great Northern Diver at Grutness. Shelduck at Scatness. Glaucous Gull and 2 Shovelers at Hillwell. Barnacle Goose at Quendale.

Central Mainland: Chaffinch at Brae. Iceland Gull at Shetland Catch, Lerwick.

Out Skerries: Water Rail.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker and Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe. 51 Tufted Ducks and 46 Wigeon at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe.

Tuesday 14th January

Whalsay: Black Redstart at Isbister. Pink-footed Goose at Skaw. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Symbister. Song Thrush, 5 Redwings and 14 Fieldfares on the isle.

Black Redstart on Whalsay - John Laurie Irvine (2 photos); Brian Marshall

Unst: Sparrowhawk at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull at Shetland catch, Lerwick. Goldcrest at Helendale. Little Grebe at Ness of Sound. Snow Bunting at Sullom Voe Terminal.

Iceland and Glaucous Gull in Lerwick - Glen Tyler

South Mainland: Glaucous Gull, 2 Fieldfares, Robin, 3 Pintails, 3 Shovelers and Shelduck at Scatness. Little Auk off Scord. 3 Shelducks and 18 Snow Buntings at Boddam.

Glaucous Gull at Scatness - Steve Minton; Snow Bunting and Shelduck at Boddam - George Petrie

Monday 13th January

South Mainland: Barnacle Goose at Exnaboe. Shelduck at Virkie.

Central Mainland: Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull in Lerwick.

Whalsay: male Blackcap at Marrister.

Sunday 12th January

Unst: Glossy Ibis flew over Baltasound before landing and disappearing; also Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Slavonian Grebes, Chaffinch and 27 Snow Buntings. Male Smew at Loch of Snarravoe. 8 Common Scoters at Haroldswick.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Oystercatchers and 2 Merlins.

Whalsay: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Symbister.

South Mainland: Common Redpoll at Scousburgh. 45 Twite at Hoswick.

Common Redpoll at Scousburgh - Jim Nicolson

Goldeneye at Clickimin - George Petrie

Otter - Jordan Clark

Saturday 11th January

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis at Littleness, Spiggie. 200 Lapwings at Quendale.

Glossy Ibis at Spiggie - Logan Johnson; Henry Hyndman; Tommy Tyler; Roger Riddington (2 photos)

Unst: 7 Common Scoters at Haroldswick. Brambling at Baltasound.

Friday 10th January

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis at Littleness, Spiggie. 3 Sanderlings and 7 Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie.

Glossy Ibis at Spiggie - Jim Nicolson (2 photos); George Petrie (2 photos); Steve Minton; Rob Fray

Bluemull Sound: King Eider, 4 Velvet Scoters, 2 Common Scoters, Little Auk and first-winter Glaucous Gull.

Unst: Male Smew on Loch of Snarravoe. Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, Sparrowhawk, Wood Pigeon and Brambling at Baltasound.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker and Robin at Cullivoe. Redwing and 4 Twites at Sellafirth. 2 Goosanders and a Little Auk at Basta Voe. 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls, first-winter Glaucous Gull and 5 Snow Buntings on Hascosay.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: Bullfinch in North Road, Lerwick.

Bullfinch in Lerwick - Gordon Carle

Thursday 9th January

Unst: Glossy Ibis at Ungirsta, Haroldswick. 3 Chaffinches and 2 Robins at Norwick.

Glossy Ibis at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Wednesday 8th January

Unst: Glossy Ibis at Ungirsta, Haroldswick.

Central Mainland: 2 Bullfinches and 5 Chaffinches at Sound, Lerwick, Chaffinch at Brae.

Snow Bunting in Dunrossness - George Petrie; Dunlin at Virkie; Bar-tailed Godwits at Boddam and Goldeneye at Spiggie - Donald Robertson

Tuesday 7th January

Unst: Glossy Ibis back at Ungirsta, Haroldswick.

Glossy Ibis at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

South Mainland: Little Gull at Quendale.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin and 4 Oystercatchers.

Kittiwake and Oystercatchers at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Monday 6th January

Unst: Glossy Ibis at Ungirsta, Haroldswick, before flying north. Peregrine Falcon and 12 Snow Buntings at Haroldswick. Little Grebe at Burrafirth. 14 Snow Buntings at Baliasta.

Glossy Ibis at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

Foula: Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Glaucous Gulls, Reed Bunting, Chaffinch, Fieldfare, Robin, Red-breasted Merganser, Iceland Gull and Oystercatcher.

Iceland Gull on Foula - Geoff Atherton

Whalsay: Iceland Gull at Symbister. Pink-footed Goose and Snow Bunting at Skaw. 4 Snow Buntings at Hamister.

Yell: 5 Goosanders at Sellafirth.

Otter at Walls - Barry Broadbent

Sunday 5th January

Central Mainland: White-billed Diver and Common Scoter off Kirkabister.

Yell: Hen Harrier at Basta Voe.

Unst: Sparrowhawk, 16 Snow Buntings, Slavonian Grebe and Robin at Baltasound.

North Mainland: 20 Snow Buntings at Oxensetter, Northmavine.

South Mainland: Shelduck, Coot and Shoveler at Hillwell. 58 Whooper Swans at Spiggie. Shelduck, 22 Bar-tailed Godwits and 18 Snow Buntings at Boddam. Sanderling at West Voe of Sumburgh.

Bar-tailed Godwits at Boddam - George Petrie

Foula: Great Spotted Woodpecker and Jack Snipe.

Saturday 4th January

Central Mainland: 2 Bullfinches at Knab Road, Lerwick. Little Grebe at Lerwick.

Little Grebe at Lerwick - George Petrie

South Mainland: Water Rail and Song Thrush at Swinister Burn.

North Mainland: 6 Snow Buntings at Sullom.

Friday 3rd January

Foula: 3 Glaucous Gulls, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Snow Bunting, Cormorant and 2 Oystercatchers.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. 40 Snow Buntings at Mid Yell.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Thursday 2nd January

Foula: 4 Glaucous Gulls, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Northern Diver and Merlin.

Central Mainland: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Lerwick. 5 Chaffinches at Upper Sound, Lerwick.

South Mainland: 5 Shoveler at Hillwell. Slavonian Grebe at Spiggie.

Yell: 6 Snow Buntings at Sellafirth. 3 Snow Buntings and an Oystercatcher at Cullivoe.

Burra: Dunnock and Robin on Trondra.

Wednesday 1st January

Foula: Glaucous Gull, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pink-footed Goose, Chaffinch, Water Rail, 5 Fieldfares, 4 Redwings, Long-tailed Duck, Merlin, 55 Greylag Geese, 24 Curlews and 3 Robins.

South Mainland: Snow Bunting and Bar-tailed Godwit at Boddam. Slavonian Grebe, Little Grebe and 47 Whooper Swans at Spiggie. 3 Mealy Common Redpolls, Little Grebe and 2 Coots at Hillwell. 4 Shovelers at Scatness. 23 Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie. 2 Woodcocks and 2 Redwings at Swinister Burn.

Bar-tailed Godwit at Boddam - Logan Johnson

North Mainland: Little Grebe at Collafirth. 5 Whooper Swans at Urafirth.

Little Grebe at Collafirth and Whooper Swans at Urafirth - Stan Brown

Burra: Dunnock and Robin on Trondra.

Central Mainland: Goosander at Weisdale Voe. Robin at Girlsta.

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