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January 2005 Sightings

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Monday 31st January 2005

There are 38 Snow Buntings at Cunningsburgh.

An adult Glaucous Gull, 2 Ruddy Ducks and 18 Barnacle Geese are at Loch of Spiggie and a male Pintail is at Boddam.


Sunday 30th January 2005

Turnstones, Purple Sandpipers and Starlings at Westing - Mike Pennington

The Gyrfalcon was seen on Fetlar again.

There are 25 Snow Buntings and a Jack Snipe at Scatness.

In Lerwick, there are at least 7 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls in Lerwick, and 4 Chaffinches and a Brambling at Helendale.

The small Canada Goose is still at Loch of Spiggie along with an adult Glaucous Gull, 2 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Shovelers and 32 Barnacle Geese.


Saturday 29th January 2005

 

Twite at Norwick and Purple Sandpiper and Iceland Gull at Westing - Mike Pennington

On Unst, there are Iceland Gulls at Burrafirth, Baltasound and Westing, a Glaucous Gull at Skaw, a Velvet Scoter at Belmont and a winter record 321 Greylag Geese scattered around the island.

In Scalloway, there are 10 Iceland Gulls and 3 Glaucous Gulls, there are Little Grebes at Scalloway and Loch of Tingwall and a Glaucous Gull is at Weisdale. At Sand Water, in the late afternoon, there were 3 Hen Harriers, 2 Sparrowhawks, a Merlin and a Peregrine.

A male Bullfinch is at Cunningsburgh.


Friday 28th January 2005

Iceland Gull (2 photos) and Glaucous Gull in Lerwick - Micky Maher

The female King Eider is still off Belmont, Unst.

There are at least 8 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls in Lerwick.

There are still 7 Bar-tailed Godwits at Pool of Virkie.


Thursday 27th January 2005

The female King Eider, now in its third winter, has reappeared off Belmont, Unst, among 600 Common Eiders and a Velvet Scoter is off the south end of Linga in Bluemull Sound.

A first-winter male Ring-necked Duck is on Loch of Funzie, Fetlar. A first-winter Iceland Gull is at Baltasound, Unst.

There are 2 Dunnocks, 4 Greenfinches, a female Chaffinch, 2 Robins, a Song Thrush, a male Brambling and 6 female Bullfinches in Helendale.


Wednesday 26th January 2005

The Dark-breasted Barn Owl is still at Reawick.

Three Hen Harriers are still roosting at Sand Water. There are 59 Slavonian Grebes in the westside voes and single first-winter Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull are at Whiteness. A Goosander is on East Voe of Scalloway and there are 18 Snow Buntings at Sandwick.

A second-winter Glaucous Gull is at Scord and 6 Jack Snipes, 77 Snipes and a Song Thrush are at Sumburgh Hotel. A Shoveler is on Loch of Spiggie.

An adult Iceland Gull and a first-winter Glaucous Gull are at Haroldswick.


Tuesday 25th January 2005

The Ross's Gull is still near Hillwell.

Another Black Redstart is on Whalsay, along with a first-winter Iceland Gull and a female Bullfinch.

There are at least 9 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick, 9 in Scalloway and 6 at Asta. One of the birds at Scalloway shows features of Kumlien's Gull.  A Glaucous Gull is at Scalloway and 2 are at Lerwick. Three Hen Harriers are roosting at Sand Water. A Chiffchaff is still at Helendale.

There are 46 Fieldfares, 12 Redwings and 2 Skylarks around Brow and 2 Ruddy Ducks, 106 Tufted Ducks and 15 Pochards on the loch, while 11 Bar-tailed Godwits are at Pool of Virkie and another 10 Redwings are at Boddam.


Monday 24th January 2005

hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull and Glaucous Gull - Micky Maher

The American Coot is still on Loch of Benston.

There are Black Redstarts at Scatness and in Lerwick; there are only seven previous midwinter records.

A second-winter Glaucous Gull is still at Baltasound, along with a rather sorry-looking first-winter hybrid Glaucous x Herring Gull, which was also seen at Haroldswick last week. Also on Unst, a Barnacle Goose and a Song Thrush are at Norwick.

At least 9 Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull are still in Lerwick. Another 11 Iceland Gulls are at Scalloway.

In the Helendale area there are 3 Dunnocks, a Woodcock, 8 Greenfinches, a Brambling, a Chaffinch, a Song Thrush and 2 female Bullfinches, while there is also a male Bullfinch, a Dunnock and 2 Greenfinches at Sletts Park.


Sunday 23rd January 2005

Collared Dove and Iceland Gull (with Greylags) at Baltasound - Mike Pennington

The American Coot is still at Loch of Benston.

The Ross's Gull is still in the fields at Brake, near Hillwell, and a Hen Harrier is at Brow. There are 2 Fieldfares at South Nesting and one at Scousburgh. An adult Glaucous Gull is at Scatness.

There are 10 Iceland Gulls at Scalloway, one at Trondra and at least 3 at Lerwick, along with a Glaucous Gull. The Little Grebe is still on Loch of Tingwall and there are 7 Goosanders at Strand Loch. There are 3 Greenfinches on Trondra. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Urafirth, Northmavine.

On Unst there are 2 first-winter Glaucous Gulls at Uyeasound and another at Burrafirth, and a first-winter Iceland Gull at Baltasound, while a Skylark and 6 Redwings are at Norwick.

A Waxwing ringed at Maywick on 24 October 2004 was caught by Grampian Ringing Group at Inverurie, outside Aberdeen the following weekend. It was given yellow and lime-green colour rings and was rediscovered in Aberdeen at Christmas, before being sighted in Sheffield on the 21st January. With another couple of months of winter to go we may again hear of this bird with a Shetland connection.


Saturday 22nd January 2005

Greenfinch - Mike Pennington

The American Coot is still at Loch of Benston.

The Ross's Gull is still in the Hillwell/Ringasta area, along with 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls, while the small Canada Goose is still at Spiggie, along with 2 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Shovelers and a Grey Plover.

The Dark-breasted Barn Owl is still at Reawick.

At least 5 Iceland Gulls are still in Lerwick and there are 7 at Scalloway. A male Brambling, a female Bullfinch and a Dunnock are at Helendale. A Grey Wagtail is wintering at Veensgarth and there are 3 Greenfinches there.

There are 2 Greenfinches and a Little Grebe at Baltasound.


Friday 21st January 2005

A first-winter Lesser Black-backed Gull on Loch of Clickimin is very unusual, while there are 4 Glaucous Gulls off the Victoria Pier in Lerwick, and a Chaffinch and a Song Thrush are at Helendale. Another Pied Wagtail is at Cunningsburgh. A second-winter Iceland Gull is at Westing on Unst. Another second-winter Iceland Gull is at Ennisfirth, Northmavine.


Thursday 20th January 2005

A male King Eider is off Whalsay in West Linga Sound.

The Ross's Gull is still at Ringasta, along with 85 Barnacle Geese. An adult Glaucous Gull is at Scatness along with 40 Snow Buntings. There are 18 Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie and 7 Sanderlings are at Grutness. The 2 Ruddy Ducks are still on Loch of Spiggie, along with a Shoveler.

The Gyrfalcon was reported on Fetlar again.

There are at least 10 Iceland Gulls in Lerwick, mainly frequenting the Catch, while there are also 2 Glaucous Gulls, a first-winter and a second-winter, and another out-of-season Pied Wagtail around the Victoria pier.

A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Uyeasound, Unst.


Wednesday 19th January 2005

Iceland Gull - Micky Maher

The American Coot is still on Loch of Benston. There are 37 Red-throated Divers and 9 Great Northern Divers off Kirkabister, while a Little Grebe and a Slavonian Grebe are on Loch of Tingwall. A female Chaffinch is at Helendale.

There are first-winter Iceland Gulls at Westing and Uyeasound and a second-winter Glaucous Gull is at Baltasound, while a Bar-tailed Godwit is at Uyeasound and the Shelduck is still at Haroldswick.

A first-winter Iceland Gull is at Scatness. The Pied Wagtail is still at Sandwick.

Three Iceland Gulls and a Glaucous Gull are at various sites in Northmavine.


Tuesday 18th January 2005

A first-winter White-billed Diver is off Brough, Fetlar; it is a different bird to the one that was in the Bluemull triangle earlier in the month as that was an adult.

An unseasonable Pied Wagtail is at Sandwick, along with a Song Thrush and 11 Oystercatchers.


Monday 17th January 2005

The adult Ross's Gull is still at Ringasta, the male American Wigeon is at Hillwell, the small Canada Goose is still at Spiggie along with 85 Barnacle Geese, while some interesting wader totals included 54 Dunlins, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and 11 Sanderlings around Virkie, Scatness and Grutness, while 2 Jack Snipes are at Troswick.

There are 3 Bullfinches ( male and 2 females) at Westerloch, Lerwick. There are Collared Doves incubating in Lerwick! Two Iceland Gulls are still on Trondra.

There is a first-winter Iceland Gull at Westing on Unst, a second-winter Glaucous Gull is at Haroldswick with an a adult at Burrafirth, and a Bar-tailed Godwit is at Baltasound.


Sunday 16th January 2005

Glaucous Gull and Iceland Gull - Micky Maher

A Gyr Falcon flew south over Spiggie during the afternoon; it remains to be seen whether this is another new individual. The Ross's Gull was also relocated at Ringasta.

Also in south Mainland, there are now 2 Ruddy Ducks on Loch of Spiggie with an increase to 104 Barnacle Geese there, along with the small Canada Goose and a Grey Plover, while a male Pintail and 3 Shelducks are at Boddam. A ringtail Hen Harrier is at Brig of Bakkasetter.

At Helendale, there are 4 Redwings, 2 Dunnocks, a Chaffinch, a Brambling and a Chiffchaff. At least 2 Iceland Gulls are still at Shetland Catch in Lerwick. There are 2 Iceland Gulls on Trondra, a Glaucous Gull at East Voe of Scalloway, a Little Grebe on Loch of Tingwall along with 21 Whooper Swans and 33 Tufted Ducks, a pair of Goosanders on Strand Loch and 10 Greenfinches and 2 Chaffinches in Scalloway.

There are 5 Barnacle Geese at Bousta, Sandness. A male Scaup is on Muckle Roe.

On Unst, there are 8 Iceland Gulls, including 6 (a second-winter and 5 first-winters including one showing characteristics of Kumlein's Gull) between Uyeasound and Muness, a second-winter at Baltasound and an adult at Haroldswick. There are also 5 Glaucous Gulls, a first-winter at Uyeasound, a second-winter at Burrafirth and 2 first-winters and an adult at Burrafirth. Also on Unst there is a Sanderling at Norwick, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Meadow Pipits, 35 Snow Buntings and the Shelduck at Haroldswick, and 5 Barnacle Geese at Westing.


Saturday 15th January 2005

A white phase Gyr Falcon, probably a first-winter female, is on Fetlar, around the banks at Funzie. It is different to the Fair Isle bird, which is probably a male and was seen on Thursday. There are also 2 Barnacle Geese on Fetlar.

On Unst, the ringtail Hen Harrier was at Burrafirth, along with 2 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and a second-winter), while a Shelduck is at Norwick, 13 Whooper Swans and 10 Snow Buntings are at Haroldswick, a second-winter Iceland Gull is at Westing and a male Pochard is at Uyeasound. There was no sign of the Dipper on Hermaness, just 2 Woodcocks.

The American Wigeon is at Scatness along with 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and a first-winter Iceland Gull. A Water Rail is at Ocraquoy.

There are 2 first-winter Iceland Gulls and a first-winter Glaucous Gull at Loch of Clickimin and a female Bullfinch in Helendale. A first-winter Iceland Gull is on Trondra.


Friday 14th January 2005

The Black-bellied Dipper is still on Unst, along the Burn of Winnasworta on Hermaness. Also on Unst there is a first-winter Iceland Gull, a second-winter Glaucous Gull, an Oystercatcher, a Little Auk and a female Bullfinch, all at Baltasound.

The Dark-breasted Barn Owl is still at Reawick.

Counts of Iceland Gulls (all first-winters unless stated) comprised 2 (one adult) at Shetland Catch in Lerwick, one at Rova Head north of Lerwick, 3 at Scalloway, one at Sand near Garderhouse, one at Aith and one at Norby. A third-winter Glaucous Gull was at Huxter, Sandness, and a first-winter is at East Voe of Scalloway.

A female Bullfinch is at Cunningsburgh, where an exhausted Little Auk was found. There are 32 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Shelducks at Boddam. There are still 2 Greenfinches at Sandgarth, Voe.


Thursday 13th January 2005

The first-winter Little Gull is still at Melby along with a third-winter Glaucous Gull.

There are 4 first-winter Iceland Gulls at East Voe of Scalloway and 2 first-winter and an adult Iceland Gull at the Shetland Catch, along with an adult Glaucous Gull. A Song Thrush is at Helendale while a female Bullfinch is at Sound. A Little Grebe and 2 Goosanders are at East Voe of Scalloway. Another Bullfinch is at Sandgarth, Voe.

There are Little Auks at North Ness in Lerwick and found exhausted at Eshaness.


Wednesday 12th January 2005

There are 3 Barnacle Geese at Scatness. A male Bullfinch is at the Sletts in Lerwick.


Tuesday 11th January 2005

The Ross's Gull was at Ringasta, near Quendale, in the afternoon.

The Canada Goose is at Loch of Brow, where there are 78 Tufted Ducks and 3 Common Pochards as well as 15 Barnacle Geese. A Grey Plover is still at Spiggie. A first-winter Glaucous Gull has been feeding on a seal carcass at Scord all day.

A ringtail Hen Harrier is still roosting at Sand Water.

There are first-winter Iceland Gulls at Baltasound and Lamba Ness on Unst and a first-winter Glaucous Gull at Skaw, while there are still 2 Greenfinches at Baltasound.


Monday 10th January 2005

There are still 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick, along with a first-winter Glaucous Gull, with another first-winter Iceland Gull at Semblisetter, between Bixter and Skeld and an adult Iceland Gull near Hulma Water, between Bixter and Walls. There are 5 Goosanders on Strand Loch and a Pink-footed Goose at Bixter.


Sunday 9th January 2005

Ross's Gull - Roger Riddington; Iceland Gull (2 photos) - Micky Maher

The adult Ross's Gull is still at Loch of Brow, in a field north of the loch. A first-winter Iceland Gull was also present. The American Wigeon is still at Hillwell along with 25 Moorhens, 5 Coots and 2 Fieldfares. An adult Glaucous Gull is at Scatness.

The American Coot is still at Loch of Benston. There are 17 Mute Swans there and 44 Snow Buntings in two flocks at South Nesting. A Little Grebe and 28 Whooper Swans are on Loch of Tingwall. A first-winter Glaucous Gull is at Weisdale.

There are at least 8 Bullfinches still in Lerwick, along with 14 Greenfinches at Sound. There are 3 first-winter Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick and 2 Little Auks off the Victoria pier. A Little Grebe is still at East Voe of Scalloway. Another first-winter Iceland Gull is at Ollaberry.

A Little Grebe is at Baltasound and a Carrion Crow is at Haroldswick.


Saturday 8th January 2005

An adult Ross's Gull is at Loch of Brow.

The small Canada Goose is still at Loch of Spiggie, along with 15 Barnacle Geese and the Ruddy Duck, there are 4 Bar-tailed Godwits and 4 Gadwalls at Pool of Virkie, a first-winter Iceland Gull is at Boddam along with 3 Shelducks, and the male American Wigeon is at Loch of Hillwell along with a Little Grebe.

There are 4 Greenfinches on Trondra and 5 Goosanders at East Voe of Scalloway. A Grey Wagtail is at Effirth and a Little Gull is at Sandness, both in west Mainland.

At least 2 Glaucous Gulls are in Lerwick along with 2 Iceland Gulls, while a Goldcrest is at Helendale.


Friday 7th January 2005

The White-billed Diver is still in the Bluemull triangle.

A Chiffchaff is wintering in a garden in Scalloway and at least one Little Grebe is still at East Voe of Scalloway, along with 7 Grey Herons.

There are 4 Woodcocks at Kergord.

There are 5 Bar-tailed Godwits at Voe of Leiraness on Bressay.

At Sandwick, there are 250 Turnstones, 91 Redshanks, 14 Redwings and 7 Snow Buntings in the fields, while a Blackbird in song there is unusually early for Shetland.


Thursday 6th January 2005

A White-billed Diver is in Bluemull Sound, presumably the individual that has been around for the last few winters, although it is seldom seen

There are 2 Glaucous Gulls and about 200 Kittiwakes at the Shetland Catch in Lerwick.


Wednesday 5th January 2005

There are 3 Glaucous Gulls (an adult and 2 first-winters) and a first-winter Iceland Gull at Belmont.


Tuesday 4th January 2005

There are 12 Greenfinches at Brae and an Oystercatcher is at Graven. There are 183 Wigeons and 175 Curlews at Spiggie, while 15 Fieldfares and 8 Redwings are at Bigton. A Greenfinch is at Sletts Park, Lerwick. There are 6 Goosanders in the East Voe of Scalloway.


Monday 3rd January 2005

There are 42 Snow Buntings at Sandwick and 2 Greenfinches and 6 Redwings at Sandgarth, Voe. Two female Bullfinches are still at Sound, Lerwick. A Carrion Crow is at Baltasound.

There are 600 Eiders and 250 Long-tailed Ducks in the Bluemull triangle and single first-winter Iceland and Glaucous Gulls at Belmont.


Sunday 2nd January 2005

There are 2 Greenfinches still at Baltasound and 10 Snow Buntings at Haroldswick. Two Velvet Scoters are in the Bluemull triangle.


Saturday 1st January 2005

There are 2 Greenfinches at Baltasound.

 

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