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Saturday 24th September

South Mainland: Pallid Harrier at Hillwell in the morning, and then at Sumburgh Airport and Levenwick in the early afternoon. Olive-backed Pipit at Hoswick; also Arctic Warbler and Yellow-browed Warbler still there. Little Bunting at Quendale. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Scatness. Red-breasted Flycatcher, 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, Whinchat and 3 Pied Flycatchers at Wester Quarff. 2 Scaup at Spiggie. 5 Pintail at Hillwell.

Olive-backed Pipit at Hoswick - Glen Tyler

Out Skerries: Short-toed Lark, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, Snow Bunting, 10 Yellow-browed Warblers, 15 Brent Geese, Kestrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Knot, Purple Sandpiper, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers, 7 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Song Thrushes, 3 Redwings, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin and 2 Whinchats.

Central Mainland: Rose-coloured Starling still at Scalloway. Yellow-browed Warbler at Helendale, Lerwick. Yellow-browed Warbler at Sound, Lerwick. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Loch of Voe. Yellow-browed Warbler at Lower Voe. Scaup at Loch of Tingwall.

Unst: Icterine Warbler, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and at least 4 Yellow-browed Warblers at Baltasound. Red-breasted Flycatcher, Blackcap and 3 Yellow-browed Warblers at Norwick. Yellow-browed Warbler at Valsgarth. Snow Bunting at Lamba Ness. Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Skaw. Willow Warbler at Burrafirth. Kestrel at Northdale.

North Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler at Sullom.

Friday 23rd September

South Mainland: Pallid Harrier at Hillwell. Arctic Warbler still at Hoswick; also 3 Yellow-browed Warblers there. Little Bunting, Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail and 4 Yellow-browed Warblers at Quendale. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Grutness. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Quarff. Pintail at Boddam. Pochard at Spiggie.

Arctic Warbler at Hoswick - Jim Nicolson

Unst: Blyth's Reed Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Willow Warbler, Redwing and Brambling at Northdale. Blyth's Reed Warbler still at Uyeasound; also 5 Yellow-browed Warblers there. 2 Little Buntings, Whinchat , Blackcap, Reed Warbler and Whitethroat at Skaw. Little Bunting, Barred Warbler and Yellow-browed Warbler at Haroldswick. Corn Crake and Yellow-browed Warbler at Burrafirth. Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, Tree Pipit, Kestrel, 2 Chiffchaffs and 5 Blackcaps at Norwick. Barred Warbler, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 5 Willow Warblers, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs at Baltasound.

Red-breasted Flycatcher at Norwick - Dave Cooper (1 photo), Rob Brookes (1 photo); Blyth's Reed Warbler at Uyeasound - Paul French

Out Skerries: Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, 17 Yellow-browed Warblers, 8 Lapland Buntings, Snow Bunting, 15 Brent Geese, Bar-tailed Godwit, Jack Snipe, 4 Goldcrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 10 Blackcaps, Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Song Thrushes, 2 Redwings, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Robin, Pied Flycatcher, Chaffinch and 2 Whinchats.

Central Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler at Scalloway.

Burra: Yellow-browed Warbler, Pied Flycatcher and 2 Blackcaps on Trondra.

Yell: Lesser Whitethroat at Gutcher. Blackcap at Windhouse.

Thursday 22nd September

South Mainland: Great Reed Warbler, Little Bunting, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Green Sandpiper and 4 Yellow-browed Warblers at Quendale. Pallid Harrier at Hillwell. Arctic Warbler still at Hoswick; also Barred Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Siskin and 10 Yellow-browed Warblers there. Marsh Warbler at Southerhouse, Spiggie. Common Rosefinch, Barred Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Common Redpoll, Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Yellow-browed Warblers at Sumburgh/Grutness. Barred Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Brent Goose, Lapland Bunting and 8 Pink-footed Geese at Scatness. 6 Yellow-browed Warblers at Wester Quarff. Yellow-browed Warbler at Gulberwick. Robin at Fladdabister. Whinchat at Sandwick.

Great Reed Warbler at Quendale - Mark Coller; Little Bunting at Quendale - Mark Coller (1 photo), Mick Kemp (1 photo); Yellow-browed Warbler at Quendale - Jim Nicolson (1 photo), Darren Close (1 photo); Lapland Bunting and Brent Goose at Scatness - Steve Minton

Marsh Warbler at Spiggie - Mark Coller; Siskin at Hoswick - Glen Tyler

Foula: Isabelline Shrike still at Ham.

Unst: Blyth's Reed Warbler, Little Bunting, Yellow-browed Warbler and Short-eared Owl at Northdale. Blyth's Reed Warbler still at Uyeasound; also 2 Yellow-browed Warblers there. 2 Little Buntings, Peregrine, Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher at Skaw. Little Bunting, Barred Warbler, Short-eared Owl, 6 Yellow-browed Warblers, Whinchat, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Brambling and 4 Blackcaps at Norwick. Barred Warbler, Kestrel and 3 Chaffinches at Haroldswick. Wood Warbler and Reed Warbler at Baltasound.

Blyth's Reed Warbler at Uyeasound - Dave Cooper

West Mainland: Hoopoe at Dale of Walls.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike, Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whinchat and 6 Yellow-browed Warblers at Skaw. 4 Yellow-browed Warblers and Pied Flycatcher at Brough. 8 Yellow-browed Warblers at Isbister. Also single Yellow-browed Warblers at Houll, Creadyknowe, Grunitaing, Lubba, Marrister and Hamister.

Yell: Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Burravoe. Yellow-browed Warbler, Common Redpoll, Willow Warbler and 2 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: Mistle Thrush at Kergord. Yellow-browed Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap at Mossbank. Kestrel at Voe. Scaup and Slavonian Grebe at Loch of Tingwall.

Wednesday 21st September

Foula: Isabelline Shrike and Yellow-browed Warbler at Ham. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Ristie.

South Mainland: Arctic Warbler, Wryneck and 12 Yellow-browed Warblers at Hoswick. Pallid Harrier at Hillwell. Hoopoe at Sandwick. Little Bunting, Barred Warbler, Jack Snipe and Whinchat at Scatness. Common Rosefinch, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Cunningsburgh. Yellow-browed Warbler at Wester Quarff.

Arctic Warbler at Hoswick - Jim Nicolson; Common Rosefinch at Cunningsburgh and Yellow-browed Warbler at Hoswick - Glen Tyler

Unst: Little Bunting, Osprey, Whinchat and Yellow-browed Warbler at Skaw. Little Bunting at Northdale. Barred Warbler and Common Rosefinch at Clibberswick. Lapland Bunting, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, Whinchat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and 3 Chaffinches at Norwick. 6 Lapland Buntings at Lamba Ness. 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Baltasound. Yellow-browed Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Uyeasound. 2 Common Sandpipers at Haroldswick.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike and 3 Yellow-browed Warblers at Skaw. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Isbister.

West Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler at Clousta. Yellow-browed Warbler at Sandness.

Central Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler at Mossbank.

Tuesday 20th September

Foula: Isabelline Shrike and Yellow-browed Warbler at Ham.

Unst: Blyth's Reed Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Uyeasound. Little Bunting at Baliasta. Wood Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Baltasound. Little Bunting and Yellow-browed Warbler at Haroldswick. Short-eared Owl at Northdale. Yellow-browed Warbler at Burrafirth. 3 Lapland Buntings, Brambling and Dunnock at Norwick. Lapland Bunting at Skaw.

Central Mainland: Rose-coloured Starling in Scalloway. Yellow-browed Warbler in Lerwick.

South Mainland: Hobby at Grutness. 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, Green Sandpiper and Redwing at Quendale. Red-breasted Flycatcher and Yellow-browed Warbler at Sumburgh. Yellow-browed Warbler at Geosetter. 4 Yellow-browed Warblers and Pied Flycatcher at Hoswick. Yellow-browed Warbler at Swinister, Sandwick. Yellow-browed Warbler and Lapland Bunting at Exnaboe. Yellow-browed Warbler at Virkie.

Yell: Hawfinch at Gutcher.

Bressay: Red-breasted Flycatcher, Yellow-browed Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Gorie. Hen Harrier and 5 Lapland Buntings on Noss.

Fetlar: 4 Yellow-browed Warblers, 3 Ruff, Pintail, 3 Blackcaps, 5 Willow Warblers, Pied Flycatcher, Tree Sparrow, Snow Bunting and 2 Chiffchaffs.

Cetaceans: Minke Whale in Mousa Sound.

Monday 19th September

Unst: 2 Little Buntings, Yellow-browed Warbler and Barred Warbler at Haroldswick. 2 Barred Warblers at Norwick. Common Rosefinch at Northdale. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and Reed Warbler at Burrafirth. Barred Warbler, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, Reed Warbler and Wood Warbler at Baltasound. Yellow-browed Warbler at Lund. 6 Lapland Buntings at Hermaness.

Little Bunting at Haroldswick - Paul French; Dave Cooper

Yell: Barred Warbler at Gutcher. 3 Lapland Buntings and Ruff on Hascosay.

South Mainland: Common Rosefinch and 4 Yellow-browed Warblers at Geosetter. Common Crane at Hillwell. Curlew Sandpiper at Boddam. 3 Grey Plovers at Virkie. Yellow-browed Warbler and Chaffinch at Sumburgh Hotel. Yellow-browed Warbler at Exnaboe. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Toab.

West Mainland: Bluethroat at Clousta.

Central Mainland: Barred Warbler at Seafield, Lerwick.

Mammals: Nathusius' Pipistrelle sound-recorded at Burrafirth.

Sunday 18th September

Fetlar: Honey Buzzard, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Lesser Whitethroats.

Whalsay: Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-backed Shrike, Garden Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Skaw. Peregrine Falcon at Hamister. Common Rosefinch at Burns. Whinchat at Vevoe.

Red-breasted Flycatcher at Skaw, Whalsay - John Lowrie Irvine

Unst: Little Bunting and Yellow-browed Warbler at Haroldswick. Barred Warbler at Norwick. Common Rosefinch at Northdale.

South Mainland: Common Rosefinch and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers at Cunningsburgh. Yellow-browed Warbler at Quendale. 3 Grey Plovers at Scatness.

Grey Plover at Scatness - Steve Minton

West Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler at Gairdens o' Sand.

Saturday 17th September

South Mainland: Lanceolated Warbler trapped at Sumburgh. Pallid Harrier at Hillwell. Hobby at Sumburgh. Rose-coloured Starling at Wester Quarff. Little Stint at Scatness. Yellow-browed Warbler at Grutness.

Lanceolated Warbler at Sumburgh - Richard Ashbee (1 photo), Steve Minton (1 photo), Ray Johnston (1 photo)

Yellow-browed Warbler at Grutness - Richard Ashbee

Foula: Isabelline Shrike at Ham.

Unst: Black-headed Bunting and Barred Warbler at Haroldswick. Pectoral Sandpiper, 2 Snow Buntings and Lapland Bunting at Hermaness. Yellow-browed Warbler at Burrafirth.

Black-headed Bunting at Haroldswick - Dave Cooper; Pectoral Sandpiper at Hermaness - Rob Brookes

Whalsay: Yellow-browed Warbler, Barred Warbler and Red-backed Shrike at Skaw. Yellow-browed Warbler at Marrister.

Bressay: Yellow-browed Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher on Noss.

Central Mainland: Barred Warbler at Voe.

Whalsay: Barred Warbler at Skaw.

Cetaceans: Minke Whale off Ocraquoy.

Minke Whale off Ocraquoy - George Petrie

Friday 16th September

Yell: Hoopoe at Mid Yell.

South Mainland: Little Stint and Barred Warbler at Scatness. Red-breasted Flycatcher, Common Rosefinch, Grasshopper Warbler, Little Bunting and Yellow-browed Warbler at Sumburgh Head. Yellow-browed Warbler at Grutness. 2 Curlew Sandpipers at Virkie. Yellow-browed Warbler and Wood Warbler at Swinister, Sandwick.

Little Bunting and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Sumburgh - Jim Nicolson; Barred Warbler at Scatness - Steve Minton

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Whitethroat, Whinchat and Yellow-browed Warbler at Skaw. Red-breasted Flycatcher and 2 Chaffinches at Sandwick. Garden Warbler and Common Rosefinch at West Hamister.

Unst: Yellow-browed Warbler at Lund.

Thursday 15th September

Yell: Hoopoe at Mid Yell.

South Mainland: Little Bunting and Lesser Whitethroat at Sumburgh Head. Common Crane at Hillwell.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike, Blackcap and Song Thrush at Skaw.

Unst: Cuckoo at Norwick.

Cuckoo at Norwick - Dave Cooper

Wednesday 14th September

Unst: Common Rosefinch at Norwick. Barred Warbler at Haroldswick. 8 Lapland Buntings at Skaw.

Barred Warbler at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Whalsay: 2 Red-backed Shrikes at Skaw, Fieldfare at Hamister.

South Mainland: Little Bunting at Sumburgh Head. Wood Warbler at Boddam.

Little Bunting at Sumburgh - Ray Johnston

Cetaceans: moribund Fin Whale beached on Noss.

Fin Whale on Noss - Andy Denton

Tuesday 13th September

South Mainland: Honey Buzzard flew south over Sumburgh and 2 Lapland Buntings there. Yellow-browed Warbler at Geosetter. Common Crane at Quendale. Red-backed Shrike and Lesser Redpoll at Virkie. 2 Pied Flycatchers and Spotted Flycatcher at Exnaboe. Green Sandpiper and Turtle Dove at Quendale.

Honey Buzzard at Sumburgh and Red-backed Shrike at Virkie  - Roger Riddington

Unst: 3 Shovelers and Barred Warbler at Haroldswick. Kestrel and Whinchat at Baltasound. Knot, 34 Sanderlings, Garden Warbler and 2 Chaffinches at Lund.

Barred Warbler at Haroldswick - Dave Cooper

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike at Skaw.

Yell: Lesser Whitethroat at Herra.

West Mainland: Blackcap at Melby.

Monday 12th September

South Mainland: 8 Sooty Shearwaters past Dalsetter, Boddam.

Yell: 2 Arctic Terns at Gutcher. 8 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sunday 11th September

South Mainland: Little Bunting still at Sumburgh. Red-backed Shrike still at Virkie. Red-backed Shrike at Durigarth.

Unst: Common Rosefinch and 2 Garden Warblers at Norwick. 2 Common Whitethroats at Skaw. Lesser Whitethroat at Burrafirth.

North Mainland: 4 Lapland Buntings at Eshaness.

Whalsay: Barred Warbler at Skaw.

West Mainland: Lapland Bunting at Dale of Walls.

Yell: Chaffinch at Cullivoe.

Saturday 10th September

Fetlar: Booted Warbler at Funzie.

Bressay: Booted Warbler on Noss for 4th day.

South Mainland: Common Crane, 35 Black-tailed Godwits and Peregrine Falcon at Hillwell. Lapland Bunting and 2 Pied Flycatchers at Quendale. Pied Flycatcher at Hoswick. Lesser Whitethroat at Swinister. Pied Flycatcher at Wester Quarff.

Unst: Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound. Pied Flycatcher and Garden Warbler at Norwick. 6 Lapland Buntings at Sneuga.

Friday 9th September

West Mainland: Booted Warbler and Sparrowhawk at Melby.

Booted Warbler at Melby - Rory Tallack

Unst: Icterine Warbler, 3 Common Rosefinches, Lapland Bunting, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Garden Warblers and Blackcap at Norwick. Wryneck at Westing. Barred Warbler at Haroldswick. Common Redstart, Kestrel, Blackcap and Spotted Flycatcher at Skaw. Lapland Bunting, Whinchat and Lesser Whitethroat at Burrafirth. Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound.

Wryneck at Westing - Rob Brookes; Icterine Warbler at Norwick - Dave Cooper

Out Skerries: Common Rosefinch, Fieldfare, 3 Common Redpolls, Knot, Robin, 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whinchats, Goldcrest and Garden Warbler.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike and Common Swift at Skaw. 3 Black-tailed Godwits and Ruff at Vatshoull.

South Mainland: Little Bunting at Sumburgh. Red-backed Shrike at Virkie. Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh. 4 Sooty Shearwaters between Sumburgh and Fair Isle.

Thursday 8th September

South Mainland: Little Bunting, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Spotted Flycatcher and Pied Flycatcher at Sumburgh. Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Lapland Bunting at Virkie. 11 Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit at Fleck.

Little Bunting at Sumburgh - Roger Riddington

Unst: Common Rosefinch and 4 Sanderlings at Norwick. 10 Sanderlings and Lesser Whitethroat at Skaw. Lesser Whitethroat and Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound.

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike at Skaw.

Central Mainland: 8 Goosanders at Weisdale Voe. Kestrel at Lunna.

North Mainland: Sparrowhawk at North Roe.

Yell: Marsh Harrier at West Sandwick. 6 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Insects: Convolvulus Hawkmoth at Grutness.

Wednesday 7th September

North Mainland: Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Eshaness.

South Mainland: Red-breasted Flycatcher at Wester Quarff. Lesser Whitethroat at Skelberry.

Unst: 3 Lapland Buntings, Common Redstart and 11 Sanderlings at Skaw. Kestrel at Norwick.

Central Mainland: 2 Garden Warblers at Montfield, Lerwick. Goldcrest at Brae.

Bressay: 16 Wood Pigeons at Voehead.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales off south Unst.

Tuesday 6th September

Unst: 2 Sooty Shearwaters at Lamba Ness.

Yell: 15 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: 2 Killer Whales off Lamba Ness, Unst.

Monday 5th September

South Mainland: 7 Sooty Shearwaters at Sumburgh Head. Lesser Whitethroat, Robin and 6 Sanderlings at Grutness. 32 Swallows, Wood Warbler, Whinchat, Fieldfare and Wood Pigeon at Quendale.

Wood Warbler at Quendale - Richard Ashbee

Central Mainland: Marsh Harrier at Firth and Graven.

Whalsay: 2 Pied Flycatchers and Common Rosefinch at Skaw.

West Mainland: 6 Common Redpolls and 5 Sanderlings at Sand.

Unst: 2 Pied Flycatchers at Norwick. Short-eared Owl at Northdale. Kestrel, Garden Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound.

Short-eared Owl at Northdale - Dave Cooper

Yell: 8 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales through Lerwick harbour.

Sunday 4th September

Unst: Arctic Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Wryneck, 2 Common Rosefinches, 2 Pied Flycatchers and Lesser Whitethroat at Norwick. Icterine Warbler at Burrafirth. 2 Sooty Shearwaters at Lamba Ness.

Arctic Warbler and Wryneck at Norwick - Mike Pennington; Marsh Warbler at Norwick and Icterine Warbler at Burrafirth - Dave Cooper

South Mainland: Icterine Warbler at Scousburgh. Barred Warbler at Virkie. Grey Wagtail and Green Sandpiper at Quendale. Common Crane, Peregrine Falcon, Black Redstart, 24 Ruff and 4 Pintail at Hillwell.

Icterine Warbler at Scousburgh - David Anderson

Central Mainland: Wood Warbler at Mossbank.

North Mainland: Lapland Bunting at Nibon. Pied Flycatcher at Eshaness.

Whalsay: Barred Warbler, Wood Warbler and Ruff at Skaw. Common Rosefinch at Brough.

Fetlar: Kestrel, 2 Knot and 6 Sanderlings at Tresta. Green Sandpiper and Knot at Funzie.

Sea Mammals: small pods of Killer Whales off North Roe, the east coast of Unst and Out Skerries. 2 Minke Whales in Mousa Sound.

Killer Whale off Muness - Mike Pennington

Insects: a scatter of Red Admirals reported.

Saturday 3rd September

South Mainland: Booted Warbler and Kestrel at Sumburgh. Little Stint at Grutness. Kestrel at Sandwick. 7 Sooty Shearwaters between Sumburgh and Fair Isle.

Booted Warbler at Sumburgh - Roger Riddington

Unst: American Golden Plover at Baltasound. Wryneck at Westing.

American Golden Plover at Baltasound - Rob Brookes

Central Mainland: Wood Warbler at Mossbank.

Yell: 10 Knot and 8 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales in Yell Sound.

Friday 2nd September

Unst: Wryneck at Westing. Lapland Bunting at Lamba Ness.

Lapland Bunting at Lamba Ness - Dave Cooper

Bressay: Wood Warbler on Noss.

West Mainland: Marsh Harrier at Bixter and Tresta.

Central Mainland: Wood Warbler at Mossbank.

Whalsay: Greenish Warbler, Common Swift, Common Sandpiper, Sand Martin, Greenshank, 5 Black-tailed Godwits, 91 Ringed Plovers and 35 Dunlins.

Yell: 46 Sanderlings, 12 Knot and a Ruff.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales north through Lerwick harbour in the evening. 5 Risso's Dolphins at Lamba Ness.

Risso's Dolphin at Lamba Ness - Dave Cooper

Thursday 1st September

Unst: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater and Storm Petrel at Lamba Ness. 3 Sanderlings at Skaw. Pied Flycatcher and 6 Sanderlings at Norwick. Peregrine Falcon at Haroldswick. Carrion Crow still at Baltasound. 5 Knot and 4 Sanderlings at Westing.

Whalsay: Common Swift and Greenshank.

Central Mainland: Wood Warbler at Mossbank.

South Mainland: Kestrel at Scousburgh.

Insects: Convolvulus Hawkmoths at Scatness and Baltasound.

Convolvulus Hawkmoth at Scatness - Steve Minton

Wednesday 31st August

Unst: Rook still at Baltasound. Sooty Shearwater at Lamba Ness. 2 Wrynecks at Westing.

Rook at Baltasound - Rob Brookes

Yell: 12 Knot, 13 Sanderlings a Ruff at Cullivoe.

South Mainland: Kestrel at Scousburgh. 5 Pintails, 23 Ruff and 6 Black-tailed Godwits at Hillwell.

Tuesday 30th August

Whalsay: Greenish Warbler at Skaw.

Unst: Peregrine Falcon at Baltasound. 5 Sooty Shearwaters and a Storm Petrel at Lamba Ness. Pied Flycatcher and Kestrel at Baltasound.

Monday 29th August

South Mainland: Booted Warbler at Sumburgh. Arctic Warbler and Fieldfare at Geosetter.

Arctic Warbler at Geosetter - Lee Mott; Glen Tyler

Bressay: Common Rosefinch on Noss.

Unst: 2 Common Rosefnches, Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Norwick. Garden Warbler at Skaw. Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Pied Flycatchers at Baltasound. Black-tailed Godwit at Haroldswick.

Common Rosefinch at Norwick - Dave Cooper

Yell: 21 Sanderlings and Knot at Cullivoe.

Sunday 28th August

South Mainland: Booted Warbler, Wryneck, 2 Pied Flycatchers and Common Whitethroat at Sumburgh. 22 Knot at Grutness. Arctic Warbler at Scatness. Icterine Warbler and Wood Warbler at Quendale. Icterine Warbler at Rerwick.

Booted Warbler at Sumburgh - Richard Ashbee (2 photos); Lee Mott (one photo)

West Mainland: Arctic Warbler and Barred Warbler at Dale of Walls.

Unst: Garden Warbler and 4 Sanderlings at Skaw. 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 4 Sanderlings at Lamba Ness. 2 Pied Flycatchers at Norwick. Wood Warbler and Common Rosefinch at Haroldswick. Whinchat at Burrafirth. 2 Pied Flycatchers, Grey Wagtail and Greenshank at Baltasound. 26 Sanderlings at Easting.

Common Rosefinch and Wood Warbler at Haroldswick - Dave Cooper

Yell: Wood Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at West Yell. 28 Sanderlings and 15 Knot at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: small pod Killer Whales off Hermaness.2 Minke Whales off Lamba Ness and one off Hermaness.

Saturday 27th August

South Mainland: Arctic Warbler, Ruff and Kestrel at Scatness. Pied Flycatcher at Sumburgh Farm. 40 Ruff, Common Crane and male Common Rosefinch at Hillwell. Green Sandpiper at Quendale. 3 Ruff at Ringasta. Kestrel at Toab. Pied Flycatcher at Hoswick.

Arctic Warbler at Scatness - Steve Minton

Unst: Marsh Warbler, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat and Sanderling at Skaw. 4 Pied Flycatchers at Norwick. Wryneck, Whinchat and Pied Flycatcher at Burrafirth. Common Sandpiper at Haroldswick. Wryneck, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Garden Warblers and 2 Siskins at Baltasound.

Icterine Warbler at Norwick and Wood Warbler at Burrafirth - Dave Cooper

Central Mainland: Kestrel at Dales Voe, Delting.

Yell: 28 Sanderlings and 13 Knot at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: small pod Killer Whales off Woodwick (presumably Unst).

Friday 26th August

Unst: Marsh Warbler, Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, 2 Knot and 7 Sanderlings at Skaw. Icterine Warbler, Long-eared Owl and 4 Pied Flycatchers at Norwick. Whinchat at Northdale. Wood Warbler at Burrafirth.

West Mainland: Wood Warbler at Dale of Walls.

Bressay: Wryneck on Noss.

Yell: 28 Knot and 15 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales off Lunna. Minke Whale off Broonie's Taing, Sandwick.

Thursday 25th August

South Mainland: Pallid Harrier north of Toab. Kestrel at Sumburgh. 30 Ruff at Spiggie.

Unst: Marsh Warbler, Wood Warbler, Common Whitethroat and 15 Sanderlings at Skaw. Wryneck, Whinchat, 3 Pied Flycatchers and Long-eared Owl at Norwick. Spotted Flycatcher and Peregrine Falcon at Baltasound. 12 Ruffs at Uyeasound. 3 Sooty Shearwaters and Storm Petrel 9km N of Muckle Flugga.

Long-eared Owl at Norwick - Dave Cooper

Yell: 52 Knot, 22 Sanderlings and 11 Ruffs at Cullivoe.

West Mainland: Reed Warbler at Walls.

Sea mammals: small pod of Killer Whales off Sandness. White-beaked Dolphin in Weisdale Voe.

White-beaked Dolphin at Weisdale - Rory Tallack

Wednesday 24th August

Bressay: Greenish Warbler on Noss.

Unst: Marsh Warbler, Tree Pipit, Common Whitethroat, Greenshank, 2 Knot and 14 Sanderlings at Skaw. Common Rosefinch and 2 Whinchats at Norwick.

Marsh Warbler at Skaw - Dave Cooper

South Mainland: Red Kite at Scousburgh. Sparrowhawk 2 Whinchats, Common Redstart, Common Whitethroat and Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Reed Warbler and Kestrel at Hestingott. Pied Flycatcher and Reed Warbler at Exnaboe. 31 Black-tailed Godwits at Virkie. Wood Warbler at Ocraquoy.

Central Mainland: Cuckoo in Lerwick.

Yell: 70 Knot and 20 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales off Symbister, Whalsay, in the morning, and Skeld later in the day. Small pod of Killer Whales off Levenwick in the evening, along with one Minke Whale.

Tuesday 23rd August

Bressay: Greenish Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warblers, Common Redstart, 4 Pied Flycatchers, Garden Warbler, Whinchat, Common Whitethroat and Common Sandpiper on Noss.

South Mainland: Greenish Warbler, 2 Wrynecks, 2 Reed Warblers, Stonechat and Green Sandpiper at Quendale. Wryneck and Common Rosefinch at Sumburgh Farm. 2 Curlew Sandpipers, 2 Little Stints and Common Redstart at Scatness. 9 Black-tailed Godwits and Curlew Sandpiper at Virkie. 2 Whinchats, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redstart at Exnaboe. 5 Pied Flycatchers and Common Whitethroat at Levenwick.

Greenish Warbler at Quendale - Ray Johnston

Unst: Marsh Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Tree Pipit and 4 Pied Flycatchers at Baltasound. Marsh Warbler at Skaw. 2 Wrynecks, Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher and Sedge Warbler at Norwick. Wryneck at Haroldswick. Reed Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Kestrel and 17 Sanderlings at Skaw. 27 Knot and 12 Sanderlings at Westing.

Wryneck at Norwick - Dave Cooper

Central Mainland: Kestrel at Scalloway.

Sea mammals: 4 Killer Whales off Muckle Flugga. 3-4 Risso's Dolphins west of Lunna.

Monday 22nd August

Fetlar: Booted Warbler at Aith and Green Sandpiper, Wryneck, Common Rosefinch, 7 Pied Flycatchers, 4 Garden Warblers, 6 Whinchats, Reed Warbler and Tree Pipit on the isle.

Booted Warbler on Fetlar - Brydon Thomason

South Mainland: Greenish Warbler and Reed Warbler at Quendale Mill. Little Stint and Kestrel at Scatness. Little Stint at Grutness. Common Redstart at Skelberry. 2 Pied Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatcher and Whinchat at Sumburgh. 42 Ruff at Hillwell. 18 Black-tailed Godwits, Whinchat and Little Stint at Virkie. Common Redstart, Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and Robin at Exnaboe.

Greenish Warbler at Quendale - Larry Dalziel

Bressay: Greenish Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 8 Pied Flycatchers, Spotted Flycatcher and Common Redstart on Noss. Pied Flycatcher and Common Redstart at Voehead.

Unst: 3 Pied Flycatchers, Kestrel and Whinchat at Baltasound.

Sea mammals: 3 Killer Whales off Sandness.

Sunday 21st August

South Mainland: Greenish Warbler and Kestrel at Quendale Mill. Common Crane at Spiggie. Common Swift at Scatness. Common Swift, House Martin, Sand Martin and Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh Hotel. Common Redstart at Exnaboe. 40 Swallows at Ringasta and Spiggie. Sand Martin and Sparrowhawk at Sandwick.

Bressay: Greenish Warbler, Barred Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Whinchat and 12 Pied Flycatchers on Noss. Spotted Flycatcher and Garden Warbler at Gorie. Cuckoo at Voehead.

Out Skerries: 5 Pied Flycatchers, 9 Whinchats, Sand Martin and 8 Swallows.

Unst: Barred Warbler and Common Whitethroat at Skaw. Reed Warbler and Common Whitethroat at Haroldswick. Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 22 Ruff, Wood Warbler, 4 Garden Warblers and 4 Pied Flycatchers at Baltasound.

Whalsay: Pied Flycatcher at Skaw.

Small numbers of Willow Warblers widespread.

Insects: Aethes smeathmanniana trapped at Virkie.

Aethes smeathmanniana at Virkie - Rob Fray

Saturday 20th August

South Mainland: Greenish Warbler at Quendale Mill. Yellow Wagtail and Spotted Flycatcher at Sumburgh Hotel. Common Redstart at Exnaboe. Spotted Flycatcher at Toab. 3 Pied Flycatchers at Sumburgh Head.

Unst: Barred Warbler, Reed Warbler and Common Whitethroat at Skaw. Common Rosefinch and Grasshopper Warbler at Norwick. Pied Flycatcher and 7 Ruff at Baltasound.

Bressay: Reed Warbler, 7 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Common Whitethroats, 2 Common Redstarts, Spotted Flycatcher and Common Sandpiper on Noss.

Central Mainland: 2 Ruff at Scatsta.

Greenish Warbler at Quendale - George Petrie

Small numbers of Willow Warblers widespread.

Friday 19th August

South Mainland: Greenish Warbler and 2 Green Sandpipers at Quendale Mill. Peregrine Falcon and 14 Ruff at Spiggie. 16 Black-tailed Godwits at Virkie. Pied Flycatcher at Durigarth. Wood Warbler and Black-tailed Godwit at Hoswick.

Greenish Warbler at Quendale - Gary Bell; Wood Warbler at Hoswick - Glen Tyler

Bressay: Pied Flycatcher on Noss.

Yell: 6 Ruff at Burravoe.

Small numbers of Willow Warblers widespread.

Thursday 18th August

Unst: Long-eared Owl, 2 Willow Warblers, Black-tailed Godwit and 17 Ruff at Baltasound. Peregrine Falcon, 2 Sand Martins, 2 Willow Warblers and Garden Warbler at Norwick. 2 Willow Warblers at Burrafirth.

Long-eared Owl at Baltasound - Dave Cooper

South Mainland: Pied Flycatcher at Exnaboe. Garden Warbler at Sumburgh Hotel.

Yell: 9 Ruff at Vatsetter.

Wednesday 17th August

Unst: Black-tailed Godwit at Baltasound. 2 Grey Wagtails at Baliasta.

Yell: 7 Knot and 9 Sanderling at Cullivoe.

South Mainland: 350 Ringed Plovers, 125 Dunlin, 40 Sanderlings, 30 Knot, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Black-tailed Godwits and 6 Ruff at Virkie.

Tuesday 16th August

Unst: Sooty Shearwater at Lamba Ness. 16 Swallows at Skaw. Willow Warbler at Burrafirth.

South Mainland: Sand Martin found dead at Sumburgh.

Sea Mammals: 5 Killer Whales in Noss Sound in the afternoon.

Monday 15th August

Unst: 12 Swallows, Common Swift, 2 Knot, summering Carrion Crow and Rook at Baltasound. Willow Warbler at Burrafirth.

Yell: Black-tailed Godwit at Gloup. 4 Sanderlings at Breckon.

Sunday 14th August

Unst: 2 Greenshanks at Baltasound.

South Mainland: 45 Knot at Grutness.

Central Mainland: Goldeneye at Loch of Hellister.

Bressay: Cuckoo at Voehead.

Saturday 13th August

No news received.

Friday 12th August

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Cunningsburgh.

Bressay: Cuckoo at Voehead.

Sea Mammals: small pods of Killer Whales off Uyeasound heading north through Bluemull Sound and off Sandness, both at mid-day.

Thursday 11th August

South Mainland: Green Sandpiper at Swinister, Sandwick. Long-eared Owl at Sumburgh Hotel.

Wednesday 10th August

West Mainland: Red Kite at Huxter.

South Mainland: Little Stint and Sandwich Tern at Virkie.

Unst: Long-tailed Skua at Lamba Ness.

Yell: Green Sandpiper at Mid Yell. 4 Sanderlings at Breckon

Tuesday 9th August

Unst: 2 Sooty Shearwaters, Manx Shearwater and blue Fulmar at Lamba Ness.

Monday 8th August

South Mainland: Curlew Sandpiper, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff and 25 Knot at Virkie.

Yell Sound: Storm Petrel found aboard one the ferries and released.

Sunday 7th August

Unst: Red Kite at Hermaness. Storm Petrel, blue Fulmar and 13 Whimbrel at Lamba Ness. 7 Black-tailed Godwits at Haroldswick. 5 Ruff at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: 3 Goldeneyes at Loch of Tingwall.

South Mainland: 26 Knot and 4 Ruff at Virkie.

Saturday 6th August

Unst: Wood Warbler on Norwick. Green Sandpiper at Skaw. Goldcrest at Baltasound.

South Mainland: Little Stint and Curlew Sandpiper at Scatness.

Sea Mammals: Minke Whales off Mossbank and Culbinsbrough, Bressay.

Friday 5th August

Bressay: Common Sandpiper and Willow Warbler on Noss.

Central Mainland: 2 Grey Wagtails at Uradale, Scalloway.

Sea Mammals: about 50 Atlantic White-sided Dolphins off the Noup of Noss.

Thursday 4th August

Whalsay: Brambling at Isbister. 2 Greenshanks at Skaw. 4 Willow Warblers on the isle.

South Mainland: Curlew Sandpiper at Scatness.

Central Mainland: 2 Goldeneyes at Loch of Tingwall.

Sea Mammals: small pods of Killer Whales off North Roe and moving north from Lerwick harbour towards between Gletness, Nesting.

Wednesday 3rd August

Whalsay: Hobby at Newpark.

South Mainland: Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and 5 Ruff at Scatness. Little Stint at Virkie.

Bressay: Willow Warbler on Noss.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Atlantic White-sided Dolphins and 2 Minke Whales in the Bluemull 'triangle'. 2 Killer Whales off St Ninian's Isle. About 15 Risso's Dolphins in Mousa Sound.

Tuesday 2nd August

South Mainland: 2 Wood Sandpipers at Scatness. Ruff and Chiffchaff at Virkie.

North Mainland: 2 Ruff on Hillswick.

Unst: Green Sandpiper at Baltasound.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales at Mossbank.

Monday 1st August

South Mainland: Red Kite at Scousburgh.

Sunday 31st July

South Mainland: Red Kite at Channerwick. Fieldfare at Geosetter.

Central Mainland: 5 Common Crossbills in Lerwick.

Yell: 11 Mute Swans at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals etc: 6-7 Killer Whales off Mousa and another small pod off Eshaness. About 15 Risso's Dolphins in Yell Sound. Basking Shark off Clibberswick, Unst.

Saturday 30th July

Bressay: Greenshank, Sand Martin and Sedge Warbler on Noss.

Central Mainland: Common Crossbill at Brae.

South Mainland: Ruff at Scatness.

West Mainland: Peregrine Falcon at East Burrafirth.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales in Yell Sound.

Friday 29th July

South Mainland: 128 Dunlin, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 11 Knot and 11 Whimbrel at Virkie.

Central Mainland: Goldeneye at Loch of Tingwall.

Thursday 28th July

South Mainland: Common Crane at Setter, Spiggie.

Unst: Common Swift and 3 Purple Sandpipers at Lamba Ness, Unst.

Sea Mammals: small pod of Killer Whales off SE Yell, then in Bluemull Sound in the morning. 2 Minke Whales off Lamba Ness.

Wednesday 27th July

South Mainland: Sandwich Tern, 7 Bar-tailed Godwits and 29 Knots at Virkie.

Yell: Knot at Cullivoe. 8 Mute Swans at Kirk Loch.

Sea Mammals: small pods of Killer Whales off Wats Ness, Walls, at mid-day, in Yell Sound in the afternoon and at Aith, Fetlar, in the evening.

Tuesday 26th July

South Mainland: Shoveler at Scatness.

Bressay: 2 Sanderlings, 8 Knots and 6 Purple Sandpipers on Noss.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales first sighted at Levenwick in the morning then moved round Sumburgh Head and last seen off Burra in the evening.

Monday 25th July

South Mainland: coloiur-ringed Sanderling from Mauretania at Virkie. Pochard at Hillwell.

West Mainland: Greenshank at Skeld.

Sunday 24th July

Unst: Sooty Shearwater and Purple Sandpiper at Lamba Ness.

Central Mainland: 13 Whimbrels at Outrabister, Lunna.

South Mainland: Shoveler and 3 Knots at Scatness. 5 Sanderlings at Grutness. Green Sandpiper and Chiffchaff at Virkie.

Sea Mammals: pod of up to 20 Killer Whales in the north end of Yell Sound in the afternoon with some in Ronas Voe on the evening. Minke Whale in Mousa Sound.

Saturday 23rd July

Unst: 2 Common Crossbills at Baltasound. Sooty Shearwater off Lamba Ness.

Yell: Kestrel at Gloup.

Central Mainland: Kestrel at Girlsta.

Burra: Kestrel on Trondra.

South Mainland: Sandwich Tern, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 98 Sanderlings, 151 Redshanks, 17 Knots and 43 Ringed Plovers at Virkie.

Sea Mammals: pod of 10+ Killer Whales off the east coast of Unst most of the day. Minke Whales off Whalsay and Bressay.

Friday 22nd July

Unst: Short-eared Owl at Baltasound. Sooty Shearwater off Lamba Ness.

Whalsay: Kestrel at Vaivoe. 75 Dunlin at the Houb.

Yell: 6 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

South Mainland: Grey Wagtail at Toab.

Sea Mammals: pod of 10+ Killer Whales moving from Wadbister to Lunna and then towards Yell during the morning. 3 more Killer Whales off Cullivoe mid-morning,

Thursday 21st July

Unst: Little Gull and Green Sandpiper at Lamba Ness.

Whalsay: 15 Knots at Skaw.

South Mainland: 100 Sanderlings and 40 Knots, inc colour-ringed bird from Netherlands, at Virkie.

Sea Mammals: pod of 10+ Killer Whales between Quarff and Lerwick from mid-morning to mid-afternoon then at Wadbister Voe in the evening

Wednesday 20th July

South Mainland: Leach’s Petrel caught at Sumburgh Head. 28 Knots at Virkie. 36 Sanderlings at Scatness. Sand Martin at Spiggie. 5 Common Swifts at Sandwick.

Unst: Manx Shearwater at Lamba Ness. 4 Sanderlings at Skaw. Common Swift at Northdale.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales at Sumburgh Head.

Tuesday 19th July

South Mainland: 12 Knots, 110 Sanderlings, 156 Redshanks and a Sandwich Tern at Virkie.

West Mainland: 48 Sanderlings at Melby.

Yell: 11 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales at Sumburgh Head.

Monday 18th July

Unst: 3 Sanderlings at Huney.

Yell: 3 Sanderlings at Breckon.

Whalsay: Bar-tailed Godwit at Skaw.

Sea Mammals: Minke Whale off Filla, Whalsay.

Sunday 17th July

South Mainland: Common Crane at Fleck.

West Mainland: Goldeneye at Loch of Semblister.

Unst: 4 Sanderlings at Skaw.

Saturday 16th July

Yell: 6 Common Crossbills reported at Cullivoe.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales at Busta Voe, Brae.

Friday 15th July

No news received.

Thursday 14th July

South Mainland: Common Crane at Fleck.

Sea Mammals: pod of c.8 Killer Whales off South Nesting, North Nesting and Whalsay during the day.

Wednesday 13th July

South Mainland: Long-eared Owl at Cunningsburgh.

North Mainland: Common Redpoll at Collafirth.

Sea Mammals: pod of c.6 Killer Whales off Lerwick and Noss.

Tuesday 12th July

North Mainland: Buzzard sp. at Eshaness.

South Mainland: Common Crane at Brow.

Monday 11th July

South Mainland: Common Crane at Brow.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales following the Aberdeen ferry out of Lerwick in the evening.

Sunday 10th July

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales at Laxo swimming towards Nesting.

Saturday 9th July

South Mainland: A flock of 19 Curlews, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Whimbrel flew S over Grutness, where there was also a Sanderling.

Sea Mammals: 2 male Killer Whales off the Bard, Bressay.

Friday 8th July

No news received.

Thursday 7th July

No news received.

Wednesday 6th July

South Mainland: 6 Knot, Chiffchaff and 75 Redshanks at Virkie.

Whimbrel at Boddam - Roger Riddington

Tuesday 5th July

North Mainland: Long-tailed Skua at Eshaness.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales in Lerwick harbour early morning.

Killer Whales in Lerwick harbour - John Johnson

Monday 4th July

South Mainland: Common Crane at Fleck.

Out Skerries: Blackcap.

Unst: Chiffchaff at Baltasound.

Sea Mammals: pod of Killer Whales for much of the afternoon between Lunna and Whalsay.

Insects: Elachista argentella trapped at Virkie.

Elachista argentella at Virkie - Rob Fray

Sunday 3rd July

Unst: Carrion Crow at Baltasound.

South Mainland: 13 Bar-tailed Godwits, 4 Knot and 65 Redshanks at Virkie.

West Mainland: Great Northern Diver at Sand.

Saturday 2nd July

South Mainland: Stock Dove at Fleck. Chiffchaff at Scousburgh.

Unst: Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Baltasound.

Yell: Goosander at Loch of Gutcher.

Friday 1st July

Unst: Red-necked Grebe still at Haroldswick. Chiffchaff at Baltasound.

Red-necked Grebe at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

South Mainland: Common Crane at Spiggie.

Common Crane at Spiggie - Mick Kemp

Yell: Short-eared Owl at Waters of Raga.

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