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Bird News Archive 2000


Sunday 31 December 2000

A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 2 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are on Loch of Spiggie. Single JACK SNIPE are at Sandwick and Muckle Roe and a male GOOSANDER is at Baltasound (Unst).


Friday 29 December 2000

A first-year KUMLIEN'S GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour). A WAXWING is at Muckle Roe. 


Sunday 24 December 2000

A CROSSBILL and WATER RAIL are at Swinister (Sandwick, south Mainland).


Saturday 23 December 2000

A WAXWING is at Toab (south Mainland).


Sunday 17 December 2000

The three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness. 15 SNOW BUNTINGS are at Maywick (south Mainland) and 70 GOLDEN PLOVER are on Muckle Roe. 15 LITTLE AUKS flew past Sumburgh Head in 15 minutes and a SHELDUCK was at Boddam.


Saturday 16 December 2000

The three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Loch of Hillwell and a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE is at Spiggie.


Monday 11 December 2000

A very late WHEATEAR is on Whalsay. 


Sunday 10 December 2000

Female COMMON SCOTER off Scord Beach and 50+ FIELDFARES at Scatness today. A COOT, POCHARD and PINTAIL are at Uyeasound (Unst).


Saturday 9 December 2000

A first-year ICELAND GULL is at Maywick (south Mainland).  


Thursday 7 December 2000

A WAXWING and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS were at Maywick, near Bigton (south Mainland) today.

Two first-year GLAUCOUS GULLS and a LONG-EARED OWL are on Fair Isle.


Wednesday 6 December 2000

The three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness.


Monday 4 December 2000

The three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness. Four PINK-FOOTED GEESE and a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE are at Spiggie, a male GOOSANDER and female SHOVELER are also at Spiggie and 30 LITTLE AUK flew past Sumburgh Head this morning.


Saturday 2 December 2000

The three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness.


Thursday 30 November 2000

The first-year GLAUCOUS GULL is still at Lerwick Harbour.


Monday 27 November 2000

The three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness and 2 MISTLE THRUSHES are at Quendale.


Sunday 26 November 2000

A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL is at Lerwick Harbour and 3 GREENFINCHES are at Helendale (Lerwick).


Monday 19 November 2000

Three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Scatness.


Sunday 19 November 2000

A HEN HARRIER is at Hillwell.


Saturday 18 November 2000

A WAXWING was at Muckle Roe today and the 2 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON have moved to Scatness.


Thursday 16 November 2000

A WAXWING is at Trondra (near Scalloway).


Wednesday 15 November 2000

The 2 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still on Loch of Hillwell.


Tuesday 14 November 2000

A second-winter drake KING EIDER is in Sullom Voe off Haggrister Ness (north Mainland). The 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT is still at Haroldswick (Unst) and the 2 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still on Loch of Hillwell. Two VELVET SCOTER are off Outabister, 8 SLAVONIAN GREBES are in Sullom Voe and c.20 LITTLE AUK are around the coast of north-east Mainland. A HEN HARRIER is at Spiigie and the male GREEN-WINGED TEAL are still at the north end of Loch of Tingwall.


Monday 13 November 2000

A 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT is at Haroldswick (Unst) and RED-NECKED GREBES are at Vassa Voe and off Gletness (north-east Mainland).


Sunday 12 November 2000

Drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL still with Teal at the north end of Loch of Tingwall.


Saturday 11 November 2000

Colin Jewitt reported a WAXWING in his garden at North Roe. The GOOSANDER is still on Dam Loch (Unst).


Friday 10 November 2000

There was no sign of the Pine Grosbeak at Maywick today although an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, WOODLARK, WOODCOCK, 75 CHAFFINCHES, 40 ROBINS, 5 GREENFINCHES and 500+ REDWING were there.


Thursday 9 November 2000

Shetlands' second record of PINE GROSBEAK (a probable first-winter male) was found by Captain Paul Bentley at Maywick (near Bigton, south Mainland). This species occasionally irrupts from Siberia into Scandinavia, but it rarely crosses the North Sea. The only other record was a first-winter male at Lerwick from the 25th March to the 25th April 1992. Also at Maywick were a WAXWING, 60 CHAFFINCHES and 800 REDWING. A GOOSANDER is on Dam Loch (Unst).


Tuesday 7 November 2000

Winter has returned with the arrival of 16 GLAUCOUS GULLS on Unst today!! - 14 at the Loch of Cliff (6 adults, a third winter, 2 second winters and 5 juveniles) and single juveniles at Easter Loch and Haroldswick.


Sunday 5 November 2000

The 2 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still on Loch of Hillwell, the adult male is still on Loch of Brow and the immature male is still at Scatness along with the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Another drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is with Teal at the north end of Loch of Tingwall.

A late LESSER WHITETHROAT was at Baltasound (Unst) and a WHINCHAT was at Uyeasound. Single BLACK REDSTARTS were at Sound (Lerwick) and Sumburgh Head. A swan census today found few swans but at least 536 TEAL were recorded in the south and central Mainland.


Saturday 4 November 2000

Two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still on Loch of Hillwell, an adult male is on Loch of Brow and an immature male is at Scatness along with a drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL. Two WAXWINGS are at Brae, a late WHEATEAR was at Norwick (Unst) and a newly fledged Storm Petrel was picked up at Sullom Voe yesterday (3rd) and released on Unst today. 


Friday 3 November 2000

A PALLAS'S WARBLER is frequenting the gardens around the shop at Toab (south Mainland). A WAXWING and a WHINCHAT are at Baltasound (Unst). 


Thursday 2 November 2000

The 3 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still on Loch of Hillwell and the 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT is still at Baltasound School (Unst). Two drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL are at the north end of Loch of Tingwall. A HEN HARRIER is also at Hillwell.


Wednesday 1 November 2000

The 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT is still at Baltasound School (Unst).


Tuesday 31 October 2000

A LONG-TAILED TIT of the white-headed race A.c.caudatus was on Whalsay this morning but unfortunately disappeared into the wet and windy weather and was not relocated during the afternoon. It is the only the third record of the species in Shetland following a group of 4 individuals at Lerwick in November 1988 and four at Baltasound in April 1860.

A 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT is at Baltasound School (Unst).


Monday 30 October 2000

Single WOODCOCK were at Kergord and Sumburgh today and 2 RING OUSELS were at Tingwall.


Saturday 28 October 2000

Three immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are on Loch of Hillwell. The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School (Lerwick).


Friday 27 October 2000

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School (Lerwick).


Thursday 26 October 2000

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was brought in dead by a cat at Virkie this evening. There was an obvious arrival of REDWINGS overnight. Several thousand were around Lerwick and the south Mainland today with 2,000 at Maywick alone. Also evident were BLACKBIRDS and FIELDFARES with several hundred of each. Also at Maywick were a RING OUSEL, STONECHAT and late WILLOW WARBLER

A probable female Scaup x Tufted Duck hybrid is on Loch of Spiggie along with 54 WHOOPER SWANS one of which is wearing a neck collar. It was ringed as an adult male on the 13 August 1994 at Lake Anavatn, Jokuldalsheidi, ICELAND (65.13N, 15.32W).

Elsewhere a late SWALLOW was at Norwick (Unst) and a WATER RAIL was brought in by a cat at north Voe. The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is also still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School (Lerwick).


Wednesday 25 October 2000

A GREAT GREY SHRIKE is at Norwick (Unst). 


Tuesday 24 October 2000

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School (Lerwick).

A GREAT GREY SHRIKE, LITTLE BUNTING and ORTOLAN BUNTING are on Fair Isle.


Monday 23 October 2000

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School (Lerwick). A late HOUSE MARTIN and TURTLE DOVE were at Quendale and a MARSH WARBLER was at Skaw (Unst).


Sunday 22 October 2000

A RADDE'S WARBLER and COMMON ROSEFINCH are along the beach at Houb (Whalsay), just below the houses at Brough. 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS and a MISTLE THRUSH are at Kergord and the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School (Lerwick).

There was no sign of the BROWN SHRIKE on Fair Isle today although a GREAT GREY SHRIKE,  ORTOLAN BUNTING and a RICHARD'S PIPIT are there.


Saturday 21 October 2000

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School, Lerwick. 3 AMERICAN WIGEON were still on Loch of Hillwell today.

A first-year female BROWN SHRIKE is on Fair Isle, it was trapped, ringed and released at the Plantation there but went to roost at the Gully. Also there today were a LITTLE BUNTING, ORTOLAN BUNTING and a RICHARD'S PIPIT.

 

The first-year female Brown Shrike on Fair Isle - photo: Deryk Shaw, Fair Isle Bird Observatory


Friday 20 October 2000

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School, Lerwick. Two BLACK REDSTARTS and a SHORT-EARED OWL were on Skerries today and a BLACK REDSTART was at Maywick.


Thursday 19 October 2000

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is frequenting the gardens around Sound Primary School, Lerwick. At least 2 AMERICAN WIGEON (an adult and immature male) were still on Loch of Hillwell today, an immature male was at Scatness and an eclipse male was on Loch of Spiggie.


Wednesday 18 October 2000

At least 2 AMERICAN WIGEON (an adult and immature male) were still on Loch of Hillwell today.


Tuesday 17 October 2000

On Unst today were a RUSTIC BUNTING at Northdale, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Skaw and Norwick, a GOLDFINCH at Valyie and a STOCK DOVE at Baltasound. At least 2 AMERICAN WIGEON (an adult and immature male) were still on Loch of Hillwell today and an immature male was at Scatness.


Monday 16 October 2000

At least 4 AMERICAN WIGEON were still on Loch of Hillwell today.


Sunday 15 October 2000

A juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER are at Sandness (west Mainland). A SNOW BUNTING is on the hill of Clibberswick, Norwick (Unst).


Saturday 14 October 2000

At least 8 AMERICAN WIGEON were still on Loch of Hillwell today - 5 males and 3 females. The DIPPER is still at Voe and the ring-tail HEN HARRIER is still at Brow Marsh. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Muckle Roe.

A SHORT-TOED LARK, LITTLE BUNTING and ORTOLAN BUNTING are on Fair Isle.


Friday 13 October 2000

The SWAINSON'S THRUSH was still in the gardens adjacent to the Brae Hotel early this morning and mid-afternoon but remained elusive for the rest of the day. The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was still at Skaw (Whalsay) along with a BARRED WARBLER and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Brough. The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Sumburgh and a DIPPER is at Voe.

Another BARRED WARBLER was on Skerries, along with 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS and 5 RING OUSELS, a ring-tail HEN HARRIER was at Brow Marsh and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was at Maywick.

At least 450 GREYLAG GEESE are at Spiggie and at least 200 arrived on Unst today.

 A RUSTIC BUNTING, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, LITTLE BUNTING and 2 BLACK REDSTARTS are on Fair Isle.


Thursday 12 October 2000

Shetlands' third SWAINSON'S THRUSH was in the gardens adjacent to the Brae Hotel early this afternoon but unfortunately flew off and was not relocated. Previous records were at Scatness on the 25th-29th October 1980 and on Fair Isle from the 30th September to 6th October 1990.

Elsewhere an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was at Skaw (Whalsay).

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle along with a RUSTIC BUNTING, 2 SHORT-TOED LARKS, a RICHARDS PIPIT, 2 RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS, 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, LITTLE BUNTING, 2 BLACK REDSTARTS, and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER.


Wednesday 11 October 2000

At least 5 AMERICAN WIGEON were still on Loch of Hillwell today - 3 adult males, 1 immature male and an adult female. The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at the south end of the West Voe of Sumburgh beach today.

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle along with a SHORT-TOED LARK and 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS.


Tuesday 10 October 2000

At least 9 AMERICAN WIGEON were still on Loch of Hillwell today - the 4 adult males, 2 immature males, 2 adult females and 1 immature female. The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at Grutness and Compass Head today along with a LAPLAND BUNTING.

10 BARNACLE GEESE, 6 PINK-FOOTED GEESE, a SLAVONIAN GREBE and a LITTLE GREBE were on Loch of Spiggie and 32 BARNACLE GEESE were at Scatness. 2 GREY WAGTAILS and a drake GADWALL were also on Loch of Hillwell.

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle, along with a  SHORT-TOED LARK.


Monday 9 October 2000

A 'flock' of at least 10 AMERICAN WIGEON were found by Pete Ellis at Loch of Hillwell this morning. They comprised 4 adult males, 2 immature males, 2 adult females and 2 immature females. It is the largest number ever recorded in one place in the UK, although 13 were recorded on the 10th October 1968 at Akeragh Lough, county Kerry, Eire.

Elsewhere the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at back at the Sumburgh head quarries, the LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was at Halligarth (Unst).

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle, along with 3 LAPLAND BUNTINGS.


Sunday 8 October 2000

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at the Sumburgh Hotel garden this morning.


Saturday 7 October 2000

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at the Sumburgh head quarries in the afternoon.

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle, along with the RED-THROATED PIPIT, 3 RICHARDS PIPITS and an ORTOLAN BUNTING.


Friday 6 October 2000

A SHORT-TOED LARK and LAPLAND BUNTING are on Skerries. The RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Skaw (Unst) and the COMMON ROSEFINCH is still at Norwick (Unst).

The ISABELLINE SHRIKE is still on Foula, along with 2 OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a COMMON ROSEFINCH.

40 WHOOPER SWANS arrived at Loch of Spiggie today, including two broods of 4 - the first influx of the autumn, 5 GREY PLOVER are at the Pool of Virkie.

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle, along with a RED-THROATED PIPIT (trapped) and an ORTOLAN BUNTING.


Thursday 5 October 2000

New today was a SIBERIAN STONECHAT at Boddam (south Mainland). The ISABELLINE SHRIKE is still on Foula, the YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Durigarth, Dunrossness, the LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay, and the LITTLE BUNTINGS are still at Grutness and Quendale. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Halligarth (Unst), a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Skaw (Unst) and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Norwick (Unst).


Wednesday 4 October 2000

The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Durigarth, Dunrossness, the LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay, and the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Grutness. A HONEY BUZZARD flew over Gulberwick at 2 pm, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Skaw (Unst) and a RING OUZEL and SHORT-EARED OWL are at Burrafirth.

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle, along with an ORTOLAN BUNTING.


Tuesday 3 October 2000

An ISABELLINE SHRIKE is on Foula, the YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Durigarth, Dunrossness, the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Burrafirth (Unst) and a YELLOW_BROWED WARBLER is still at Helendale, Lerwick.

The juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fair Isle, along with an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, RICHARDS PIPIT and ORTOLAN BUNTING.


Monday 2 October 2000

A GREAT SNIPE is at Isbister (Whalsay), a RADDES WARBLER is at Skibberhoull (Whalsay), a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is at Durigarth, Dunrossness, an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Burrafirth (Unst) and a BONELLI'S WARBLER sp. is on Foula. Also on Foula are 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES, a BLUETHROAT and COMMON ROSEFINCH.

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are at Sandwick and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Helendale, Lerwick. The LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still at Quendale, the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Burrafirth (Unst) and a LAPLAND BUNTING is at Scatness. A flock of 48 PINK-FOOTED GEESE flew down Yell Sound.

A Juvenile PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, RED-BACKED SHRIKE, LITTLE BUNTING and ORTOLAN BUNTING are on Fair Isle.


Sunday 1 October 2000

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Hoswick, a LITTLE BUNTING is at Fladdabister (south Mainland), 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Scalloway and 2 are at Lerwick. The LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still at Quendale and a CORNCRAKE is at Scatlands, West Sandwick (Yell).


Saturday 30 September 2000

A HOOPOE is at Ulsta (Yell). A GREAT GREY SHRIKE and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER are at Sullom Plantation. A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Skaw (Unst) and 3 REED WARBLERS are at Halligarth.

LITTLE BUNTINGS are at Burrafirth (Unst), Yell, Hillwell, the Sumburgh Hotel garden and Grutness. 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Lerwick and singles are at Sullom Plantation, Geosetter and Coppister (Yell). The LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay.


Friday 29 September 2000

DUSKY WARBLERS are at Voxter (north Mainland) and at Sandwick (Whalsay). An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Skaw (Unst) and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE is at Haroldswick (Unst). Two POMARINE SKUAS were seen from the Skerries ferry. A LITTLE BUNTING is at Scatness, 2 are still at Quendale and one is still at Grutness. A BLUETHROAT is at the Quendale Mill, a GREAT GREY SHRIKE and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER are at Sullom Plantation.

REED WARBLERS are at Voe and Tresta, 2 are Sullom and 3 are at Maywick.

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Lerwick, Williamsetter, Geosetter, Durigarth, Quendale and 2 are at Voe, Kergord and Maywick.

The LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay, at least 300 CHAFFINCHES and 60 BRAMBLING are at Maywick along and a SOOTY SHEARWATER was off Sumburgh Head.

On Fair Isle today were 2 OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS and a LITTLE BUNTING.


Thursday 28 September 2000

On Unst an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Baltasound, a RUSTIC BUNTING is at Northdale and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and GRASSHOPPER WARBLER are at Burrafirth.

The LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay, and the LITTLE BUNTINGS are still at Hoswick and Grutness (Sumburgh) and another is at Sumburgh Farm. Two LITTLE BUNTINGS are at Quendale and 2 are also on Skerries, 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Geosetter (south Mainland) and one is at Helendale (Lerwick), a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is at Grutness, the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at Muckle Roe (north Mainland) and WRYNECKS are at Sullom and on Skerries.

On Fair Isle today were an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, LITTLE BUNTING, 2 WRYNECKS and a LAPLAND BUNTING.


Wednesday 27 September 2000

Reported on Foula today were 2 PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS, a LANCEOLATED WARBLER and a small CRAKE - either Baillon's or Little.

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, LITTLE BUNTING and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER were on Fetlar today, LITTLE BUNTINGS are still at Burrafirth and Grutness, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Voe and the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at Muckle Roe (north Mainland). Two POMARINE SKUAS flew north through Lerwick Harbour this morning.

On Fair Isle today were an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS, ORTOLAN BUNTING YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, WRYNECK, RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a HONEY BUZZARD.


Tuesday 26 September 2000

New today was a GREAT SNIPE at Ringasta, Quendale (south Mainland). A LITTLE BUNTING and BLUETHROAT are on Foula.

The adult male 'samamisicus' REDSTART is still in the field opposite the Sumburgh Airport junction at Grutness and the LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay. The LITTLE BUNTING is still at Burrafirth (Unst), along with a WRYNECK.

RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are at West Sandwick (Yell) and Muckle Roe (north Mainland), 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Kergord and singles are on Fetlar and at Lerwick. A TREECREEPER is on Whalsay.

On Fair Isle today were a RED-THROATED PIPIT and OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT.


Monday 25 September 2000

The adult male 'samamisicus' REDSTART is still in the field opposite the Sumburgh Airport junction at Grutness.

The adult male 'samamisicus' REDSTART at Grutness - photos Paul Sclater.

Elsewhere the LESSER GREY SHRIKE is still along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay, the RUSTIC BUNTING and LITTLE BUNTING are still at Hoswick, the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still at Veensgarth, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are at West Sandwick (Yell), the Sullom plantation (north Mainland) and Voe. A GREAT GREY SHRIKE and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are on Foula, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Voe, LITTLE BUNTINGS are at Burrafirth (Unst) and Grutness (Sumburgh) and 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS are at Scatness.

On Fair Isle today were OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER, 4 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, 2 BLUETHROATS, COMMON ROSEFINCH, ORTOLAN BUNTING and DOTTEREL.


Sunday 24 September 2000

Fewer migrants were evident today although there are still lots of birds about! New today were a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at Veensgarth (Tingwall, central Mainland) and a male RED-FOOTED FALCON at the north end of the Tingwall Valley. The adult male 'samamisicus' REDSTART was still in the field opposite the Sumburgh Airport junction at Grutness.

Elsewhere the LESSER GREY SHRIKE was relocated along the Hillwell burn, between Loch of Hillwell and Quendale Bay, the RUSTIC BUNTING and LITTLE BUNTING were still at Hoswick, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, COMMON ROSEFINCH and a HOBBY were at Kergord, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Skaw (Unst), on Fetlar and at Swinning (east Mainland) and a LAPLAND BUNTING was at Grutness.

On Fair Isle today were a GREAT SNIPE and a RED-THROATED PIPIT.


Saturday 23 September 2000

Lots of migrants were still around today particularly Song Thrushes, Redstarts and Siskins. Highlights were a LESSER GREY SHRIKE and BOOTED WARBLER at Hillwell (south Mainland), BLACK-THROATED THRUSH on Foula and a RUSTIC BUNTING at Hoswick (south Mainland). 

LITTLE BUNTINGS were at Dale of Walls (west Mainland), Hillwell, Hoswick and on Foula with 2 at Skaw (Unst) and 5 on Skerries. 

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Sumburgh Head, Melby, Voe, Hoswick, Lerwick and on Foula. 

COMMON ROSEFINCHES were at Burrafirth (Unst) and Toab (south Mainland).

Also on Foula were a BLUETHROAT, WRYNECK, GARGANEY and a HOBBY. Elsewhere there were 3 BLUETHROATS on Whalsay, RED-BACKED SHRIKES at Quendale and Boddam, an ORTOLAN BUNTING and 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS at Grutness (Sumburgh), and another LAPLAND BUNTING at Spiggie, a HONEY BUZZARD over Toab, an OSPREY on Skerries and GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS at Grutness and Sandwick. A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was at West Yell.

An adult male 'samamisicus' REDSTART was in the field opposite the Sumburgh Airport junction at Grutness. This form of Redstart from Crimea, eastern Turkey and Levant eastwards, differs from the nominate Redstart in showing broad white fringes along outer webs of the flight-feathers, forming a conspicuous white area around the inner part of the wing.

On Fair Isle were a RED-THROATED PIPIT, 2 HONEY BUZZARDS, 2 ORTOLAN BUNTINGS, 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS and a WRYNECK.


Friday 22 September 2000

Once the deluge, floods and landslides had cleared another deluge of common migrants was evident. The BOBOLINK is still on Skerries along with a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS and a WRYNECK. Four LAPLAND BUNTINGS are at the Ness of Ireland (south Mainland). There are 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Helendale and 2 at Seafield, both in Leriwck, and one at Voe (central Mainland). A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Grutness and a RICHARDS PIPIT is at Sumburgh Head.

A GREAT SNIPE is on Fair Isle.


Thursday 21 September 2000

Bird of the day is a BOBOLINK on Skerries, the second American passerine of the autumn and the fourth Shetland record following singles on Skerries in 1975, Fair Isle in 1986 and south Mainland in 1998. The BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is also still on Skerries as well as a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and a COMMON ROSEFINCH. An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Kergord (central Mainland). A LITTLE BUNTING and an ORTOLAN BUNTING are at Grutness (south Mainland) and another ORTOLAN BUNTING is on Fetlar. A MARSH HARRIER was seen over Scatness (south Mainland), with a western race COMMON STONECHAT also there and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER at Sumburgh Farm (south Mainland). A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Voxter, near Brae (north Mainland). A LITTLE BUNTING is at Skaw (Unst).


Wednesday 20 September 2000

A CITRINE WAGTAIL is amongst a few new birds on Fair Isle and a SABINE'S GULL was reported from Norwick, but otherwise it is wet and windy!


Monday 18 September 2000

The BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still on Skerries along with a HONEY BUZZARD, an OSPREY, a BARRED WARBLER and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE. Birds on Unst include a COMMON ROSEFINCH at Burrafirth, a BARRED WARBLER at Norwick and a western race COMMON STONECHAT at Skaw.


Sunday 17 September 2000

Bird of the day was a male PIED WHEATEAR at Toab (south Mainland), the fourth for Shetland following singles on Fair Isle in 1989, Sumburgh in 1991 and Lerwick, also in 1991. The eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Spiggie along with a SHORT-TOED LARK thare at the north end of the loch. The BOOTED WARBLER is still at Norwick. The immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still on Skerries along with 2 WRYNECKS, a BLUETHROAT, a BARRED WARBLER and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE. The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Geosetter. A BARRED WARBLER is still at Scatness. At Maywick there are 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS with another at Kergord. A CURLEW SANDPIPER is at Norwick.

Birds on Fair Isle include 2 LANCEOLATED WARBLERS, 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS, 5 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and a HOBBY.


Saturday 16 September 2000

New today was an eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON on the Loch of Spiggie in the evening and a GREENISH WARBLER on Whalsay. The BOOTED WARBLER is still at Norwick (Unst) along with a BARRED WARBLER, while there is also a LAPLAND BUNTING at Skaw, Unst. The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Geosetter, near Bigton (south Mainland) along with a COMMON ROSEFINCH. The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Quendale Mill (south Mainland). A BARRED WARBLER is at Scatness and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Channerwick.

A new (unringed) LANCEOLATED WARBLER is on Fair Isle along with at least 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS.


Friday 15 September 2000

Chris Rodger found a BOOTED WARBLER at Norwick (Unst). It is the 13th Shetland record (away from Fair Isle), but the first for Unst. On Skerries there is an immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING, a CITRINE WAGTAIL, a COMMON ROSEFINCH, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, a WRYNECK and 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS. A GREENISH WARBLER is at Geosetter, near Bigton (south Mainland) along with 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES. A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Whalsay. A WRYNECK is at Ringasta (south Mainland) while on Noss there is the first reported YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER of the autumn, a BLUETHROAT and a COMMON ROSEFINCH. An OSPREY is at Lera Voe (west Mainland).

On Fair Isle there is a ringed LANCEOLATED WARBLER (presumably one of the birds trapped earlier in the autumn), an ARCTIC WARBLER, 4 LITTLE BUNTINGS, 2 BLUETHROATS, 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and a DOTTEREL.


Thursday 14 September 2000

News of the day was a BLACKPOLL WARBLER on the island of Noss. It is the fourth Shetland record of this North American passerine following singles on Whalsay in 1985, Sumburgh in 1990 and Fair Isle in 1991. A WOOD WARBLER is at Burrafirth (Unst) and there were 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS at Tingwall (central Mainland).

On Fair Isle there is a RED-THROATED PIPIT, a GREENISH WARBLER, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and at least 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS.


Wednesday 13 September 2000

A new immature CITRINE WAGTAIL is at Scatness (south Mainland), the second of the autumn. A HONEY BUZZARD flew over Catfirth (central Mainland) this morning and there was a WOOD WARBLER there, but there was no sign of the Lesser Grey Shrike. A LAPLAND BUNTING flew over Crussa Field, between Baltasound and Haroldswick (Unst) and the first 2 SNOW BUNTINGS of the autumn were also there. Also on Unst, a BARRED WARBLER was at Northdale along with yesterday's COMMON STONECHAT.


Tuesday 12 September 2000

Andy Graham found a LESSER GREY SHRIKE at Catfirth (central Mainland) late in the evening. It is the second in consecutive autumns and the 17th Shetland record in total (excluding Fair Isle records). On Unst there is a BARRED WARBLER at Norwick and a western race COMMON STONECHAT at Northdale.

Fair Isle has 2 new LANCEOLATED WARBLERS, RED-THROATED PIPIT, LITTLE BUNTING, MARSH WARBLER, BARRED WARBLER and 4 COMMON ROSEFINCHES.


Monday 11 September 2000

A COMMON ROSEFINCH is on the island of Noss and an adult LITTLE STINT is at Baltasound. Fair Isle has a LANCEOLATED WARBLER.


Sunday 10 September 2000

The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Grutness (south Mainland) and was even heard in song today. Elsewhere a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Scatness, a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Veensgarth (central Mainland) and at Virkie there are 6 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS, 4 RUFF and 2 juvenile LITTLE STINTS. A BOOTED WARBLER is on Fair Isle.

Paul Sclater has provided a videograb of the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper seen in August - see the entry for Wednesday 30 August 2000 below.


Saturday 9 September 2000

The juvenile CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at the Quendale Mill (south Mainland). 


Friday 8 September 2000

The TEMMINCK'S STINT is still on the small pool adjacent to the Grutness pier. 


Thursday 7 September 2000

The TEMMINCK'S STINT is still on the small pool adjacent to the Grutness pier, 9 SOOTY SHEARWATERS were seen off Sumburgh Head and a dead WRYNECK was found at Baltasound (Unst). 

A MEDITERRANEAN SHEARWATER (potentially the first for Shetland) was seen off Fair Isle today. 5 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and a BARRED WARBLER are also there.


Wednesday 6 September 2000

The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Grutness (Sumburgh) and the TEMMINCK'S STINT is still on the small pool adjacent to the Grutness pier, a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Northdale (Unst), a WRYNECK is at Maywick (near Bigton, south Mainland) and a MANX SHEARWATER was off Sumburgh Head. 


Tuesday 5 September 2000

The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Grutness (Sumburgh), 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are on Fetlar along with a REED WARBLER and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Tingwall, a TEMMINCK'S STINT is on the small pool adjacent to the Grutness pier, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Scatness and a WOOD SANDPIPER is at Quendale. 


Monday 4 September 2000

A GREENISH WARBLER is at Grutness (Sumburgh), the juvenile CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at the Quendale Mill (south Mainland) along with 4 COMMON ROSEFINCHES, a CORNCRAKE is along the Quendale burn and a BARRED WARBLER is at Tresta (central Mainland).


Sunday 3 September 2000

The TEMMINCK'S STINT is still along the Quendale burn (south Mainland), COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Tingwall and on Whalsay and a WRYNECK is at Burrafirth (Unst).


Saturday 2 September 2000

A YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is at Durigarth (Dunrossness, Sumburgh), a TEMMINCK'S STINT and CORNCRAKE are along Quendale burn (south Mainland), another CORNCRAKE is at Scatness, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are still on Whalsay and one is on Fetlar and at Quendale Farm and the RED-BACKED SHRIKE is also still on Whalsay.


Friday 1 September 2000

The earliest Shetland LANCEOLATED WARBLER was on Skerries today - along with 2 BARRED WARBLERS, 4 COMMON ROSEFINCHES, 8 REED WARBLERS, a WOOD WARBLER and a GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER. Four MANX SHEARWATERS were also seen on the crossing to Skerries. Elsewhere there was a GREENISH WARBLER on Noss, the SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER still at Scatness (Sumburgh), COMMON ROSEFINCHES at Skaw (Unst), Fetlar, Eswick (east Mainland), the Sumburgh Hotel garden and 2 at Sandwick (south Mainland) and on Whalsay, BARRED WARBLERS at Norwick (Unst), Fetlar, and Geosetter (near Bigton, south Mainland), RED-BACKED SHRIKES at Sandwick (south Mainland), Scatness (Sumburgh) and on Whalsay and 4 WRYNECKS are also on Whalsay. A common STONECHAT was at Norwick (Unst).


Thursday 31 August 2000

The juvenile CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at the Quendale Mill (south Mainland) and a POMARINE SKUA was off Sumburgh Head.


Wednesday 30 August 2000

The Sharp-tailed Sandpiper at the Pool of Virkie/Scatness - video grab by Paul Sclater

A juvenile CITRINE WAGTAIL was at the Quendale Mill (south Mainland) in the evening, the SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was at Scatness (Sumburgh) and a SOOTY SHEARWATER was off Sumburgh Head this morning. 20 GREYLAG GEESE were at Orwick Water, Muckle Roe (north Mainland).


Tuesday 29 August 2000

A pelagic out to the edge of the continental shelf off Foula today produced a GREAT SHEARWATER about 5 miles west of Foula, a POMARINE SKUA, 7 SOOTY SHEARWATERS and about 150 STORM PETRELS.

Pete Davidson and Ailsa Reid, working on a seismic boat west of Shetland have also reported several GREAT SHEARWATERS in a similar area with 7 on 28th, at least 2 on 29th, 2 on 30th and 1 on 31st all between 60 deg 43.0 min N 04 deg 00 min W and 60 deg 19.9 min N 05 deg 05.3 min W.


Monday 28 August 2000

The adult SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was at Scatness (Sumburgh) today, as was a SWIFT. Elsewhere there was a GREENISH WARBLER at Voe (north Mainland), a juvenile POMARINE SKUA in Lerwick Harbour, 6 CURLEW SANDPIPERS and an adult LITTLE STINT at Virkie (Sumburgh) and a SPOTTED REDSHANK at Eshaness (north Mainland).

On Fair Isle today were 2 GREENISH WARBLERS, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, COMMON ROSEFINCH and WRYNECK.


Sunday 27 August 2000

An excellent day for rare migrants. An adult SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh), a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING was on Noss and 2 GREENISH WARBLERS, a CITRINE WAGTAIL, BARRED WARBLER, COMMON ROSEFINCH, WRYNECK and 3 REED WARBLERS were on Skerries. Elsewhere there were COMMON ROSEFINCHES at Quendale and Sumburgh, a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER at the Sumburgh Quarry, a REED WARBLER at Quendale and a CUCKOO at Valyie (Unst).

On Fair Isle today were a GREENISH WARBLER, 4 WRYNECK, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a CORNCRAKE.


Saturday 26 August 2000

An elusive GREENISH WARBLER was at the Sumburgh Lighthouse during the early afternoon. Two SOOTY SHEARWATERS, 2 MANX SHEARWATERS and a POMARINE SKUA were also off Sumburgh Head. There were noticeably more common migrants around today - mainly Willow Warblers with a few Redstarts and Pied Flycatchers. 


Friday 25 August 2000

A male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is frequenting the area between Sumburgh Farm and Virkie (Sumburgh).


Saturday 19 August 2000

A GREENISH WARBLER, 2 BARRED WARBLERS, MARSH WARBLER and 2 WOOD WARBLERS are on Fair Isle. The SPOTTED REDSHANK is still  at Baltasound (Unst).


Friday 18 August 2000

A BARRED WARBLER and SPOTTED REDSHANK are at Baltasound (Unst) and 8 RUFF are at Muckle Roe (north Mainland). 


Thursday 17 August 2000

A WOOD WARBLER is at Seafield, Lerwick, a SANDWICH TERN and 2 LITTLE STINTS are at Virkie (Sumburgh) and 20 RUFF are at Scatness (Sumburgh). 


Wednesday 16 August 2000

A BARRED WARBLER is at Mid Yell and a second summer ICELAND GULL is at Baltasound (Unst). The 2 RUFF are still at Muckle Roe (north Mainland). 

Pete Davidson and Ailsa Reid, working on a seismic boat west of Shetland reported an adult summer SABINE'S GULL west of Shetland at 60 deg 30 min N, 04 deg 52 min W.


Tuesday 15 August 2000

The immature male KING EIDER is still off Rova Head, Lerwick - with the Eider flock there. Two RUFF are at Muckle Roe (north Mainland). 


Monday 14 August 2000

A CITRINE WAGTAIL and WRYNECK are on Fair Isle. 

A SPOTTED REDSHANK is at Baltasound (Unst) and the REED WARBLER is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Sunday 13 August 2000

A flock of 70+ RUFF and 50+ GREYLAG GEESE are at North Roe (north Mainland) and 14 GREYLAG GEESE are at Sandwater (central Mainland). 


Friday 11 August 2000

A REED WARBLER is at Norwick (Unst). 


Wednesday 9 August 2000

The immature male KING EIDER is still off Rova Head, Lerwick - with the Eider flock there. 


Tuesday 8 August 2000

A second summer ICELAND GULL is at Uyeasound (Unst).


Monday 7 August 2000

The immature male KING EIDER is still off Rova Head, Lerwick - with the Eider flock there. 


Wednesday 2 August 2000

An immature male KING EIDER is off Rova Head, Lerwick - with the Eider flock there. 


Tuesday 1 August 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst) and 2 juvenile WOOD SANDPIPERS are still at Trolla Water, Baltasound (Unst). 


Sunday 30 July 2000

The 3 juvenile WOOD SANDPIPERS are still at Trolla Water, Baltasound (Unst). 


Saturday 29 July 2000

Three juvenile WOOD SANDPIPERS are at Trolla Water, Baltasound (Unst). 


Friday 28 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Thursday 27 July 2000

Two CRANES flew north over Lerwick in the evening. The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Tuesday 25 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Monday 24 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Sunday 23 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Saturday 22 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). There was no sign today of the Red-necked Stint at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh).


Friday 21 July 2000

The summer plumage RED-NECKED STINT is still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) - as is the male PECTORAL SANDPIPER and the male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 


Thursday 20 July 2000

The summer plumage RED-NECKED STINT is still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) - as is the male PECTORAL SANDPIPER.


Wednesday 19 July 2000

The summer plumage RED-NECKED STINT was still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) this morning. The male PECTORAL SANDPIPER is also still there and the male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Norwick (Unst). 

 

 

 

 

The male Black-headed Bunting at Norwick, Unst - photo: Wendy Dickson


Tuesday 18 July 2000

Startling news of the day was the discovery by Roger Riddington of a summer plumage RED-NECKED STINT at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh). It was first seen at 7.30pm and remained there until at least 10 pm - associating with Sanderling and Dunlin. It is the first record of a live individual in Shetland - a freshly dead juvenile was found on Fair Isle on the 31st August 1994. The male PECTORAL SANDPIPER is also still there.

 

 

 

The Red-necked Stint at the Pool of Virkie - photo Dennis Coutts


Monday 17 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst). 


Sunday 16 July 2000

 The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst). 


Saturday 15 July 2000

 The male PECTORAL SANDPIPER is still at the Pool of Virkie, Sumburgh (south Mainland).


Friday 14 July 2000

A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER is off Banna Min (Burra).


Thursday 13 July 2000

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER is at the Pool of Virkie, Sumburgh (south Mainland) along with the male PECTORAL SANDPIPER.


Wednesday 12 July 2000

A MARSH WARBLER is at Ringasta, Quendale (south Mainland) and the male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst).


Tuesday 11 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst). A GREAT NORTHERN DIVER is in Basta Voe (Yell).


Monday 10 July 2000

Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS (a male and female) are on the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh).


Sunday 9 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst). Tony Gott reported a pair of GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS in Basta Voe (Yell).


Saturday 8 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst). A few MEALY REDPOLLS are in the isles at the moment, at least 8 are at Sumburgh, 6 at Lerwick and 7 on Unst.


Friday 7 July 2000

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Valyie, Norwick (Unst) and a GREAT NORTHERN DIVER was off Urie Ness (Fetlar).


Wednesday 5 July 2000

A male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is at Valyie, Norwick (Unst).


Monday 3 July 2000

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Fair Isle.


Sunday 2 July 2000

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is on Skerries.


Saturday 1 July 2000

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is on Fair Isle along with the 'fuscus' REED WARBLER.


Friday 30 June 2000

The 'fuscus' REED WARBLER.is still on Fair Isle.


Saturday 24 June 2000

The OSPREY was at Weisdale today (central Mainland).


Friday 23 June 2000

A BLACK REDSTART was at the Sumburgh Head quarries today (south Mainland).


Thursday 22 June 2000

A male BLACK REDSTART is at Gulberwick and an OSPREY flew over Veensgath (Tingwall, central Mainland) this evening.

A pale morph BOOTED EAGLE was seen to fly north towards Shetland from Orkney at 11.30 this morning - hopefully it will be relocated here.

An immature LONG-TAILED SKUA is on Fair Isle.


Wednesday 21 June 2000

The male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Voe (north Mainland) and the drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland).


Monday 19 June 2000

An adult WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN was reported off Aith, Fetlar and a BLACK-THROATED DIVER was also off Fetlar. The male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Voe (north Mainland).


Sunday 18 June 2000

The male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Voe (north Mainland) and the immature male KING EIDER is still in Cat Firth (east Mainland).


Saturday 17 June 2000

A SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Foula.


Friday 16 June 2000

A singing male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Voe (north Mainland), a GREY WAGTAIL is at Skaw (Unst).

The 'fuscus' REED WARBLER is still on Fair Isle.


Thursday 15 June 2000

A 'fuscus' REED WARBLER (trapped and ringed) is on Fair Isle along with a MARSH WARBLER and the male RED-BACKED SHRIKE.


Wednesday 14 June 2000

A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Fair Isle.


Monday 12 June 2000

The male BLUETHROAT is still at Cunningsburgh (south Mainland).

The BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is still on Fair Isle.


Sunday 11 June 2000

An adult LONG-TAILED SKUA was at Scatness (Sumburgh) this morning and a SANDWICH TERN was at Boddam. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Noss.

A BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is on Fair Isle.


Saturday 10 June 2000

The MARSH WARBLER is stil at Baltasound and the male BLUETHROAT is still at Cunningsburgh (south Mainland).


Friday 9 June 2000

A singing MARSH WARBLER is at Baltasound and a SEDGE WARBLER is at Haroldswick (both Unst). A male COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Lunna House (north-east Mainland) and a DOTTEREL is at Finnie (Fetlar). A WAXWING was reported at Holmsgarth (Lerwick) - as this is such an unseasonal date it is possibly the Japanese Waxwing seen at Scalloway on the 27th May.

A MARSH WARBLER and female SUBALPINE WARBLER are on Fair Isle.


Wednesday 7 June 2000

The male BLUETHROAT is still at Cunningsburgh (south Mainland).


Tuesday 6 June 2000

A male BLUETHROAT is at Cunningsburgh (south Mainland) and a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Norwick (Unst). An OSPREY flew over Baltasound.


Sunday 4 June 2000

The 5 TREE SPARROWS are still at Norwick (Unst).

On Fair Isle today were a THRUSH NIGHTINGALE, BLUETHROAT and COMMON ROSEFINCH.


Saturday 3 June 2000

A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 2 drake GARGANEY and 2 drake SHOVELER are on Loch of Hillwell (South Mainland). A second-summer GLAUCOUS GULL is at Westing (Unst) and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Foula.

A SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Fair Isle.


Friday 2 June 2000

A WRYNECK is at Maywick (south Mainland), a GREY WAGTAIL is at Skaw (Unst) and 5 TREE SPARROWS are at Norwick (Unst).


Thursday 1 June 2000

A BLUETHROAT and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE are at Skaw (Unst) and 4 TREE SPARROWS are at Norwick (Unst). The second-year LEUCISTIC HERRING GULL is still in Lerwick Harbour - near the Lifeboat small boat harbour.


Wednesday 31 May 2000

A SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Whalsay.


Tuesday 30 May 2000

A drake AMERICAN WIGEON was on Loch of Troswick and later Loch of Clumlie today (south Mainland). A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is at Finnie, Fetlar and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Sumburgh Head.

A BLUETHROAT is on Fair Isle.


Monday 29 May 2000

A LONG-TAILED SKUA was off Wats Ness this morning (west Mainland), and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Baliatsa (Unst).

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE, BLUETHROAT and 3 ICTERINE WARBLERS are on Fair Isle. 


Sunday 28 May 2000

Two RED-BACKED SHRIKES, a COMMON ROSEFINCH and BLUETHROAT are at Quendale (south Mainland). A female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Spiggie (south Mainland). The ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Virkie and a NIGHTINGALE sp. is also at Virkie. An exceptional 136 RAVENS are at Rova Head (north Lerwick) and 10 COLLARED DOVES are at Haroldswick (Unst).

An ICTERINE WARBLER, 5 BLUETHROATS and 5 RED-BACKED SHRIKES are on Fair Isle.


Saturday 27 May 2000

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Virkie (Sumburgh), a male BLUETHROAT is on Out Skerries, a drake GARGANEY is at Scatness (Sumburgh), a TREE SPARROW is at the Sumburgh Lighthouse  and a male GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Burrafirth (Unst). An escaped JAPANESE WAXWING is frequenting gardens around Blythoit, Scalloway - the second record for Shetland.

Five RED-BACKED SHRIKES, 2 BLUETHROATS and 3 ICTERINE WARBLERS are on Fair Isle.


Friday 26 May 2000

An immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord (singing frequently) and the CUCKOO is also still there. The dark and light-bellied BRENT GEESE are still on the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh).


Thursday 25 May 2000

The COMMON BUZZARD was seen at Haroldswick (Unst) again today and 2 SANDWICH TERNS were in the bay there. Also on Unst, the TREE SPARROW is still at Norwick along with a SPARROWHAWK and 4 CARRION CROWS.


Tuesday 23 May 2000

A SNOW BUNTING is at Skaw (Unst), a CARRION CROW is at Northdale (Unst) and a second-summer ICELAND GULL is at the south end of Lerwick Harbour (near the Lifeboat).

A GOLDEN ORIOLE is on Fair Isle.


Sunday 21 May 2000

A BLUETHROAT is on Noss and the CUCKOO is still at Kergord. On Unst the ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Norwick, along with a TREE SPARROW and a REED WARBLER is at Baltasound.


Saturday 20 May 2000

A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Papil Geo, Noss (a different bird to the one there on the 15th May). On Mainland an OSPREY flew over Loch of Spiggie in the afternoon, the adult LITTLE GULL was back at Loch of Hillwell and the CUCKOO is still at Kergord. On Unst an ICTERINE WARBLER is at Norwick, a GREY WAGTAIL at Skaw, a WOOD SANDPIPER is at Haroldswick, the OSPREY is still at Burrafirth, the male SHOVELER has moved from Haroldswick to Baltasound and the GADWALL is still at Uyeasound along with 2 CANADA GEESE and a GREENSHANK.


Friday 19 May 2000

Two COMMON CRANES were reported just south of Baltasound (Unst) in the evening. The Unst OSPREY was near Loch of Cliff, Burrafirth and a SPOTTED FLYCATCHER is at Valyie. Off Watsness (west Mainland) today were 11 POMARINE SKUAS - two more were seen off Hermaness (Unst). 


Thursday 18 May 2000

A GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord plantation (central Mainland). Off Watsness (west Mainland) today were 41 LONG-TAILED SKUAS and 11 POMARINE SKUAS.


Wednesday 17 May 2000

An OSPREY was near Uyeasound (Unst) this morning and another was at Gilsa Water, Muckle Roe (north Mainland) also in the morning. 


Tuesday 16 May 2000

The LITTLE STINT is still at Haroldswick (Unst).


Monday 15 May 2000

A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Noss. The LITTLE STINT is still at Haroldswick (Unst) along with 3 WOOD SANDPIPERS while another WOOD SANDPIPER is at Baltasound. A second-year LEUCISTIC HERRING GULL is at the north end of Lerwick Harbour and the long-staying dark and light-bellied BRENT GEESE are still at Virkie (Sumburgh).

A BLYTH'S REED WARBLER and 2 BLUETHROATS are on Fair Isle.


Sunday 14 May 2000

A LITTLE STINT is on the pools at Haroldswick (Unst) along with 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS, a GREENSHANK and the male SHOVELER. Another GREENSHANK is at Baltasound. The RUDDY DUCK is still on Loch of Brow (south Mainland) and a first-summer ICELAND GULL is at Tingwall.


Saturday 13 May 2000

A COMMON BUZZARD flew south over Haroldswick (Unst) in the evening and a male SHOVELER, a WOOD SANDPIPER and a GREENSHANK were at the pools there. Also on Unst there was a male PINTAIL at Skaw and a GADWALL and a second-summer ICELAND GULL were at Uyeasound. A GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL and a pair of GARGANEY are at Loch of Spiggie and another pair of GARGANEY are at Scatness.

A CALANDRA LARK turned up on Fair Isle at about mid-day today - for the second consecutive year. It was extremely elusive and would frequently disappear for long periods of time. It was last seen at around 3pm and was not seen thereafter for the rest of the day. The PALLAS'S ROSEFINCH is also still there.


Friday 12 May 2000

One of the Bar-headed Geese at Spiggie - photos Jim Nicolson

The 4 BAR-HEADED GEESE are still frequenting the fields at the north end of Loch of Spiggie, the LITTLE GREBE is still on Loch of Brow (south Mainland) and the long-staying dark and light-bellied BRENT GEESE are still at Virkie (Sumburgh).

The PALLAS'S ROSEFINCH is still on Fair Isle, along with 3 BLUETHROATS.


Thursday 11 May 2000

The LITTLE EGRET is still at Dam Loch, Uyeasound (Unst), the 4 BAR-HEADED GEESE are still frequenting the fields at the north end of Loch of Spiggie, the LITTLE GREBE is still on Loch of Brow (south Mainland) and the long-staying dark and light-bellied BRENT GEESE are still at Virkie (Sumburgh).

The Little Egret at Uyeasound - photos Mike Pennington.

A PALLAS'S ROSEFINCH has turned up on Fair Isle - unfortunately its almost certainly a bird which has escaped from captivity.


Wednesday 10 May 2000

The RED-RUMPED SWALLOW reappeared at Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland) this evening. Also there were an adult LITTLE GULL and a second-summer ICELAND GULL. The 4 BAR-HEADED GEESE were still frequenting the fields at the north end of Loch of Spiggie for most of the day but had moved off during the early evening. Elsewhere there were a pair of GARGANEY on Pullars Loch, Scatness (Sumburgh), a LITTLE GREBE on Loch of Brow (south Mainland), a CURLEW SANDPIPER and the long-staying dark and light-bellied BRENT GEESE on Virkie (Sumburgh), a REED WARBLER at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and a female RUDDY DUCK on Loch of Tingwall (central Mainland).


Tuesday 9 May 2000

The LITTLE EGRET is still at Dam Loch, Uyeasound (Unst), and a TREE SPARROW is at Burrafirth shore station (Unst). Four BAR-HEADED GEESE were on the fields at the north end of Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland) during the evening.


Monday 8 May 2000

A RED-RUMPED SWALLOW is at Scatness (Sumburgh) and the first SEDGE WARBLER of the year is at Trondra (near Scalloway).


Sunday 7 May 2000

New today was the first REED WARBLER of the year at Grutness (Sumburgh). The drake AMERICAN WIGEON is still on Loch of Spiggie/Brow (south Mainland), the WRYNECK has moved from the Sumburgh Farm to the Sumburgh Hotel garden, the drake RUDDY DUCK is still on Loch of Brow and the drake SCAUP is still on Loch of Spiggie.


Saturday 6 May 2000

New birds today were a COMMON CRANE at Quendale (south Mainland) - although it has probably been there a week according to the locals - a WRYNECK at Sumburgh Farm, a drake RUDDY DUCK on Loch of Brow, a drake SCAUP on Loch of Spiggie and a pair of PINTAIL at Haroldswick (Unst). Elsewhere the drake AMERICAN WIGEON is still on Loch of Spiggie/Brow (south Mainland), the LITTLE EGRET is still at Dam Loch, Uyeasound (Unst), the WOOD SANDPIPER is still on Loch of Hillwell, the GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is still at the Sumburgh Lighthouse and at least 9 GADWALL are still on Loch of Hillwell.


Friday 5 May 2000

New birds today were a second-summer plumage LITTLE GULL frequenting the island on Loch of Tingwall (central Mainland) and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER at the Sumburgh Lighthouse. The drake AMERICAN WIGEON is still on Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland) - at the southern end of the Loch where it joins into Loch of Brow, the WOOD SANDPIPER is still on Loch of Hillwell, the female MARSH HARRIER was at Haroldswick (Unst) again today along with the drake GARGANEY and a drake PINTAIL. An exceptional 26 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS were off Easting beach (south Unst).


Thursday 4 May 2000

A female MARSH HARRIER (probably the same bird at Brow Marsh on the 29th April) is at Haroldswick (Unst), the LITTLE EGRET is still at Dam Loch, Uyeasound (Unst) and 6 CARRION CROWS are also at Uyeasound.


Wednesday 3 May 2000

A drake AMERICAN WIGEON is on Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland) - at the southern end of the Loch where it joins into Loch of Brow. An exceptional 14 GADWALL are on Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland) 8 males and 6 females and a WOOD SANDPIPER is also there. The LITTLE EGRET is still at Dam Loch, Uyeasound (Unst) and a second-summer ICELAND GULL is at Uyeasound.

100 nautical miles North West of Shetland today were 2 POMARINE SKUAS along with 3 LONG-TAILED SKUAS.


Tuesday 2 May 2000

A LITTLE EGRET was found on Dam Loch, Uyeasound (Unst) by Barbara Priest this afternoon - only the eighth recorded in Shetland. The drake GARGANEY is still at Haroldswick (Unst) and a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Baltasound (Unst).

100 nautical miles North West of Shetland today were 2 POMARINE SKUAS.


Monday 1 May 2000

A WOOD SANDPIPER and a YELLOW WAGTAIL are at Scatness (Sumburgh, south Mainland), a CUCKOO is at Sumburgh Head, a BLACK REDSTART is at Grutness (Sumburgh) and one each of pale-bellied and dark-bellied BRENT GEESE are at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh). A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE is at Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland) and the drake GARGANEY is still at Haroldswick (Unst).

The DARTFORD WARBLER was still on Fair Isle today - along the Hill Dyke in the middle of the island and the female MARSH HARRIER is also still there.


Sunday 30 April 2000

The DARTFORD WARBLER was still on Fair Isle today, allowing ten hardy Shetland souls the opportunity to brave the choppy crossing from Grutness in Jonathan Wills boat the Dunter II. The bird showed extremely well along the dry stone walls at Leogh in the south of the island and appears to be a probable first-year male. The female MARSH HARRIER is also still on Fair Isle.

The drake GARGANEY is still at Haroldswick (Unst).


Saturday 29 April 2000

Drake GARGANEY are at Haroldswick (Unst) and Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland). The first BLACK-TAILED GODWIT of the year was at Loch of Brow, the first ARCTIC TERNS (2) were at Loch of Spiggie (both south Mainland) and the first GREEN SANDPIPER was at Haroldswick (Unst). Five GADWALL and 6 COOT are on Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland) and a female MARSH HARRIER was at Brow Marsh in the evening.

A DARTFORD WARBLER was on Fair Isle this evening - hopefully it will remain until tomorrow when we can in to the isle get to see it. The species is a very unlikely vagrant to Shetland - it is usually a sedentary species confined to the south of England - and it is only the second Scottish record following one at St. Abb's Head, Berwick on the 18th May 1983. A female MARSH HARRIER is also on Fair Isle.


Friday 28 April 2000

A drake GARGANEY is at Haroldswick (Unst).


Thursday 27 April 2000

The pair of HAWFINCHES are still at Helendale (Lerwick).


Tuesday 25 April 2000

A COMMON CRANE and a CANADA GOOSE were at Loch of Spiggie today and 17 SHELDUCKS are at Virkie (both south Mainland). The pair of HAWFINCHES are still at Helendale (Lerwick).


Monday 24 April 2000

A first-year male KING EIDER is in Cat Firth (south nesting, east Mainland), a summer plumage WHITE-BILLED DIVER is off South Nesting (along the coast between south & north Nesting), a RED-NECKED GREBE is in Vassa Voe (north Mainland), a TUFTED DUCK X SCAUP HYBRID is at Lochend (North Roe, north Mainland), a COMMON SCOTER is in Ronas Voe (north Mainland) and a pair of HAWFINCHES are at Helendale (Lerwick).


Sunday 23 April 2000

The first COMMON TERNS (4) of the year were at Melby, Sandness (west Mainland) today. A pair of GOOSANDER were also at Walls. On Unst there were 2 GREENFINCHES at Baltasound, the first BLACK-TAILED GODWIT of the year and 2 MUTE SWANS and 2 SHOVELER at Uyeasound.


Saturday 22 April 2000

A HAWFINCH is still at Helendale (Lerwick), 2 are still at Trondra and 1 at Kergord. On Loch of Hillwell (Quendale, south Mainland) are 6 SHOVELER, 2 GADWALL and 4 COOT. A RING OUSEL is on Hermaness (Unst).


Friday 21 April 2000

Its HAWFINCHES R US - 3 are at North Roe and Helendale, 2 at Trondra and 1 at Kergord - an exceptional number for Shetland. On Unst a female STONECHAT was at Northdale and a male WHITETHROAT at Norwick. Up to 40 BRAMBLING, a YELLOWHAMMER and a SISKIN are at North Roe (North Mainland), a GREENFINCH is at Helendale (Lerwick) and at Scatness (south Mainland) are 2 WILLOW WARBLERS and 5 WHITE WAGTAILS. At Sumburgh (south Mainland) are 20 ROBINS, 2 WILLOW WARBLERS, 2 CHIFFCHAFFS, 6 WHEATEARS and an ARCTIC SKUA.


Thursday 20 April 2000

Spring has finally sprung! On Unst a REDSTART is Skaw and 36 BRAMBLINGS are at Baltasound along with singles of SAND MARTIN, SWALLOW, BLACKCAP, WILLOW WARBLER and GREENFINCH. On Yell a pair of LINNETS are at Aywick. Two HAWFINCHES are at Urafirth (north Mainland), a pair of HAWFINCHES are at Trondra (across the bay from Scalloway), along with at least 3 BRAMBLING and a LINNET. At Quendale (south Mainland) are 2 GADWALL and 3 SHOVELER on Loch of Hillwell and 15 WHITE WAGTAILS, a WILLOW WARBLER, 20 BRAMBLING and 5 WHEATEARS.

On Fair Isle today were a SUBALPINE WARBLER, GREAT GREY SHRIKE, TREE PIPIT and a REDSTART. Up to 400 ROBINS have also been there over the last few days.


Wednesday 19 April 2000

A HAWFINCH is at North Roe (north Mainland). Tony & Beth Gerrard at Voe reported a pair of BRAMBLING there, and an albino Starling.


Sunday 16 April 2000

A probable white-phase Gyr Falcon was reported on north Burra today. The BRENT GOOSE is still at Virkie (Sumburgh).


Monday 10 April 2000

Willie Henderson of Northdale saw a COMMON CRANE in the mire just across the road from Northdale (on the road up Saxa Vord - Unst). It was trying to land with Whooper Swans, but after two attempts it disappeared and it has not been relocated.

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) are a first year and an adult ICELAND GULLS


Sunday 9 April 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) are a first year and an adult ICELAND GULLS. The first ARCTIC SKUA of the year was at Ireland (South Mainland) and an albino HOUSE SPARROW is at Voe.


Friday 7 April 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) are 2 first year and a second year ICELAND GULLS.


Wednesday 5 April 2000

A GADWALL is on Garth's Loch, Scatness (Sumburgh) and a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is with c.100 GREYLAG GEESE at Exnaboe (Sumburgh).


Tuesday 4 April 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) are 3 first year and 2 second year ICELAND GULLS.


Sunday 2 April 2000

A SPARROWHAWK is at Sumburgh. At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) are 2 first year and a second year ICELAND GULLS.


Saturday 1 April 2000

A CHIFFCHAFF is at Skaw and the YELLOWHAMMER is still at Baltasound (both Unst).


Friday 31 March 2000

The first WHEATEARS of the year arrived on Shetland Mainland today - singles at Tingwall (central Mainland) and Baltasound (Unst). Also at Baltasound was a GREY WAGTAIL. Elsewhere Bill Jackson found a summer-plumage RED-NECKED GREBE at Cat Firth, south Nesting, (east Mainland).

The Red-necked Grebe at Cat Firth - photos Bill Jackson.


Thursday 30 March 2000

A female BULLFINCH is at Bigton and a second year ICELAND GULL and the first CHIFFCHAFF of the year are at Spiggie (both south Mainland).


Wednesday 29 March 2000

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE reported heading here yesterday from North Ronaldsay (Orkney) has turned up on Fetlar. An adult male KING EIDER is off Linga, Bluemull Sound (between Yell and Unst) and a first-year ICELAND GULL is on Fetlar. On Unst a BLACK-THROATED DIVER is off Easting beach, the first BONXIE of the year is on Hermaness and 4 LONG-EARED OWLS are at Baltasound.

A very dark 'blue-phase' FULMAR is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) along with 6 first year, a second year and an adult ICELAND GULLS and a first year, second year and adult GLAUCOUS GULLS. At Scalloway Harbour (around the NoSWA outfall) are 3 first year and a second year ICELAND GULLS.

The first WHEATEAR of the year arrived on Fair Isle today - also there are 6 CHIFFCHAFFS.


Tuesday 28 March 2000

Martin Gray from North Ronaldsay (Orkney) sent the following message today. A first-winter WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew north over our house @ 10:30 today. Once it cleared the N.Ron coast, it had a steady heading for Fair Isle. It should be in Shetland by now, somewhere........It was un-tagged, and looked in immaculate plumage.

The only other news of the day was a YELLOWHAMMER on Unst, a GREENFINCH at Helendale (Lerwick) and a BLACK REDSTART on Fair Isle.


Monday 27 March 2000

A female STONECHAT was at Baltasound (Unst) today and a MOORHEN is at Helendale (Lerwick), where it has overwintered.


Sunday 26 March 2000

A GREAT GREY SHRIKE was at Norwick (Unst) today. At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 6 first year, 2 second year and an adult ICELAND GULLS and a first year, second year and adult GLAUCOUS GULLS. At Scalloway Harbour today were 3 first year and a second year ICELAND GULLS and 2 first year ICELAND GULLS were at the south end of Burra.


Saturday 25 March 2000

A white-phase GYR FALCON was at West Sandwick (Yell) this afternoon- presumably the same individual that was at Ulsta (Yell) on the 25th February. At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 5 first year, a second year and an adult ICELAND GULLS and a first year, second year and adult GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Thursday 23 March 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 6 first year, a second year and an adult ICELAND GULLS and 2 first year, a second year and 2 adult GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Wednesday 22 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with 9 first year, 2 second year and 2 adult ICELAND GULLS and 3 first year, 2 second year and 2 adult GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Tuesday 21 March 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 6 first year a second year and 2 adult ICELAND GULLS and 2 first year, a second year and 2 adult GLAUCOUS GULLS. A first year ICELAND GULL was also at Scalloway Harbour.


Monday 20 March 2000

Remember the white-phase GYR FALCON that was picked up from the oil productions platform Foinhaven (off the west side of Shetland) and flown to Aberdeen for rehabilitation on the 3rd March (see below). The bird was successfully rehabilitated in Aberdeen and Brian Orr has sent the following pictures of its release at the foot of Glen Lui, 5.5 miles west of Braemar (Highland Region) on the 10th March. It was a second-winter female and was last seen disappearing in a NNE direction at Glen Lui at 11.45 a.m. An article on the release that appeared in the March 11th issue of the Scottish Express is available by clicking here.

The Gyr Falcon being released at Glen Lui - photos Brian Orr


Saturday 18 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was back at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with 8 first year, 2 second year and 2 adult ICELAND GULLS and 3 first year, a second year and 2 adult GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Friday 17 March 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 5 first year ICELAND GULLS and two first year, a second year and an adult GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Thursday 16 March 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 8 first year and 2 adult ICELAND GULLS and two first year and an adult GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Tuesday 14 March 2000

On Fair Isle there are 2 STONECHATS and a SHORT-EARED OWL.


Sunday 12 March 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 5 first year and a second year ICELAND GULLS and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL. Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were together in Brow Marsh (south Mainland).


Friday 10 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 8 first year, 2 second year and an adult  ICELAND GULLS and 2 first year GLAUCOUS GULLS. The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is also still on Loch of Tingwall - around the northern end of the loch.


Wednesday 8 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 9 first year, 2 second year and an adult  ICELAND GULLS and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL.


Tuesday 7 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 6 first winter/summer ICELAND GULLS and a first winter/summer GLAUCOUS GULL.


Monday 6 March 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were at least 6 first winter/summer, a second winter/summer and an adult ICELAND GULLS and a first winter/summer GLAUCOUS GULL.


Sunday 5 March 2000

A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is on Loch of Tingwall. The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 9 first winter/summer and 1 second winter/summer ICELAND GULLS and 1 first winter/summer GLAUCOUS GULL.


Saturday 4 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 10 first winter/summer and 2 second winter/summer ICELAND GULLS and 2 first winter/summer GLAUCOUS GULLS.

 

First winter/summer (left) and second winter/summer (right) Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch, Lerwick - photos Mike Pennington.


Friday 3 March 2000

A GYR FALCON was picked up from the oil productions platform Foinhaven (off the west side of Shetland) and flown to Aberdeen for rehabilitation.


Thursday 2 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 11 first winter/summer and 2 second winter/summer ICELAND GULLS and 2 first winter/summer GLAUCOUS GULLS.

The adult Kumlien's Gull at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory - photo Bill Jackson.


Wednesday 1 March 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was back at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 12 first winter/summer and 2 second winter/summer ICELAND GULLS.


Tuesday 29 February 2000

The adult Kumlien's Gull has not been seen since Sunday. At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were at least 8 first winter/summer, 2 second winter/summer and an adult ICELAND GULLS


Sunday 27 February 2000

The adult KUMLIEN'S GULL was briefly at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today along with at least 10 first winter/summer, 2 second winter/summer and an adult ICELAND GULLS. A third year GLAUCOUS GULL is also at Uyeasound (Unst) and a GREY PLOVER is at Easting (Unst).


Saturday 26 February 2000

An adult KUMLIEN'S GULL is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) along with 8 first winter/summer and 2 second winter/summer ICELAND GULLS. A further 9 first winter/summer ICELAND GULLS are at Symbister Harbour (Whalsay).

The adult Kumlien's Gull at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory - photos Bill Jackson.


Friday 25 February 2000

A white-phase GYR FALCON was at Ulsta (Yell) - probably the same bird that was on Fair Isle. A male and four female GOOSANDER were on Strand Loch, Tingwall (central Mainland) this morning. Four first-winter/summer ICELAND GULLS are still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick).


Wednesday 23 February 2000

An immature male KING EIDER is off Nesting (east Mainland). The WATER RAIL below was photographed by Bill Jackson at Boddam (south Mainland) today. Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS are still on Fair Isle.

The Water Rail at Boddam - photo Bill Jackson.


Tuesday 22 February 2000

The first LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL of the year was at Burrafirth (Unst) today.


Monday 21 February 2000

Four first-winter and a second-winter ICELAND GULLS were at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) and 2 second-winter ICELAND GULLS were at Scalloway Harbour. The PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE is still at Virkie (Sumburgh) and a BLACK-THROATED DIVER is off Scousburgh beach.

The pale-bellied Brent Goose at Virkie and a first-winter Iceland Gull at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory - photos Bill Jackson.


Sunday 20 February 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 3 first-winter and a second-winter ICELAND GULLS. The RED-NECKED GREBE is still off Lunna (north-east Mainland) although is now towards Outrabister.


Saturday 19 February 2000

At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) today were 4 first-winter and 2 second-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL. On Unst a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL and second-winter ICELAND GULL are at Skaw, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL is at Haroldswick and the LITTLE GREBE is still at Haroldswick.


Thursday 17 February 2000

There was no sign of the Black-necked Grebe at the West Voe of Sumburgh today although a RED-NECKED GREBE was off Lunna (north-east Mainland). At the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (Lerwick) were 5 first-winter and 2 second-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL.


Wednesday 16 February 2000

Bird of the year was found by Pete Ellis in the West Voe of Sumburgh this morning - a BLACK-NECKED GREBE. This is an exceptional rarity in Shetland although a few pairs breed annually in Scotland. There are the following dated Shetland records:

  • 1966 Loch of Spiggie, 20th March

  • 1970 Weisdale Voe, 25th February

  • 1976 Loch of Spiggie, 11th January

  • 1977 Sandwater, Tingwall, 27th October

  • 1984 off Burra, 29th May 

 

The Black-necked Grebe in the West Voe of Sumburgh - photos Bill Jackson.

Elsewhere the second-winter plumage KUMLIEN'S GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory along with 5 first-winter and 2 second-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL. The white-phase GYR FALCON is still on Fair Isle along with 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS and 2 first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Tuesday 15 February 2000

The second-winter plumage KUMLIEN'S GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory along with a first-winter individual. Also there are 4 first-winter and 2 second-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL.


Sunday 13 February 2000

The second-winter plumage KUMLIEN'S GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory along with 6 first-winter, a second-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL. On Unst a GOOSANDER is at Baltasound along with a first-winter ICELAND GULL while a second-winter ICELAND GULL is at Burrafirth. A flock of 20 SNOW BUNTINGS are frequenting the Tingwall Valley (central Mainland).

The white-phase GYR FALCON is still on Fair Isle.


Saturday 12 February 2000

A second-winter plumage KUMLIEN'S GULL was found by Pete Ellis at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory this afternoon. Also around the factory were  8 first-winter, a second-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS and first and second-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS. On Unst the LITTLE GREBE is still at Haroldswick and and adult GLAUCOUS GULL is at Skaw.

 

 

 

 

 

The second-winter Kumlien's Gull at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory - photo  Bill Jackson


Friday 11 February 2000

The white-phase GYR FALCON is still on Fair Isle along with 2 first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS and 5 first-winter ICELAND GULLS.


Thursday 10 February 2000

Four first-winter plumage ICELAND GULLS were at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory today (north end of Lerwick Harbour).

The white-phase GYR FALCON is still on Fair Isle along with 2 first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS and 2 first-winter and a second-winter ICELAND GULLS are also there.


Tuesday 8 February 2000

A BLACK-THROATED DIVER is in Quendale Bay (south Mainland) and 60 SNOW BUNTINGS are at Quendale with a further 35 at Levenwick. Five first-winter plumage ICELAND GULLS were at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory today (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Monday 7 February 2000

An adult and 4 first-winter plumage ICELAND GULLS were at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory today (north end of Lerwick Harbour).

The white-phase GYR FALCON is still on Fair Isle and a first and second-winter ICELAND GULLS are also there.


Sunday 6 February 2000

An adult, a second-winter and 6 first-winter plumage ICELAND GULLS and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour) and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at Strand (Tingwall, central Mainland). The pale-bellied BRENT GOOSE is still frequenting the Virkie are (Sumburgh), the RUDDY DUCK is still on Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland) and a flock of 55 DUNLIN were at Uyeasound (Unst).

The pale-phase GYR FALCON is still on Fair Isle - frequenting the area around the airstrip. 


Saturday 5 February 2000

Two adult-winter, a second-winter and 3 first-winter plumage ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Thursday 3 February 2000

A white-phase GYR FALCON is on Fair Isle - along with 2 ICELAND GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL

Three first-winter and a second-winter ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Sunday 30 January 2000

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour), a second-winter ICELAND GULL is at Uyeasound (Unst) and a LITTLE AUK is at Easting (Unst).


Wednesday 25 January 2000

Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS were at the Ness of Burwick, Scalloway this morning. Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS and two first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).

One of the Iceland Gulls at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory - photo  Bill Jackson


Tuesday 24 January 2000

The 4 GOOSANDER are still at Weisdale Voe. Mike Pennington has supplied a photograph of the adult Ross's Gull at Westing, Unst - see the 9th January below.


Monday 24 January 2000

RED-NECKED GREBES are at Cat Firth, viewable from the Vassa Voe side (east Mainland) and Lunna Voe (north-east Mainland), a RUDDY DUCK is on Loch of Brow (south Mainland) and 4 GOOSANDER are at Weisdale Voe.


Sunday 23 January 2000

An adult and first-winter ICELAND GULLS and two first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour), a SNOW BUNTING is at Fladdabister (south Mainland), a REED BUNTING is at Trondra (near Scalloway) and a BULLFINCH and 3 GREENFINCHES are at Helendale (Lerwick).


Friday 21 January 2000

A first-winter ICELAND GULL and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Wednesday 19 January 2000

A drake GOOSANDER is on Strand Loch (Tingwall, central Mainland) and 19 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS are in the East Voe of Scalloway.


Tuesday 18 January 2000

A first and second winter ICELAND GULLS and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Sunday 16 January 2000

Two first-winter and one second winter ICELAND GULLS and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour) and a LONG-EARED OWL is at Veensgarth, Tinwall (Central Mainland).


Friday 14 January 2000

Four first-winter and one second winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Thursday 13 January 2000

First and second winter GLAUCOUS GULLS and a first-winter ICELAND GULL are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Tuesday 11 January 2000

A first-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS are still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Monday 10 January 2000

There was no sign of the adult Ross's Gull at Westing Beach (south Unst) today although the second-winter ICELAND GULL was still there.

The two first-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS and two first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Sunday 9 January 2000

Mike Pennington found an adult ROSS'S GULL at Westing Beach (south Unst) this afternoon - the 15th record for Shetland. Also on Unst are two first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS at Uyeasound, a first-winter ICELAND GULL at Uyeasound and a second-winter ICELAND GULL at Westing.

The adult Ross's Gull at Westing (left) and one of the Glaucous Gulls at Westing (right)- photos Mike Pennington.

Two first-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS and two fist-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Saturday 8 January 2000

First-winter and adult ICELAND GULLS are still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour) and a LITTLE AUK and LITTLE GREBE are at Haroldswick (Unst).


Friday 7 January 2000

Two first-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour).


Tuesday 4 January 2000

Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour) and a LITTLE GREBE is at Haroldswick (Unst).


Sunday 2 January 2000

An adult and first-winter ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour) and a LITTLE AUK is in the East Voe (Scalloway).


Saturday 1 January 2000

A drake RUDDY DUCK is on Loch of Tingwall (south Mainland), a PALE-BELLIED BRENT GOOSE is at Virkie (Sumburgh), first-winter ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory (north end of Lerwick Harbour) and Uyeasound (Unst),  a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is at Belmont (Unst) and a LITTLE GREBE is at Haroldswick (Unst).


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