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Shetland Wildlife News - Birds Archive 2001

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Sunday 30 December 2001 

A DUNNOCK and a SNOW BUNTING are feeding in the garden at Sandgarth, Voe.  A GREAT TIT is feeding with Greenfinches at Wyke, Lower Voe.


Wednesday 26 December 2001 

The long-staying LITTLE BUNTING is still at Channerwick (south Mainland).


Monday 24 December 2001 

The male BLACK REDSTART is still at Sumburgh.


Monday 17 December 2001 

The ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was seen by Bob Holyoak again at Eshaness (north-west Mainland) around mid-day today. It was in the field opposite the garage at Murrion. Local information is that it has been seen in the vicinity for around three weeks now off and on and prefers the fields in the Murrion valley (between Braehoulland and Tingon), usually being seen between 11 am until 12.30 pm.


Saturday 15 December 2001 

The long-staying LITTLE BUNTING is still at Channerwick (south Mainland). Male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Scatness and the Loch of Hilwell (south Mainland). A male BLACK REDSTART is at Sumburgh, a first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick). 3 GREENFINCHES are at Voe. The drake PINTAIL is still on Orwick Water, Muckle Roe. At least 5 LITTLE AUKS were off south-east Unst.


Friday 14 December 2001 

2 ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) - both first years.


Thursday 13 December 2001 

4 ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) - 2 first years and 2 second years. 2 LITTLE AUKS are around the Scalloway Islands.


Tuesday 11 December 2001 

Male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Scatness and the Loch of Hilwell (south Mainland). At least 100 LITTLE AUKS are in Nesting Bay (East Mainland), a VELVET SCOTER is in Dales Voe and 2 COMMON SCOTER are at Cat Firth. Several GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS are also along the east Mainland coast and 10 SLAVONIAN GREBES are at Lax Firth. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Monday 10 December 2001 

20 LITTLE AUKS are in Yell Sound and first and second-winter ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Sunday 9 December 2001 

A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was at Tingon, Eshaness (north-west Mainland) around mid-day today. A LONG-EARED OWL was at Hillcrest, Voe (North Mainland) and GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS were in Busta Voe (north Mainland) and the East Voe of Sumburgh (2). Two WOODCOCK were in the willows at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh).


Saturday 8 December 2001 

The long-staying drake AMERICAN WIGEON was on Loch of Hillwell today.


Wednesday 5 December 2001 

First and second year GLAUCOUS GULLS are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick). At least 50 SNOW BUNTINGS are at Skaw (Unst). The drake PINTAIL is still on Orwick Water, Muckle Roe.


Tuesday 4 December 2001 

The first-year ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS are still at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Monday 3 December 2001 

The drake PINTAIL is still on Orwick Water, Muckle Roe.


Sunday 2 December 2001 

The first-winter IVORY GULL was at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) in the afternoon, along with first-year ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS.


Thursday 29 November 2001 

The drake AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Scatness (Sumburgh).


Wednesday 28 November 2001 

The first-winter IVORY GULL was at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) in the afternoon. 2 BULLFINCHES were at Staney Hill (Lerwick).


Tuesday 27 November 2001 

Eight GLAUCOUS GULLS are at Burrafirth (Unst) - 5 first-years, a 'third-year and 2 adults. A GOLDFINCH is at Gremista (Lerwick) and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Monday 26 November 2001 

Three BULLFINCHES were at the Shetland Amenity Trust garden in Lerwick and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Sunday 25 November 2001 

The first-winter IVORY GULL was around the Bod of Gremista (Lerwick) in the afternoon. First-winter ICELAND GULLS were at the Shetland Catch fish factory and the Loch of Clickimin (Lerwick).


Saturday 24 November 2001 

The first-winter IVORY GULL was around the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) in the afternoon, along with 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS. A LITTLE AUK was on Easter Loch, Uyeasound (Unst) and 8 MEALY REDPOLLS and a SLAVONIAN GREBE were at Baltasound.


Friday 23 November 2001 

The first-winter IVORY GULL was relocated around the pier of the old Shell base (Lerwick) - between the Power Station and the P&O Ferry Terminal. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Wednesday 21 November 2001 

The first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is still at Scord beach.


Tuesday 20 November 2001 

A first-winter GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULL are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick). Unfortunately the Ivory Gull that was in care was released there today and disappeared quickly - before anyone had a chance to see it!


Monday 19 November 2001 

A ringtail HEN HARRIER, BLACK REDSTART and 5 SNOW BUNTINGS are on Fetlar. c.15 LITTLE AUKS and a VELVET SCOTER in Yell Sound.


Sunday 18 November 2001 

The LITTLE BUNTING is still at Channerwick (south Mainland). A SHORT-EARED OWL, WOODCOCK and 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS were at Virkie, the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL was still at Scord beach, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS were at Compass Head and 7 more were at Sumburgh Head.


Friday 16 November 2001 

A first-winter ICELAND GULL was at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) and a first-winter GLACOUS GULL is at Scord beach (Sumburgh). The first-winter IVORY GULL is still in care at Lerwick.


Thursday 15 November 2001 

A BARNACLE GOOSE is with Greylag Geese at Fleck (Dunrossness).


Wednesday 14 November 2001 

A ringtail HEN HARRIER was at Haroldswick (Unst) in the afternoon. 2 first-winter and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are on Fetlar.


Monday 12 November 2001 

A first-winter IVORY GULL was picked up exhausted at Scalloway harbour and taken into care at Lerwick. A GREY WAGTAIL was at Gremista (Lerwick).

The first-year IVORY GULL found exhausted at Scalloway. Photos copyright John Coutts.


Sunday 11 November 2001 

The drake AMERICAN WIGEON was at Scatness today. 3 BARNACLE GEESE, 4 PINK-FOOTED GEESE and c.100 GREYLAG GEESE are at Fleck (Dunrossness).


Tuesday 6 November 2001 

A GREAT TIT is at Sandgarth, Voe.


Sunday 4 November 2001 

A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD elusively toured the south Mainland this afternoon. The first-year male and female RING-NECKED DUCK are still on Loch of Asta. The drake AMERICAN WIGEON is on Loch of Hillwell and a BLACK REDSTART is at Spiggie.

A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was with c30 GREYLAG GEESE at Fleck (Dunrossness).


Saturday 3 November 2001 

The female RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Asta - along with a first-year male RING-NECKED DUCK. The LITTLE BUNTING is still at Channerwick (south Mainland).

4 BARNACLE GEESE are at Sumburgh - along with c60. GREYLAG GEESE. A drake PINTAIL is  on Orwick Water, Muckle Roe.


Friday 2 November 2001 

A LITTLE BUNTING is at Channerwick (south Mainland). The female RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Asta. A female BULLFINCH is at Helendale.


Thursday 1 November 2001 

The female RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Asta.


Wednesday 31 October 2001 

The female RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Asta.


Tuesday 30 October 2001 

The female RING-NECKED DUCK was with Tufted Ducks on Loch of Asta today. 2 BULLFINCHES are in Lerwick.

On Unst a late WHEATEAR was at Uyeasound and single BULLFINCHES were at Haroldswick and Burrafirth.

A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was discovered dead in the hollow of a Willow tree at Pund, Dale, Voe. Another is still at Sandgarth, Voe.


Monday 29 October 2001 

A female RING-NECKED DUCK is on Loch of Tingwall.


Sunday 28 October 2001 

A female RING-NECKED DUCK is on Loch of Spiggie - associating with 11 SCAUP.

A CANADA GOOSE was with 5 Greylag Geese at Fladdabister in the morning but was not seen later in the day. About 1,300 GREYLAG GEESE flew south over the south Mainland today, with c.20 PINK-FOOTED GEESE and at least 10 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE.

4 YELLOWHAMMERS are at Skellberry, 2 more are at Boddam. A male BLACK REDSTART and 'Siberian' Chiffchaff are at Maywick, a MEALY REDPOLL is at the north end of Spiggie and a WATER RAIL is at Grutness.

A BULLFINCH was at Collafirth and a WOODCOCK at Sumburgh.


Saturday 27 October 2001 

On Whalsay - GREAT TIT, WAXWING, YELLOWHAMMER and BLACK REDSTART.

The TREECREEPER and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER are still at Helendale (Lerwick) and the PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at Ocraquoy, Fladdabister. A RED-BACKED SHRIKE was also at Fladdabister in the morning but was not seen later in the day. A KESTREL was just east of Scalloway and 2 REDPOLLS were at Sumburgh Head.

A large raptor - probably a Buzzard sp. flew over Voe in the morning.

A drake AMERICAN WIGEON is at Scatness (Sumburgh).


Friday 26 October 2001 

A YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING was reported at Lera Voe (Bressay) and a WAXWING is at Voe.

On Whalsay - BLACK REDSTART, 2 GREAT TITS, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, MISTLE THRUSH, 2 YELLOWHAMMERS and the HAWFINCH is still present.

At Lerwick the TREECREEPER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, BULLFINCH and WOOD WARBLER are still at Helendale - along with a DUNNOCK, 6 WAXWING, a male HAWFINCH and 5 GREENFINCHES are at Sound, a BULLFINCH is at Seafield and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Charlotte Street.

A GREAT TIT, ringtail HEN HARRIER and LONG-EARED OWL are on Fetlar.


Thursday 25 October 2001 

A freshly dead male SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT was found on the road at Hulma Lees near Bixter (west Mainland) this evening by John A. Johnson and brought to Dennis Coutts at Lerwick. It has presumably been hit by a car as there is some damage around the rump and only two tail feathers are remaining.

Photos copyright John Coutts.

The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, BULLFINCH and WOOD WARBLER are still at Helendale (Lerwick), 10 WAXWING are at Twageos (Lerwick).

A DARK-BREASTED BARN OWL was found dead in front of a house at Stakafletts, Fetlar. A ringtail HEN HARRIER and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER are also on Fetlar.

On Whalsay today were a HAWFINCH, GREAT TIT and BLUETHROAT.


Wednesday 24 October 2001 

A TREECREEPER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are at Helendale (Lerwick).

A GREAT GREY SHRIKE is at Scousburgh (south Mainland) and a BLACK REDSTART is at Bigton. A HAWFINCH and 6 WAXWING are at Sound (Lerwick) and a WOODCOCK is at Seafield (Lerwick).

A HAWFINCH, BULLFINCH and GREAT TIT are on Whalsay.

2 BULLFINCHES and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER are on Fetlar.


Tuesday 23 October 2001 

A GREAT GREY SHRIKE is at Seafield (Lerwick), the BLUETHROAT is still at Sandness (West Mainland) and a 'northern' BULLFINCH is at Gulberwick.


Monday 22 October 2001 

A BLUETHROAT is at Sandness (West Mainland). 2 BULLFINCHES and a 'Siberian' CHIFFCHAFF were at Maywick today and a male HEN HARRIER was at Spiggie.

A BULLFINCH, BLACK REDSTART and WAXWING are on Whalsay. 2 RED GROUSE were on the north side of Sandy Loch reservoir (Lerwick).


Sunday 21 October 2001 

On Unst, a DUSKY WARBLER is at Uyeasound, a BLUETHROAT and MISTLE THRUSH at Sotland, a PEREGRINE at Hermaness and a BLACK REDSTART at Baltasound School.

 

A GREAT CRESTED GREBE is in Weisdale Voe and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, 4 BULLFINCHES and a WAXWING are at Sandgarth, Voe.

 

A LONG-EARED OWL was at Virkie, a LITTLE STINT and JACK SNIPE at Boddam Voe and WOODCOCKS were at Sumburgh Lighthouse and Helendale. A SPARROWHAWK was also at Helendale.
 

 


Saturday 20 October 2001 

A PALLAS'S WARBLER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are at Ocraquoy, Fladdabister (near Cunningsburgh).

 

2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, 2 BULLFINCHES and a HAWFINCH are on Whalsay.

 

The GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Tingwall and another is on Fetlar, and 3 RING OUSELS were at Burrafirth Shore Station (Unst) this morning. A WOODCOCK was at Sumburgh lighthouse.

 

 


Friday 19 October 2001 

The BAILLON'S CRAKE was successfully released into the Maywick burn early this morning, at the very end of the Maywick Valley - it was however not seen again during the day.

This BAILLON'S CRAKE at Maywick. photos Kevin Osborn.

 

Elsewhere there was a DUSKY WARBLER and GREAT GREY SHRIKE on Fetlar, and others at Tingwall and Sumburgh, and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS are at Maywick (2), Tingwall and Dales Lees.

 

On Skerries today were a LITTLE BUNTING, 2 YELLOWHAMMERS, 2 BULLFINCHES and 11 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a BLACK REDSTART and GREY WAGTAIL were on Whalsay.

Three adult and a first-winter POMARINE SKUAS flew past Sumburgh Head at 1100-1230 today, also a flock of c.25 COMMON SCOTER a mix of males and females. A YELLOWHAMMER was at Sumburgh Head.


Thursday 18 October 2001 

A BAILLON'S CRAKE was found alive and well in a shed at Maywick (near Bigton) in the evening. It will be released into the Maywick burn in the morning.

 

An ARCTIC REDPOLL is at Sumburgh along with at least 4 MEALY REDPOLLS. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER are at Helendale (Lerwick) and another GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER was at Tingwall. 2 WAXWINGS are still at the garden of no.67 along the old north road, Lerwick.

 

On Whalsay today were BARRED WARBLER, BLACK REDSTART, STONECHAT, BULLFINCH and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER.

 

A ringtail HEN HARRIER was around Quoys on Unst this evening 4 BULLFINCHES and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were at Skaw and a SPARROWHAWK was at Norwick.

 


Wednesday 17 October 2001 

On Unst today were a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and GOLDFINCH at Valyie, 2 BULLFINCHES at Halligarth and a REED WARBLER at Skaw.

 

2 GOLDFINCHES were also at Gremista (north Lerwick) and 3 were at south Lerwick, 2 WAXWINGS are at the garden of no.67 along the old north road, Lerwick and a SHORT_EARED OWL was at the Ness of Ireland (Bigton).

 


Tuesday 16 October 2001 

In the Maywick valley today were - 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, 10 Chiffchaffs, 20 Blackcaps, 40 Robins, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Grey Wagtail, 1 Goldfinch, 100+ Brambling, 20 Chaffinches, 2 Siskin, 2000 Redwings, 1000 Fieldfare and 300 Blackbirds.

 


Monday 15 October 2001 

Thrushes continued to arrive in large numbers today, mainly Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird with smaller numbers of Song Thrushes, a few Ring Ousel and Blackcaps, and Robins. Around Sumburgh there were at least 2,000 each of Redwing and Fieldfare, 1,000 Blackbirds, 500 Song Thrushes and at least 20 Ring Ousel. Flocks of Brambling were also very evident with 500-1,000 in the Sumburgh area. At least 50 Blackcaps were in the Sumburgh area along with 30 Robins and a Lesser Whitethroat.

The AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Hillwell and a HEN HARRIER is at Dunrossness.

A GREY WAGTAIL, LINNET and 3 GREENFINCHES were at Toab and the STONECHAT was still at Scatness.


Sunday 14 October 2001 

A LANCEOLATED WARBLER was briefly at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse this morning but was not seen later during the day. RADDES WARBLERS were at Grutness (Sumburgh) and Kergord (central Mainland) in the afternoon and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was at Swinning (near Vidlin).

STONECHATS were at Sumburgh Head and Scatness a GREAT NORTHERN DIVER was in Grutness bay.

Several hundred thrushes were also evident today - mainly Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird with a few Song Thrushes.


Tuesday 9 October 2001 

The SIBERIAN STONECHAT is still at Sumburgh and the AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Hillwell. A SHORT-TOED LARK is at Durigarth (Dunrossness) and a RICHARDS PIPIT is at Ireland (Bigton).


Monday 8 October 2001 

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Symbister on Whalsay.


Sunday 7 October 2001 

On Whalsay a PALLAS'S WARBLER is frequenting gardens at Gardentown and a SHORT-TOED LARK and a SIBERIAN STONECHAT are at Brough.

The SERIN is still on Fetlar and the BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER has been relocated there.

The AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Hillwell, the SIBERIAN STONECHAT is still at the Sumburgh Hotel and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Scatness.

A GADWALL, 2 PINTAIL and 3 SHOVELERS are on Easter Loch (Unst) and a late ARCTIC TERN is at Haroldswick.


Saturday 6 October 2001 

A SIBERIAN STONECHAT is at the Sumburgh Hotel.


Friday 5 October 2001 

A LITTLE BUNTING is on Fetlar along with a BLACK-BELLIED DIPPER.


Thursday 4 October 2001 

BARRED WARBLERS are at Baltasound and Quendale. A CURLEW SANDPIPIER is at Baltasound. A female RING-NECKED DUCK was reported from Loch of Spiggie.


Wednesday 3 October 2001 

There are 3 RICHARD's PIPITS on Foula.


Tuesday 2 October 2001 

An AMERICAN WIGEON, presumably the bird from last month, is back on Loch of Hillwell and the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER has also been relocated in Dunrossness.


Monday 1 October 2001 

A GREAT SNIPE is on Skerries along with a SPOTTED CRAKE. A BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is on Foula. An ARCTIC REDPOLL is at West Yell.

The RUSTIC BUNTING is still on Fetlar.


Sunday 30 September 2001 

A RUSTIC BUNTING is on Fetlar.

A male GADWALL, a female PINTAIL and 8 BARNACLE GEESE are at Uyeasound. A PEREGRINE is at Northdale (Unst) and a SPARROWHAWK is at Halligarth (Unst). A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Baltasound.


Saturday 29 September 2001 

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is on Skerries. A LITTLE BUNTING is at Everland on Fetlar. Yesterday's HOOPOE is at Sumburgh and another is on Fetlar. What is presumably the same BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER from earlier in the week is in fields around Loch of Huesbreck (south Mainland).

The SERIN is still on Fetlar.

A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is on Fetlar. An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Sumburgh. A male COMMON REDSTART of the eastern race samamisicus is on Skerries. A CROSSBILL and a HEN HARRIER are on Fetlar.


Friday 28 September 2001 

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is in south Mainland. A HOOPOE is at Grutness.

There is no sign of the Blyth's Reed Warbler at Hoswick (south Mainland) but the bird is very elusive and may have been present since Monday.

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE, a BLUETHROAT and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER are on Skerries. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Grutness.


Thursday 27 September 2001 

A BLYTH'S REED WARBLER has been trapped and ringed at Hoswick (south Mainland). A CITRINE WAGTAIL and a RED-THROATED PIPIT are on Skerries.

The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is still at Kergord (central Mainland).

A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Voe (central Mainland) and another bird is still on Fetlar. A BARRED WARBLER is at Baltasound. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is on Fetlar.

On Fair Isle birds include a DUSKY WARBLER, a LITTLE BUNTING and a SHORT-TOED LARK.


Wednesday 26 September 2001 

The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is still at Kergord (central Mainland).

A BLUETHROAT is on Skerries and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is on Fetlar. YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Norwick (Unst) and Scatness (south Mainland). The BARRED WARBLER is still at Hoswick (south Mainland) and others are at Fetlar and Scatness. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS is at Norwick (Unst).

A LITTLE BUNTING is on Fair Isle and the SHORT-TOED LARK is still there along with a BARRED WARBLER, 2 RICHARD'S PIPITS, 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, a COMMON ROSEFINCH and 3 LAPLAND BUNTINGS.


Tuesday 25 September 2001 

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Kergord (central Mainland). A RADDE'S WARBLER is on Foula and the BLYTH'S REED WARBLER has been relocated there. A first-year WOODCHAT SHRIKE was at Skaw, Unst mid-afternnoon but could not be relocated later. No sign of the Booted or Radde's Warblers around Sandwick.

The SERIN is still on Fetlar.

The POSSIBLE Brown Flycatcher reported on Skerries at 9 am has not been relocated.

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS is still at Norwick (Unst). Yesterday's BARRED WARBLER is still at Hoswick. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS is still at Baltasound (Unst).

SHORT-TOED LARK on Fair Isle and LANCEOLATED WARBLER and BLACK-HEADED BUNTING.still there along with 2 RICHARD'S PIPITS, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, a COMMON ROSEFINCH and a male COMMON REDSTART of the eastern race samamisicus.


Monday 24 September 2001 

A BOOTED WARBLER is at Hoswick and a RADDE'S WARBLER is along the Swinister Burn, between Hoswick and Sandwick (both south Mainland). A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is at the Loch of Huesbreck (south Mainland),

The SERIN is still around Tresta on Fetlar.

An ORTOLAN BUNTING is on Skerries. At least one RICHARD'S PIPIT still on Foula. Single YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Norwick and Northdale (both Unst), Fetlar and Scalloway. BARRED WARBLER are at Fetlar, Voe (central Mainland) and Hoswick and an early Siberian CHIFFCHAFF is at Hoswick. GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS are at Norwick and Baltasound (both Unst) and a WRYNECK is on Fetlar. A PEREGRINE is at Skaw (Unst) and a LAPLAND BUNTING is at Baltasound. On Balta isle, Unst, there are 50 SNOW BUNTINGS.

A DUSKY WARBLER is new in on Fair Isle. The LANCEOLATED WARBLER and the unringed BLACK-HEADED BUNTING are also still there along with 4 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, 4 RICHARD'S PIPITS, 2 Siberian CHIFFCHAFFS and a COMMON ROSEFINCH.


Sunday 23 September 2001 

The AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Loch of Brow (Dunrossness). No sign of the Blyth's Reed Warbler on Foula or the Greenish Warbler on Unst.

A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Dale of Walls (west Mainland). Single YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Norwick (Unst), Dale of Walls, Geosetter and Sumburgh Head and there are 3 on Foula. Two RICHARD'S PIPITS and a BARRED WARBLER are also on Foula. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Haroldswick (Unst) and one is on Foula. A WOOD WARBLER and TURTLE DOVE are at the Pool of Virkie and a flava WAGTAIL is at Quendale.

4 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and a RUFF are on the Pool of Virkie.

A LANCEOLATED WARBLER and a RADDE'S WARBLER are on Fair Isle along with the ringed BLACK-HEADED BUNTING.


Saturday 22 September 2001 

On Foula there is a BLYTH'S REED WARBLER, which has been trapped and ringed. A very elusive GREENISH WARBLER is at Northdale, Unst. A RUSTIC BUNTING is on Skerries.

The SERIN is still on Fetlar, one of the CITRINE WAGTAILS is still in Dunrossness and the SIBERIAN STONECHAT is still at Sumburgh.

A RICHARD'S PIPIT is at Virkie and there are 3 on Skerries. The RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at Skaw, Unst. There are 4 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS on Foula, 2 in Baltasound and one at Norwick (both Unst), 2 on Skerries and one on Fetlar. Two BLUETHROATS and a BARRED WARBLER are on Skerries. Two GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS are on Whalsay with another 2 on Skerries and one at Voe (central Mainland). MEALY REDPOLLS include 7 on Fetlar and singles on Whalsay and at Grutness.

There are now 2 female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTINGS on Fair Isle along with 9 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, 3 RICHARD'S PIPITS, a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER.


Friday 21 September 2001 

The PECHORA PIPIT was relocated on Foula today, the juvenile BAIRDS SANDPIPER is also still there along with a LAPLAND BUNTING and a Redpoll that was almost an Arctic but not quite.

A SIBERIAN STONECHAT was at Sumburgh Farm, a MARSH HARRIER, LAPLAND BUNTING and ICELAND GULL were at Scatness, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES at Toab and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER and 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Sumburgh Head. A CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Bakkasetter (Loch of Brow, south Mainland), a BARRED WARBLER is at Quendale, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Norwick (Unst) and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Valyie (Unst). A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Skaw, Unst. 3 GREEN SANDPIPERS were at Spiggie.

The SERIN is still on Fetlar, along with a BARRED WARBLER and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE.

A LITTLE BUNTING and 2 RICHARDS PIPITS were on Skerries and 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Sandwick (South Mainland).

A female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING, 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, 3 RICHARDS PIPITS, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER, LAPLAND BUNTING and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER are on Fair Isle.


Thursday 20 September 2001 

The juvenile BAIRDS SANDPIPER is still on Foula but there was no sign today of the Pechora Pipit.

The female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still on Skerries. BARRED WARBLERS are at Lerwick and Sumburgh and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is still at Valyie (Unst). The male AMERICAN WIGEON was on Loch of Brow.

The female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and RICHARDS PIPIT are still on Fair Isle.


Wednesday 19 September 2001 

A PECHORA PIPIT is on Foula. The juvenile BAIRDS SANDPIPER is also still on Foula along with a BARRED WARBLER, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, COMMON ROSEFINCH, 4 MEALY REDPOLLS and 4 JACK SNIPE.

The female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still on Skerries along with a COMMON ROSEFINCH. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Sumburgh. The 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are still at Valyie (Unst). A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Busta (Voe).

A female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING, BARRED WARBLER, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and RICHARDS PIPIT are on Fair Isle.


Tuesday 18 September 2001 

A juvenile BAIRDS SANDPIPER is on Foula along with 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS. The SERIN is still at Tresta on Fetlar

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Sumburgh Head, 2 BARRED WARBLERS were at the Sumburgh Hotel garden this morning and another is at Valyie (Unst). The ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Grutness and the 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are still at Valyie (Unst). A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Haroldswick.

A SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT was reported to have landed on a research vessel currently to the west of Shetland.


Monday 17 September 2001 

A female/immature BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is on Skerries. The SERIN is still at Tresta on Fetlar and the 2 CITRINE WAGTAILS are still at Quendale and Bakkasetter (Loch of Brow).

CITRINE WAGTAIL at Loch of Brow - photos copyright Paul Sclater.

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Uyeasound, BARRED WARBLERS are at Baltasound, Brake (Quendale) and the Sumburgh Hotel garden. The ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Grutness and the 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are still at Valyie (Unst). A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Haroldswick (Unst).

A SOOTY SHEARWATER was off Lamba Ness (Unst) and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS are also there. A SWIFT and a SNOW BUNTING are at Sumburgh Head. 11 RUFF are at Quendale/Hillwell, 3 SHOVELER are on Loch of Hillwell, 2 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS are at Scatness, 9 LITTLE STINTS and a CURLEW SANDPIPER are at Virkie and a KESTREL was over Brow Marsh.


Sunday 16 September 2001 

There was no sign today of the Isabelline Wheatear on Fetlar or the Pallid Harrier at Brow. The SERIN was still at Tresta and a CORNCRAKE and SNOW BUNTING were also on Fetlar.

A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Kergord, the ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Grutness and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Valyie (Unst). Three RUFF are at Sandwick (south Mainland).


Saturday 15 September 2001 

There was no sign today of the Thick-billed Warbler on Skerries. The ISABELLINE WHEATEAR was still at Funzie on Fetlar and the SERIN was also still at Tresta on Fetlar. The ringtail PALLID HARRIER was back at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) from about 5.30pm until dark when it roosted in the marsh. The 2 CITRINE WAGTAILS were still at Brow Marsh/Quendale today. The eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON was still with Wigeon at Loch of Hillwell.

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was at west Yell, a BARRED and ICTERINE WARBLER were at Grutness in the morning and a BARRED WARBLER was at Hoswick.


Friday 14 September 2001 

A THICK-BILLED WARBLER was on the East Isle, Skerries today from about 12.30 to 4.15, mainly frequenting the Iris beds near the graveyard.

The THICK BILLED WARBLER (the third for Britain) on Out Skerries - photos copyright Roger Riddington.

An ISABELLINE WHEATEAR is at Funzie on Fetlar and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Spiggie.

The ISABELLINE WHEATEAR on Fetlar - photo copyright Mike Pennington.

Also on Skerries were a KESTREL, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, REDSTART, 2 WHINCHATS and 2 WILLOW WARBLERS.


Thursday 13 September 2001 

The ringtail PALLID HARRIER was back at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) from about 7.30pm until dark when it roosted in the marsh. The 2 CITRINE WAGTAILS were still at Brow Marsh today. The SERIN is still at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar). The BLACK TERN was at the Pool of Virkie this afternoon. Three COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Norwick and one is at Skaw (both Unst).


Wednesday 12 September 2001 

The ringtail PALLID HARRIER was back at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) from about 6pm until dark when it roosted in the marsh. Two CITRINE WAGTAILS are at Brow Marsh and the eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON was with Wigeon at Loch of Hillwell.

The SERIN is still at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar) and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and SWIFT are on Whalsay.


Tuesday 11 September 2001 

The ringtail PALLID HARRIER was back at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) from about 5.30pm until dark when it roosted in the marsh. The CITRINE WAGTAIL was also at Brow Marsh again today and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES were at Valyie (UNST).

A House Martin was at Northdale and Whinchats were at Skw and Haroldswick (Unst). A Lesser Whitethroat was also at Skaw.


Monday 10 September 2001 

The ringtail PALLID HARRIER was back at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) from about 6.30pm until dark when it roosted in the marsh. The CITRINE WAGTAIL was back at Brow Marsh and Quendale today. The eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON was with Wigeon near Loch of Hillwell. A BARRED WARBLER was also at Quendale.


Sunday 9 September 2001 

The ringtail PALLID HARRIER was back at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) from about 5.45pm until dark when it roosted in the marsh. It was not seen al all during the early morning or during the day however, despite being looked for. The CITRINE WAGTAIL was briefly at Brow Marsh today and also at Quendale. A COMMON ROSEFINCH was in the garden adjacent to the Spiggie Hotel.


Saturday 8 September 2001 

A ringtail PALLID HARRIER was at Brow Marsh (next to Loch of Spiggie) this evening. An eclipse male AMERICAN WIGEON is on Loch of Hillwell and the CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Quendale although it was also at Hillwell. The BARRED WARBLER is still at Skaw (Unst) and another is at Quendale.


Friday 7 September 2001 

A BARRED WARBLER is at Skaw (Unst).


Thursday 6 September 2001 

The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER is still at the Pool of Virkie. Two BLACK SWANS were seen to fly low over Scalloway at about 3pm - presumably the same two seen in the spring. A BARRED WARBLER is at Funzie (Fetlar).


Wednesday 5 September 2001 

A BLACK TERN was on Mousa this afternoon. The SERIN is still at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar). Also on Fetlar are a BARRED WARBLER, BLUETHROAT and a COMMON ROSEFINCH. At least 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Norwick (Unst).


Tuesday 4 September 2001 

The SERIN is still at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar). Also on Fetlar are a 2 BARRED WARBLERS, a BLUETHROAT and a MEALY REDPOLL.

The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER is still at the Pool of Virkie and a BARRED WARBLER is at Hermaness (Unst).

This WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the Pool of Virkie - photos copyright Paul Sclater.


Monday 3 September 2001 

2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS flew north past Lamba Ness (Unst) between 4.30 and 5.15pm and a BARRED WARBLER was at Skaw (Unst). The WOOD WARBLER is still at Sandwick.


Sunday 2 September 2001 

The SERIN was still at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar) today along with 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES. A GREENSHANK and a 'flava' Wagtail were also at Tresta.

A CITRINE WAGTAIL is at Quendale and the MARSH WARBLER (last seen on 24th August) is also still there. The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER is still at the Pool of Virkie.

Remaining on Skerries from Friday were a MARSH WARBLER, 2 BARRED WARBLERS, RED-BACKED SHRIKE and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES.


Saturday 1 September 2001 

The SERIN was still at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar) today. Also on Fetlar were 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and 2 BARRED WARBLERS.

On Unst the YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Skaw, BARRED WARBLERS are at Skaw and Northdale and the 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are still at Norwick.

The WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER was at the Pool of Virkie in the afternoon and a BARRED WARBLER was at Grutness. A CROSSBILL is at Westerloch, Lerwick.


Friday 31 August 2001 

A SERIN is at the Manse, Tresta (Fetlar).

On Skerries today there were a GREENISH WARBLER, MARSH WARBLER, ICTERINE WARBLER, 2 BARRED WARBLERS, CORNCRAKE, 2 DOTTEREL, RED-BACKED SHRIKE, WRYNECK and 4 COMMON ROSEFINCHES.

A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER is on the Pool of Virkie. The 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are still at Norwick, 2 more are on Noss and 2 more are on Whalsay, 2 BARRED WARBLERS are also at Swinning (near Vidlin) and a BARRED WARBLER is on Whalsay. A WOOD WARBLER is at Sandwick.


Thursday 30 August 2001 

The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Skaw (Unst) and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Norwick. A BARRED WARBLER and a ROSEFINCH are on Noss.


Wednesday 29 August 2001 

Nick Dymond found a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING at Skaw (Unst) this afternoon, but it could not be found this evening. Another YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is on Fair Isle.

The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING at Skaw, Unst - photo copyright Mike Pennington.

 


Saturday 25 August 2001 

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was just west of Herrislea House Hotel today. BARRED WARBLERS are at Quendale and Virkie and yesterdays COMMON ROSEFINCH is now at the Sumburgh Farm. A WRYNECK was found injured at Ollaberry and taken to the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Wryneck taken to the Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary - photo John Leach.


Friday 24 August 2001 

A MARSH WARBLER and GREEN SANDPIPER are at Quendale. A COMMON ROSEFINCH is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and a WRYNECK is at the small quarry closest to Sumburgh Head. 12 WHINCHATS, 20 WILLOW WARBLERS, a PIED FLYCATCHER and hundreds of WHEATEARS were at Sumburgh / Grutness today.


Thursday 23 August 2001 

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE and 4 SWIFTS are at Eshaness. A BARRED WARBLER is at Voe along with a PIED FLYCATCHER, REDSTART and COMMON WHITETHROAT. A COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Skaw (Unst). On Skerries today were a WRYNECK, RED-BACKED SHRIKE and REED WARBLER. Two PIED FLYCATCHERS are at Muckle Roe.


Wednesday 22 August 2001 

A WRYNECK and 6 SWIFTS were on Hermaness today, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and REED WARBLER were at Norwick (Unst), BARRED WARBLERS were at Burravoe (Yell) and Fetlar and other RED-BACKED SHRIKES were on Bressay and Whalsay.


Tuesday 21 August 2001 

Yesterdays WRYNECK at Northdale (Unst) was still present today.


Monday 20 August 2001 

5 WRYNECKS were seen today -singles were on Fetlar, at Northdale, Norwick (both Unst), Noss and at Ringasta (south Mainland). Another BARRED WARBLER is on Whalsay, along with a WOOD WARBLER. A SPOTTED REDSHANK, BARRED WARBLER and 3 LITTLE STINTS were at Harodswick (Unst). 21 LITTLE STINTS, 24 RUFF and a CURLEW SANDPIPER are at Virkie and three more Little Stints are at Scatness. A PIED FLYCATCHER and WHINCHAT are at Quendale.


Sunday 19 August 2001 

The easterly winds of yesterday and today brought the first fall of migrants today with BARRED WARBLERS at Northdale (Unst) and on Whalsay, an ICTERINE WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE on Noss and a MARSH WARBLER at Sumburgh. A MANX SHEARWATER was off Sumburgh Head, a PIED FLYCATCHER at Grutness and 2 LITTLE STINTS at Virkie. At least 3 CROSSBILLS are also at Kergord. Garden Warblers, Swallows and Meadow Pipits were also evident today.


Saturday 18 August 2001 

Two LITTLE STINTS are at Virkie.


Sunday 12 August 2001 

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was reported at Bigton (south Mainlanbd). A RUFF is at Loch of Heusbreck (south Mainland) and the LITTLE STINT is still at Virkie.


Friday 10 August 2001 

A COMMON ROSEFINCH was at the Sumburgh Hotel garden this morning and a LITTLE STINT is at Virkie.


Saturday 4 August 2001 

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was at Scalloway this morning.  A QUAIL is calling at Virkie.


Thursday 2 August 2001 

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was found dead at Symbister (Whalsay).


Thursday 26 July 2001  

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst).


Monday 23 July 2001  

A HONEY BUZZARD flew south over Fair Isle this evening and 3 MEALY REDPOLLS were at Norwick.


Sunday 22 July 2001  

A male TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL and a KINGFISHER are at the Voe of Spiggie (the small Voe at the north-west corner of Loch of Spiggie). The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst).


Saturday 21 July 2001  

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst) and the BEE-EATER is still at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland).

The Baltasound Rose-coloured Starling - photo  Mike Pennington


Thursday 19 July 2001  

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst) and the BEE-EATER is still at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland).


Monday 16 July 2001  

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst), the BEE-EATER is still at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland) and a QUAIL was calling at Sumburgh this morning.


Sunday 15 July 2001  

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst) and a QUAIL was calling at Haroldswick this morning.


Saturday 14 July 2001  

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound (Unst).


Friday 13 July 2001  

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Baltasound (Unst) and the BEE-EATER is still at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland).


Thursday 12 July 2001  

The BEE-EATER is still at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland).


Wednesday 11 July 2001  

The BEE-EATER is still at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland). The SPOTTED CRAKE is still on Unst and 3 MANX SHEARWATERS were off Lamba Ness (Unst).


Tuesday 10 July 2001  

A BEE-EATER is at the small plantation next to Lunna House (north-east Mainland). The SPOTTED CRAKE and WATER RAIL are also still on Unst and c.100 CROSSBILLS are on Hermaness.


Monday 9 July 2001  

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was reported at the Staneydale Temple, just north of Bridge of Walls (west Mainland).


Saturday 7 July 2001  

The SPOTTED CRAKE is still on Unst.


Friday 6 July 2001  

An adult LONG-TAILED SKUA was seen by Magnie and Annie Scollay on Fetlar between Oddsta and Brough Lodge. The ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was still on Unst today, along with the adult male COMMON ROSEFINCH - now around the Baltasound Hotel area, a drake SCAUP is in Balta Sound and the SLAVONIAN GREBE is still at Burrafirth.  The SPOTTED CRAKE and WATER RAIL are also still on Unst.


Thursday 5 July 2001  

The ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was still on Unst today, along with the CHIFFCHAFF and SLAVONIAN GREBE.


Wednesday 4 July 2001  

On Unst today an adult male ROSE-COLOURED STARLING, an adult male COMMON ROSEFINCH, a CHIFFCHAFF and a WILLOW WARBLER were all at Haroldswick, around the RAF camp and a SLAVONIAN GREBE, which has been around since May, was at Burrafirth.  The 30 CROSSBILLS are still on Foula.


Tuesday 3 July 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Basta Voe (Yell) today.


Monday 2 July 2001

CROSSBILLS are still everywhere in Shetland - 30 are still on Foula.


Sunday 1 July 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Valla Field (Unst) today.


Saturday 30 June 2001

An adult male VELVET SCOTER is in Lang Sound, Burra and the 30 CROSSBILLS are still on Foula.


Friday 29 June 2001

Two first-summer LITTLE GULLS were at Loch of Tingwall today. Six SWIFTS were on Unst.


Thursday 28 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Lochend, North Roe at about 08.30 this morning.

CROSSBILLS are everywhere in Shetland - there are small flocks of up to 20 almost everywhere you go! - several hundred at least and 30 are on Foula.


Wednesday 27 June 2001

40 CROSSBILLS were on Muckle Roe and at least 50 were at Sandwick. The adult and first-summer LITTLE GULLS (last seen on 22nd May) were seen again at Ollaberry (north Mainland). 


Tuesday 26 June 2001

A GOLDEN ORIOLE was at Kergord today and the adult LITTLE GULL (last seen on 22nd May) was seen again at Ollaberry (north Mainland). 

CROSSBILLS are still evident - 12 were on Muckle Roe and 12 were at Gott today.


Monday 25 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Norwick today, a MARSH WARBLER is at Haroldswick and a SPOTTED CRAKE and WATER RAIL are also on Unst.

CROSSBILLS are still evident - on Unst 30+ are at Halligarth, 10 are near the shore station at Hermaness and one is on the reserve and 2 are at Vaylie. At least 5 are still at Voe.


Sunday 24 June 2001

CROSSBILLS are very evident at the moment - 2 are on Ramna Stacks, 15 are on Muckle Roe, 35 at Brae, 15 at Scatsta, 40 at Voe, 5 at Lerwick, 12 at Gulberwick and 20 are at Sumburgh Head. A QUAIL is at Dalsetter and 7 SWIFTS and 2 HOUSE MARTINS were at Sumburgh Head.


Saturday 23 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was seen again on Unst and at least 20 CROSSBILLS are on Unst and 20 are at Voe.


Friday 22 June 2001

At least 20 CROSSBILLS are at Frakkafield (just north of Lerwick) and at least ten are at Sumburgh Head.


Tuesday 19 June 2001

At least 7 CROSSBILLS were at Sumburgh Head today.


Sunday 17 June 2001

A GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL was at Haroldswick (Unst).


Saturday 16 June 2001

A SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (the third Shetland record) was briefly in the Dam Loch area, Uyeasound, Unst at around mid day. Four CROSSBILLS are at Sumburgh Head.


Thursday 14 June 2001

A TEMMINCK'S STINT is on Fetlar and the WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Hillswick (north Mainland) today.


Wednesday 13 June 2001

A SPOTTED REDSHANK and a WOOD SANDPIPER are at Haroldswick. A GREY WAGTAIL was just north of Voe.


Monday 11 June 2001

Two MARSH WARBLERS are at Norwick and the WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still on Hermaness. An ARCTIC REDPOLL was reported on Fetlar.


Sunday 10 June 2001

The MARSH WARBLERS are still at Geosetter and Norwick and a BLUETHROAT is on Fetlar. A COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Norwick and a CANADA GOOSE is at Haroldswick.

A MARSH WARBLER is also on Fair Isle.


Saturday 9 June 2001

The MARSH WARBLERS are still at Geosetter and Norwick.  The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew south over Symbister (Whalsay) at 09.00 this morning, north over Ronas Hill at 11.00 and was back on Unst at 14.00.

A COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Baltasound and a TREE SPARROW is at Norwick.


Friday 8 June 2001

The MARSH WARBLERS are still at Geosetter and Norwick.  CUCKOO still at Delting (North Mainland). Adult and immature LITTLE GULLS at Gluss, Ollaberry (north Mainland). The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Skaw (Unst).


Thursday 7 June 2001

Another singing MARSH WARBLER is at the bushes along Geosetter (south Mainland) - the bird at Norwick is also still present and a WOOD SANDPIPER is at Haroldswick.


Wednesday 6 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Baltasound (Unst) this morning and a MARSH WARBLER is at Valyie, Norwick (Unst).


Monday 4 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Baltasound (Unst) this morning.


Sunday 3 June 2001

A female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord and the WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still at Hermaness.


Saturday 2 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still at Hermaness. The CUCKOO is still frequenting Collafirth / Delting.


Friday 1 June 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still at Hermaness.


Thursday 31 May 2001

An OSPREY flew over Brindister (just south of Lerwick) this morning and the female MARSH HARRIER was still at Sand Water (central Mainland), 

Fledged House Sparrows were seen being fed by parents in Lerwick.


Wednesday 30 May 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was back at Hermaness today. Also on Unst were 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS at Haroldswick, a female MARSH HARRIER at Norwick and a GREY WAGTAIL.  A singing male ROSEFINCH was at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden.

A BLACK TERN flew north over Fair Isle - heading towards Shetland Mainland, around mid day.


Tuesday 29 May 2001

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew over Baltasound today - and then disappeared, Also on Unst were 4 WOOD SANDPIPERS  - three at Haroldswick and one at Baltasound. A female MARSH HARRIER was at Sand Water (central Mainland), a female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE was at Voe and a singing male RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was at Maywick in the morning.  The CUCKOO is still frequenting Collafirth / Delting.


Monday 28 May 2001

An OSPREY flew over Virkie (south Mainland) this morning but there was no sign of yesterdays White-Tailed Eagle on Hermaness - which apparently had a blue colour ring on.


Sunday 27 May 2001

An immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE turned up at Hermaness (Unst) this morning.  The drake RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland) and a female MARSH HARRIER was at Fleck, Dunrossness (south Mainland).


Saturday 26 May 2001

A drake RING-NECKED DUCK is on Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland).


Friday 25 May 2001

The 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS are still at Haroldswick (Unst) and a HOUSE MARTIN is at Blythoit, Scalloway.

One of the Wood Sandpipers at Haroldswick - photo Mike Pennington


Thursday 24 May 2001

An adult SABINES GULL was at Garth's Loch, Scatness (south Mainland) this morning but it flew off with the Kittiwakes there towards the West Voe of Sumburgh, never to be seen again.

The PECTORAL SANDPIPER, male RUFF and GARGANEY are all still at Haroldswick (Unst).  Two GOOSANDER are at Uyeasound and 3 TREE SPARROWS are at Norwick.  A CUCKOO is frequenting Collafirth / Delting.


Wednesday 23 May 2001

A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Aithbank on Fetlar. The PECTORAL SANDPIPER, MARSH HARRIER, male RUFF, GARGANEY and 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS are all still at Haroldswick (Unst) and the 3 WOOD SANDPIPERS are still at Baltasound along with a second summer ICELAND GULL. Two OSPREYS are at Burrafirth. A GOLDFINCH is at Virkie.


Tuesday 22 May 2001

A MARSH HARRIER, a male RUFF, a GARGANEY and 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS are at Haroldswick (Unst), 3 WOOD SANDPIPERS are at Baltasound and an OSPREY is at Uyeasound. Adult LITTLE GULL still at Collafirth (north Mainland).


Monday 21 May 2001

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER and a CURLEW SANDPIPER are at Haroldswick (Unst). A first-summer ICELAND GULL is on Fetlar and the drake GARGANEY is still at Haroldswick (Unst). Adult LITTLE GULL still at Collafirth (north Mainland).

 

The drake Garganey at Haroldswick on Unst - photo Mike Pennington

A SUBALPINE WARBLER and a COMMON CRANE are on Fair Isle.


Sunday 20 May 2001

A WOOD SANDPIPER is at Scatness (Sumburgh). Adult LITTLE GULL at Collafirth (north Mainland).


Saturday 19 May 2001

A drake GARGANEY and a WOOD SANDPIPER are at Haroldswick (Unst).


Friday 18 May 2001

Norman Milligan reported a Seawatch at Watsness (west Mainland) this evening between 18.00 to 21.00 hrs produced 15 POMARINE SKUAS and a MANX SHEARWATER. Also a GREENSHANK at the loch there. Apparently there were also 3 LONG-TAILED SKUAS and 3 POMARINE SKUAS earlier in the day.
 

Thursday 17 May 2001

Two male BLUETHROATS are on Hermaness (Unst) and the 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS are still at Haroldswick.  A 'tundra' race BEAN GOOSE is on Fetlar.

The YELLOW-BILLED (Chinese) GROSBEAK is still at Sumburgh Head  - still frequenting the grass hill immediately north of the the car park at the base of the head.


Wednesday 16 May 2001

The YELLOW-BILLED (Chinese) GROSBEAK is still at Sumburgh Head  - frequenting the grass hill immediately north of the the car park at the base of the head.


Tuesday 15 May 2001

There was no sign of the Scops Owl today but the male RUSTIC BUNTING reappeared at Haroldswick (Unst).

A YELLOW-BILLED (Chinese) GROSBEAK was at Sumburgh Head this evening - frequenting the grass around the car park at the base of the head. Although it is an escape from captivity there was also one of these east Asian finches at Barkland on Fair Isle on 18-26th November 1993. There is also a record from Faroe.

Photos - Paul Sclater.


Monday 14 May 2001

SCOPS OWL found by Jim Nicolson in a small area of trees behind his house at Cunningsburgh - remained there all day.

The male GARGANEY and 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS are still at Haroldswick (Unst) and the 2 BLACK SWANS are still at Baltasound.


Sunday 13 May 2001

The male GARGANEY and 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS are at Haroldswick (Unst), an OSPREY is at Burrafirth and the 2 BLACK SWANS are still at Baltasound. A BLUETHROAT and a SEDGE WARBLER are at Isbister (Whalsay) and another BLUETHROAT is on Skerries.


Saturday 12 May 2001

A male RUSTIC BUNTING and a WRYNECK were at Baltasound (Unst) this morning but could not be relocated later in the day.  The male GARGANEY and WOOD SANDPIPER are still at Haroldswick (Unst) and the 2 BLACK SWANS are still at Baltasound. A MARSH WARBLER and BLUETHROAT are on Noss and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Bressay. One BLUETHROAT was still at Sandwick today.


Friday 11 May 2001

Bee Beckett reported 2 BLUETHROATS at Sandwick (south Mainland) and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Spiggie.


Thursday 10 May 2001

A male GARGANEY and a WOOD SANDPIPER are at Haroldswick (Unst). The 2 BLACK SWANS are still at Baltasound. A male GARGANEY is also at Spiggie.


Wednesday 9 May 2001

The 2 BLACK SWANS reappeared at Baltasound at mid day.


Tuesday 8 May 2001

The male KING EIDER is still around the island of Linga in Bluemull Sound (between Yell and Unst) but the Black Swans were not at Baltasound today.


Monday 7 May 2001

A BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL is at Haroldswick (Unst). The 2 BLACK SWANS are still at Baltasound.


Sunday 6 May 2001

An early SPOTTED FLYCATCHER was at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and a female YELLOWHAMMER is at Norwick (Unst).

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT and BLUETHROAT are on Fair Isle.


Saturday 5 May 2001

No sign of either Ring-necked Duck today.


Friday 4 May 2001

The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was still at Brough (Whalsay) today, along with a male LINNET.

The drake RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Tingwall and a female was found on Loch of Brow (south Mainland) this evening. 

A GOLDFINCH is at Baltasound (Unst) and the HAWFINCH is still at Fladdabister.

The 2 BLACK SWANS are at Baltasound today.

The two escaped Black Swans at Baltasound, Unst - photos Mike Pennington 


Thursday 3 May 2001

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Brough (Whalsay) today (the first record of the species in Shetland in spring), along with a male LINNET.

The drake RING-NECKED DUCK is still on Loch of Tingwall. A GOLDFINCH is at Virkie and the HAWFINCH is still at Fladdabister.

Two BLACK SWANS were at Muness (Unst) today, they were reported flying around Bluemull Sound by the ferry crew about a week ago. Unfortunately, as they are a native of Australia they are escapes from captivity. What were surely the same two were in Orkney last week.


Wednesday 2 May 2001

The drake RING-NECKED DUCK was still on Loch of Tingwall today. The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Scatness and a HAWFINCH is at Fladdabister and 2 GREY WAGTAILS are on Fetlar.


Tuesday 1 May 2001

Paul Sclater found a drake RING-NECKED DUCK on Loch of Tingwall this afternoon - the first since one at Loch of Collaster in January 1989. A BAR-HEADED GOOSE also flew over Loch of Tingwall today and was later seen at Ringasta with the Greylag Geese there - presumably one of the birds seen recently on Whalsay. Four GADWALL are on Easter Loch (Unst), a REDSTART is at Sandwick and a GREY WAGTAIL is on Fetlar.

This drake Ring-necked Duck was found by Paul Sclater on Loch of Tingwall, photos - Paul Sclater


Monday 30 April 2001

A GOLDFINCH was at the east shore, Virkie (south Mainland) this afternoon and another was at Cunningsburgh, a COOT is at Orwick Water (Muckle Roe). A drake GARGANEY and a SAND MARTIN are at Loch of Spiggie and 3 MEALY REDPOLLS and a HOUSE MARTIN are at Sumburgh Head.

A HOOPOE and 2 WRYNECKS are on Fair Isle..


Sunday 29 April 2001

The first COMMON TERNS of the year were at Virkie (four) and Grutness (one) today. The WAXWING is still at Baltasound, along with a HAWFINCH and the pair of GADWALL are still at Uyeasound.


Saturday 28 April 2001

A CUCKOO and a WAXWING are at Sandwick (south Mainland) and another WAXWING is at Baltasound (Unst). The male KING EIDER is still in Bluemull Sound (between Yell and Unst) - it was off Belmont (the Unst ferry terminal) today, and one male AMERICAN WIGEON is on Loch of Spiggie. A pair of GADWALL are at Uyeasound and a SHORT-EARED OWL is at Haroldswick (both Unst).


Friday 27 April 2001

An adult GLAUCOUS GULL is at Loch of Cliff (Unst) and a GREY WAGTAIL is on Unst.


Thursday 26 April 2001

Two adult and 2 immature GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS are at Dales Voe, Lerwick


Wednesday 25 April 2001

Two BAR-HEADED GEESE and 2 LINNETS are on Whalsay and the GREAT TIT is still at Norwick (Unst).


Sunday 22 April 2001

Wendy Dickson reported a GREYLAG GOOSE with a neck collar bearing the letters GCV is at Haroldswick (Unst). The bird has been identified one ringed in Norway in 1999 as a non-breeding female, one year old and was also seen in the Netherlands on the 3rd November 2000. In addition, two other Greylag Geese with neck collars are at Spiggie - one was ringed in Iceland the other in Scotland.

Elsewhere on Unst there are 2 GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Haroldswick, a SPARROWHAWK and 5 SISKINS at Baltasound and a GREAT TIT is at Norwick (Unst).

The two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness.


Saturday 21 April 2001

Two COMMON CRANES were briefly in the ploughed fields at Fleck (Dunrossness) this morning. They had left Orkney yesterday evening and after being seen on Fair Isle they were watched heading north towards Sumburgh. 

Wendy Dickson reported a male KING EIDER on the island of Linga in Bluemull Sound (between Yell and Unst), presumably the same bird last seen there on the 30th January this year.

Two GREENLAND WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 3 PINK-FOOTED GEESE are with the flock of GREYLAG GEESE around Fleck. The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Scatness.


Monday 16 April 2001

A male KING EIDER is off Rova Head, Lerwick, probably the same bird that was last seen there in February. The two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness, and singles are at Spiggie and Hillwell.


Friday 13 April 2001

A pair of GOOSANDER are on Dam Loch (Unst).


Sunday 8 April 2001

The KINGFISHER was still frequenting Brow Marsh today. The 2 SANDWICH TERNS are still at Sumburgh.


Saturday 7 April 2001

A KINGFISHER was frequenting Brow Marsh today - only the 13th ever recorded in Shetland. The two SANDWICH TERNS are still at Sumburgh.


Friday 6 April 2001

Two male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Scatness and one is at Spiggie. A Pair of SHOVELLER are at Hillwell, along with 9 MOORHEN and 3 COOT and a GOLDFINCH was at Maywick this morning.


Thursday 5 April 2001

Another male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT is on Skerries, along with a YELLOWHAMMER, 3 WOODPIGEONS and 6 DUNNOCKS

Two SANDWICH TERNS are at Sumburgh.


Tuesday 3 April 2001

A male HAWFINCH is at Westerloch (Lerwick) and at least 50 SONG THRUSHES are at Skaw (Unst).


Monday 2 April 2001

A MISTLE THRUSH was at Maywick (south Mainland) and the two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness.


Sunday 1 April 2001

The first SWALLOW of the year was at Quoys (Unst). Single HAWFINCHES were at Cunningsburgh and Fladdabister today. A WAXWING was also at Cunningsburgh and 6 COMMON SCOTER and 3 WOODPIGEON were at Catfirth (east Mainland).


Saturday 31 March 2001

An early BLACKCAP was at Meal, Burra.


Friday 30 March 2001

The male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT is still at Vaevoe (Whalsay), along with a male BLACK REDSTART. Also on Whalsay today were 2 WHEATEARS at least 3 CHIFFCHAFFS, a LINNET and slightly fewer thrushes than yesterday. At Maywick (south Mainland) today were 9 WOODCOCK, 500+ BLACKBIRDS, 60+ REDWING, 30+ SONG THRUSH, a MISTLE THRUSH, GREY WAGTAIL, 40 ROBINS and 25 CHAFFINCHES. At Sumburgh today were at least 5 WOODCOCK, 3-400 BLACKBIRDS and similar numbers of SONG THRUSHES with smaller numbers of Redwing and Robins.

Today there are probably at least 3-4,000 Song Thrushes and Blackbirds and 1-2,000 Redwing in the isles with smaller numbers of Fieldfare and at least 500 ROBINS. The two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness.

On Fair Isle today were 2 WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROATS and several hundred Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Robins. 


Thursday 29 March 2001

Spring has arrived - on Whalsay today were a male WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT (the first since one on Fair Isle in late May 1988), the first WHEATEAR of the year, 2 CHIFFCHAFFS, a LINNET, 5 MISTLE THRUSHES, a GREY WAGTAIL, WOODCOCK and at least 250 SONG THRUSHES, 230 BLACKBIRDS and 50 REDWING. A few WOODCOCK were also at Sumburgh, along with more Thrushes. There are probably at least 2-3,000 Song Thrushes, 3-4,000 Blackbirds and 1-2,000 Redwing in the isles with smaller numbers of Fieldfare.

A very early MARSH HARRIER was on Fair Isle today.


Sunday 25 March 2001

A CARRION CROW is at Lerwick.


Friday 23 March 2001

The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL and two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness. GREYLAG GEESE are very much in evidence - 276 are at Spiggie, 17 at Clumlie and 13 at Fleck. 3 PINK-FOOTED GEESE are at Spiggie along with 250 WIGEON and 7 RED-THROATED DIVERS. 21 WHOOPER SWANS are on Loch of Hillwell.


Wednesday 21 March 2001

Single immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Hillwell and Spiggie.


Saturday 17 March 2001

Single immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are at Hillwell and Spiggie and the male GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Scatness. A Eurasian and Greenland WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are at Loch of Spiggie and a first-year GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Wednesday 14 March 2001

Two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness and a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Sunday 11 March 2001

Two STONECHATS are at Maywick.


Saturday 10 March 2001

The first LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL of the year was at Uyeasound (Unst) today, 4 MISTLE THRUSHES and 3 STONECHATS were at Sumburgh and a BLACK-THROATED DIVER was off Maywick.


Friday 9 March 2001

WHITE WAGTAIL and LONG-EARED OWL at Maywick.


Wednesday 7 March 2001

A BLACK-THROATED DIVER is off Maywick.


Tuesday 6 March 2001

Two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness.


Tuesday 27 February 2001

An adult ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Sunday 25 February 2001

A ring-tail HEN HARRIER is at Ollaberry (north Mainland).


Monday 19 February 2001

A second-year ICELAND GULL is at Baltasound (Unst).


Sunday 18 February 2001

Two immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at Scatness and singles are at Hillwell and Spiggie. A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Scatness, 7 BAR-TAILED GODWIT are at the Pool of Virkie and 4 BARNACLE GEESE and 2 PINK-FOOTED GEESE are at Spiggie.

Migrant SKYLARK and OYSTERCATCHERS are evident at the moment with several hundred  of both in the south Mainland.  


Saturday 17 February 2001

An adult and first-year GLAUCOUS GULL are at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Wednesday 14 February 2001

A first-year ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Friday 9 February 2001

The second-year drake KING EIDER is still with Common Eider off Rova Head (Lerwick) - a VELVET SCOTER is also there. A RED-NECKED GREBE is in Vassa Voe (north Mainland) and a BLACK-THROATED DIVER is in Quendale Bay (south Mainland).


Thursday 1 February 2001

The first-year GLAUCOUS GULL is still at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) and the 3 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON are still at loch of Hillwell.


Tuesday 30 January 2001

The second-winter drake KING EIDER is still in Bluemull Sound (Unst). A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) and a GREY PLOVER is at Beosetter, Bressay.


Saturday 27 January 2001

A drake KING EIDER is with Common Eider off Rova Head (Lerwick). An adult ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick).


Saturday 20 January 2001

A second-winter drake KING EIDER is with Common Eider in Bleumull Sound (off Unst). A GOLDFINCH is at Trondra (near Scalloway). An adult GLAUCOUS GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick). The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Scatness, 3 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON were at loch of Hillwell.


Saturday 13 January 2001

At Loch of Cliff (Unst) today were 10 adult GLAUCOUS GULLS - along with a first and second year. Also there were a first year and second year ICELAND GULLS, but no sign of the Yellow-legged Gull. Elsewhere the GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still at Scatness, 2 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON were at loch of Hillwell with one at Loch of Spiggie, 2 COMMON SCOTER were off Scord Beach (Sumburgh) and the HEN HARRIER was still at Brow marsh.


Thursday 11 January 2001

No sign of the Yellow-legged Gull at on Unst today.


Wednesday 10 January 2001

The first Shetland record of YELLOW-LEGGED GULL (an adult) was found by Paul Harvey at Loch of  Cliff (Unst) today. Also at Loch of Cliff were 6 GLAUCOUS GULLS (2 adults, a second-year and 3 first-years).

The Yellow-legged Gull on Unst - photos Wendy Dickson


Tuesday 6 January 2001

Four WAXWINGS were in gardens along King Haakon Streel, Lerwick.


Sunday 7 January 2001

A RED-NECKED GREBE is at Boatsroom Voe (Lunna). Six COMMON SCOTER and a VELVET SCOTER are at Cat Firth (east Mainland). Immature male AMERICAN WIGEON on Loch of Spiggie and 3 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON on Loch of Hillwell.


Saturday 6 January 2001

A male GOOSANDER is on Loch of Tingwall and a female GADWALL is at Scatness.


Friday 5 January 2001

Two GLAUCOUS GULLS were at the Shetland Catch fish factory (Lerwick) today - an adult and a first-year and a WAXWING was at Veensgarth (Tingwall).


Wednesday 3 January 2001

Two WAXWINGS were at St. Olaf Street (Lerwick) today.


Tuesday 2 January 2001

Two WAXWINGS are at Helendale (Lerwick) and one is at Norwick (Unst), 5 COMMON SCOTER are at Cat Firth and a VELVET SCOTER in at Wadbister Voe.


Monday 1 January 2001

The male GREEN-WINGED TEAL and a single immature male AMERICAN WIGEON were on Loch of Hillwell today and a further 3 immature male AMERICAN WIGEON and 2 first-year GLAUCOUS GULLS were on Loch of Spiggie. Single WAXWING were at Sumburgh Head, Tresta and Strand (Tingwall), a female COMMON SCOTER was off Scord beach (Sumburgh) and 8 JACK SNIPE and a WOODCOCK were at Quendale.

On Unst a male GOOSANDER was at Baltasound, first-year GLAUCOUS GULLS were at Haroldswick and Burrafirth and an unseasonal SKYLARK was at Uyeasound.


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