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Latest Shetland Wildlife News - Birds


Thursday 7 November 2002

The Juvenile STILT SANDPIPER was still in the marsh at Norwick, Unst today - associating with Redshanks, the YELLOWHAMMER, STONECHAT and STOCK DOVE were also still there. An immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was also at Skaw, Unst.


Wednesday 6 November 2002

The juvenile STILT SANDPIPER was still in the marsh at Norwick, Unst today - associating with Redshanks, a YELLOWHAMMER, STONECHAT and STOCK DOVE were also there.

This Stilt Sandpiper (left) was at Norwick, Unst on 5-7 November.


Tuesday 5 November 2002

A juvenile STILT SANDPIPER was found in the marsh at Norwick, Unst this afternoon - associating with Redshanks. It is only the second recorded in Shetland. A HEN HARRIER was at Upper Kergord in the morning, roosting at Sand Water in the evening.

A Siberian CHIFFCHAFF and WATER RAIL are at Helendale and 3 GOLDFINCHES are at the north end of Clickimin, Lerwick.


Monday 4 November 2002

A Siberian CHIFFCHAFF, 7 BLACKCAPS, SPARROW HAWK, BULLFINCH and 500+ BLACKBIRDS are at Kergord. An adult GLAUCOUS GULL is at Burrafirth, Unst.


Sunday 3 November 2002

A JACK SNIPE was at Lower Voe.


Saturday 2 November 2002

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Baltasound, Unst.


Friday 1 November 2002

The WHITE-BILLED DIVER is still off Kirkabister.


Tuesday 29 October 2002

A HEN HARRIER was at Ungirsta, Unst.


Thursday 24 October 2002

A WAXWING is at Sletts Park, Lerwick and 20 REDPOLLS were at Tingwall.


Wednesday 23 October 2002

A HEN HARRIER is at Catfirth.


Tuesday 22 October 2002

2 WAXWINGS are at Braefield, Lerwick.


Monday 21 October 2002

A RED-THROATED PIPIT was in the thistles at Skaw, Unst today. The drake AMERICAN WIGEON was on the Loch of Heogland today (Unst) but was seen to fly off towards Cullivoe, Yell. A WAXWING is at Braefield, Lerwick and another is at Sletts Park.


Sunday 20 October 2002

A drake AMERICAN WIGEON is the Loch of Gutcher (Yell), along with a GREENSHANK and a WOODLARK is at Hamister (Whalsay).


Saturday 19 October 2002

A WHITE-BILLED DIVER was reported off Kirkabister (east Mainland). The RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at Helendale.

STOCK DOVES are at Sumburgh and Bigton and a GREENSHANK is at Sand Water (Yell).

MEALY REDPOLLS are evident at the moment - 40 were at Quendale, 20 Sumburgh and 11 at Lerwick and there are also lots of Greenfinches - at least 11 were at Fladdabister, 13 at Sandwick and flocks of 5, 8 and 12 at Lerwick.


Friday 18 October 2002

The 2 ARCTIC REDPOLLS are still at Skaw (Unst) and the GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Valyie (Unst).


Thursday 17 October 2002

A BLACK-THROATED THRUSH was in the tattie rig at Fleck, Dunrossness this morning. Elsewhere 2 ARCTIC REDPOLLS were at Skaw (Unst) and a LITTLE BUNTING was at Northdale. The WAXWING is still at Lower Voe.


Wednesday 16 October 2002

The BLYTH'S REED WARBLER was still at Gardie (Bressay) today - along with an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT. Another OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is at Halligarth (Unst) and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE, LONG-EARED OWL, 15 GREENFINCHES and a WOODCOCK are at Baltasound. Another GREAT GREY SHRIKE is at Valyie (Unst) but there was no sign of the Blyth's Reed Warbler there today.

On Skerries today were a PALLAS'S WARBLER and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE. The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is also still there.

A WAXWING is at Lower Voe, the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at Heledale (Lerwick) and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at St. Sunniva Street (Lerwick). A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is also at Scalloway.


Tuesday 15 October 2002

BLYTH'S REED WARBLERS were at Valyie (Unst) and Gardie (Bressay) this evening. A GREAT GREY SHRIKE is also at Valyie (Unst).

The PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was seen briefly at Skaw (Unst) again and the OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was still at Betty Mouats Bod (Sumburgh).

2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Fladdabister and another is on Fetlar, a HAWFINCH is at Wester Quarff, a STOCK DOVE and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE are at Maywick and a STOCK DOVE is at Spiggie.


Monday 14 October 2002

New birds today were a PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER trapped at Skaw (Unst) in the late afternoon, a DUSKY WARBLER at the Sumburgh Lighthouse in the morning and an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at Betty Mouats Bod (Sumburgh) in the early afternoon. COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Dale of Walls and Scatness and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Kergord.

The Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler (left) was at Skaw (Unst) on 14 October - photo Mike Pennington.

The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL is still at Helendale (Lerwick), along with the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland), the GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Geosetter and a STOCK DOVE is at Maywick. A SHORT-EARED OWL is at Burrafirth and 2 WOODCOCK are on Fetlar.

On Skerries today were a LITTLE BUNTING, REED WARBLER, 8 JACK SNIPE and 5 YELLOWHAMMERS.


Sunday 13 October 2002

The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL is still at Helendale (Lerwick), along with the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland) and the OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is still on Skerries along with 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS, a RICHARDS PIPIT, JACKDAW, 12 JACK SNIPE and 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS.

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Kergord, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Geosetter. A SHORELARK was at Scatness in the morning but could not be relocated later and 2 QUAIL were at Sumburgh Farm.


Saturday 12 October 2002

The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was still at Helendale (Lerwick) throughout the day - showing well around the group of willow trees halfway along the road. The RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was also still there, along with a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER.

An OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT and GREAT GREY SHRIKE are on Skerries.


Friday 11 October 2002

A RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was at Helendale (Lerwick) during the early afternoon but could not be relocated later - probably due to the strong wind and rain. A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was also there.

Elsewhere a PALLAS'S WARBLER is at Skibberhoul, Whalsay, a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and GREY WAGTAIL are at Kergord, a BARRED WARBLER is at Hoswick and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE flew from Geosetter to Maywick. A TREECREEPER is on Fetlar.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).

There are obviously lots of birds arriving with the strong easterly winds - thrushes are everywhere (mainly Redwings with smaller numbers of Blackbirds), as are robins and blackcaps.


Thursday 10 October 2002

On Skerries today were a LITTLE BUNTING, RICHARDS PIPIT, GREAT GREY SHRIKE and a CORNCRAKE. A PEREGRINE was at Hoswick and 2 YELLOWHAMMERS are on Fetlar.


Wednesday 9 October 2002

Wendy Dickson found a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING at Burrafirth (Unst) and 3 GOLDFINCHES were at Valyie.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).


Tuesday 8 October 2002

A BLUETHROAT and BARRED WARBLER are at Norwick. The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound and a RICHARDS PIPIT is at Lamba Ness.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).


Monday 7 October 2002

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).


Sunday 6 October 2002

A PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is on Foula.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).


Saturday 5 October 2002

An elusive PECHORA PIPIT is at Kergord (central Mainland), primarily around the main plantation.

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).


Friday 4 October 2002

The GLOSSY IBIS is still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland).

A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Sumburgh and a BARRED WARBLER is at Hoswick.


Thursday 3 October 2002

The GLOSSY IBIS was still at Loch of Houlland / Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland) today although it was elusive.

On Whalsay there were 2 RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Sandwick, a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Brough, a NIGHTINGALE, BARRED WARBLER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Symbister and a BARRED WARBLER and LAPLAND BUNTING at Skaw.

2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were on Skerries and another was at Sandwick and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER was briefly at Scatness before flying off south.


Wednesday 2 October 2002

Paul & Morag Fisher found Shetlands third GLOSSY IBIS at Loch of Houlland (South Nesting, east Mainland). It moved between there and the nearby Grunna Water for most of the day. The only other two records were singles shot at Haroldwick in late October 1862 and Baltasound on 4th November 1920.

 

This Glossy Ibis was at Loch of Houlland & Grunna Water (South Nesting, east Mainland) on 2-14 October. It is only the 3rd Shetland record - photos Paul Sclater.

 

Elsewhere the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still on Whalsay, along with a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and a SHORT-TOED LARK, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and TURTLE DOVE are at Vidlin. A MARSH HARRIER is still at Loch of Brow.


Tuesday 1 October 2002

An ALPINE SWIFT turned up on Foula today (possibly yesterday's Fair Isle bird), along with a LITTLE BUNTING and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER.

A LITTLE BUNTING, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and a RICHARDS PIPIT are on Skerries.

A BARRED WARBLER is at Northdale, Unst and 2 more are at Hayfield (Lerwick). A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Brough (Whalsay) and a TURTLE DOVE is at Toab. Pale-bellied BRENT GEESE are at Virkie (7), Haroldswick (7) and still at Sand (west Mainland) (14).


Monday 30 September 2002

Robin Curtis found a WHITES THRUSH at the large plantation at North Collafirth mid-morning and it was seen there (intermittently) until dusk. A WOOD WARBLER was also in the plantation there.

An ORTOLAN BUNTING is on the Toab to Quendale dunes track and the QUAIL is still at Sumburgh. John Laurenson reported an albino House Sparrow at Staney Hill, Lerwick. A BARRED WARBLER is at Skaw (Unst) and a western Stonechat is at Norwick.

The Whites Thrush is also still on Fair Isle, along with an Alpine Swift.


Sunday 29 September 2002

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Heledale (Lerwick) and Geosetter, a QUAIL is at Sumburgh, a BARRED WARBLER is at Hoswick and 7 pale-bellied BRENT GEESE are at Cunningsburgh. 180 Pink-footed Geese flew south over Cunningsburgh during the afternoon, 50+ over Eshaness and 10 over Sumburgh. 14 pale-bellied BRENT GEESE are at Sand (west Mainland), 7 pale-bellied Brent Geese are at Baltasound and 60 Wigeon are on Orlick Water (west Mainland).

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is on Foula and a BARRED and WOOD WARBLER are at Symbister, Whalsay. 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese are at Uyeasound.

A Whites Thrush is on Fair Isle.

The White's Thrush (centre) was on Fair Isle on 29-30 September.


Saturday 28 September 2002

A BARRED WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and a MARSH HARRIER is at Brow Marsh.

The LITTLE BUNTING is still at Burrafirth (Unst), the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound and 8 pale-bellied BRENT GEESE are also at Baltasound.

Skeins of 200 and 80 Pink-footed Geese flew over Eshaness and 64 flew over Sumburgh.


Friday 27 September 2002

The juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER are still on Foula, along with a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, BLUETHROAT, COMMON ROSEFINCH and DOTTEREL. A LITTLE BUNTING is at Burrafirth (Unst).

5 PALE-BELLIED BRENT GEESE are at Virkie and 27 BARNACLE GEESE flew south over Sumburgh Head.

3 Pechora Pipits are on Fair Isle.


Thursday 26 September 2002

The juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and BLUETHROAT are still on Foula along with 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and 4 LAPLAND BUNTINGS. A SOOTY SHEARWATER was also seen from the island today.

A LITTLE BUNTING is at Burrafirth (Unst), YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are on Fetlar and at Hillswick and BARRED WARBLERS are on Whalsay and Bressay. A COMMON CRANE and a PEREGRINE are also on Fetlar.


Wednesday 25 September 2002

The juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS are still on Foula, along with a BLUETHROAT. The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is still at North Collafirth and the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound.


Tuesday 24 September 2002

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER is on Foula, along with the juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and an exceptional 25 LAPLAND BUNTINGS. The YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER  and the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING are still at Baltasound and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at North Collafirth (north Mainland).


Monday 23 September 2002

The juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and 25 LAPLAND BUNTINGS are still on Foula, along with a COMMON ROSEFINCH, BARRED WARBLER, CORNCRAKE and 7 JACK SNIPE.

The juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound, along with the first YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER of the autumn and the BARRED WARBLER is still at Northdale. 2 BARRED WARBLERS are on Whalsay


Sunday 22 September 2002

The juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and 10 LAPLAND BUNTINGS are still on Foula. 3 BARRED WARBLERS are on Whalsay and the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Baltasound. BARRED WARBLERS are at Northdale and Hoswick, a JACK SNIPE is at Boddam and a MARSH HARRIER is at Quendale..


Saturday 21 September 2002

On Foula today were a juvenile LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and a GARGANEY, JACK SNIPE and 10 LAPLAND BUNTINGS. 2 BARRED WARBLERS are on Whalsay and another is at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden.


Friday 20 September 2002

A COMMON ROSEFINCH and 20 LAPLAND BUNTINGS are on Foula. The adult COMMON CRANE was at Sumburgh today and was seen to fly south towards Fair Isle. A CROSSBILL is at Helendale and a PIED FLYCATCHER is at Seafield (both Lerwick), and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and BARRED WARBLER are at Quendale.


Thursday 19 September 2002

A CITRINE WAGTAIL is at Haroldswick, Unst and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Foula. The adult COMMON CRANE is still frequenting fields at the south end of Sandwick (south Mainland).


Wednesday 18 September 2002

The female/immature BLACK or RED-HEADED BUNTING is still frequenting the grass verge along the road just before the Fisheries College at Scalloway and the adult COMMON CRANE is still frequenting fields at the south end of Sandwick (south Mainland).


Tuesday 17 September 2002

The adult ISABELLINE SHRIKE and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are still on Fetlar, along with 8 LAPLAND BUNTINGS.

COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Grutness and Spiggie.


Monday 16 September 2002

The adult ISABELLINE SHRIKE and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are still on Fetlar. The BLUETHROAT is still on Foula.

A BARRED WARBLER is at Veensgarth and the adult COMMON CRANE is now frequenting fields at the south end of Sandwick (south Mainland).


Sunday 15 September 2002

The adult ISABELLINE SHRIKE (race isabellinus) - probably a male - is still at Tresta, Fetlar. A RED-BACKED SHRIKE, BARRED WARBLER and 6 LAPLAND BUNTINGS were also on Fetlar today.

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Baltasound, a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at the north end of Loch of Spiggie and 2 BARRED WARBLERS are at Veensgarth. The RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still on Foula. The adult COMMON CRANE is still at Cunningsburgh. The RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still on Foula - along with a BLUETHROAT.


Saturday 14 September 2002

An adult ISABELLINE SHRIKE (race isabellinus) is at Tresta, Fetlar. An adult COMMON CRANE was in the fields at the north end of Loch of Tingwall in the late morning and at Cunningsburgh in the afternoon - it is probably the bird that was at East Burrafirth throughout the summer.

 

This Isabelline Shrike was at Tresta, Fetlar on 14-17 September - The Common Crane (right) was at the north end of Loch of Tingwall on 14 September - photos Paul Sclater.

The female/immature BLACK or RED-HEADED BUNTING is still frequenting the grass verge along the road just before the Fisheries College at Scalloway. The PALLID HARRIER went to roost again at Brow Marsh this evening and the 2 MARSH HARRIERS were also still there. The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Quendale.

Jean Aaron-Walker and Roger Casemore reported a PECTORAL SANDPIPER opposite the fire station in Hillswick.


Friday 13 September 2002

The female/immature BLACK or RED-HEADED BUNTING is still frequenting the grass verge along the road just before the Fisheries College at Scalloway. The PALLID HARRIER went to roost again at Brow Marsh this evening and the 2 MARSH HARRIERS were also still there.

The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Quendale and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and BARRED WARBLER are at Sumburgh. A WRYNECK is on Skerries and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and WRYNECK are on Foula.


Thursday 12 September 2002

A female/immature BLACK or RED-HEADED BUNTING is frequenting the grass verge along the road just before the Fisheries College at Scalloway. The PALLID HARRIER went to roost again at Brow Marsh this evening and the 2 MARSH HARRIERS were also still there.

The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING and CITRINE WAGTAIL are still at Quendale a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Sumburgh and a WRYNECK is at Betty Mouats Bod.


Wednesday 11 September 2002

The PALLID HARRIER went to roost again at Brow Marsh this evening and the 2 MARSH HARRIERS were also still there. The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, CITRINE WAGTAIL and NIGHTINGALE are still at Quendale.


Tuesday 10 September 2002

A juvenile PALLID HARRIER was flying around Sumburgh Head early this morning but disappeared. Fortunately it was relocated going to roost at the Brow Marsh - the same place one was seen last year! 2 MARSH HARRIERS are also there. A YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, CITRINE WAGTAIL and NIGHTINGALE are at Quendale.

Tony & Beth Gerard reported Male REDSTART, 2 Blackcaps, a BARRED WARBLER and at least 2 RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS at lower Voe. A PEREGRINE and KESTREL were in the Spiggie area.


Monday 9 September 2002

Another YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING has been found, this time at Skaw on Unst, although there was no sign of the Sumburgh bird. A BARRED WARBLER and a COMMON ROSEFINCH are also at Skaw, and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Baltasound. A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and a WRYNECK are new at Sumburgh Head.


Sunday 8 September 2002

A YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is at Sumburgh and a CITRINE WAGTAIL is at Quendale (both South Mainland).

Also several BARRED WARBLERS, with singles at Baltasound, Fetlar, Vidlin, Voe and Sumburgh with 2 on Skerries, while 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are on Unst, at Skaw and Norwick. A TURTLE DOVE is also in the Sumburgh area.


Saturday 7 September 2002

The CITRINE WAGTAIL and NIGHTINGALE are still at Quendale, along with a WOOD WARBLER.


Friday 6 September 2002

A CITRINE WAGTAIL and NIGHTINGALE are at Quendale. The adult COMMON CRANE is still at east Burrafirth.


Thursday 5 September 2002

On Foula, there are 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a PIED FLYCATCHER.

On Fetlar today there were a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER, BARRED WARBLER, 2 COMMON CRANES, WHINCHAT, MERLIN and LAPLAND BUNTING.


Wednesday 4 September 2002

On Unst, there are BARRED WARBLERS at Haroldswick and Northdale, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES at Haroldswick, a LONG-EARED OWL at Norwick and an adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING at Burrafirth (which could be the bird last seen at Norwick last month).


Tuesday 3 September 2002

On Foula, there are 3 BARRED WARBLERS and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES


Friday 30 August 2002

A MARSH HARRIER was on Fetlar and there are 2 CRANES there, a second individual having joined the summering bird there several weeks ago. A BARRED WARBLER is at Baltasound and one is still at lower Voe.


Wednesday 28 August 2002

The elusive OLIVACEOUS WARBLER can still be heard, and even occasionally seen, at Hoswick. A WHIMBREL flew over Burrafirth this morning and a WOOD WARBLER was at Sumburgh Lighthouse. PIED FLYCATCHERS are at Seafield (Lerwick) and Sumburgh and a WOODPIGEON was at Helendale.


Monday 26 August 2002

The elusive OLIVACEOUS WARBLER can still be heard, and even occasionally seen, at Hoswick. On Unst, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES, a MARSH WARBLER and a WRYNECK are at Norwick and a BARRED WARBLER is at Lamba Ness.


Sunday 25 August 2002

The BOOTED WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head. An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING and male TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL are at Dale of Walls. A BARRED WARBLER and 2 WOOD WARBLERs are at Sumburgh Farm.

 


Saturday 24 August 2002

A BOOTED WARBLER is at Sumburgh Head and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at North Roe. The OLIVACEOUS WARBLER is still at Hoswick (south Mainland, near Sandwick). The TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL and WRYNECK are still on Noss along with 3 BARRED WARBLERS. The 2 BARRED WARBLERS are still at lower Voe.


Friday 23 August 2002

The TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL is still on Noss along with a WRYNECK.


Thursday 22 August 2002

A TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL was discovered on Noss this evening. 2 BARRED WARBLERS are at lower Voe.


Wednesday 21 August 2002

The OLIVACEOUS WARBLER is still at Hoswick (south Mainland, near Sandwick) frequenting the trees around the Barclay Arms Hotel although it is VERY, VERY hard to see, although it is calling a lot.

A TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL is at Veensgarth (north end of Loch of Tingwall) and an adult ROSE-COLORED STARLING is at the Twatt/Clousta road junction. A WRYNECK is at Houster, Tingwall.


Tuesday 20 August 2002

The OLIVACEOUS WARBLER is still at Hoswick (south Mainland, near Sandwick) frequenting the trees around the Barclay Arms Hotel although it is VERY hard to see. An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is near the Gulberwick Church.


Monday 19 August 2002

The OLIVACEOUS WARBLER is still at Hoswick (south Mainland, near Sandwick) frequenting the trees around the Barclay Arms Hotel. The BARRED WARBLER is also at Sandwick.

On Unst a BARRED WARBLER and MARSH WARBLER at Baltasound, the COMMON ROSEFINCH is still at Valyie, a MARSH HARRIER, 4 BLACK-TAILED GODWITS and 4 COMMON SANDPIPERS are at Haroldswick and a LESSER WHITETHROAT is at Skaw.


Sunday 18 August 2002

Shetlands second OLIVACEOUS WARBLER is at Hoswick (south Mainland, near Sandwick) frequenting the trees around the Barclay Arms Hotel. A BARRED WARBLER and WOOD WARBLER are also at Sandwick. A TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL is at Holmsgarth Brae, Lerwick.

On Skerries today were a juvenile/1st winter CITRINE WAGTAIL, 8 REED WARBLERS, 6 GARDEN WARBLERS, 1 WHITETHROAT, 1 WHINCHAT and 20 WILLOW WARBLERS.

The COMMON ROSEFINCH and the ROSE-COLOURED STARLING are both still on Unst.


Saturday 17 August 2002

A MELODOIUS WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse and a TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL is on Foula.

 

The Melodious Warbler (center) was at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse on 17 August  - photo Paul Sclater.

 


Friday 16 August 2002

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Walls and the adult is also still on Unst, a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Valyie (Unst) and a QUAIL is calling near Halligarth (Unst).


Thursday 15 August 2002

Two TWO-BARRED CROSSBILLS are at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. A WOOD WARBLER is at Hillswick.

A female SPARROWHAWK, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER, 2 WOOD WARBLERS and a CHIFFCHAFF are at Busta house (Brae) and 11 CROSSBILLS and a CHIFFCHAFF are at the Sullom Plantation. 7 CROSSBILLS and a RUFF are at Lamba Ness (Unst).

Wednesday 14 August 2002

Two, TWO-BARRED CROSSBILLS are at the Sumburgh Head Lighthouse.


Tuesday 13 August 2002

The COMMON CRANE is still at Aith and the LONG-EARED OWL is still at Vidlin. A BARRED WARBLER is at Quendale.


Monday 12 August 2002

A first-summer WHITE-BILLED DIVER is in the West Voe of Sumburgh. A BARRED and WOOD WARBLER are at the Sumburgh Hotel garden. 2 COMMON CRANES were reported around Skeld.


Sunday 11 August 2002

An adult female / 1st year male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Maywick and the adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Norwick


Friday 9 August 2002

Adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLINGS are still at Norwick, Vidlin, Walls & Lerwick and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Fetlar.


Thursday 8 August 2002

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Vidlin.


Monday 5 August 2002

A ROSE-COLOURED STARLING and a LONG-EARED OWL are at Vidlin.


Sunday 4 August 2002

The RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still on Fetlar - along with a SAND MARTIN. The COMMON CRANE is still in the East Burrafirth area.


Saturday 3 August 2002

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Fetlar and an adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Norwick (Unst).


Wednesday 31 July 2002

A HAWFINCH is at Hillswick.


Friday 26 July 2002

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at the north end of Lerwick.


Friday 19 July 2002

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at the Sullom Plantation (north Mainland) and a SANDWICH TERN is at Lunning Skerry - HU509666. A CRANE flew west over Hermaness this morning & the TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL is still at Voe,


Sunday 14 July 2002

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at the Sullom Plantation (north Mainland).


Saturday 13 July 2002

A TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL is at Voe, the adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Lerwick and an adult and juvenile LINNET are at the north end of Lerwick.


Thursday 11 July 2002

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still around the North Road area of Lerwick. The GREAT REED WARBLER is still on Foula.


Wednesday 10 July 2002

An ARCTIC WARBLER is on Foula. An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is around the North Road area of Lerwick and the adult female WOODCHAT SHRIKE is still on Foula. The QUAIL is still calling at Sandwick.


Tuesday 9 July 2002

An adult female WOODCHAT SHRIKE is on Foula..


Wednesday 3 July 2002

A QUAIL is calling at Hillswick. The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Hoswick, Sandwick.


Tuesday 2 July 2002

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Hoswick, Sandwick (south Mainland). The COMMON CRANE is still on the ploughed field at the East Burrafirth turning on the road between Voe and Aith, near the head of the voe.


Monday 1 July 2002

The COMMON CRANE is still on the ploughed field at the East Burrafirth turning on the road between Voe and Aith, near the head of the voe and was also just west of Bixter at HU 307 527. A female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Burrafirth (Unst).


Sunday 30 June 2002

An immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew low over the sea from Hillswick Ness north towards Eshaness at about 8pm, one of the salmon farmers says that the bird has been seen on/off in the Ronas Voe area for about a week.

The MARSH WARBLER is still at Baltasound (Unst) and the GREAT REED WARBLER is still on Foula.


Saturday 29 June 2002

The MARSH WARBLER is still at Veensgarth and another is still at Halligarth, Baltasound (Unst). A COMMON CRANE was at Maywick / Ireland (near Bigton, south Mainland) for most of the day.


Friday 28 June 2002

A COMMON CRANE is on the ploughed field at the East Burrafirth turning on the road between Voe and Aith, near the head of the voe.

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Hoswick, Sandwick (south Mainland).


Thursday 27 June 2002

A COMMON CRANE is on a ploughed field at East Burrafirth near the head of the voe.

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Hoswick, Sandwick (south Mainland). The SPOTTED CRAKE is still at Haroldswick.


Wednesday 26 June 2002

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Hoswick, Sandwick (south Mainland) - frequenting the area around the Hoswick visitor centre & associating with Starlings. The SPOTTED CRAKE is still at Haroldswick.

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is also still on Fetlar - along with the long-staying COMMON CRANE. A CROSSBILL is at the Vidlin junction.

The MARSH WARBLER is still at Veensgarth.


Saturday 22 June 2002

A female SUBALPINE WARBLER and a MARSH WARBLER are at Valyie, Unst and the MARSH WARBLER is still at Baltasound. The QUAIL is still at Hoswick.


Wednesday 19 June 2002

2 SANDWICH TERNS and 4 BAR-TAILED GODWITS are at Virkie (Sumburgh).


Tuesday 18 June 2002

A COMMON CRANE was seen flying over Veensgarth today and a MARSH WARBLER was also at Veensgarth.


Saturday 15 June 2002

The long-staying Foula COMMON CRANE was seen flying towards the Mainland. QUAILS are still calling at Hoswick and Sumburgh Farm.


Friday 14 June 2002

The adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING at Houbie is still on Fetlar - along with the long-staying COMMON CRANE. QUAILS are calling at Sumburgh Farm and Hoswick.


Thursday 13 June 2002

A female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Northdale, Fetlar. 2 SPOTTED CRAKES are calling on Unst and the MARSH WARBLER and QUAIL are still at Baltasound. The QUAIL is still calling at Hoswick.


Wednesday 12 June 2002

A SPOTTED CRAKE is at Haroldswick (Unst) and a MARSH WARBLER is at Baltasound.

A ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Houbie, Fetlar (different to the one on Fetlar a couple of days ago) and the COMMON CRANE is also still there.


Tuesday 11 June 2002

The WHITE-BILLED DIVER is still at Burrafirth. A COMMON CRANE was at Setter, Mid Yell but it is probably the long-staying Fetlar individual as it was seen to fly towards Yell on the 8th - but returned later! 

A NIGHTINGALE was reported on Fetlar and the GREAT REED WARBLER is still on Foula.


Monday 10 June 2002

An adult ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at Haroldswick (Unst), a WHITE-BILLED DIVER is at Burrafirth - presumably the same bird there last week, a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is near Burrafirth, a male BLUETHROAT is singing outside the heritage centre, Haroldswick and a TURTLE DOVE is at Baltasound. The QUAIL is still calling at Hoswick.

The pair of GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS are still at Grutness (Sumburgh)..


Sunday 9 June 2002

A red COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Williamsetter (south Mainland) and a female PARROT CROSSBILL was in the trees around the houses at Sullom Village. The probable female ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still on Fetlar.

A pair of GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS are at Grutness (Sumburgh)..


Saturday 8 June 2002

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, a female type GOLDEN ORIOLE and at least 6 CROSSBILLS are at Kergord and the 1st summer male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head. A COMMON ROSEFINCH and MARSH WARBLER are at Quendale and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Geosetter. A QUAIL is calling at Hoswick.

A GREAT REED WARBLER and a SUBALPINE WARBLER are on Foula.

A QUAIL is at Northdale (Unst) and the COMMON CRANE is still on Fetlar.


Friday 7 June 2002

The 1st summer male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head. A HONEY BUZZARD flew north over Hillswick at 10am. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Keen of Hamar (Unst) and a GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Maywick.

On Skerries today were an ICTERINE WARBLER, female RED-BACKED SHRIKE, BLUETHROAT, 2 MARSH WARBLERS and 4 REED WARBLERS. A 2nd summer GLAUCOUS GULL is at Hillswick.

On Fetlar today were a ROSE-COLOURED STARLING (probable female), COMMON CRANE, BLUETHROAT, COMMON ROSEFINCH and RED-BACKED SHRIKE.

A HOBBY was at Baltasound at 10pm.


Thursday 6 June 2002

The 1st summer male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head. GOLDEN ORIOLES are at Quendale, Boddam and Kergord. At least 6 CROSSBILLS are also at Kergord.

A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is around the Keen of Hamar (Unst). A BLUETHROAT and male RED-BACKED SHRIKE are on Fetlar. A QUAIL is at Norwick.


Wednesday 5 June 2002

A SUBALPINE WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are at Boddam and the 1st summer male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head.

The female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Northdale (Unst), a GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord and the LITTLE EGRET is still at Sandness (west mainland).


Tuesday 4 June 2002

A SUBALPINE WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are at Boddam and the 1st summer male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head. A singing COMMON ROSEFINCH is on Fetlar and a GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Quendale.

The COMMON CRANE is still on Foula. 2 TREE SPARROWS are at Haroldswick and male and female RED-BACKED SHRIKES are at Northdale (Unst).


Monday 3 June 2002

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, the male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Norwick and the MARSH WARBLER is still at Haroldswick.

A COMMON CRANE is at Isbister, North Roe and the LITTLE EGRET is still at Sandness (west mainland).

A GOLDEN ORIOLE and the male SUBALPINE WARBLER are on Foula.


Sunday 2 June 2002

A LITTLE EGRET was at Sandness (west mainland) today.

MARSH WARBLERS are at Baltasound and Haroldswick, a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Norwick, a TURTLE DOVE DOVE at Burrafirth, and the adult WHITE-BILLED DIVER is still at Haroldswick.


Saturday 1 June 2002

An adult WHITE-BILLED DIVER is at Haroldswick (Unst).

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Quendale Mill and the SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head.


Friday 31 May 2002

A HOBBY was briefly at Heusbreck (south Mainland) before it flew south. The SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Sumburgh Head and an ICTERINE WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Maywick and 2 SANDWICH TERNS are at Grutness.

A GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Norwick and an OSPREY flew over Cunningsburgh.


Thursday 30 May 2002

A SUBALPINE WARBLER was at Sumburgh Head in the early evening and a GARGANEY was on Loch of Hillwell.

The TAWNY PIPIT and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are still at Skaw (Unst), the drake MANDARIN is still at Norwick, a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Burrafirth and a male was at Baltasound. A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is also at Virkie.

An ICTERINE WARBLER, MARSH WARBLER, 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES and a YELLOW WAGTAIL are on Fetlar. A CUCKOO is at West Yell.

The SAVI'S WARBLER is still on Foula.


Wednesday 29 May 2002

Wendy Dickson saw a TREE SWALLOW at Burrafirth (Unst) in the morning - unfortunately it could not be relocated.

Elsewhere on Unst a GREAT REED WARBLER is at Haroldswick, the TAWNY PIPIT was still at Skaw along with an ICTERINE WARBLER, SEDGE WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE.

A SAVI'S WARBLER and SUBALPINE WARBLER are on Foula.

On Whalsay the SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Hamister and also on Whalsay are an ICTERINE WARBLER, REED WARBLER and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE.

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES and a male PINTAIL are on Fetlar.


Tuesday 28 May 2002

A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Hamister (Whalsay) and also on Whalsay are 3 RED-BACKED SHRIKES. A female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Burrafirth.

This afternoon at Kergord (just to the south of the house) were 2 GOLDEN ORIOLES and the ROSS'S GULL was still at Tingwall. A COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Quendale.

On Fetlar, the male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Aithbank and 6 RED-BACKED SHRIKES were also on the island. The COMMON CRANE is still on Foula.


Monday 27 May 2002

The TAWNY PIPIT was still at Skaw (Unst) early afternoon but was not seen later. An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Tresta and the female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Kergord. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Norwick (Unst) and another is at Skaw (Unst). A drake GARGANEY is at Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland).

The first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall and 4 GOOSANDER are at the head of Weisdale Voe.

On Fetlar, the male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Aithbank. Also on the island are a male PINTAIL, male BLUETHROAT, male RED-BACKED SHRIKE, male LINNET, a pair of RING OUSELS and the COMMON CRANE is still present.


Sunday 26 May 2002

The TAWNY PIPIT was still at Skaw (Unst) mid-morning. 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Haroldswick and one is at Baltasound.

A female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE and a BLUETHROAT are at Kergord and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall.


Saturday 25 May 2002

A TAWNY PIPIT is at Skaw (Unst) and an ICTERINE WARBLER is at Quendale. The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell, the GREAT WHITE EGRET is still at Loch of Spiggie and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. The male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Aithbank (Fetlar). Tom Roberts reported an OSPREY at Sand Water (central Mainland) and a HONEY BUZZARD flew over Sumburgh.


Friday 24 May 2002

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Helendale (Lerwick).  The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. The LITTLE RINGED PLOVER was back at the south side of the Loch below the turning circle at the end of the Scatness road (Sumburgh).

On Fetlar the male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still at Aithbank. Also on Fetlar are a BLACK REDSTART, PIED FLYCATCHER, REED WARBLER, RED-BACKED SHRIKE, COMMON CRANE, MEALY REDPOLL and 3 HOUSE MARTINS.

The WHITE-BILLED DIVER is still off Kirkabister and 20 Swallows and 2 House Martins are at Hillwell.


Thursday 23 May 2002

An ICTERINE WARBLER is in the trees at Hayfield House (Lerwick). The first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall and the GREAT WHITE EGRET is still at Loch of Spiggie.

A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Aithbank (Fetlar). Also on Fetlar are a BLUETHROAT and 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES.


Wednesday 22 May 2002

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Helendale (Lerwick).  The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. The LITTLE RINGED PLOVER was back at the south side of the Loch below the turning circle at the end of the Scatness road (Sumburgh).

3 HOUSE MARTINS and 2 SWALLOWS are feeding along the Burn at Sandgarth, Voe.

Tuesday 21 May 2002

On Fetlar today were a BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL, RED-BACKED SHRIKE, LESSER WHITETHROAT, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and a ROBIN. The GREAT WHITE EGRET is still at Loch of Spiggie


Monday 20 May 2002

A female CROSSBILL,  a GREENSHANK and a COMMON SANDPIPER are at Baltasound School. A female GOOSANDER was at the head of Mid Yell Voe today.


Sunday 19 May 2002

A GREAT WHITE EGRET - presumably the same bird that was at Sand water until at least the 26 April - turned up at the north end of the Loch of Spiggie (south Mainland) this afternoon. A HONEY BUZZARD is at Hillswick and a GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord.

This Great White Egret was at Loch of Spiggie on 19 May. It is presumably the same bird that was at Sand Water (central Mainland) on 19-24 April. Photos Paul Sclater.

 


Saturday 18 May 2002

A CUCKOO was at Voe today. The first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. The COMMON CRANE is still on Foula.


Friday 17 May 2002

The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. A CUCKOO was calling late in the evening in the Dale (Delting) valley. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Norwick (Unst).


Thursday 16 May 2002

The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. The LITTLE RINGED PLOVER is on the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh).

A seawatch at Watsness this afternoon produced 4 POMARINE SKUAS, a MANX SHEARWATER and 2 COMMON SCOTER. A male LAPLAND BUNTING was at Scatness this afternoon at around 14.15hrs.

The BLUETHROAT is still in the garden at the Sumburgh Hotel garden. A COMMON SANDPIPER is at Loch of Cliff and a HOUSE MARTIN and 3 MOORHENS are at Haroldswick. John Quirk reported the first SPOTTED FLYCATCHER of the year at Spiggie.


Wednesday 15 May 2002

The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. A first summer ICELAND GULL was at Gremista (Lerwick).

A White-tailed Eagle was reported around the north end of Fetlar today. A male GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL is at Baltasound.

The BLUETHROAT is still in the garden at the Sumburgh Hotel garden. A pair of SNOW BUNTINGS are at Skaw (Unst) and a CARRION CROW is at Haroldswick.


Tuesday 14 May 2002

The BLACK DUCK is still on Loch of Hillwell and the first-year ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Loch of Tingwall. The LITTLE RINGED PLOVER is still at the south side of the Loch below the turning circle at the end of the Scatness road (Sumburgh).

On Fetlar today were a BLUETHROAT, COMMON CRANE, a female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (the first of the year), 2 MEALY REDPOLLS, 4 LESSER WHITETHROATS, A WHITETHROAT, REED WARBLER and 2 WHITE WAGTAILS.

On Unst a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a male BLUETHROAT were at Skaw, a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a male BLUETHROAT were at Norwick, along with the male MANDARIN DUCK, a WOOD SANDPIPER was at Haroldswick and 7 CARRION CROWS were at Baltasound.

On Whalsay today there were a SAND MARTIN, SEDGE WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE.

A BLUETHROAT and LESSER WHITETHROAT were in the Sumburgh Hotel garden and LESSER WHITETHROATS were also at Scatness and Grutness (Sumburgh), The GOLDFINCH was still in the Virkie willow trees this morning. A HOUSE MARTIN is at Sandgarth, Voe.


Monday 13 May 2002

A BLACK DUCK is on Loch of Hillwell. The first-year ROSS'S GULL was reported around the island on Loch of Tingwall this morning and the LITTLE RINGED PLOVER is still at the south side of the Loch below the turning circle at the end of the Scatness road (Sumburgh).

The male MANDARIN DUCK was back at Norwick today (Unst) and a COMMON ROSEFINCH was brought in dead by a cat at Norwick. A GOLDFINCH was in the Virkie willow trees this morning and a male HEN HARRIER was hunting across the fields across the other side of the road. A CUCKOO was at Sandgarth, Voe this morning, an OSPREY flew over Exnaboe and a pair of SCAUP were on Loch of Brow (Tingwall).


Sunday 12 May 2002

A LITTLE RINGED PLOVER is at the south side of the Loch below the turning circle at the end of the Scatness road (Sumburgh). A WHIMBREL was at Lamba Ness, Unst and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE was on Fetlar.


Saturday 11 May 2002

A BLUETHROAT and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are at Quendale and the 3 GARGANEY are still on Loch of Hillwell. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Skaw (Unst) and a LESSER WHITETHROAT is at Norwick (Unst). 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES are on Fetlar.

The first-year ROSS'S GULL was back briefly in the fields at the end of the Veensgarth road (north end of Tingwall Loch) this afternoon but flew off again and could not be relocated.

The male MANDARIN DUCK was back at the Haroldswick Marsh today (Unst).


Friday 10 May 2002

A first-year ROSS'S GULL was briefly in the fields at the end of the Veensgarth road (north end of Tingwall Loch) this afternoon but it flew off and was not seen again.

RED-BACKED SHRIKES are on Whalsay and Fetlar. Also on Fetlar are a LESSER WHITETHROAT and BRAMBLING and a COMMON SANDPIPER is on Whalsay. 3 GARGANEY are on Loch of Hillwell.

Netta Inkster of West Sandwick, Yell had a GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER in their garden all day today. A PIED FLYCATCHER and DUNNOCK were at Sumburgh Head this evening and a RING OUSEL is at Geosetter. Despite searching there were no Red-backed Shrikes or Bluethroats seen on Mainland today!!!

11 RED-BACKED SHRIKES and 6 BLUETHROATS are on Fair Isle and a CALANDRA LARK is on North Ronaldsay (Orkney).


Thursday 9 May 2002

The male MANDARIN DUCK on Unst is now at Norwick. The COMMON CRANE was reported still on Fetlar today. A WOOD WARBLER is at Quendale, a REDSTART and PIED FLYCATCHER are at Geosetter. The COMMON CRANE is still on Foula.

Jean Aaron-Walker reported 2 Red-breasted Mergansers on the sea off the Safeway Car Park (Lerwick).


Wednesday 8 May 2002

A COMMON CRANE was reported on Fetlar - a BRAMBLING was also there. A GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Gulberwick.


Monday 6 May 2002

The male MANDARIN DUCK is now at Burrafirth (Unst). Also on Unst a LINNET was at Baltasound and an adult ICELAND GULL, a male GOOSANDER and a CARRION CROW were at Uyeasound. A CUCKOO was at Staney Hill (Lerwick). The WHITE-BILLED DIVER was back off Kirkabister today and a WRYNECK is at Wester Quarff.


Sunday 5 May 2002

A SHORELARK is at Skaw, Unst. Also on Unst are a BARNACLE GOOSE at Baltasound, 6 SNOW BUNTINGS on the Hill of Clibberswick and a CARRION CROW at Haroldswick. Another SNOW BUNTING was at the top of the hill into Collafirth (near Voe). Arctic Terns are fairly numerous now - and Common Terns are also evident. A SHORT-EARED OWL was on Hermaness.


Saturday 4 May 2002

A TREE PIPIT and SEDGE WARBLER were on Fetlar today.


Friday 3 May 2002

A white GYR FALCON flew north over Haroldswick at about 6pm this evening. The WHITE-BILLED DIVER was back off Kirkabister today. An ARCTIC TERN and COMMON SANDPIPER were also at Haroldswick.


Thursday 2 May 2002

6 POMARINE SKUAS flew north past Wats Ness (west Mainland) this morning. 3 HOUSE MARTINS and 3 SWALLOWS were at Loch of Spiggie today. An ICELAND GULL is at Loch of Hillwell.


Wednesday 1 May 2002

 The SEDGE WARBLER is still at Virkie.


Tuesday 30 April 2002

The drake MANDARIN is still in the marsh at Haroldswick, just before the turn off for Quoys (Unst). A drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is at Loch of Hillwell and a SANDWICH TERN is at Loch of Spiggie. A SEDGE WARBLER is at Virkie and an early SWIFT was at Scatness.

A Female BLUETHROAT was at Sumburgh Lighthouse all day and the WHITE-BILLED DIVER was back off Kirkabister at 18:00 hours. A SANDWICH TERN and 2 COMMON TERNS were at the north end of Loch of Spiggie at 19:00 hours. 5 BRAMBLING are at Helendale and a SHORT-EARED OWL was west of Vatchley at  19:30 hours.

Sunday 28 April 2002

A WHITE-BILLED DIVER was off Kirkabister (north-east Mainland) this morning and a COMMON CRANE circled over Loch of Spiggie this afternoon before flying off.

A drake MANDARIN is in the marsh at Haroldswick, just before the turn off for Quoys (Unst). Also on Unst are a CANADA GOOSE on Loch of Quoys, 4 PINK-FOOTED GEESE, MOORHEN and male SNOW BUNTING at Haroldswick and 2 COMMON SCOTER in Lunda Wick.


Saturday 27 April 2002

The OSPREY was still at Sand Water but there was no sign of the Great White Egret.


Friday 26 April 2002

The GREAT WHITE EGRET was at Sae Water in the late afternoon before flying back to Sand Water in the evening. The OSPREY was also still at Sand Water.

Ramsay Napier reported a tirrick fishing at the Sletts, Lerwick this afternoon - almost certainly a Common Tern.


Thursday 25 April 2002

The GREAT WHITE EGRET circled over Voe at 7.30pm before flying off north. The OSPREY was still at Sand Water. A COMMON CRANE is on Foula.

2 Sand Martins were at Virkie this afternoon.


Wednesday 24 April 2002

The GREAT WHITE EGRET was at Sand Water again for most of the day - although it was seen to fly south at one stage after being flushed! The OSPREY was also still there.

Two COMMON TERNS were at Virkie in the evening (the first of the year), the BAR-HEADED GOOSE with a clipped wing is not surprisingly still at Vidlin (opposite the Kirkhouse Loch), the GREAT TIT and CARRION CROW are still at Lerwick along with a SISKIN and SPARROWHAWK. Two SAND MARTINS - the first of the year - were at Haroldswick.


Tuesday 23 April 2002

A GREAT WHITE EGRET turned up at Sand Water along the Lang Kames this afternoon. An OSPREY was also there. Both remained at the loch until at least 9pm.


Monday 22 April 2002

The HAWFINCH is still at Hillswick.


Sunday 21 April 2002

An OSPREY flew over lower Voe at about 1pm today. Pat Dugard reported a HAWFINCH at Hillswick and Freda Gray reported a male BULLFINCH at Norwick.


Saturday 20 April 2002

A GREAT TIT and CARRION CROW are at Lerwick.


Friday 19 April 2002

A BAR-HEADED GOOSE with a clipped wing is at Vidlin - in the fields opposite the Kirkhouse Loch.


Tuesday 16 April 2002

The BLACK SWAN is still at loch of Spiggie but there was no sign today of the 3 Avocets at Virkie. The first ARCTIC SKUA of the year was at Loch of Girlsta.


Monday 15 April 2002

The 3 AVOCETS were still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) today and the BLACK SWAN is still at loch of Spiggie.


Sunday 14 April 2002

The 3 AVOCETS were still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) today. The BLACK SWAN is at the south end of Loch of Spiggie with Whooper Swans.


Saturday 13 April 2002

The 3 AVOCETS were still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) today. A BLACK SWAN was briefly at Scalloway Harbour. A JACK SNIPE is at East Burra.

At Quendale Bay there were at least 20 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS and a BLACK-THROATED DIVER. Also at Sumburgh Lighthouse were a female CHAFFINCH with 30 TWITE and at Virkie a CHIFFCHAFF was still in the willows and singing loudly.

Friday 12 April 2002

The 3 AVOCETS were still at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) today. Tony & Beth Gerrard reported a SONG THRUSH and male BLACKCAP in garden at Sandgarth, Dales Lees.


Thursday 11 April 2002

The 3 AVOCETS remained at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) most of the day. The drake AMERICAN WIGEON is still on Loch of Hillwell.


Wednesday 10 April 2002

Three AVOCETS turned up at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) this afternoon. They are the first in Shetland since one on Whalsay & Skerries in late September/early October 1992 and are the 18-20th individuals. Ramsay Napier reported a REDPOLL in gardens at Sletts Park, Lerwick. There was no sign of the Snow Goose at Gloup today. The summer plumage BLACK-THROATED DIVER was still off the Lerwick Hotel.


Tuesday 9 April 2002

The adult white-phase SNOW GOOSE is still at the end of the Gloup road (north Yell). Richard Burness reported a summer plumage BLACK-THROATED DIVER in Lerwick Harour off the Lerwick Hotel.


Monday 8 April 2002

17 GREAT NORTHER DIVERS were off Maywick today.


Sunday 7 April 2002

An adult white-phase SNOW GOOSE is at the end of the Gloup road (north Yell). It is associating with domestic geese but apparently arrived there about 3 weeks ago with 2 Greylag Geese. A HOUSE MARTIN was also at Sumburgh Lighthouse and 2 CHIFFCHAFFS were at Sandwick. The BRAMBLING is still at Baltasound.

A WOODCOCK, PIED WAGTAIL and 6 BONXIES were on Saxa Vord today and a 1st Summer GLAUCOUS GULL and 2 GOOSANDERS were at Uyeasound. There were also an exceptional 96 LONG-TAILED DUCKS on Loch of Belmont (south Unst).

Bill Crook reported 2 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS in the West Voe of Sumburgh today.


Saturday 6 April 2002

A WILLOW WARBLER is at Quendale. A BRAMBLING is at Baltasound and a SWALLOW is at Burrafirth.


Friday 5 April 2002

BLACK REDSTARTS were at Gulberwick and Sumburgh today and a male HAWFINCH was at Baltasound.


Thursday 4 April 2002

Another CHIFFCHAFF and a GREENSHANK were on Whalsay today.


Wednesday 3 April 2002

Ramsay Napier reported 3 GOLDFINCHES feeding on rose-hips in his garden at Sletts Park, Lerwick. A CHIFFCHAFF and BLACK REDSTART are on Whalsay. A LITTLE GREBE is still in the East Voe of Scalloway and 16 COLLARED DOVES and 2 WOOD PIGEONS were at Helendale, Lerwick.


Tuesday 2 April 2002

A SNOW BUNTING and 2 PIED WAGTAILS are at the Sumburgh Head South Quarry. The GREAT NORTHERN DIVER is still at Sumburgh East Voe.

 

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