Bird News Archive - 1996


30/12/96

The two first-winter ICELAND GULLS and the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick, and the first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at Scalloway Harbour.


27/12/96

The 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS and the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick, and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at Scalloway Harbour. Two BULLFINCHES are still at Lerwick.


22/12/96

Small numbers of Bullfinches have arrived in the isles, there are at least 3 in Lerwick. The 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


19/12/96

The 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS and the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


14/12/96

The 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick along with a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL.


8/12/96

The 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


3/12/96

Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS are now at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


29/11/96

The number of SNOW BUNTINGS seems to be decreasing. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still the only white-winged gull at the Gremista Fish Factory.


25/11/96

Extraordinary news of the day was the finding of Shetland's latest ever PIED FLYCATCHER at Sumburgh by Alan McCall. Most autumn Shetland records are in September with dwindling numbers through October and only one previous November record - at Sullom Voe on the 5-11th in 1987. Unfortunately it did not hang around - probably thought it was perhaps a bit chilly!!


22/11/96

A WOODLARK was at Sandwick today. The small numbers of WAXWINGS are still present as are the large numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still the only white-winged gull at the Gremista Fish Factory - which is very unusual for this time of year as there are usually a lot more around by now, especially as the winds have been predominantly from the north.


20/11/96

The adult KING EIDER is still in Mousa Sound, the small numbers of WAXWINGS are still present, as are the large number of SNOW BUNTINGS. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


17/11/96

An adult KING EIDER is in Mousa Sound - probably the same one as was there and around Sumburgh in the early part of the year. WAXWINGS are appearing throughout the isles, although only in one's and two's, and the large number of SNOW BUNTINGS are still present with flocks of 20-30 almost everywhere.


16/11/96

The WAXWINGS are still feeding in the large tree just north of the Queens Hotel in Lerwick although there are now only 4. The large numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS are still evident - at least 500 are in the Sumburgh area. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Gremista Fish Factory.


14/11/96

The 14 or so WAXWINGS are still feeding in the large tree just north of the Queens Hotel in Lerwick and the large numbers of SNOW BUNTINGS are still evident. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Gremista Fish Factory.


13/11/96

It's SNOW BUNTINGS R US - there are at least 1000 in the isles at the moment, mostly in small flocks of up to 50 although there are at least 200 in one flock at Skaw, Unst. Small numbers of WAXWINGS are also evident at the moment - up to 14 are feeding in the large tree just north of the Queens Hotel in Lerwick, at least 5 are at Walls and 3 are at Baltasound, Unst.


12/11/96

SNOW BUNTINGS have arrived in the isles in significant numbers - at least 500 are on Unst with at least a further 250 in the south Mainland. Three WAXWINGS were at the Flower Park in Lerwick this morning - feeding on the berries on the bushes there - which are rapidly disappearing.


11/11/96

A single WAXWING was at Baltasound today, as was a BLUE TIT at Norwick (both Unst).


9/11/96

A female/immature VELVET SCOTER was off Uyeasound, Unst today. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Gremista Fish Factory.


6/11/96

At least 100 SNOW BUNTINGS are on Unst with at least 30 in the Sumburgh area. he first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at Lerwick Harbour - around the Gremista Fish Factory.


3/11/96

The first WAXWINGS (2) of the autumn were at the Walls School today. A first-winter ICELAND GULL is in Lerwick Harbour.


30/10/96

The 2 PALLAS'S WARBLER's and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are still at Voe.


29/10/96

There are now 2 PALLAS'S WARBLER's and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Voe.


28/10/96

The PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at Voe.


27/10/96

The PALLAS'S WARBLER'S are still at Voe and Bressay.


26/10/96

There are still a lot of REDWING'S and CHAFFINCHES around at the moment although the arrivals of the day were PALLAS'S WARBLER'S at Voe and Bressay, with 2 on Whalsay. A DOTTEREL was also on Skerries.


25/10/96

The only news today was a POMARINE SKUA and GLAUCOUS GULL off Sumburgh Head around mid-day.


20/10/96

Yesterdays RADDE'S WARBLERS at Sandwick and Geosetter were still present today although there was no sign of the Voe individual. The WOODLARK at Mid-Dale is also still present.

New birds today were a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Eswick, an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at Kergord, and a LITTLE BUNTING on Skerries.


19/10/96

Its RADDE'S WARBLERS R US. There were THREE found today; at Voe, Sandwick and Geosetter. One in an autumn is good for Shetland but three in a day is exceptional. These Siberian warblers are superficially similar to a brownish Chiffchaff but are much 'stronger' looking and have a slightly thicker bill and stronger looking legs.

In addition there was a WOODLARK at Mid-Dale, Walls, and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Boddam.


18/10/96

There are still lots of THRUSHES, ROBIN'S and GOLDCREST'S around, with 2 BLUE TIT'S at Voe and a late RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Voxter.


17/10/96

Migrants were still in evidence today with hundreds of REDWINGS evident, along with GOLDCRESTS, BRAMBLINGS and at least 12 BULLFINCHES throughout the isles. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and BLUE TIT were also at Norwick, Unst.


16/10/96

There were quite a few migrants around today as the wind has moved to the south. Thrushes (especially REDWINGS) are abundant along with GOLDCRESTS, BRAMBLINGS and a few BULLFINCHES - a sure sign winter is upon us! In addition a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was at south Yell.


14/10/96

Most of yesterdays GEESE were still present in the South Mainland as were the 'eastern' race JACKDAWS at Strand.


13/10/96

GREYLAG GEESE were very much in evidence today in the South Mainland. Numbers were building up throughout the day at Spiggie and Brow with eventual totals of at least 900 at Spiggie and 1500 around Brow. These are exceptional numbers and far in excess of the usual 2-300 normally present at this time of year. Along with them were single BRENT and BARNACLE GEESE and a few PINK-FOOTED GEESE.

In addition, at least one 'eastern' race JACKDAW is at Strand. This subspecies differs from the usual grey-headed birds by having obvious white patches on each side of its neck, like that of a Wood Pigeon. Two others showed similar markings but the patches were not as obvious.


3-12/10/96

Not a lot by all accounts - just as well - as I was touring Scotland watching Golden Eagles and White-tailed Eagles!


2/10/96

Yesterday's AMERICAN WIGEON was back on Pullars Loch at Scatness today and the OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is still at Falddabister.


1/10/96

News of the day was the discovery of a PADDYFIELD WARBLER along the Feal Burn on Fetlar, and an eclipse plumage AMERICAN WIGEON on Pullars Loch at Scatness this afternoon. Unfortunately the Wigeon flew off towards Horse Island not long after its discovery and was not seen again during the rest of the day. The OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT is still at Falddabister.

Birds are arriving from both the east and west! the Paddyfield warbler hails from eastern Europe - Bulgaria/Rumania - and the American Wigeon, not surprisingly, from North America.

On Fair Isle an American BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was reported late this afternoon but could not be relocated.


30/9/96

Few birds around today, the only sightings of note were the SHORT-TOED LARK at the tattie rig next to the Sumburgh Hotel, the OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at Falddabister, and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Scalloway, Vidlin, and Ollaberry. The White-throated Sparrow was apparently not seen today.


29/9/96

Yesterdays Red-throated Pipit could not be relocated today although the WHITE THROATED SPARROW was still at Voe, as was the OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at Falddabister, and the TAWNY PIPIT, RICHARD'S PIPITS and LITTLE BUNTING on Skerries.

On Fair Isle there were a GREAT SNIPE, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, 4 RICHARDS PIPITS, and a SHORT-TOED LARK.


28/9/96

New birds today were a RED-THROATED PIPIT around the chalets at Twatt, Bixter, a COMMON BUZZARD at Kergord, a SHORT-TOED LARK at the tattie rig next to the Sumburgh Hotel, and an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT at Falddabister. In addition, on Skerries today there were 2 GREAT SNIPE together!!!!!, yesterdays TAWNY PIPIT, a single RICHARD'S PIPITS and a LITTLE BUNTING.

Yesterdays WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was still at Voe today, as was the ARCTIC WARBLER. The North Roe PECHORA PIPIT was also still present - at least until 4pm when it unfortunately flew into some phone wires and sadly killed itself. Also at North Roe was a ROSEFINCH.

The RED KITE was reported at Tresta today and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Trondra, Sullom, Brae and Ollaberry. At Scatness there were also at least 160 BARNACLE GEESE and skeins of 34 and 51 were seen heading towards Fair Isle in the morning. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was also at Skaw, Unst.


27/9/96

Todays improved weather has brought out the rare birds!!

Yesterdays WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was confirmed at Voe this morning and showed well throughout the day. It mainly frequents the trees surrounding the driveway to Voe House, immediately behind the Pierhead Restaurant. Also at Voe was an ARCTIC WARBLER seen during the afternoon and calling loudly at the assembled birdwatchers.

In an Iris bed at Sand Voe, North Roe were a PECHORA PIPIT (the 3rd in Shetland this autumn) and a SPOTTED CRAKE. On Skerries, what was probably the same elusive TAWNY PIPIT as one there last friday was briefly seen again today, along with 2 RICHARD'S PIPITS and a LITTLE BUNTING.

The RED KITE previously reported at Walls on the 23rd flew over Lerwick at lunchtime, but still remains difficult to catch up with. Also at Lerwick the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and ICTERINE WARBLER were still at Helendale. The Rustic Bunting at Skaw, Unst was not seen today but the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was still there, as was the ORTOLAN BUNTING at Scatness, and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Cunningsburgh.

On Fair Isle the GREAT SNIPE, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, 3 RICHARDS PIPITS, and BLUETHROAT were still present, along with 3 SHORT-TOED LARKS, a BARRRED WARBLER and 300 BARNACLE GEESE.


26/9/96

The RUSTIC BUNTING and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER were still at Skaw, Unst as were the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and ICTERINE WARBLER were at Helendale, Lerwick and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER on Bressay. In addition, 220 SOOTY SHEARWATER'S flew past Sumburgh Head today, a BLUETHROAT was at Sumburgh Head, an ORTOLAN BUNTING was at Scatness, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was at Cunningsburgh, and an adult LONG-TAILED SKUA flew over Loch of Brindister (just south of Gulberwick) at about 4pm.

A bird thought to be an american WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was seen briefly at Voe late this afternoon, but unfortunately could not be relocated - not surprising in the wind and rain!!

Still present on Fair Isle were the GREAT SNIPE and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, along with 3 RICHARDS PIPITS, a BLUETHROAT, SHORT-TOED LARK and HOOPOE.


25/9/96

Yesterday's RUSTIC BUNTING and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER were still at Skaw, Unst and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and ICTERINE WARBLER were still at Helendale, Lerwick. Another YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER was also on Bressay and 120 SOOTY SHEARWATER'S flew past Sumburgh Head.

On Fair Isle yesterday's Blyth's Reed Warbler was not to be seen. Still present were the GREAT SNIPE, 2 RICHARDS PIPITS, and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER.


24/9/96

Seabirds were on the move today - 27 SOOTY SHEARWATERS flew past Grutness and a further 13 and a POMARINE SKUA flew past Sumburgh Head. A RUSTIC BUNTING and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER were at Skaw, Unst today and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and ICTERINE WARBLER were at Helendale, Lerwick.

On Fair Isle there was a GREAT SNIPE, 2 RICHARDS PIPITS, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and BLYTH'S REED WARBLER.


23/9/96

The RED KITE previously seen on Skerries has now turned up at Setter, mid Walls. A RED-THROATED PIPIT was reported briefly at the north end of the Loch of Spiggie, an ICTERINE WARBLER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER were at Helendale with other YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER'S at Seafield, mid Walls and Cunningsburgh. In addition a LITTLE BUNTING was at Sumburgh.

On Fair Isle there was a GREAT SNIPE, 2 SHORT-TOED LARK'S, RICHARDS PIPIT and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER.


22/9/96

Even fewer birds around today - the only sightings of note were a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and LITTLE BUNTING at Sumburgh, a ROSEFINCH at Swinning, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Helendale, Lerwick, and a WATER RAIL and 9 SNOW BUNTINGS on Fetlar.

On Fair Isle there were 2 GREAT SNIPE'S (one new individual - the 5th in Shetland this autumn), a SHORT-TOED LARK, PECHORA PIPIT, LITTLE BUNTING, RICHARDS PIPIT and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER.


21/9/96

Fewer birds were around today as there has been an obvious departure due to the fine weather. On Skerries the GREAT SNIPE and 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT were still present along with 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER'S although there was no sign of the Tawny Pipit. On the Skerries corssing there was a POMARINE SKUA and 3 RISSO'S DOLPHINS seen. On Unst there were 4 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS and a RICHARDS PIPIT and an ORTOLAN BUNTING was at Durigarth (south Mainland).

Also on Unst were single PAINTED LADY, LARGE WHITE and RED ADMIRAL butterflies. The large white is one of the latest ever recorded in Shetland.

On Fair Isle yesterdays GREAT SNIPE, SHORT-TOED LARK and LITTLE BUNTING were still present along with a RICHARDS PIPIT and SPOTTED CRAKE.


20/9/96

Its Rare birds R Us again.

On Skerries today there was a GREAT SNIPE (the third in Shetland this autumn - including Fair Isle), a TAWNY PIPIT (only the 7th ever in Shetland and the first since 1976 - excluding Fair Isle), a 'SIBERIAN' STONECHAT (an eastern subspecies of the Stonechat), and 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS. On the crossing to Skerries a POMARINE SKUA and SOOTY SHEARWATER were also seen.

Elsewhere there was a ROSEFINCH at Swinning, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Geosetter and Scatness, a RICHARD'S PIPIT at Scatness, SPOTTED CRAKE at Sumburgh Farm, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and LITTLE BUNTING at Sumburgh, a BARRED WARBLER at the St. Ninian's car park, and a QUAIL on Fetlar. The Virkie SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER is also still present.

On Fair Isle today there was a PECHORA PIPIT, GREAT SNIPE (a new individual - taking the Shetland total to 4 for this autumn!), a SHORT-TOED LARK, LITTLE BUNTING and 2 BLUETHROAT'S.


19/9/96

Yesterday's GREAT SNIPE at Scatness could not be relocated today, although there was a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Quendale, and LITTLE BUNTING and RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Sumburgh. The Virkie SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER is also still present.

On Fair Isle a PADDYFIELD WARBLER was found to be wearing a Lithuanian ring, an exceptional discovery - someone is obviously ringing birds in Lithuaia! In addition there was also a PECHORA PIPIT, LITTLE BUNTING, RICHARD'S PIPIT, SHORT-TOED LARK and 2 BARRED WARBLERS. Unfortunately yesterday's GREAT SNIPE there was found injured, sadly with a broken bill.


18/9/96

A GREAT SNIPE was in the tattie rig oppositte the Scatness turnoff this morning but was seen to fly towards the east side of the airport and could not be relocated. Elsewhere there was a RED KITE on Skerries, a LITTLE BUNTING and RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Sumburgh and a WOOD WARBLER at Helendale. The Virkie SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER is also still present.

On Fair Isle there was also a GREAT SNIPE, along with a RICHARDS PIPIT, BLUETHROAT, BARRED WARBLER, 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS and 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS.


17/9/96

There was no sign of the Foula Pechora Pipit today although the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and ROSEFINCH were still present. New arrivals today were a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Quendale, 2 ROSEFINCHES at Swinning, 2 more at Skaw, Unst and another at Norwick, Unst, and an ORTOLAN BUNTING at Hermaness. In addition the Sumburgh RED-BACKED SHRIKE was still present, as was the Virkie SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER.

Rarity of the autumn so far was on Fair Isle today where a PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was located this afternoon.


16/9/96

New migrants today were RED-BACKED SHRIKE'S at Sumburgh and Trondra and 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS on Fetlar. On Foula there was a PECHORA PIPIT (there has been one there every autumn now for the last three years!), a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, ROSEFINCH and a BARRED WARBLER, although there is a distinct lack of common migrants.

The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was again in the grass field just north of the Twatt turnoff on the Bixter to Aith road, the SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again at the Scatness Pools and the Pool of Virkie, and the first-winter ICELAND GULL and second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still around the Shetland Catch fish factory at Gremista.

On Fair Isle there were 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, an ICTERINE WARBLER and a BLUETHROAT.


15/9/96

The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was again in the grass field just north of the Twatt turnoff on the Bixter to Aith Road, although only in the morning. In addition the SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again at the Scatness Pools and the Pool of Virkie this afternoon. The first-winter ICELAND GULL and second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still in Lerwick Harbour - around the Shetland Catch fish factory at Gremista.


14/9/96

Shetland's second (away from Fair Isle) UPLAND SANDPIPER was reported from Foula today - the same place as the first which was there in 1993. The first YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER of the year was also on Fetlar today.

The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is now spending most of its time in the grass field just north of the Twatt turnoff on the Bixter to Aith Road, and appears reasonably settled. In addition the SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again at the Scatness Pools and the Pool of Virkie this afternoon. The first-winter ICELAND GULL and second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still in Lerwick Harbour - around the Shetland Catch fish factory at Gremista.


13/9/96

Yesterdays BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the head of the voe just north of the Aith turnoff, was seen again this morning but unfortunately not later in the day!!. In addition the SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was again at the Pool of Virkie this afternoon.

The only other news of note was a first-winter ICELAND GULL and second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL in Lerwick Harbour - around the Shetland Catch fish factory at Gremista, and a BARRED WARBLER and 2 LAPLAND BUNTING'S on Fetlar.


12/9/96

Another American wader was discovered today - a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the head of the voe just north of the Aith turnoff heading past Bixter. Unfortunately it was only present for about 3 minutes before it flew off towards Aith, not to be seen again!!

Yesterdays SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER was agin at the Pool of Virkie late this afternoon.


11/9/96

News of the day was the discovery of an American SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER at the Pool of Virkie, this afternoon. This is an exceptionally rare wader and is only the third to be recorded in Scotland. Superficially it resembles a Little Stint and is not easy to pick out among the many Dunlin, Sanderling and Ringed Plover frequenting the exposed mud at Virkie at the moment. If you are going to look for it make sure you go at low tide as almost all the waders move off when the mud is covered.


7/9/96

Migrant birds are very thin on the ground at the moment although waders are passing south through the isles in reasonable numbers - several hundred OYSTERCATCHERS and CURLEW were in the central Mainland today The only migrant of note was a ROSEFINCH at Veely, Unst.


5/9/96

The only birdy news of today is a PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Loch of Heusbreck (south Mainland).


3/9/96

Two SOOTY SHEARWATERS' were seen off Sumburgh Head this morning. The Quendale Citrine Wagtail now seems to have definitely gone as it was not present again today.


2/9/96

There was no sign of the Quendale CITRINE WAGTAIL, although at the Pool of Virkie there were LITTLE STINT, SPOTTED REDSHANK, BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and a GREENSHANK.


1/9/96

The KING EIDER is still present between Trondra and Burra, as is the Quendale CITRINE WAGTAIL and the Veensgarth WRYNECK.


31/8/96

Yesterday's KING EIDER is still present between Trondra and Burra (it is loosely associating with a few common Eiders), as is the Quendale CITRINE WAGTAIL and the Veensgarth WRYNECK. A BARRED WARBLER is at Skaw, Unst.


30/8/96

A moulting male KING EIDER is on the sea opposite the Trondra Hall (between Trondra and Burra). The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at the Quendale Mill and the WRYNECK is still at Veensgarth.


29/8/96

The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at the Quendale Mill, as is the WRYNECK at Veensgarth, and the BARRED WARBLERS at Skaw and Baltasound on Unst


28/8/96

The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at the Quendale Mill. On Unst there were BARRED WARBLERS at Skaw and Baltasound.

Jonathan Wills reported the following from the 'Dunter' today:
Flocks of Eider south of Noss (ca. 100 birds) and south of Bard Head (ca. 400). Main Bressay/Noss flock appears to have moved into Gulberwick, where several hundred Eider seen 27/8/96 at 1800.


27/8/96

The only news today was a BARRED WARBLER at Sumburgh and a WRYNECK at Veensgarth.


25/8/96

The only birdy news was an ICTERINE WARBLER Skaw, Unst and the Quendale CITRINE WAGTAIL is still present.


24/8/96

A CITRINE WAGTAIL is at the Quendale Mill burn, along with a BARRED WARBLER. On Skerries today were 4 BARRED WARBLERS, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and a WRYNECK. In addition, at least 20 RUFF were at Hillwell - an exceptional number for the isles.

Jonathan Wills reported the following from his boat 'Dunter' today on a trip to Skerries.
1135: 1 x blue Fulmar (unusually dark individual) off Hoo Stack, Nesting.
1145: 4 female/imm Common Scoter in flight of The Sneckan, east of Nesting.
1135 - 1640: 448 Eiders counted by Martin Heubeck of SOTEAG in scattered flocks between Hoo Stack and Skerries. Main concentrations north of Skerries.

On Fair Isle today there was a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, BOOTED WARBLER, CITRINE WAGTAIL, DOTTEREL, RED-BACKED SHRIKE, ROSEFINCH, WRYNECK and 2 BARRED WARBLERS.


23/8/96

A ROSEFINCH and BARRED WARBLER were at Skaw, Unst today. A REED WARBLER was at Sumburgh and 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS were seen from Sumburgh Head.

On Fair Isle there was a BOOTED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, 3 BARRED WARBLERS and a RED-NECKED GREBE.


22/8/96

A DOTTEREL and WRYNECK were on Fetlar today.


21/8/96

Two MELODIOUS WARBLERS were on Fair Isle today - an unprecendented showing of this species which is usually far less than annual.


20/8/96

Jonathan Wills reported the following from the 'Dunter' today.
1330 - 1730: Nearly 2,000 Eiders in scattered flocks around north end of Noss and Bressay on the biennial SOTEAG survey trip.


19/8/96

The Fetlar RED-FOOTED FALCON is still present.


18/8/96

Dave Suddaby on Fetlar reported a first-summer male RED-FOOTED FALCON seen briefly this evening. The BARRED WARBLER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden, and another is at Norwick, Unst.


16/8/96

The BARRED WARBLER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden.


15/8/96

The only birdy news news of note was a BARRED WARBLER at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden.

Jonathan Wills reported the following sightings from the 'Dunter' today.
1130BST : The last of the GUILLEMOTS have gone from Noss (I wasn't there yesterday - no passengers, can you believe it?!)


14/8/96

On Fetlar, the BLACK-HEADED BUNTING was relocated along with 2 BARRED WARBLERS, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, and an ICTERINE WARBLER.

Yesterdays GREENISH WARBLER was still at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden, along with an ICTERINE WARBLER at Sumburgh Head, a BARRED WARBLER on Whalsay, and the first-summer GLAUCOUS GULL was still in Lerwick Harbour - around the Shetland Catch Fish Factory.


13/8/96

A GREENISH WARBLER was in the Sumburgh Hotel Garden today, an ICTERINE WARBLER was at Sumburgh Head, at least 2 BARRED WARBLERS were on Whalsay, and a first-summer GLAUCOUS GULL was in Lerwick Harbour.

On Fetlar, yesterday's Black-headed Bunting could not be relocated but 4 BARRED WARBLERS, and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, ICTERINE WARBLER, and REED WARBLER were seen there.


12/8/96

Fetlar continues to be the place to go at the moment with a female-type BLACK-HEADED BUNTING at Upper Toft today, along with a ROSEFINCH, BARRED WARBLER and 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS. Elsewhere there were 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS at Sumburgh along with several PIED FLYCATCHERS, a CURLEW SANDPIPER and RUFF on Unst and 4 BARRED WARBLERS on Whalsay.


11/8/96

Fetlar continues to be the migrant hot-spot of the moment with a ROSEFINCH, BARRED WARBLER, ICTERINE WARBLER, 5 WOOD SANDPIPERS and SPOTTED REDSHANK today. Elsewhere there was a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT, 2 WOOD SANDPIPERS and a WOOD WARBLER at Sumburgh along with a scattering of common migrants.


10/8/96

A few autumn migrants were evident today between the rain showers, on Fetlar there was a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, WRYNECK and the ICTERINE WARBLER reported previously is still there.


9/8/96

The Fetlar ICTERINE WARBLER is still around the bushes at the RSPB hide at Funzie.


8/8/96

Several waders are beginning to appear in the isles with single RUFF at north Yell and Tingwall, 210 KNOT at the Pool of Virkie, and 200+ GOLDEN PLOVER at Tingwall. An unseasonal HAWFINCH was also at Sandwick.


6/8/96

An ICTERINE WARBLER was near the RSPB hide at Funzie, Fetlar today, and a WRYNECK was on Bressay.


2/8/96

A few migrants are returning to Shetland, WILLOW WARBLERS were at Lerwick and Scalloway today.


31/7/96

A QUAIL was calling at Haroldswick, Unst today.


25/7/96

No sign of yesterdays LAUGHING GULL on Fetlar but the ROSEATE TERN on Fair Isle reappeared at the airstrip again at 17.00.


24/7/96

An American LAUGHING GULL was found by Dave Suddaby at Brough, Fetlar today. It appeared at around 11.00am but was unfortunately not relocated again today. The bird is moulting from first-summer to second-winter plumage and is only the third record for Shetland, the previous two were an adult on Fetlar on the 15th June 1983 and a second-summer plumage bird at Gremista, Lerwick from the 31st August-8th September 1989.

Another good find, an adult ROSEATE TERN was discovered among the Arctic Tern colony at the airstrip on Fair Isle this evening. Roseate Terns differ from our breeding Arctic Terns (Tirricks) in having a faint warm pinkish hue around the belly/chest area (hence the name) and an obviously longer pair of central tail feathers, making the bird appear much longer and slimmer. It is the sixth record of the species in Shetland, the previous records are listed below.


23/7/96

Waders continue to move south with 12 KNOT, 10 SANDERLING and 100 DUNLIN at the Pool of Virkie.


22/7/96

A few waders are starting to return south, 20 SANDERLING and 4 KNOT were at the Pool of Virkie (south Mainland).


19/7/96

A male PEREGRINE was on Fetlar today, and at least 9 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were feeding at the Loch of Finnie RSPB reserve there.


18/7/96

A few early returning migrant SWIFTS were evident today with at least 25 on Unst, the autumn is already rapidly approaching! 


9/7/96

A CORNCRAKE was calling at Fleck, south Mainland yesterday (8th), as was a QUAIL at Baltasound, Unst.


6/7/96

News of the day was an immature (probably second-summer) FRANKLIN'S GULL found by Tony Mainwood around the main pier on Foula. The species hails from north America and is a rare migrant to Britain. It is superficially similar to a Black-headed Gull but slightly smaller with a more obvious black hood (although this individual hasn't got a complete hood as its an immature), and black around the wing tips more like that of a Common Gull. This is only the third record of this species in Shetland the others were on the 10-11th May 1990 at the Lochs of Hillwell and Spiggie, and on the 27th May 1991 at Skellister, Nesting.


3/7/96

The majority of the GUILLEMOTS breeding on the cliffs at the Sumburgh Head RSPB reserve are now fledging - summers over for another year!!!!


29/6/96

The only news of the day is a ROSEFINCH singing in the trees at Scalloway (just after the school).


25/6/96

Interesting news of the day was the location by the Seabirds at Sea Team of a 'SOFT-PLUMAGED PETREL' 130 km WNW of Shetland. The Seabirds at Sea project (funded by the Scottish Natural Heritage, English Nature and other Conservation Organisations), systematically records the occurrence of seabirds in the North Sea to build up a picture of their distribution at sea, away from breeding colonies. The 'Soft-plumage Petrel' is currently regarded as a generic name relating to a group of three different, but superficially very similar species. Only two of these are thought to occur in the eastern North Atlantic, and this record is only the 6th of this species group in British and Irish waters.

The RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at the Strand Plantation at Gott, central Mainland.


24/6/96

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at the Strand Plantation at Gott, central Mainland.


20/6/96

There has been nothing of note during the last two days, primarily as a result of the cold northerlies we are experiencing at the moment - its supposed to be summer! The only news of the day is the ROSEFINCH still at Scalloway in the large tree-filled garden just past the School.


17/6/96

Little to report today, the only news of note is the MARSH WARBLER still at Virkie (in the small patch of Willow bushes on the corner of the turn off at the Pool of Virkie), 2 ROSEFINCHES still on Unst and one still at Scalloway.


16/6/96

It was a little too windy today for cetacean watching at Sumburgh and the whales were nowhere to be seen. The only news today was a MARSH WARBLER at Virkie, 3 ROSEFINCHES still on Unst and the CORNCRAKE is still at Cunningsburgh.


15/6/96

There was little news on the birdy front today, on Unst 2 singing male ROSEFINCHES are still at Halligarth along with a TREE SPARROW (a very scarce migrant in Shetland in recent years), and a REED WARBLER and TURTLE DOVE are at Norwick. The Black/Red - Headed Bunting has now departed however. In addition the singing male ROSEFINCH at Scalloway is still present and has now moved to the large tree-filled garden just past the School, and a CORNCRAKE is at Cunningsburgh.


14/6/96

Little news today, the BLACK/RED - HEADED BUNTING is still at Skaw, Unst and 2 ROSEFINCHES are still at Baltasound, Unst. Another ROSEFINCH is still at Scalloway, singing from the bushes in the garden on the corner of the turning to Burra along the road past the scord quarry.


13/6/96

The BLACK/RED - HEADED BUNTING is still at Skaw, Unst and 2 ROSEFINCHES are still at Baltasound, Unst. Another ROSEFINCH is still at Scalloway.

Another BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is on Fair Isle, two in a year is exceptional never mind in one spring.


12/6/96

The BLACK/RED - HEADED BUNTING is still at Skaw, Unst and 3 ROSEFINCHES are still at Baltasound, Unst. Other ROSEFINCHES are at Scalloway and the Sumburgh Hotel garden. A third-summer KUMLIEN'S GULL the rare (in Britain) north-east Canadian counterpart of our Iceland Gull was briefly at Loch of Tingwall this afternoon before flying off towards Lerwick Harbour. Unfortunately it could not be relocated. A 'third - summer' plumage is one almost at adult plumage, but not quite. A HOBBY flew over north Unst in the afternoon.

Those of you who remember him may be interested to know that Laughton Johnston, co-author of the New Naturalist Book 'The Natural History of Shetland' is back in the isles at the moment researching for an update to the book. It will not be one of the New Naturalist series this time but one of the Poyser series. The main theme of this book will be to show how the natural history of the isles has changed over the years and he hopes to have the book finished by 1997/98. Co-incidently R.J. Berry, his co-author on the original book is also updating the Natural History of Orkney at the same time.


11/6/96

The BLACK/RED - HEADED BUNTING is still at Skaw, Unst and a ROSEFINCH is still at Baltasound, Unst. A female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Geosetter (south Mainland), and an immature ICELAND GULL was at the Shetland Catch factory, Gremista, Lerwick.


10/6/96

The BLACK/RED - HEADED BUNTING is still at Skaw, Unst and 3 ROSEFINCHES are at Baltasoundand. Also on Unst are a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, ICTERINE WARBLER, and GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL. The male KING EIDER is still at Tresta and female RED-BACKED SHRIKES are at Geosetter (south Mainland) and Sumburgh.

On Fair isle there was a MARSH WARBLER and QUAIL.


9/6/96

Yesterday's BLACK/RED - HEADED BUNTING at Skaw, Unst is probably a Black-headed as it was seen well today, although it is still not 100% confirmed. Elsewhere on Unst there was an ICTERINE WARBLER at Veely, and 2 ROSEFINCHES and 2 LINNETS at Baltasound. The male KING EIDER is still at Tresta and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Sumburgh. The GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Helendale, Lerwick.


8/6/96

A female BLACK or RED-HEADED BUNTING was at Skaw, Unst today. The two species are very difficult to separate in this and juvenile plumages. Most of the plumage features on this bird favour Black-headed Bunting but further careful observation is required to confirm this. Apart from this there were 2 ROSEFINCHES at Baltasound, Unst and another at Scalloway, and a QUAIL was at Baltasound, Unst.


7/6/96

Little news today, the only birds of note were the GOLDEN ORIOLE still at Helendale, Lerwick, the long-staying male KING EIDER at Tresta Voe, amd 2 ROSEFINCHES and 7 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES on Fetlar.

An OSPREY found exhausted on one of the North Sea Oil Rigs was rehabliltated at the SSPCA Oiled Bird Unit at Tingwall and released at Sand Water today. It was ringed and is easily recognisable as it has damaged tail feathers.

On Fair Isle today there were 2 ROSEFINCHES.


6/6/96

Some very sad and dejected birdwatchers left Shetland this afternoon after failing to see the CASPIAN PLOVER as it has now apparently disappeared.
Elsewhere there were 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES at Kergord, a ROSEFINCH and GREEN SANDPIPER on Fetlar, and the GOLEN ORIOLE is still at Helendale, Lerwick, along with a TURTLE DOVE.

On Fair Isle the BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is still present along with a ROSEFINCH.


5/6/96

Well, 15 birdwatchers from 'sooth' made the journey to Shetland today, but the CASPIAN PLOVER that they all hoped to see could not be relocated and there are some rather unhappy people in the south Mainland. In addition a few more are currently loitering at Aberdeen Airport in the hope that it will reappear and they can get here, see the bird and get back quickly!!!!!

Elsewhere the GREY PHALAROPE was briefly seen again today at Scatness, the GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Helendale, Lerwick, a WRYNECK and RED-BACKED SHRIKE are at Seafield, Lerwick, 2 ROSEFINCHES are on Unst, and the 2 CRANES are still in the Tingwall area (mainly near the hall), athough they are not there all the time.

On Fair Isle the BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is still present.


4/6/96

The CASPIAN PLOVER reappeared at Martin Heubecks house at 06.30 this morning and stayed for about 30 minutes before flying off south, so far it has not been relocated. Some of yesyerdays 'sooth' birders stayed overnight in Aberdeen and on hearing the news got up here as quickly as they could, others who had gone back south are 'rather unhappy!!'. However, it remains to be seen whether or not it will be relocated today.

It reappeared at Martin Heubeck's house at 4pm and was subsequently seen until late evening by all those who wanted to!! If it remains in the area it will attract lots of people from 'sooth'. The only other news was a BLYTH'S REED WARBLER on Fair Isle, yesterdays GREY PHALAROPE was at Scatness for about 2 hours this afternoon, and the GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Helendale, Lerwick.


3/6/96

Bird of the Year (so far) was discovered by Martin Heubeck at Skellberry (Dunrossness) this morning when he noticed a female CASPIAN PLOVER in the field outside his kitchen window. This extremely rare vagrant breeds from central Asia eastwards to the Caspian Sea, with most wintering in eastern and southern Africa. It is only the 4th record for Britain and is likely to draw several birdwatchers from 'sooth' if it remains in the area (which none of the previous individuals have done!).
Unfortunately the plover flew off around 11.00am and was not seen again. A few 'sooth' birdwatchers made it to Aberdeen Airport but didn't come to Shetland as soon as they heard the news it had gone; and waited most of the day there in frustration!!

photo right - the Skellberry Caspian Plover by Dennis Coutts

Elsewhere there was a GREY PHALAROPE seen briefly at Dalsetter around mid-day by Howard Towll, and an immature male ROSEFINCH and male RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Baltasound, Unst.


2/6/96

A QUAIL was giving excellent views at Sumburgh Head this morning, as was a 'female-type' GOLDEN ORIOLE at Helendale, Lerwick. On Fetlar there were 2 ROSEFINCHES, a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and a SHORT-TOED LARK, while on Unst there were 2 SEDGE WARBLERS, a REED WARBLER and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE. The 2 CRANES which have been around the isles over the last few days were at Loch of Tingwall today.
Apart from these there were a few more migrants evident today, especially GARDEN WARBLERS and SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, although as usual the majority were in the south Mainland.


1/6/96

Two 'female-type' RUDDY DUCKS are on Loch of Asta (adjoining Loch of Tingwall), and single ROSEFINCHES are at Virkie and Boddam.
Two of the three pairs of MUTE SWANS nesting at Loch of Tingwall have hatched chicks, with broods of five and six, the third pair are still incubating.


31/5/96

The rather strong winds today put paid to finding anything unusual, the only bird of note was a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Geosetter (south Mainland).


30/5/96

Yesterdays CRANES were at Laxfirth this morning, but had gone by early afternoon, apparently heading west. Elsewhere a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and REED WARBLER were at Kergord.


29/5/96

A pair of COMMON CRANES flew north over Lerwick at 10.30a.m. and were later seen on Fetlar. The only other birds of note were single RED-BACKED SHRIKES at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden and Geosetter (south Mainland).


28/5/96

Few birds were around today primarily as a result of the poor weather although the CRANE is still at Loch of Brow, the TEMMINCK'S STINT at Loch of Hillwell along with 3 GARGANEY, the ARCTIC REDPOLL has been at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden and Scatness, an ORTOLAN BUNTING is at Toab and the JAPANESE WAXWING is still at Lerwick.


27/5/96

Elsewhere, the JAPANESE WAXWING is still at Lerwick and Saturday's CRANE is now at Loch of Brow (south Mainland), a late ARCTIC REDPOLL was at Scatness (south Mainland) this morning, a GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Scalloway, 3 RED-BACKED SHRIKES are in the Sumburgh Hotel/Virkie area, an ORTOLAN BUNTING is at Quendale (south Mainland), a BEAN GOOSE and 7 PINK-FOOTED GEESE are at Spiggie, 2 GARGANEY are at Loch of Hillwell, and yesterday's TEMMINCK'S STINT has reappeared, also at Loch of Hillwell.


26/5/96

Even fewer migrants were around today with the only notables a CRANE at Exnaboe (south Mainland near the Meadowvale Hotel), a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER at Scalloway, a TEMMINCK'S STINT at Spiggie, a KING EIDER and ICELAND GULL at Bixter Voe, an ORTOLAN BUNTING and RED-BACKED SHRIKE on Fetlar, with another RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Kergord, and a GOLDEN ORIOLE at Clousta (Bixter).


25/5/96

There were fewer migrants around today, and with the wind moving around to the south-west its a situation likely to continue. On a more positive note the JAPANESE WAXWING was still at Lerwick, a single BLUETHROAT, RED-BACKES SHRIKE, ORTOLAN BUNTING and SHORT-TOED LARK were at Sumburgh, a WRYNECK is still at Helendale, Lerwick, and 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES were on Unst.


24/5/96

The JAPANESE WAXWING is still at Lerwick, 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES are on Fetlar with singles at Grutness and Scatness, BLUETHROATS are at Sumburgh and on Fetlar, an OSPREY flew over Mid Yell, an ORTOLAN BUNTING is on Fetlar along with a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and a GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL. Two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were also giving good views from the RSPB hide at the Mires of Finnie, Fetlar. A WRYNECK is also at Helendale, Lerwick, 3 ROSEFINCHES are at Norwick, Unst (including a red male), and a KING EIDER is off Gutcher, Yell.


23/5/96

Top news of the day was the identification of a JAPANESE WAXWING in Lerwick that has been coming to feed at a bird table for the last few days. As the name implies the species hails from Japan and is unlikely to have reached Shetland under its own steam, it has probably escaped from captivity. If anyone has lost one recently, please let me know!

Elsewhere there was a WRYNECK still at Skaw, Unst today, an ORTOLAN BUNTING at Scatness, a REED WARBLER and SEDGE WARBLER at the Sumburgh Hotel Garden, at least 20 GREY-HEADED WAGTAILS and a BEAN GOOSE at Spiggie, and a MARSH HARRIER at Brow.

The Japanese Waxwing - photo Larry Dalziel


22/5/96

There were fewer migrants around today and the large numbers of SWIFTS/SWALLOWS and HOUSE MARTINS have apparently moved on. A BLUETHROAT was still at Sumburgh, a WRYNECK at Skaw, Unst, ORTOLAN BUNTINGS at Spiggie and Baltasound, Unst, at least 40 GREY-HEADED WAGTAILS at Spiggie, and a RED-FOOTED FALCON was reported near Sullom Village.


21/5/96

The majority of yesterdays migrants are still present although they are now beggining to disperse around the isles. The YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still at Sumburgh Airport, BLUETHROATS were at Sumburgh Head, the Sumburgh Hotel Garden and Boddam, WRYNECKS were at Scord Beach (near Sumburgh Airport) and at Isbister, Whalsay. MARSH HARRIERS were at Rerwick and Spiggie, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Boddam, and an ICELAND GULL at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.

On Fair Isle today there were 3 RED-BACKED SHRIKES, 4 ORTOLAN BUNTINGS, 2 WRYNECKS and a QUAIL.


20/5/96

There has been a HUGE arrival of migrants in the isles today, although the majority as usual are in the south Mainland. There have been hundreds of REDSTARTS, PIED FLYCATCHERS and WILLOW WARBLERS, and lots of WHINCHATS, COMMON WHITETHROATS, GARDEN WARBLERS and LESSER WHITETHROATS. Unprecedented numbers of SWIFTS are also present with up to 50 at Loch of Spiggie and the same number at Loch of Clickimin (Lerwick). These numbers are far in excess of the usual total recorded in a whole year. There are also lots of SWALLOWS, HOUSE MARTINS and SAND MARTINS.


On the rarity front there was a NIGHTJAR at Sumburgh Lighthouse this morning, a COMMON ROSEFINCHES at Sumburgh and on Fetlar, at least 20 GREY-HEADED WAGTAILS were at Loch of Spiggie, a RUSTIC BUNTING was just south of the Leebitten Cottages at Sandwick, BLUETHROATS were at Sumburgh, No Ness and on Fetlar, and a male YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING at the Sumburgh Airport hire car car park!.

On Fair Isle there were 600 WHEATEARS, 450 WILLOW WARBLERS, 150 TREE PIPITS, 75 WHINCHATS, and 40 PIED FLYCATCHERS, along with a GREAT REED WARBLER, RUSTIC BUNTING, THRUSH NIGHTINGALE, RED-BACKED SHRIKE, 3 WRYNECKS, 7 ORTOLAN BUNTINGS, 4 BLUETHROATS and 23 GREY-HEADED WAGTAILS.

Photo - the Sumburgh Yellow-breasted Bunting - Larry Dalziel


19/5/96

Spring migrants were very much in evidence today with single BLUETHROATS at No Ness (near Sandwick), Sumburgh, Fetlar and Northdale (Unst), a WRYNECK also at Sumburgh, and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER also at No Ness. Several REDSTARTS, WHINCHATS, PIED FLYCATCHERS and YELLOW WAGTAILS were also evident.

There was also a very large arrival of migrants on Fair Isle today including 6 ORTOLAN BUNTINGS and 600 WILLOW WARBLERS.

The LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at Scatness again, but only in the early morning.


18/5/96

The summer plumaged LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER is still at Pullars Loch, Scatness (south Mainland), and the SPOTTED SANDPIPER is still on Fetlar. The Tresta Voe KING EIDER is still present. A BLACK REDSTART and 2 REDSTARTS are at Sumburgh Lighthouse.


17/5/96

A Summer plumaged LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (a rare American wader) is at Pullars Loch, Scatness (south Mainland). The loch is the large area of water directly to the west of the vehicle turning area at the end of the Scatness road. An adult plumage SPOTTED SANDPIPER is at Papil Water, Fetlar (the adults actually have a spotted breast).


15/5/96

The CRANE is still present (see below).


14/5/96

The CRANE has reappeared in the Nesting area, just past the garage along the coast road which leads towards Vidlin.


12/5/96

A GOLDFINCH is around the bushes at the Pool of Virkie (south Mainland). A CANADA GOOSE is in the voe at Baltasound, Unst (just outside the shop).


11/5/96

The first RED-NECKED PHALAROPE of the year has appeared back on Fetlar, the best place to see them is by the road at the Loch of Funzie (south end of Fetlar). A male RUFF is at Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland), please view this Loch from the road. A WOOD SANDPIPER is around the pools at Scatness (south Mainland).


6/5/96

The CRANE has departed from the south Mainland and is nowhere to be found. A WHITE-BILLED DIVER is in the bay at the north end of Mousa Sound. A WAXWING is at Baltasound, Unst.


4/5/96

The CRANE reported from Unst is now at Loch of Brow marsh (south Mainland - at the south end of Loch of Spiggie). A WAXWING and an OSPREY were on Fetlar today.


2/5/96

There was a CRANE on Unst last night (2nd May). Ian Spence saw it on Caldback Hill (by the BT mast - above Baltasound), then Harry Edwards saw it at Small Waters (just along the Westing turn-off). Also GREAT TIT at Valyie, Unst.


27/4/96

A first-winter LITTLE GULL is at the north end of Loch of Tingwall. Two GARGANEY are on Loch of Hillwell, south Mainland. A GOSHAWK is on Fair Isle but the CITRINE WAGTAIL was not seen today. The long-staying male KING EIDER is still at Sand/Tresta Voe.


26/4/96

The adult male MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Sumburgh area, and has now been joined by a female. A female SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Whalsay, it is frequenting gardens near the hall. A pair of GARGANEY are frequenting the marshy area at Haroldswick, Unst and a single male is on Loch of Hillwell, south Mainland. A COMMON BUZZARD is frequenting the Tingwall area, as is a HAWFINCH. An adult male CITRINE WAGTAIL is on Fair Isle. The Sandwick KING EIDER is still present and several SWALLOWS and SAND MARTINS are now back in the isles.


20/4/96

An adult male MARSH HARRIER is frequenting the Sumburgh area. An OSPREY is frequenting north Unst. A CANADA GOOSE is around the Virke/Scatness area (south Mainland). A BLACK REDSTART is around the small quarries at Sumburgh Head. In addition SAND MARTIN, SEDGE WARBLER and LESSER WHITETHROAT have been seen in the Sumburgh area. The Sandwick bay KING EIDER is still present, as is the Scatness GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and as are 2 ICELAND GULLS around the Gremista area of Lerwick.

A GOSHAWK was on Fair Isle on the 18th.


16/4/96

A LITTLE GULL is currently at the north end of Loch of Brow (next to Loch of Tingwall), these gulls are less than annual visitors. A KINGFISHER was reported at the north end of Loch of Broch (Bressay) on the 14th, unfortunately it has not been seen since. Two GREAT TIT's are currently frequenting the Helendale area of Lerwick. A BLACK- THROATED DIVER is in Quendale Bay (south Mainland), it has been there for about a week. Up to three first-winter ICELAND GULLS and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still frequenting the Shetland Catch Fish factory area of Gremista, Lerwick. The KING EIDERS at Sandwick Bay and Tresta Voe are still present. The drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still on Garth's Loch, Scatness, south Mainland. The first SWALLOW of the year was at Sumburgh on the 6th, and WHEATEARS are now back in the isles.


5/4/96

Two SANDWICH TERNS were at the Pool of Virkie, south Mainalnd.


4/4/96

The first COMMON TERN (Tirrick) of the year was at Loch of Brow (south Mainland) yesterday (3rd). A GARGANEY is at the south end of Loch of Spiggie. The long staying and annually returning adult male KING EIDER, usually on its own or with a few Eider is in the Tresta Voe, Sand Sound area, but can be difficult to find. The long-staying and annually returning drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still on Garth's Loch, Scatness, south Mainland. Please view from the road above the loch to avoid disturbing the bird. An immature male KING EIDER is with the Eider flock around the north end of Sandwick Bay, it has been present for some time. Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS are still frequenting the area around the Shetland Catch fish factory at the north end of Lerwick Harbour.


22/3/96

The RED KITE is still at Kergord (central Mainland).


21/3/96

The RED KITE previously reported from Mid Yell has appeared at Kergord (central Mainland).


19/3/96

The long staying and annually returning adult male KING EIDER, usually on its own or with a few Eider is in the Tresta Voe, Sand Sound area, but can be difficult to find. The long-staying and annually returning drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL is still on Garth's Loch, Scatness, south Mainland. Please view from the road above the loch to avoid disturbing the bird. Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS are still frequenting the area around the Shetland Catch fish factory at the north end of Lerwick Harbour.

Seven GARGANEY (6 drakes and a duck) are on Fair Isle (a Shetland record number).

There are unconfirmed reports of a RED KITE flying around the Mid Yell area, if you see it let me know.


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