Bird News Archive - 1997


29/12/97

The WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still around the east side of Bressay and the Isle of Noss, and a VELVET SCOTER is in Aith Voe, Bressay. The BRÜNNICH'S GUILLEMOT is still in Tresta Voe on Fetlar, and six GOOSANDERS are in Lera Voe, Walls.


28/12/97

The previously reported (or another) WHITE-TAILED EAGLE has been located around the east side of Bressay and the Isle of Noss. As usual it is difficult to locate. The BRÜNNICH'S GUILLEMOT is still in Tresta Voe on Fetlar.


26/12/97

News of the winter so far was the discovery of a BRÜNNICH'S GUILLEMOT in Tresta Voe on Fetlar. It is apparently coming into the voe at high tide and moving out again with the outgoing tide so it can be difficult to see.


20/12/97

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory, Lerwick. There has been no further sign of the previously reported Saker Falcon on Fetlar.


16/12/97

News of the day was the sighting of a possible SAKER FALCON on Fetlar. These are large falcons and very difficult to identify - hopefully it will be relocated.


13/12/97

The 'redhead' SMEW is still on Easter Loch, Unst.


10/12/97

A female or immature SMEW (coloqiually named a 'redhead' smew) is on Easter Loch, Unst.


8/12/97

The first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is still at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory, Lerwick.


5/12/97

First-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory, Lerwick and at Sumburgh.


1/12/97

A few LITTLE AUKS have been reported, particularly around Sumburgh Head, and a BLACK REDSTART is on Unst. There has been no further sign of the White-tailed Eagle in the south Mainland.


25/11/97

News of the day was the re-discovery of the WHITE-TAILED EAGLE in the south Mainland this morning, frequenting the area just south of the Ward of Scousburgh, South Mainland - the hill with the (very) large radar domes on it. It was again being harrassed by several Ravens and eventually flew towards the Clumlie area.


20/11/97

The large numbers of HERRING and GREAT BLACK-BACKED GULLS on Bressay and Noss appear to have escaped none the worse from the grounding of the Green Lilly, indeed they will probably be putting on weight feeding on the several thoudand tons of spilled Mackerel from the ship.


18/11/97

The large numbers of HERRING GULLS reported on Bressay and Noss by Jonathan Wills are still present - about 3,200 at the Loch of Brough on Bressay and 1,500 on Noss. At least 300 GREAT-BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also present, hopefully the oil from the wrecked Green Lilly will not get to them.


16/11/97

The adult BLACK TERN is still at Scalloway Harbour, and still frequenting the area from the pier behind the West Side Fishermen building to the head of the voe.


15/11/97

The adult BLACK TERN is still at Scalloway Harbour, and still frequenting the area from the pier behind the West Side Fishermen building to the head of the voe.


14/11/97

The adult BLACK TERN is still at Scalloway Harbour, and still frequenting the area along the pier behind the West Side Fishermen building.


12/11/97

The adult BLACK TERN is still at Scalloway Harbour, and still frequenting the area along the pier behind the West Side Fishermen building.


10/11/97

A COMMON BUZZARD was at Exnaboe today. There is still no sign of Saturday's White-tailed Eagle.


9/11/97

There was no further sign of yesterdays WHITE-TAILED EAGLE in the Sumburgh area today - if you find it anywhere else please let me know as quite a few people are interested in seeing it.

Unusually large numbers of HERRING GULLS were reported on Bressay and Noss today by Jonathan Wills - about 3,200 at the Loch of Brough on Bressay and 1,500 on Noss. At least 300 GREAT-BLACK-BACKED GULLS were also at the Loch of Brough - winter is definitely here!


8/11/97

News of the day was the discovery by Andy Fitchett of a WHITE-TAILED EAGLE frequenting the area just south of the Ward of Scousburgh, South Mainland - the hill with the (very) large radar domes on it. It was being harrassed by several Ravens and eventually flew towards the Clumlie area. It does not appear to have any wing tags on it and may therefore be a genuine vagrant from the populations in Scandinavia rather than one of the introduced birds from the Scottish Highlands. The last one to reach Shetland was back in late April 1994 when one was seen at Sumburgh and later on Unst.

A SIBERIAN STONECHAT is also on Fetlar (the Siberian subspecies of the one that breeds in Britain), a WAXWING is also at Baltasound, Unst and a few BULLFINCHES and CROSSBILLS are still frequenting the Lerwick, Scalloway and Tingwall area.


6/11/97

At least two BULLFINCHES are in Lerwick and four CROSSBILLS are at Kergord.


5/11/97

The adult BLACK TERN at still at Scalloway Harbour, and still frequenting the area along the pier behind the West Side Fishermen building. A PEREGRINE was also at Sullom Voe today.


3/11/97

News of the day was the discovery of an adult BLACK TERN at Scalloway Harbour. It was frequenting the area along the pier behind the West Side Fishermen building for most of the morning but had gone by the afternoon. It is an extremely late record - in fact there have been no terns here for at least two to three weeks now.


26/10/97

A LITTLE GULL was off Easting beach, Unst today.


25/10/97

The ARCTIC REDPOLL is still at Baltasound, Unst.


23/10/97

The ARCTIC REDPOLL is still at Baltasound, Unst.


21/10/97

The ARCTIC REDPOLL previously reported at Baltasound, Unst on the 11th October has reappeared there, and the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still around the Ward of Scousburgh. A RICHARDS PIPIT is also at Norby, west Mainland.


20/10/97

The ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is frequenting the area around the Ward of Scousburgh (south Mainland).


19/10/97

A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD flew over Clumlie today, and the DUSKY WARBLER is still on Fetlar, along with a BLUETHROAT.


18/10/97

A PALLAS'S WARBLER is at Noness, Sandwick, and the DUSKY WARBLER is still on Fetlar.


17/10/97

DUSKY WARBLERS are on Fetlar and Skerries, a BLUETHROAT is also on Skerries, and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is still at the Kergord plantation.


16/10/97

An ARCTIC REDPOLL is at Cullivoe, Yell and the YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is still at the Kergord plantation.


14/10/97

A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER was at Sumburgh Lighthouse this afternoon.


13/10/97

The Fetlar RADDES WARBLER has reappeared after an absence of two days.


12/10/97

A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at the Kergord plantation. A white-phase BARN OWL was found dead at Wethersta, Brae today - an exceptionally rare bird in Shetland.


11/10/97

The ARCTIC REDPOLL is still at Baltasound, Unst, and another is at Lamba Ness, Unst.


10/10/97

Another BLACK-THROATED THRUSH was discovered at Ham, Bressay at around mid day today, unfortunately it flew off and has not been seen since. A RADDES WARBLER is also on Fetlar and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES and a RICHARDS PIPIT are on Skerries. The ARCTIC REDPOLL is still at Baltasound, Unst.


9/10/97

The ARCTIC REDPOLL is still at Baltasound and the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Quendale. YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Baltasound, Voe, Swinning, Sumburgh, and Helendale with two at Quendale. A HAWFINCH is also at Voe and RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are at Baltasound and Fladdabister.


8/10/97

A BLACK-TROATED THRUSH was on Fetlar today, along with a LAPLAND BUNTING and 2 BLACK REDSTARTS. At Baltasound on Unst there was another ARCTIC REDPOLL, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and a RING OUSEL, and another YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Northdale. Two YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Helendale, with singles at the Hill Head, Lerwick and Catfirth, the COMMON ROSEFINCH is also still at the Catfirth Plantation, and the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Quendale.

Three COAL TITS arrived on Fair Isle today, an exceptional rarity for Shetland. If anybody finds one anywhere else in Shetland, please let me know.


7/10/97

A PALLAS'S WARBLER was at the Sumburgh Lighthouse for most of the afternoon, and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is on Foula. The LITTLE BUNTING and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are still on Fetlar, and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and COMMON ROSEFINCH are at the Catfirth Plantation.


6/10/97

The LITTLE BUNTING and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are still on Fetlar, the juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is still at Quendale and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at the Catfirth Plantation.


5/10/97

An ARCTIC REDPOLL is at Skaw, Unst - one of the brown exillipes type, a juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is at the Eel Burn, Quendale, a LITTLE BUNTING and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are on Fetlar and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and COMMON ROSEFINCH are on Skerries.


3/10/97

A GREY PHALAROPE and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER were on Skerries today.


2/10/97

The BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is also still at Valyie, Unst, and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Norwick, Unst.


1/10/97

A juvenile LITTLE GULL is off the south-west end of Trondra, around the Burland Skerry (where the King Eider has been).


30/9/97

The Kergord PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is still present along the line of trees and small burn running west to the Weisdale burn from the public toilets near Kergord House. Two YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Catfirth plantation along with 4 CROSSBILLS. There was no sign today of the Foula WHITES THRUSH although a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and COMMON ROSEFINCH were present there.


29/9/97

The Kergord PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is still present along the line of trees and small burn running west to the Weisdale burn from the public toilets near Kergord House. Two YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Quendale, six are on Skerries, and one is in the gardens by the roadside at Loch of Asta. A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is at Boddam, 4 CROSSBILLS are at Catfirth plantation and a PEREGRINE is at Sumburgh Head.

New today however was a WHITES THRUSH on Foula at the northern end of the island around the Logat burn area.


28/9/97

Another excellent day of rare and unusual birds. A second PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER was located along the western side of the main plantation at Kergord where it showed, eventually, to all those who were patient enough to wait for it to reappear after it had been trapped, ringed and released. It was not as well marked as the Sumburgh bird of yesterday, of which there was no sign today. You wait fourteen years for another to appear in Shetland and then two appear on successive days!

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were much in evidence with singles at Scatness, the Quendale Mill, Bressay, Kergord, Swinning, Fetlar and Whalsay, with 2 on Fetlar. A RICHARDS PIPIT was also at Virkie, COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Swinning and on Fetlar, a BARRED WARBLER is at Scalloway, and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER at Scatness led a few people on a merry dance until it was finally trapped and its identity sorted out.

In addition a BLACK REDSTART was on Unst and the BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is also still at Valyie, Unst.


27/9/97

Bird of the autumn so far was the discovery of a PALLAS'S GRASSHOPPER WARBLER at Sumburgh Lighthouse by Pete Ellis at around mid-day. The bird showed extremely well along the cliff edge of the south-west corner of the walled in Lighthouse enclosure, and was still there to at least late afternoon.It is only the second Shetland record, excluding Fair Isle, and was a welcome addition to the lists of the 30 or so folk present at the Lighthouse. The only other record was one on Skerries way back in autumn 1983.

The BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is also still at Valyie, Unst, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are on Bressay.


26/9/97

The BLYTH'S REED WARBLER is still at Valyie, Unst, and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Haroldswick, Unst. The male KING EIDER in eclipse plumage is still off the south-west end of Trondra, around the Burland Skerry


25/9/97

While trying to catch and ring REDPOLLS at Valyie, Unst this evening, Mike Pennington caught a BLYTH'S REED WARBLER. It has probably been present for about a week but a REED WARBLER is also present there (which had been previously ringed by Mike), which caused some confusion. However, as both birds were caught together their identity was finally sorted out. The BLYTH'S REED WARBLER has a ring on its LEFT leg and the REED WARBLER a ring on its RIGHT leg.


24/9/97

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING was on Fetlar today, and a BARRED WARBLER was at Quendale.


23/9/97

News of the day was the discovery of a BONELLI'S WARBLER in the large trees at the back of Montfield Hospital, Lerwick. It was showing well for most of the day but unfortunately could not be assigned to either the western or eastern forms of this species, which can only be achieved if the bird calls - which it didn't!

Elsewhere the BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, the RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Skaw, Unst and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Haroldswick, Unst.


22/9/97

The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Skaw, Unst and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Haroldswick, Unst.


21/9/97

The male KING EIDER in eclipse plumage is still off the south-west end of Trondra, around the Burland Skerry, and can be seen from the roadside overlooking the Skerry. The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell and the juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still frequenting the fences along the roadside immediately north of the Loch of Hillwell. A COMMON ROSEFINCH is also at the Dale of Walls.


20/9/97

The male KING EIDER in eclipse plumage is still off the south-west end of Trondra, around the Burland Skerry, and can be seen from the roadside overlooking the Skerry. The juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still frequenting the fences along the roadside immediately north of the Loch of Hillwell. A WRYNECK was at Seafield, Lerwick this afternoon, a WOOD WARBLER is in the trees at the Tresta Post Office, and a TREE PIPIT is in the main plantation at Kergord..


19/9/97

The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, the juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still frequenting the fences along the roadside immediately north of the Loch of Hillwell and the male KING EIDER in eclipse plumage is still off the south-west end of Trondra, around the Burland Skerry.


18/9/97

New birds today were a LONG-TAILED SKUA in Bigton Wick and a BARRED WARBLER at Helendale, Lerwick.

The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, the juvenile RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still frequenting the fences along the roadside immediately north of the Loch of Hillwell, and the male KING EIDER in eclipse plumage is still off the south-west end of Trondra, around the Burland Skerry, and can be seen from the roadside overlooking the Skerry.


17/9/97

Yesterdays juvenile SABINES GULL was back at the West Voe of Sumburgh this morning but remained elusive for the rest of the day. The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, and the Sumburgh SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the tattie rig just north of the Sumburgh Hotel. New today were 2 BARRED WARBLERS at Kergord and one on Fetlar.


16/9/97

A juvenile SABINES GULL appeared at the Pool of Virkie late this afternoon and flew off to the West Voe of Sumburgh in the early evening. It was last seen flying off south with Kittiwakes at about 8pm. The BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, and the Sumburgh SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the tattie rig just north of the Sumburgh Hotel.


15/9/97

Yesterdays BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER is still with the Golden Plover flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell, and 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are in the gardens on the hill to the north of Loch of Hillwell. There has been no further sign of yesterdays Rose-coloured Starling.


14/9/97

A juvenile ROSE-COLORED STARLING was discovered this afternoon with the Starling flock in the fields at Ringasta, between Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell. While searching for the Starling an American BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found in the fields just south of Loch of Spiggie, associating with a flock of Golden Plovers there. A male KING EIDER in eclipse plumage (it looks like a brown female) is off the south-west end of Trondra, near the Burland Skerry, and can be seen by looking north from the Burra bridge.

The Sumburgh SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the tattie rig just north of the Sumburgh Hotel, and a BARRED WARBLER is on Skerries.


13/9/97

With the strong winds blowing today a few people decided to go watching the sea in the hope of seeing a few scarce seabirds blown towards Shetland. Mostly thats all they did, although a few lucky observers saw two LEACH'S PETRELS and two STORM PETRELS off Sumburgh Head. In addition, three STORM PETRELS were blown into Lerwick Harbour.

The SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the tattie rig just north of the Sumburgh Hotel, and the juvenile SABINES GULL was seen briefly at Ulsta, Yell again this afternoon.


12/9/97

A juvenile SABINES GULL was found by Dave Suddaby at the Ulsta ferry terminal, Yell, this evening. There have been several records of this gull around the Scottish Mainland coast during the last few days and it was likely that one or two would make it up here.

The SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the tattie rig just north of the Sumburgh Hotel and an ICTERINE WARBLER and 2 BARRED WARBLERS are on Skerries.


11/9/97

The SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the tattie rig just north of the Sumburgh Hotel and a COMMON ROSEFINCH and BARRED WARBLER are on Skerries.


10/9/97

The SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the crop fields at the Sumburgh Hotel.


8/9/97

The SHORT-TOED LARK is still in the crop fields at the Sumburgh Hotel.


6/9/97

On Skerries today were a male RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER, an ICTERINE WARBLER, COMMON ROSEFINCH and 2 BARRED WARBLERS. A SHORT-TOED LARK was also in the crop fields at the Sumburgh Hotel.

Unbelievably, the BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR that first turned up on Fair Isle way back on the 19th July is still there.


5/9/97

On Skerries today were 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS, a BARRED WARBLER and a COMMON ROSEFINCH.


4/9/97

On Skerries today were 2 BARRED WARBLERS, 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS and 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES. Other migrants are also still fairly numerous throughout the isles, especially PIED and SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, GARDEN WARBLERS and WILLOW WARBLERS. A GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER is at Scalloway.


3/9/97

On Skerries today were 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS and 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES.


2/9/97

Skerries continues to be the place to see rare migrants. Today there were YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING, ICTERINE WARBLER, BARRED WARBLER, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and 3 COMMON ROSEFINHES. Another BARRED WARBLER was also at Sandwick, and a GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER was reported at Voe by Tony Gerrard, and another was at Haroldswick, Unst.


1/9/97

There are still lots of migrants arriving in the isles. On Skerries today there were 3 ICTERINE WARBLERS and single BARRED WARBLER, COMMON ROSEFINCH, and RED-BACKED SHRIKE. An ARCTIC WARBLER is also on Fetlar; sinlge BARRED and ICTERINE WARBLERS and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE are at Sumburgh, and a GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER is in the Staney Hill area of Lerwick..


30/8/97

A new arrival today was a juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE on Skerries, although many of the birds from the last few days seem to have moved on.


29/8/97

Yesterdays GREENISH WARBLER is still on Skerries. At least 5 WRYNECKS are also on Skerries with 3 more on Unst, and one on Noss. Three BARRED WARBLERS are on Unst and 3 on Skerries, 2 GRASSHOPPER WARBLERS are on both Unst and Skerries, and single RED-BACKED SHRIKES are also on Unst and Skerries. Three ICTERINE WARBLERS and 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES are on Unst, and a first-winter plumage LITTLE GULL is at Gulberwick


28/8/97

There was an arrival of birds throughout Shetland today involving at least 1,000 WILLOW WARBLERS, they were just about everywhere. Along with them were several WRYNECKS with at least 5 on Fetlar, 3 at Quendale and singles on Skerries and Noss. Up to 4 BARRED WARBLERS were also on Skerries, with 2 on Fetlar and 2 at Quendale, and 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES and 2 ICTERINE WARBLERS also on Skerries. New GREENISH WARBLERS were on Skerries and Fetlar (the 5th and 6th indiciduals this autumn!!!), a SPOTTED CRAKE was at Gulberwick in the late evening, and a GREAT-SPOTTED WOODPECKER and GRASSHOPPER WARBLER were at Wester Quarff.


27/8/97

Single BARRED WARBLERS are at Asta and Scalloway.


26/8/97

The ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Gulberwick, and another GREENISH WARBLER is on Skerries, along with 3 BARRED WARBLERS and 4 COMMON ROSEFINCHES.


25/8/97

An ICTERINE WARBLER is at Gulberwick.


24/8/97

Another GREENISH WARBLER is in the gardens at the Tresta Post Office (west Mainland), and another is at Kergord.


23/8/97

A GREENISH WARBLER was located in a garden just south of Loch of Spiggie today, and a BARRED WARBLER was at Baltasound, Unst.


22/8/97

Autumn has certainly arrived. On Skerries today were an ARCTIC WARBLER, 3 BARRED WARBLERS and 2 ROSEFINCHES, and a YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING was on Fetlar.


21/8/97

An immature CITRINE WAGTAIL is around the second small quarry along the road to the Sumburgh Lighthouse (the quarry closest to the Lighthouse).


20/8/97

On Fetlar today were five BARRED WARBLERS, two ICTERINE WARBLERS, and a COMMON ROSEFINCH.


19/8/97

A WOOD WARBLER is at Seafield, Lerwick and three BARRED WARBLERS are on Fetlar.


18/8/97

Two BARRED WARBLERS were on Fetlar today, and the BLACK KITE is still at Kergord.


17/8/97

Two BARRED WARBLERS and an ICTERINE WARBLER were on Fair Isle today.


12/8/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Kergord.


9/8/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Kergord.


5/8/97

Bird of the day was a STONE CURLEW on Foula - only the 11th record in the isles. The BLACK KITE was at Tingwall during the day and Kergord in the evening.


2/8/97

The BLACK KITE was still at Kergord today.


1/8/97

A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was on Whalsay today and 2 SANDWICH TERNS were off Fetlar.


31/7/97

The BLACK KITE was back at Kergord today.


30/7/97

A SANDWICH TERN is at Virkie.


28/7/97

The BLACK KITE was at the north end of Loch of Tingwall today.


27/7/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Kergord.


26/7/97

Yesterdays SANDWICH TERN on Yell is now at Easter Loch on Unst.


25/7/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Kergord, and the BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR is still on Fair Isle. A SANDWICH TERN is at Coppister, Yell.


24/7/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Kergord, and the BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR and male RED-HEADED BUNTING are still on Fair Isle. An unseasonal second-summer GLAUCOUS GULL is at Effirth.


22/7/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Kergord, feeding on a sheep carcass. It is frequenting the line of trees below Kergord House down to the Weisdale Burn.


19/7/97

The BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR is still on Fair Isle, along with a male RED-HEADED BUNTING.


18/7/97

The BLACK KITE is back at Kergord, and Robin Ditchburn reported an unseasonal adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Vatster, Yell.

The BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR is still on Fair Isle.


17/7/97

A BLACK-EARED WHEATEAR appeared on Fair Isle today, only the ninth record for Shetland. Six of the previous records were also on Fair Isle.


15/7/97

The SPOTTED CRAKE is still on Fetlar.


14/7/97

John Tonner reported the BLACK KITE at 9.30pm at the head of Mid Yell Voe flying towards Setter (trying to avoid the marauding gulls etc.), and a QUAIL is on Fetlar.


13/7/97

A HOBBY is on Fetlar.


10/7/97

The BLACK KITE was at Uyeasound, Unst today.


9/7/97

The BLACK KITE is still at Setter, just south of Mid Yell.


8/7/97

The SPOTTED CRAKE is still on Fetlar.


7/7/97

Tony Gerrard reported a HAWFINCH in the Dales Lees (Sandgarth) area of Voe today, flying around the trees there.


6/7/97

A HONEY BUZZARD flew over Baltasound, Unst late this evening. CROSSBILLS are still fairly numerous (and vocal), at least 30 are still at Kergord and 15 at Lerwick.


4/7/97

A EUROPEAN BEE EATER was seen on Noss today, probably the same bird reported there on the 24/6. A SPOTTED CRAKE is on Fetlar. The Blue-cheeked Bee eater was not seen at all today.


3/7/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER was seen briefly at Helendale in the morning but could not be relocated later in the day.


2/7/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER remained in the gardens along Helendale Drive, Lerwick until about 1.30pm today, but was not seen after that time.


1/7/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER reappeared in the gardens along Helendale Drive, Lerwick today. It was sheltering from the strong wind and heavy rain but was still managing to catch a few bees.


30/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER was not seen at all today. The male KING EIDER is still on the sea just north of the Burra bridge. The female LITTLE BITTERN is still in the Iris bed at the head of the Voe of Footabrough, Mid Walls, and the SPOTTED CRAKE is still in the marshy area to the north of the old Haroldswick shop on Unst.


29/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER was in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall until about 9am but was not seen at all during the rest of the day, the BLACK KITE is still at Setter, just south of Mid Yell, the singing ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Lerwick and the male KING EIDER is still on the sea just north of the Burra bridge. New today was a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE in the willow trees at the Pool of Virkie, Sumburgh, and lots of CROSSBILLS are still evident. The female LITTLE BITTERN is still in the Iris bed at the head of the Voe of Footabrough, Mid Walls, and a very unseasonal LITTLE GULL is on Fetlar.


28/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER is still in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall, the BLACK KITE is also still at Setter, just south of Mid Yell, the singing ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Lerwick, and the SPOTTED CRAKE is still in the marshy area to the north of the old Haroldswick shop on Unst.


27/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER is still in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall, the BLACK KITE is also still at Setter, just south of Mid Yell, the female BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still near the RSPB hide at Funzie on Fetlar, the singing ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Lerwick and the female LITTLE BITTERN is still in the Iris bed at the head of the Voe of Footabrough, Mid Walls. A BLUE-HEADED WAGTAIL is on Foula.


26/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER is still in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall, the BLACK KITE is also still at Setter, just south of Mid Yell, the female BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still near the RSPB hide at Funzie on Fetlar, the singing ICTERINE WARBLER is still at Lerwick, and the SPOTTED CRAKE is still in the marshy area to the north of the old Haroldswick shop on Unst.


25/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER is still in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall, the BLACK KITE is also still at Setter, just south of Mid Yell, the female BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still near the RSPB hide at Funzie on Fetlar, the Red SCARLET ROSEFINCH has reappeared at Baltasound, Unst, a singing ICTERINE WARBLER is at Lerwick and the female LITTLE BITTERN is still in the Iris bed at the head of the Voe of Footabrough, Mid Walls.


24/6/97

An asonishing day of rare and unusual birds, especially as its late June!

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER was still in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall this morning until it was seen to fly north at 09.45, much to the annoyance (or something similar) of the dozen or so birdwatchers who had travelled up from various parts of the UK to arrive in Shetland at 10.30 am. It was then not seen at all throughout the day, and most of the visiting birdwatchers gave up and headed back south at 5 pm. They will probably not be too pleased to learn that it reappeared at Strand plantation at about 7 pm this evening and returned to the Asta gardens again at about 9 pm. It appeared considerably more lively today, probably due to the slightly warmer and calmer weather.

Also seen today was a EUROPEAN BEE EATER on Noss at about 2 pm. It initally caused some anxiety as it was thought that this may have been the Blue-cheeked Bee Eater, and the visiting birdwatchers were all set to invade Noss, but it turned out not to be the case.

The BLACK KITE was also relocated today at Setter, just south of Mid Yell, where it has apparently been for the last week or so, feeding on sheep carcases in the area. In addition the female BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still near the RSPB hide at Funzie on Fetlar and Mike Pennington on Unst located a first-summer RING-BILLED GULL outside the window of the Baltasound School as he was walking along the corridoor!

And there's more... at Kergord today there were three HAWFICHES (extremely unusual in Shetland and especially so a 'flock'), eight LINNETS (even more scarce than the Hawfinches) and at least 40 CROSSBILLS.

Its been quite a day, even by Shetland standards. This number of rarities would be good even in the middle of the peak autumn migration!

Photos - the Blue-cheeked Bee Eater and the Black Kite being mobbed by a Raven, photos by Bill Jackson.


23/6/97

The BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER is still in the garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall and the female BLACK-HEADED BUNTING  has reappeared at Finnie, Fetlar. A male KING EIDER is on the sea just north of the Burra bridge.


22/6/97

Startling news of the day was the discovery by Brian Anderson of a BLUE-CHEEKED BEE EATER in his garden immediately adjacent to the Loch of Asta, Tingwall. The bird showed extremely well around the trees there and managed to catch at least a few bees in the cold and windy weather today. It is the first record for Shetland (and Scotland) of this extremely rare migrant and only the 8th ever in Britain; the last was in Kent in July 1989.


21/6/97

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still near the shop on Bressay and a female has appeared on Fetlar. The SPOTTED CRAKE is still in the marshy area to the north of the old Haroldswick shop on Unst.


20/6/97

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is near the shop on Bressay.


19/6/97

The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Ham, Bressay.


18/6/97

The BLACK KITE was back at Herra, Yell today, the first time it has been seen for 10 days. The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING was back at Ham, Bressay this evening, and the SPOTTED CRAKE is still in the marshy area to the north of the old Haroldswick shop on Unst. The female LITTLE BITTERN has reappeared in the Iris bed at the head of the Voe of Footabrough, Mid Walls.


17/6/97

The LITTLE BITTERN is still at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls, it is still frequenting the area between the voe and the Loch of Breck and the male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING was briefly at the Bressay Ferry terminal this morning. A PARROT CROSSBILL is at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse, and 2 CROSSBILLS are at Sumburgh Head, at least 20 are at Kergord, 9 are at Helendale, Lerwick, and 3 are at Baltasound, Unst. A SPOTTED CRAKE is in the marshy area to the north of the old Haroldswick shop, Unst, a male COMMON ROSEFINCH is at Halligarth, Unst, and a SANDWICH TERN is at Sumburgh.


16/6/97

The LITTLE BITTERN is still at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls, it is still frequenting the area between the voe and the Loch of Breck and the male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Ham, Bressay. Two CROSSBILLS are at Sumburgh Head.


15/6/97

The LITTLE BITTERN is still at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls, it is still frequenting the area between the voe and the Loch of Breck and the male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Ham, Bressay. A HAWFINCH and at least 20 CROSSBILLS are at Kergord.


14/6/97

The LITTLE BITTERN is still at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls, it is now frequenting the area between the voe and the Loch of Breck, walking around the marshy area there and showing extremely well. The male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is still at Ham, Bressay and SCARLET ROSEFINCHES are at Lerwick and Halligarth, Unst (a red one), and a HAWFINCH is also at Halligarth, Unst..


13/6/97

The LITTLE BITTERN is still at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls. It is still at the loch's at Mucklure. A male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING is frequenting the roadside and gardens along the Ham road on Bressay. At least 10 CROSSBILLS are at Kergord, 2 are at Baltasound, Unst, 2 are on Fetlar and 2 are at south Whiteness. A NIGHTINGALE is on Foula.


12/6/97

News of the day was the discovery of a LITTLE BITTERN by Oliver Cheyne at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls this afternoon (the same place as the Mandarin Duck earlier this year!). It was extremely difficult to locate as it moved around the loch's at Mucklure before ending up at the Loch of Quinnigeo. It is only the fifth record of the species in Shetland and the first since 1965. Previous records are listed below.

A singing adult male SCARLET ROSEFINCH (a red one) is also at Baltasound, Unst.

The Little Bittern - photo Bill Jackson


11/6/97

The REED WARBLER is still at Virkie, and a HOBBY is on Fetlar.


10/6/97

A MARSH WARBLER is at Quendale, a singing immature male SCARLET ROSEFINCH is at Scalloway, a GOLDEN ORIOLE is on Foula, and a REED WARBLER is at Virkie.


9/6/97

Single MARSH WARBLERS were at Halligarth, Unst and at the Noss car park on Bressay today. At least 10 CROSSBILLS are at Kergord, and the male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still on Foula.


8/6/97

The BLACK KITE reappeared at Hillswick this afternoon and remained in the area for at least 2 hours. The female ORTOLAN BUNTING previously at Sumburgh Head is now at Grutness, MARSH WARBLERS are at Eswick and on Whalsay, and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is also on Whalsay.


6/6/97

A female ORTOLAN BUNTING is at Sumburgh Head, and a male BLUETHROAT and Shetlands' second ever spring BARRED WARBLER are at Wester Quarff. Another BLUETHROAT is on Foula.


5/6/97

A SHORELARK was on Foula today. The BLACK KITE was at Herra, Yell today. At least 20 CROSSBILLS are at Kergord and a SANDWICH TERN is on Fetlar.


4/6/97

The BLACK KITE reappeared on Unst today. It was first seen over the airport at around 2pm (seems to like that time of day) and spent most of the afternoon between Baltasound and Haroldswick. A RED-BACKED SHRIKE was on Bressay today but there was no sign of yesterday's Little Egret at Spiggie. An OSPREY flew north over Fetlar


3/6/97

The BLACK KITE reappeared today over Scalloway Harbour at about 2pm, it was being mobbed by gulls and slowly headed off north, only to reappear on Burra in the evening - where it roosted. A LITTLE EGRET appeared at Loch of Spiggie in the late afternoon - in the marshy area at the south-west corner of the Loch. The male SUBALPINE WARBLER is still on Foula.


2/6/97

A GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is on Foula, an ICTERINE WARBLER is on Fetlar, and a GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord.


1/6/97

Female/immature male COMMON ROSEFINCHES (brown one's!) are at the small Willow plantation at Scalloway and the Pool of Virkie, Sumburgh, and an ICTERINE WARBLER is on Foula.


31/5/97

A female MARSH HARRIER is at the south end of Loch of Spiggie and a GOLDEN ORIOLE and RED-BACKED SHRIKE were briefly at the small Willow plantation at the Pool of Virkie, and at least 10 CROSSBILLS are at Kergord.


30/5/97

Unfortunately there has been no further sign of yesterday's Little Swift on Fetlar. A QUAIL is calling in the grass fields at Norwick, Unst, and a male SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Foula.


29/5/97

News of the day was a LITTLE SWIFT seen during the afternoon at Leagarth on Fetlar from 12.30 to 3.15. It was seen to fly off towards the south of the island but could not be relocated. It is only the second record for Shetland and only the 12th for Britain. As its name implies it is a small swift with a prominent square white rump patch, a square ended tail (not forked as in a common swift), with a pale forehead and white throat patch. Unfortunately the species is notoriously difficult to see in Britain with most of the previous records relating to birds that have only stayed in one place for a very short length of time - usually less than a day.

Also reported by Derek Huskisson were a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE near Levenwick, a male GARGANEY and WOOD SANDPIPER on Loch of Hillwell, and two LINNETS (male + female) and a SHELDUCK with brood of young at Virkie.

On Fair Isle, the THRUSH NIGHTINGALE and SUBALPINE WARBLER are still present – also a BLUETHROAT and at least 7 RED-BACKED SHRIKES there.


28/5/97

The first-summer male AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Loch of Hillwell. On Foula a LESSER GREY SHRIKE and 2 SUBALPINE WARBLERS were seen today and a male GREY-HEADED WAGTAIL was at the Loch of Funzie, Fetlar.

Jonathan Wills, aboard the mv Dunter II reported 3 HARBOUR PORPOISES in Bressay Sound at 10.15am today and a pod of 3 KILLER WHALES close in by the Noup of Noss at 11.40am .
He also reported two leucistic GUILLEMOT'S - one off the east side of the Bard, Bressay, at 10.43am, the other, a noticeably paler individual, at the Noup of Noss at 11.35am.

On Fair Isle today were a female SUBALPINE WARBLER and a THRUSH NIGHTINGALE.


27/5/97

The first-summer male AMERICAN WIGEON is still at Loch of Hillwell, along with a male GARGANEY and 2 RUFF. The male KING EIDER is still at Burrafirth, Unst.


26/5/97

The BLACK KITE was at Norwick/Haroldswick, Unst today although the first-summer male AMERICAN WIGEON is now on Loch of Hillwell, along with a WOOD SANDPIPER and a RUFF. The male KING EIDER previously at Haroldswick, Unst has now been relocated at Burrafirth, Unst, and a RED-THROATED PIPIT is on Foula.

Off Watsness today (west Mainland) a seawatch lasting most of the day produced an exceptional 151 POMARINE SKUAS and 244 LONG TAILED SKUAS.

A male RUFF is on Loch of Hillwell

On Fair Isle today were a THRUSH NIGHTINGALE, RUSTIC BUNTING, QUAIL, 6 RED-BACKED SHRIKE'S and a HAWFINCH.


25/5/97

The BLACK KITE was still at Kergord again this morning until at least 10am but was not seen later in the day. The first-summer male AMERICAN WIGEON is still on Loch of Spiggie.


24/5/97

The female Common Yellowthroat appears to have moved on, it was not seen at all today.

News of the day was the relocation of the BLACK KITE at Kergord again this evening. It was seen flying around the plantations until just after 10pm when it headed off towards Upper Kergord.

A male KING EIDER (presumably the one that was on Fetlar yesterday) appeared at Haroldswick Bay, Unst this morning. Also on Unst was a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Skaw. Elsewhere, a GOLDEN ORIOLE was at the main plantation at Kergord, a RED-THROATED PIPIT was on Skerries and yesterday's four COMMON CRANES' put in a brief appearance on Noss around mid-day before heading north again, unfortunately not being relocated.

In the late afternoon a first-summer male AMERICAN WIGEON was located on Loch of Spiggie, and a WOOD SANDPIPER was at Loch of Hillwell.


23/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT is still in the bushes surrounding the Post Office garden at Baltasound, Unst.

Elsewhere a male KING EIDER was discovered at Aith, Fetlar this morning, and the QUAIL is still calling frequently in the long grass field opposite the School on Bressay. RED-BACKED SHRIKES are still much in evidence with 3 on Bressay, 2 on Fetlar, and singles at Skaw Unst, Kergord, Boddam, and the Sumburgh Hotel garden.

A 'flock' of four COMMON CRANES' were seen to leave Orkney this morning and fly north towards Shetland, they appeared at Fleck (just south of Boddam) at around 7pm and put on a show for the assembled folk until around 9pm when they flew off north.

A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Kergord.


22/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT is still in the bushes surrounding the Post Office garden at Baltasound, Unst.

Summer is officially here as the first RED-NECKED PHALAROPES (five of them) have arrived on Fetlar. Also on Fetlar are 3 RED-BACKED SHRIKES and a male BLUETHROAT. A QUAIL is calling regularly in the long grass field opposite the School on Bressay and single RED-BACKED SHRIKES are also at Skaw Unst, the Sumburgh Hotel garden and Gorie, Bressay.


21/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT is still at the same place at Baltasound, Unst and the RED-RUMPED SWALLOW is still at the north end of Loch of Spiggie. New today was a female RUSTIC BUNTING on Fetlar. Also on Fetlar are two RED-BACKED SHRIKES and a BLUETHROAT.


20/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT is still at the same place at Baltasound, Unst. Three RED-BACKED SHRIKES' and a WOOD SANDPIPER are on Fetlar.


19/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT is still at the same place at Baltasound, Unst as is a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE. Single BLUETHROATS' are at the south end of Loch of Spiggie and Toab, and the RED-RUMPED SWALLOW is still at the north end of Loch of Spiggie.


18/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT is still at the same place at Baltasound, Unst today, at least 2 people from 'south' are heading to Shetland to see it.

A RED-RUMPED SWALLOW is at the north end of Loch of Spiggie and a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Baltasound, Unst.


17/5/97

The female COMMON YELLOWTHROAT was still at Baltasound, Unst today, allowing 30 or so people the opportunity to catch up with it. It is frequenting the bushes surrounding the garden of the Post Office and adjacent house at Baltasound. It is at times rather difficult to see as it drops into the long grass there and does-not reappear for up to an hour. Five birdwatchers made the journey from 'south' to see it this evening and more are expected if the bird remains in the area.

A TREE SPARROW is at Valyie, Unst. The Black Kite appears to have gone as it has not been seen again.


16/5/97

The BLACK KITE was still at Kergord this morning - at least until 8a.m., but has not been seen since. It was extremely elusive however, and kept dissappearing into the fog along the top of the hill at Kergord. So far only five people have managed to see it.

Bird of the year so far however, was the discovery in the late evening of a female North American COMMON YELLOWTHROAT by Mike Pennington at Baltasound, Unst. An exceptionally rare bird it is only the sixth record of the species in the UK although the second for Shetland. The previous occurrence here was of a male on Fetlar from the 7-11th June 1984.


15/5/97

The BLACK KITE previously reported on North Ronaldsay, Orkney has finally made its way up here. It was discovered at Kergord late this evening and went to roost there in the main plantation. It is an exceptionally rare bird in Shetland with only two other previous records:

An OSPREY was also at Urafirth this morning, and a HAWFINCH was at Baltasound, Unst.


14/5/97

A RED-THROATED PIPIT and SHORT-TOED LARK are on Fair Isle.


13/5/97

A SEDGE WARBLER and BLACK REDSTART were at Skaw, Unst today.


9/5/97

A SUBALPINE WARBLER was located on Bressay this evening and a SHORELARK is at Hermaness, Unst. A scattering of summer migrants arrived during the day with WILLOW WARBLERS, WHITETHROATS, and WHINCHATS'S in evidence for the first time this year. The BLACK KITE previously reported on North Ronaldsay, Orkney, is still there rather than coming further north. The Fetlar WHITE-BILLED DIVER, Burra KING EIDER and Lerwick ICELAND GULL are all still present.


6/5/97

A COMMON CRANE was found in the fileds at Noss, by Spiggie this evening. The BLACK KITE previously reported on North Ronaldsay, Orkney, has unfortunately remained there rather than coming further north. The Fetlar WHITE-BILLED DIVER, Burra KING EIDER and Lerwick ICELAND GULL are all still present.


4/5/97

A WRYNECK and 2 SHORELARKS were on Fair Isle today. The Fetlar WHITE-BILLED DIVER, Burra KING EIDER and Lerwick ICELAND GULL are all still present.


3/5/97

A BLACK KITE was reported heading north to Shetland from North Ronaldsay (Orkney) at 09.00 today, unfortunately it has not reappeared here as yet. The Fetlar WHITE-BILLED DIVER, Burra KING EIDER and Lerwick ICELAND GULL are all still present.


1/5/97

Five SHORELARKS' were on Fair Isle today. The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the Shetland Catch fish factory, Lerwick, and the Fetlar WHITE-BILLED DIVER is still present.


30/4/97

A few more COMMON and ARCTIC TERNS are appearing around the isles. Up to 10 BRAMBLING are at Baltasound, Unst.


27/4/97

The first TERNS of the year appeared today, 3 ARCTIC and 1 COMMON at the West Voe of Sumburgh. A BLACK REDSTART was also at the Sumburgh Lighthouse.


26/4/97

An adult WHITE-BILLED DIVER moulting into summer plumage was discovered at Sand of Sand, Fetlar (on the west side of the island, and no that is not a spelling mistake) today. A HEN HARRIER was at Dales Lees, and the Burraland, male KING EIDER is still present. No sign of the Mandarin Duck or the Fetlar Snowy Owl, however.


23/4/97

Bird of the year so far was the discovery by Billy Watt of Shetland's fourth MANDARIN DUCK, a male in breeding plumage at Lera Voe, near Burrastow, Walls. The bird was discovered at lunchtime feeding among seaweed at the head of the voe but swam off before folk managed to get to the voe to see it. Luckily however it had returned again to the same spot by 6 p.m. sheltering from the poor weather, allowing all those who had made the journey earlier in the day the chance to go back and see it. The species is a native of China and has been extensively introduced into Europe due to its popularity as an ornamental species. They are fairly common in captivity in Britain with individuals now forming small feral breeding populations mainly in south-east England. A small Scottish breeding population, at one time located around Perth appears to have died out in recent years so the origins of Shetland vagrants are unclear. However, it seems likely that the birds appearing in Shetland were escapes from captivity rather than originating from the feral population.

The other three records were as follows:

Other news today included a male KING EIDER at Burland (the sea area immediately north of the Burra bridge), at least 20 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS between Vaila and Walls, and a first-winter ICELAND GULL at Gremista, Lerwick.


20/4/97

The female SNOWY OWL is still on Fetlar.


19/4/97

The fist SWALLOW of the year was still at Sumburgh today and a BLACK-TROATED DIVER was in Quendale Bay. The long-staying male KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory at Gremista, Lerwick.


17/4/97

The fist SWALLOW of the year appeared at Sumburgh today. The long-staying male KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory at Gremista, Lerwick. Single MOORHEN were at Scatness and Loch of Tingwall today and a BLUE TIT is at Helendale, Lerwick.


14/4/97

The long-staying male KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe and a first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory at Gremista, Lerwick.


11/4/97

The female SNOWY OWL is still on Fetlar and the long-staying male KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe. A first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory at Gremista, Lerwick.


9/4/97

Four CHIFFCHAFF'S and a BLUE TIT are at Helendale, Lerwick. A first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory at Gremista, Lerwick, and the female SNOWY OWL is still on Fetlar.


6/4/97

Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS are at Lerwick Harbour, the female SNOWY OWL is still on Fetlar and the long-staying KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe.


4/4/97

The female SNOWY OWL is still on Fetlar and the long-staying KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe.


30/3/97

The female SNOWY OWL was seen again on Fetlar today, it is frequenting the open ground in the south-east of the island. A first-winter ICELAND GULL is in Lerwick Harbour.


26/3/97

WHEATEARS and BONXIES have arrived on Mainland Shetland, along with a scattering of other migrants, including at least 10 CHIFFCHAFFS.


23/3/97

A female SNOWY OWL was discovered on Fetlar today, although it remains elusive. The first WHEATEAR of the year also arrived on Fair Isle today along with the first BONXIE.


21/3/97

Five first-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL were at Lerwick Harbour today.


20/3/97

The female HEN HARRIER was seen along Dales Lees (north Mainland) today. Small numbers of THRUSHES, mainly BLACKBIRDS and REDWINGS arrived at Sumburgh Lighthouse this morning. Three first-winter ICELAND GULLS were still at Lerwick Harbour.


16/3/97

A female HEN HARRIER spent most of the day feeding around Sullom Voe Terminal, giving very close views to several folk working there. Four first-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL were at Lerwick Harbour.


11/3/97

An injured MUTE SWAN was found in the west Mainland and taken to the SSPCA centre at Gott. Originally thought to be one of our locally bred birds it turned out to have an Icelandic ring on it - an exceptional movement for this species. It does-not appear to be too badly injured and will hopefully make a full recovery and be released soon.


8/3/97

A freshly dead adult male PEREGRINE was found on Bressay today, with a Norweigan ring on it. It had apparently been ringed as a chick in 1994.


3/3/97

A BRENT GOOSE is at Baltasound, Unst and a BLUE TIT at Haroldswick, Unst. Four first-winter ICELAND GULLS and a second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL were at Lerwick Harbour today.


27/2/97

Three first-winter ICELAND GULLS were at Lerwick Harbour today and an early pair of RED-THROATED DIVERS were back at their breeding Loch in the central Mainland.


22/2/97

First-winter ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS were at Lerwick Harbour today. The AMERICAN WIGEON x WIGEON hybrid, was still at Spiggie.


20/2/97

A first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL was at Lerwick Harbour today. The AMERICAN WIGEON x WIGEON hybrid, was at Spiggie.


First-winter ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS were at Lerwick Harbour today.


15/2/97

Two first-winter ICELAND GULLS were at Lerwick Harbour today. No further sign of the GOSHAWK or AMERICAN WIGEON x WIGEON HYBRID, however.


13/2/97

The GOSHAWK was again at Kergord today (although as usual it remains difficult to see), along with at least 10 SPARROWHAWKS. A male AMERICAN WIGEON x WIGEON HYBRID was also briefly at Loch of Spiggie today.


8/2/97

The GOSHAWK was again at Kergord today, although as usual it remains difficult to see. A few people have now spent in excess of 10 hours looking for it with no success!


5/2/97

The GOSHAWK was seen again at Kergord today, although it remains difficult to see and invariably dissapears over the nearest hill when discovered. It is a large female. There were also 6 SPARROWHAWKS at Kergord.


2/2/97

The GOSHAWK was seen again at Voe today, and 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS were at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory.


28/1/97

There has been no sign of the recent KUMLIEN'S GULL at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory, although there were 2 first-winter, a second-winter and adult ICELAND GULLS there today.


26/1/97

A second-winter KUMLIEN'S GULL the Baffin Island race of the ICELAND GULL was at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory this afternoon. Also there were 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS.


21/1/97

The 2 first-winter and 1 adult ICELAND GULLS are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


16/1/97

2 first-winter and an adult ICELAND GULLS are at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


12/1/97

A GOSHAWK was seen at Voe late this afternoon - a rare visitor to the isles. The male SMEW is still at Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland).

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


9/1/97

A male SMEW is on the Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland) and the 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS and the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at the Gremista Fish Factory, Lerwick.


4/1/97

The Tresta KING EIDER was at Sandsound Voe today, and the 2 male KING EIDERS are still in Mousa Sound. In addition 2 VELVET SCOTERS are in Tresta Voe along with 18 SLAVONIAN GREBES, 6 unseasonal RED-THROATED DIVERS, and 4 GREAT NORTHERN DIVERS.


2/1/97

The adult male KING EIDER is back in Tresta Voe and 2 male KING EIDERS are in Mousa Sound.


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