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Bird News Archive - 1998


31/12/98

The overwintering WHIMBREL is still associating with Curlews at Scatness (Sumburgh).


29/12/98

The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the north end of Lerwick Harbour.


24/12/98

An overwintering WHIMBREL is associating with Curlews at Scatness (Sumburgh).


22/12/98

First-winter ICELAND GULLS are frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and Scalloway Harbour. A first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is also at Lerwick Harbour and the female SPARROW HAWK is still at Maa Ness, Scalloway - reported by Arthur Inkster.


19/12/98

Arthur Inkster reported a female SPARROW HAWK at Maa Ness, Scalloway today.


15/12/98

First-winter ICELAND GULLS are frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and Scalloway Harbour and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is at Burrafirth, Unst.


7/12/98

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is still frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour.


3/12/98

First-winter ICELAND GULLS are frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and Scalloway Harbour and the male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


1/12/98

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


29/11/98

First-winter ICELAND GULLS are frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and Scalloway Harbour and the male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


27/11/98

First-winter ICELAND GULLS are frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and Scalloway Harbour and the male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


24/11/98

The first-winter ICELAND GULL is frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and the 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are still at Scalloway Harbour. The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


22/11/98

The first-winter ICELAND GULL is frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL are at Scalloway Harbour.


19/1198

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


18/11/98

The first WAXWING of the autumn was reported at Trondra (Scalloway) today.


17/11/98

Another PALLAS'S WARBLER was in the trees at Frakkafield (east side of Lerwick Golf Course) today, a first-winter ICELAND GULL was at Sumburgh and the male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


14/11/98

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is frequenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour.


13/11/98

The PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at Helendale, Lerwick and the male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


12/11/98

A PALLAS'S WARBLER is at Helendale, Lerwick and the male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


10/11/98

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


7/11/98

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


5/11/98

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


4/11/98

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP are still on Loch of Spiggie in the north-west corner of the loch.


3/11/98

The male LESSER SCAUP was still on Loch of Spiggie during the morning but the 2 females were not seen during the day.


2/11/98

The male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP were still on Loch of Spiggie during the morning but were not seen during the afternoon.

The male (left) and one of the two female Lesser Scaup (right) on Loch of Spiggie (middle bird is a Tufted Duck) - photo Bill Jackson


1/11/98

News of the day was the discovery of a male and 2 female LESSER SCAUP (all first-winter plumage) on Loch of Spiggie during the afternoon. This is the second record of the species for Shetland (a first year male was also on Loch of Spiggie on the 9th-13th May 1993) and it is the first time three have been recorded together in Britian.


31/10/98

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is at Dam Loch, Uyeasound, Unst and 2 first-winter GLAUCOUS GULLS are at Sumburgh.


30/10/98

Two adult GLAUCOUS GULLS are at Skaw, Unst.


28/10/98

The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the north end of Lerwick Harbour.


25/10/98

The SIBERIAN STONECHAT is still frequenting the area round the Spiggie Hotel (Scousburgh) and the first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the north end of Lerwick Harbour.

Siberian Stonechat at Spiggie (left) and first-winter Iceland Gull at Lerwick Harbour (right) - photos Bill Jackson


24/10/98

News of the day was the discovery of a SIBERIAN STONECHAT frequenting the area round the Spiggie Hotel (Scousburgh) and another at Sandwick, and an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER with the Golden Plover flock in the fields just south of Loch of Spiggie.


23/10/98

The first-winter ICELAND GULL is still at the north end of Lerwick Harbour and the MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Dunrossness area, mainly around the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell.


21/10/98

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is frquenting the north end of Lerwick Harbour and the MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Dunrossness area, mainly around the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell.


20/10/98

The MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Dunrossness area, mainly around the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell and a SPOTTED CRAKE is on Fetlar.


18/10/98

Startling news of the day was the discovery of Shetlands first BEARDED TIT, a female or immature plumage bird found by Pete Ellis on Skerries. Unfortunately it did not hang around long enough for the eight other birdwatchers who travelled across in the afternoon to see it, and it was not seen again. Although Bearded Tits are relatively common in southern England where there is a reasonable breeding population, the species rarely moves any great distance as they have short and rounded wings not designed for making long movements making this an exceptional record. Their usual haunt is in reed beds where they feed on insects during the summer, switching to seeds during the winter, so this bird will probably find its way to the nearest Iris beds along a burn somewhere to have any chance of finding food. There is also a small breeding population of the species in southern Scotland but it is likely that this individual has arrived from Europe as a group of 6 has also turned up in north-east Scotland during the last few days. Hopefully it will be relocated - if you find it PLEASE let me know.


17/10/98

The MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Dunrossness area, mainly around the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell.


15/10/98

The MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Dunrossness area.


13/10/98

The MARSH HARRIER is still frequenting the Dunrossness area and the GREY WAGTAIL is still at Kergord.


12/10/98

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING is with the Starling flock at Brough (Whalsay), and the GREY WAGTAIL is still at Kergord.

A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling - photo Bill Jackson


11/10/98

The SPOONBILL is now frequenting the area around Loch of Spiggie (Dunrossness), as is the MARSH HARRIER. A YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Toab, a GREY WAGTAIL is at Kergord and the BULLFINCH is still at Helendale (Lerwick).


10/10/98

The PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at West Yell, the SPOONBILL has moved from Whalsay and is now on Loch of Hillwell (Quendale), the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness and a BULLFINCH is still at Helendale (Lerwick).


9/10/98

On Unst, the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick, a BLUETHROAT and COMMON ROSEFINCH are at Norwick and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at Halligarth. The PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at West Yell, the SPOONBILL is still on Whalsay and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness..


8/10/98

A PECHORA PIPIT is at the Feall burn on Fetlar, the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick (Unst), the RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Durigarth and the PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at West Yell and the SPOONBILL is still on Whalsay.

The LITTLE BUSTARD has unfortunately died - the body will be sent to the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh for preserving.

The little Bustard - an adult female in suspended moult - photo Kevin Osborn


7/10/98

The LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick (Unst) along with 4 LAPLAND BUNTINGS. Also on Unst are 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Valyie and the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick. The GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Trondra, the RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at Durigarth and another is at Quendale, the PALLAS'S WARBLER is still at West Yell, the SPOONBILL is still on Whalsay, the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness and the first BULLFINCH of the autumn is at Helendale (Lerwick).

The Red-backed Shrike at Quendale - photo Bill Jackson

The Little Bustard has been seen by the vet but unfortunately the prognosis is that it will almost certainly never fly again. It will be cared for at the SSPCA and assuming it recovers from its injuries a suitable home will be found for it, probably on the mainland.


6/10/98

The LITTLE BUSTARD was still frequenting the grass fields between the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell (south Mainland) today but unfortunately flew into overhead wires during the late afternoon. It had obviously injured itself and was caught and taken to the SSPCA at Gott where it was discovered it had a badly broken wing. It will be looked at by a vet tomorrow but it is doubtful whether it will be able to fly again. It is not the first rarity to injure itself this way - a Pechora Pipit at North Roe in 1996 also flew into overhead wires and was instantly killed.

Elsewhere there has been an obvious departure of many migrants with no sign of the Bobolink or Little Bunting at Durigarth although a RED-BACKED SHRIKE was there. On Unst there were 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Valyie and the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick along with 4 LAPLAND BUNTINGS, a PALLAS'S WARBLER is at West Yell, the SPOONBILL is still on Whalsay, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Trondra and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.


5/10/98

The LITTLE BUSTARD was still frequenting the grass fields between the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell (south Mainland) today, much to the delight of several visiting birdwatchers who did not manage to get to see it yesterday evening. Two RICHARDS PIPITS and a GREAT GREY SHRIKE were also in the same area. Elsewhere the BOBOLINK is still at Durigarth, Dunrossness along with a LITTLE BUNTING, a VELVET SCOTER was in Balta Sound (Unst), the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick (Unst), the GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Trondra, the SPOONBILL is still on Whalsay and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.

The Little Bustard at Sumburgh - photos Bill Jackson


4/10/98

Bird of the autumn was the discovery by Andy Fitchett of a LITTLE BUSTARD in the grass fields between the Lochs of Spiggie and Hillwell (south Mainland) this evening. It was difficult to see in the long grass but very distinctive when it flew between fields, hopefully it will stay longer than the only other Shetland record of the species - a male on Fair Isle on the 5-6th November 1994.

Elsewhere the BOBOLINK is still at Durigarth, Dunrossness along with a LITTLE BUNTING and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, a RUSTIC BUNTING and LITTLE BUNTING are on Skerries, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Halligarth (Unst), Voe and Quendale, BLUETHROATS are at Scatness and the shop area on Bressay, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are at Swinning and the shop area on Bressay, a BARRED WARBLER is at Voe, RED-BACKED SHRIKES are at Skaw (Unst) and at Toab, the GREAT GREY SHRIKE is still at Trondra, the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Haroldswick (Unst), the SPOONBILL is still on Whalsay and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.


3/10/98

There were a lot of migrants throughout the isles today, in particular several hundred SONG THRUSHES which are unusual in Shetland, at least 100 REDSTARTS and ROBINS, at least 200 BLACKCAPS and 300+ GOLDCRESTS.

Best new rare migrant today was a SIBERIAN STONECHAT around Uphouse and the shop area on Bressay. Elsewhere there was a RICHARDS PIPIT, LITTLE BUNTING and 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS at Haroldswick (Unst), a new RUSTIC BUNTING and 2 LAPLAND BUNTINGS at Grutness (Sumburgh), a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at Swinning, a COMMON ROSEFINCH at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, a REED WARBLER at Baltasound (Unst), YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Haroldswick (Unst), Vidlin, Gulberwick, the Sumburgh Hotel Garden and 2 at Swinning, BLUETHROATS at the shop area on Bressay, Boddam Voe, the Spiggie Hotel, Quendale and Grutness, a GREAT GREY SHRIKE at Trondra and a JACK SNIPE and yesterdays 3 TURTLE DOVES at Boddam. In addition the SPOONBILL is still at Symbister (Whalsay) along with at least 1 RUSTIC BUNTING, the BOBOLINK is still at Durigarth, the long-staying RUSTIC BUNTING is still at Quendale and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.

The Bluethroat (upper) and Jack Snipe (lower) at Boddam Voe - photos Bill Jackson


2/10/98

The SPOONBILL is still at Symbister (Whalsay) along with 3 RUSTIC BUNTINGS (one new one), 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS and a BLUETHROAT. Also on Whalsay are an ORTOLAN BUNTING at Challister and a WRYNECK at Skaw. On Skerries the BOOTED WARBLER and ARCTIC REDPOLL are still present along with 4 LITTLE BUNTINGS and 3 LAPLAND BUNTINGS, the BOBOLINK is still at Durigarth, single RUSTIC BUNTINGS are at Quendale and in the field adjacent to the Jarlshof center (Sumburgh), a BLUETHROAT is around the shop area on Bressay, a GREAT GREY SHRIKE is at the Spiggie Hotel, 3 TURTLE DOVES are at Boddam, a REED WARBLER is at Skaw (Unst) and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.


1/10/98

The SPOONBILL is still at Symbister (Whalsay) along with 2 RUSTIC BUNTINGS and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER. Also on Whalsay were 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS and a BLUETHROAT at Skaw and another RUSTIC BUNTING at Brough. On Skerries the BOOTED WARBLER and ARCTIC REDPOLL are still present along with 3 LITTLE BUNTINGS and a BLUETHROAT. Elsewhere the BOBOLINK is still at Durigarth, RUSTIC BUNTINGS are at Quendale and Sandness (west Mainland), a SHORT-TOED LARK is at Grutness (Sumburgh), a GREAT-GREY SHRIKE is at Nesting, a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, a BLUETHROAT is around the shop area on Bressay, 3 TURTLE DOVES are at Boddam and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.


30/9/98

Yesterdays SPOONBILL was still on the small flooded area next to the ferry terminal at Symbister (Whalsay) today, although it would fly off for long periods before returning. Also at Symbister were yesterdays 3 RUSTIC BUNTINGS, a BLUETHROAT, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS. On Skerries the BOOTED WARBLER is still present along with a RUSTIC BUNTING, ARCTIC REDPOLL, 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS and a BLUETHROAT. Elsewhere the BOBOLINK is still frequenting the oat crop at Durigarth, a single RUSTIC BUNTING is still at Quendale and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden.

The Spoonbill at Symbister - photos Bill Jackson


29/9/98

Bird of the day was a SPOONBILL on the small flooded area next to the ferry terminal at Symbister (Whalsay). This large and very white bird with its characteristic large spoon-shaped bill was discovered during the early evening and was happily 'spooning' through the water right alongside the road. Half a dozen birders from mainland Shetland (myself included) managed to twitch it from the 6.30pm Laxo to Whalsay ferry - without actually getting off the ferry at Whalsay - it is so close to the terminal at Symbister. It is only the fourth record of the species in Shetland and only the second record of one found alive this century, the previous records were two in 1871 at Mid Yell Voe on the 12th April (from Saxby - Birds in Shetland), three flying west over Foula on the 7th June 1975 and a first-winter female found moribund at North Roe in November 1992.

Elsewhere yesterdays BOBOLINK was still frequenting the oat crop at Durigarth (Dunrossness), and no less than EIGHT RUSTIC BUNTINGS were reported with singles at Sandwick, Lunna and on Skerries, 2 together at Quendale and 3 together on Whalsay. The FIFTH BOOTED WARBLER of the autumn was reported from Skerries - an unprecendented series of records, LITTLE BUNTINGS were at Lunna, Quendale and on Skerries, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS were at Scatness, the Sumburgh Farm and on Whalsay, BLUETHROATS were at Scatness and the Sumburgh Farm, COMMON ROSEFINCHES were at Haroldswick (Unst) and the Sumburgh Hotel garden, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were at Sandwick, Scatness and on Whalsay and 2 were at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.


28/9/98

Bird of the autumn so far was a BOBOLINK in the oat crop at Durigarth (Dunrossness). It was found this morning and showed well for brief periods as it flew in and fed on the oats for a few minutes before flying off and returning an hour or two later. It was last seen at around 6pm flying off towards Compass Head. It is only the third record for Shetland, the previous records were in 1975 on Skerries on the 18th September and in 1986 on Fair Isle from the 29th September to the 2nd October.

The Bobolink at Durigarth - photo Bill Jackson

Elsewhere there was an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT in the crop and garden at Grutness (Sumburgh) during the late afternoon, a RUSTIC BUNTING on Fetlar, a LITTLE BUNTING along the burn on the south side of the Quendale Mill along with a BARRED WARBLER, a RICHARDS PIPIT at Quendale, a BLUETHROAT and GOLDEN ORIOLE at Sumburgh Head, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Durigarth, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS at Sumburgh Head, the Sumburgh Hotel garden and on Fetlar, a HOBBY at Seafield (Lerwick) and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS on Fetlar, at Trondra, Scatness, the Sumburgh Hotel garden, the Grutness garden, Sumburgh Head and 2 at Quendale. BARNACLE GEESE were also much in evidence again today with a flock of 50+ south over Lerwick and 100+ south over Burra during the morning.


27/9/98

It was RUSTIC BUNTINGS R US today with singles reported at Kirkabister, Swinning, Kergord and Toab along with yesterdays also still on Bressay. Esewhere there was a CORNCRAKE briefly at Sumburgh Head, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, COMMON ROSEFINCH, BLUETHROAT and REED WARBLER also at Sumburgh Head, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS at Grutness and the Sumburgh Farm, a COMMON ROSEFINCH at Boddam, a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER and REED WARBLER at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, an OSPREY south over Quendale, 400 BARNACLE GEESE south over Sumburgh, YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Swinning, the shop area on Bressay, Boddam, Virkie, Scatness and the Sumburgh Hotel garden and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.


26/9/98

New today was a RUSTIC BUNTING around the shoreline at the small boat harbour opposite the shop on Bressay. Elsewhere there are YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Veensgarth (Tingwall), the Sumburgh Hotel garden, Gorie (Bressay), Geosetter (Bigton) and the trees around Hayfield House (Lerwick). RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and the Grutness garden, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Durigarth (Scousburgh, south Mainland), the BARRED WARBLER is still at Hoswick, 3 TURTLE DOVES are at Loch of Heusbreck (south Mainland) with singles at Lerwick and No Ness (Sandwick), a REED WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and the MARSH HARRIER is still at Dunrossness.

The Yellow-browed Warbler at the Sumburgh Hotel garden - photo Bill Jackson


25/9/98

There was an obvious arrival of thrushes, wheatears and pipits today with lots of each throughout the isles. The only scarce migrants reported were single YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS at Northdale (Unst), Hoswick, Quendale, the trees around Hayfield House (Lerwick)and the Sumburgh Hotel garden, yesterdays BLUETHROAT, BARRED WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE on Skerries, the 2 RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are still at the Grutness garden (Sumburgh) and the BARRED WARBLER is still at Hoswick. At least 100 SNOW BUNTINGS are also on Skerries, and 200+ are at Skaw (Unst).


24/9/98

On Skerries today were 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, a BLUETHROAT, BARRED WARBLER and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE. On Unst, 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Muness and singles are at Skaw and Valyie (Burrafirth), a COMMON ROSEFINCH is also at Valyie, the LITTLE BUNTING is still at Sotland (Burrafirth) and the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still frequenting the Norwick area. There was no sign of the Lanceolated Warbler at Valyie today.

Elsewhere the 2 RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are still at the Grutness garden (Sumburgh), a GOLDEN ORIOLE is on Whalsay, the BARRED WARBLER is still at Hoswick, 3 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at the Sullom Plantation with singles at Hoswick and Hayfield House (Lerwick) and the MARSH HARRIER previouslyl at Tingwall is now frequenting the Dunrossness area.


23/9/98

On Unst the LANCEOLATED WARBLER is still at Valyie (Burrafirth), a LITTLE BUNTING is at Sotland (Burrafirth) and 500+ SNOW BUNTINGS are at Skaw. On Foula there was a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, BARRED WARBLER, COMMON ROSEFINCH, 3 LAPLAND BUNTINGS and 300 SNOW BUNTINGS and the CITRINE WAGTAIL is still present. A BEE-EATER flew east over the Dales Voe Golf Course in the morning, 2 RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHERS are at the Grutness garden (Sumburgh), the BARRED WARBLER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are still at Hoswick and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is in the trees around Hayfield House (Lerwick).

The Barred Warbler at Hoswick - photo Bill Jackson


22/9/98

A LANCEOLATED WARBLER was discovered during the late afternoon at Valyie (Burrafirth, Unst) although it proved very elusive. A BLUETHROAT is still at Skaw (Unst), the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still frequenting the Norwick area on Unst and a MARSH HARRIER was at the north end of Loch of Tingwall this afternoon. The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still on Foula and the BARRED WARBLER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are still at Hoswick.


21/9/98

Most of the good birds were on Unst today. At Skaw there was a RED-BACKED SHRIKE and at least 500 SNOW BUNTINGS, a COMMON ROSEFINCH was at Norwick, a RICHARDS PIPIT at Baltasound and a ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD flew north over Haroldswick.

Elsewhere there were 2 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS together at Ulsta (Yell), a BARRED WARBLER and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER at Hoswick and a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and WOOD WARBLER still at the Dale of Walls. The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still on Foula.


20/9/98

A CITRINE WAGTAIL and YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER are on Foula. BARRED WARBLERS are at Hoswick, Halligarth (Unst) and the Burrafirth burn (Unst), BLUETHROATS are at Skaw (Unst) and No Ness (Sandwick) and COMMON ROSEFINCHES are at Leebotten (Sandwick) and Norwick (Unst). One YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER is still at Valyie (Unst) and another is still at the Dale of Walls along with the WOOD WARBLER reported there yesterday and 6 BARNACLE GEESE are at Scatness.


19/9/98

YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS were evident today with two still at Valyie (Unst) and singles at Skaw (Unst), on Skerries, at Sandness (west Mainland) and the Dale of Walls. A BARRED WARBLER was also at Sandness, a CORNCRAKE and BLUETHROAT were at the Sumburgh Lighthouse, a WRYNECK at Toab, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE was on Skerries and a WOOD WARBLER was at the Dale of Walls. COMMON ROSEFINCHES were also at Skaw (Unst) and on Skerries and a BLUETHROAT is at Skaw (Unst).


18/9/98

Two YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS are at Valyie (Unst) and another is at Skaw (Unst) along with a BLUETHROAT and 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES. A REED WARBLER is at Sumburgh and the AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER is still on Fetlar.


17/9/98

A juvenile ROSE-COLOURED STARLING and AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER are on Fetlar and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) this afternoon.


14/9/98

New birds today were another BOOTED WARBLER on Skerries (the fourth this autumn) along with a BARRED WARBLER and RED-BACKED SHRIKE, a QUAIL was in the large oat rig adjacent to Jarlshof (Sumburgh), a GOLDEN ORIOLE is in the trees at Hayfield House (Lerwick) and a BLUETHROAT is at Skaw, Unst. Yesterday's YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is still in the large oat crop to the west of Grutness (Sumburgh) and the CITRINE WAGTAIL and ARCTIC WARBLER are still at the Quendale Mill.

The Citrine Wagtail (left) and Arctic Warbler (center) at the Quendale Mill and the Yellow-breasted Bunting at Grutness (right) - photos Bill Jackson


13/9/98

A YELLOW-BREASTED BUNTING is in the large oat crop to the west of Grutness (Sumburgh), a CITRINE WAGTAIL and ARCTIC WARBLER are at the Quendale Mill, yesterday's MARSH HARRIER was at Loch of Hillwell (south Mainland) this morning and a WOOD SANDPIPER is at Boddam Voe. On Skerries today were a BARRED WARBLER, 2 RED-BACKED SHRIKES and a COMMON ROSEFINCH, and on Fetlar there was a BLUETHROAT at Finnie and a TURTLE DOVE at Aith. The BOOTED WARBLER is also still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road.

The Wood Sandpiper at Boddam - photo Bill Jackson


12/9/98

The juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE is still at the first tee of the Skaw golf course (Whalsay), a RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Eswick and a juvenile MARSH HARRIER is at the north end of Tingwall airstrip. The BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road.

The Woodchat Shrike at Skaw, Whalsay - photo Bill Jackson


11/9/98

A juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE is at the first tee of the Skaw golf course (Whalsay) and the BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road.


10/9/98

Bird of the day was a THRUSH NIGHTINGALE at Skaw (Whalsay). An ICTERINE WARBLER was at the Shetland Crofthouse Museum garden (Boddam) today, but there was no sign of yesterday's Greenish Warbler there. Elsewhere there was a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at No Ness (Sandwick), 55 LITTLE STINTS and 22 CURLEW SANDPIPERS at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh), an ORTOLAN BUNTING at Sandness and 21 LITTLE STINTS an 3 CURLEW SANDPIPERS at Melby beach (west Mainland). The RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, the CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Baltasound (Unst) and the BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road.


9/9/98

New birds today were a GREENISH WARBLER at Boddam and a BOOTED WARBLER at Aith on Fetlar (the third Booted Warbler this autumn). An ORTOLAN BUNTING is also at Grutness, a WRYNECK at Sandness, the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, the BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road and an exceptional 150+ LITTLE STINTS were at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh) at low tide today.

The Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Sumburgh Hotel garden - photo Bill Jackson


8/9/98

A GOLDEN ORIOLE was briefly at Seafield (Lerwick) today. The CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Baltasound (Unst) and the GREENISH WARBLER is still at Norwick (Unst), the first-winter male SULPAPINE WARBLER is still at the Quendale Mill, the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, the CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Baltasound (Unst) and the BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road. On Bressay today were a WRYNECK and WOOD SANDPIPER.


7/9/98

The majority of the best birds were all on Unst today - a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER and ICTERINE WARBLER were at Baliasta, 8 CURLEW SANDPIPERS, an immature male PEREGRINE and a WRYNECK and RED-BACKED SHRIKE were at Baltasound, a MARSH HARRIER flew north over Haroldswick, the CITRINE WAGTAIL is still at Baltasound and the GREENISH WARBLER is still at Norwick.

On Skerries today were a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE, 2 COMMON ROSEFINCHES, 2 WRYNECKS and a juvenile DOTTEREL. The first-winter male SULPAPINE WARBLER is still at the Quendale Mill, the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden and the BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road.


6/9/98

Best birds in the fog today were a CITRINE WAGTAIL at Baltasound (Unst) and a first-winter male SULPAPINE WARBLER at the Quendale Mill this afternoon (in the mall garden surrounding the septic tank next to the mill). Elsewhere an ORTOLAN BUNTING was at the north end of the oat rig adjacent to the Jarlshof centre (Sumburgh), a COMMON ROSEFINCH was at Geosetter (Bigton) and a WRYNECK was at Fladdabister. The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Norwick (Unst) along with a TREE PIPIT, the first-winter male SULPAPINE WARBLER is still at the Quendale Mill, the BOOTED WARBLER is still frequenting the garden at the end of the Scatness road but there was no sign of the Bonellis Warbler today.


5/9/98

A different BOOTED WARBLER turned up at Scatness this morning, although the bird at No Ness has apparently gone. Also at Scatness was a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER. Elsewhere the EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is still at the Grutness garden along with a MARSH WARBLER, REED WARBLER, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER and WRYNECK. A GARGANEY was also at Pullars Loch (Scatness), an ICTERINE WARBLER at Quendale and the RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden. On Fetlar today were a LITTLE BUNTING, RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER, WRYNECK, RED-BACKED SHRIKE and 3 COMMON ROSEFINCHES. The GREENISH WARBLER is still at Norwick (Unst) and the eclipse plumage male MANDARIN DUCK was seen again at the Burrafirth Burn (Unst).

Once again there were lots of common migrants around, especially PIED FLYCATCHERS (at least 40 around Sumburgh), WILLOW WARBLERS (at least 150 in the south Mainland), GARDEN WARBLERS, REDSTARTS and WHINCHATS. In the early evening at least 14 SWIFTS were feeding above the fileds at the Sumburgh Farm.

The Booted Warbler at Scatness - photo left Bill Jackson, photo right Ian Fisher


4/9/98

Yesterday's BOOTED WARBLER is still at No Ness, along with a RED-BACKED SHRIKE, the EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is still at Grutness and the GREENISH WARBLER at Norwick (Unst). A COMMON ROSEFINCH and a WRYNECK are on Skerries and on Unst a BLACK TERN was at Skaw, a BARRED WARBLER at Baltasound and a WRYNECK at Northdale.


3/9/98

It's World of Migrants today. Best birds of the day were a BOOTED WARBLER at No Ness (Sandwick) and a GREENISH WARBLER at Norwick (Unst). The EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is also still at Grutness. Other migrants included WRYNECK'S at Haroldswick, Geosetter (Bigton) and Sumburgh Head, yesterday's RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, a COMMON ROSEFINCH and CORNCRAKE on Fetlar, an ORTOLAN BUNTING on Skerries, a REED WARBLER at Burrafirth and an eclipse plumage male MANDARIN DUCK at the Burrafirth Burn (Unst). LITTLE STINT'S were still much in evidence with at least 70 at the Pool of Virkie (Sumburgh), 12 on Unst, 9 at Boddam Voe and 3 at Loch of Heusbreck (south Mainland), and 5 CURLEW SANDPIPERS were on Unst. There were also lots of common migrants around today including several PIED and SPOTTED FLYCATCHERS, WILLOW and GARDEN WARBLERS, WHINCHATS and a few REDSTARTS.


2/9/98

Its autumn migrants R US. There were 35 LITTLE STINTS on the Pool of Virke (Sumburgh) this morning, and 2 at Haroldswick (Unst), a COMMON ROSEFINCH at Sumburgh Head and a RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, 2 WRYNECKS and a COMMON ROSEFINCH on Fetlar, a CORNCRAKE on Skerries, a RED-BACKED SHRIKE at Norwick (Unst), 3 CURLEW SANDPIPERS at the Pool of Virkie and 1 at Baltasound (Unst) and a REED WARBLER on Noss. There was no sign of sign of the Eastern Bonellis Warbler today.


1/9/98

The EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is still at the Grutness garden, 2 juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were briefly at Haroldswick (Unst), BARRED WARBLERS were at Norwick (Unst) and on Fetlar and 2 LITTLE STINTS were also on Fetlar.

The Eastern Bonelli's Warbler at the Grutness garden - photo Bill Jackson


31/8/98

The EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is still at the Grutness garden and a COMMON ROSEFINCH is on Skerries.


30/8/98

The EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is still at the Grutness garden.


29/8/98

The EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is at the Grutness garden, a MARSH WARBLER is at Gorie, Bressay, a WRYNECK is at Sumburgh and a HOOPOE is on Whalsay.


28/8/98

The EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden.


27/8/98

An EASTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER is at the Sumburgh Hotel garden the first confirmed record of this 'species' of Bonellis Warbler for Shetland and only the third for Britain..


23/8/98

A RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Veely, Unst and a BARRED WARBLER is at Halligarth, Unst. Yesterdays Bonellis Warbler on Noss was unfortunately not seen again today.


22/8/98

A BONELLIS WARBLER is at Gungstie on Noss.


19/8/98

A BARRED WARBLER is on Foula and the LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam.


17/8/98

A BARRED WARBLER is on Mousa.


14/8/98

Two BARRED WARBLERS are on Skerries.


13/8/98

The LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam.

The Laughing Gull at Boddam - photo Dennis Coutts


11/8/98

A QUAIL is on Noss.


9-10/8/98

The LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam.


6/8/98

An ICTERINE WARBLER is on Fetlar.


3/8/98

The first-summer LAUGHING GULL found in the spring, has reappeared at Boddam Voe.


2/8/98

The adult LONG-TAILED SKUA is still on Hermaness, Unst.


31/7/98

An adult LONG-TAILED SKUA flew north over Hermaness National Nature Reserve on Unst today.


14/7/98

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


12/7/98

A first-summer GLAUCOUS GULL is at Lerwick Harbour.


10/7/98

Trevor and Julie Davies found Shetlands third PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER (an adult in breeding plumage) around the south-east corner of Fetlar today.


5/7/98

The SPOTTED SANDPIPER reappeared today on Punds Water - the large loch right next to the road about half a kilometre from the Ollaberry junction.


4/7/98

The LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe.


30/6/98

A summer-plumage SPOTTED SANDPIPER is on Wester Water, a small loch about 2km south of the Ollaberry turn off along the Hillswick road. The loch is about half a kilometre from the road on the east side. The possible White-tailed Eagle was reported around the south end of Lerwick today.


29/6/98

An eagle, possibly a Whte-tailed Eagle, has been reported on Bressay.


28/6/98

A MARSH WARBLER was on Foula today.


26/6/98

A first-summer ICELAND GULL is frequenting the area around the Sound School, Lerwick. It has extremely worn plumage and looks almost completely white.


22/6/98

A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is on Noss - about half way up the Noup, and a MARSH WARBLER is on Foula.


19/6/98

The SANDWICH TERN is still at Lerwick Harbour and the LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam.


18/6/98

The first-summer LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe and the male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh. A COMMON ROSEFINCH is on Foula.


17/6/98

A SANDWICH TERN is frequenting the south end of Lerwick Harbour.


16/6/98

A COMMON CRANE is frequenting the north end of the Tingwall Valley.


15/6/98

The female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Kergord.


14/6/98

A female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Kergord. The first-summer LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe and the male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh.


13/6/98

A COMMON CRANE flew south over Quendale this morning and a MARSH WARBLER is at the Quendale Mill.


11/6/98

The female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Helendale, Lerwick.


10/6/98

The female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is still at Helendale, Lerwick.


9/6/98

A female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE is at Helendale, Lerwick.


8/6/98

Bird of the day was WHITE-THROATED SPARROW discovered by the Noss wardens - on the Isle of Noss. Unfortunately it is feeding along the dry stone wall just to the south side of the Noup of Noss (the highest point) - and its quite a trek to get to see it (as I found out). It is the ninth record for Shetland, the last was at Voe from the 26 September to the 6 October 1996. Elsewhere there was an OSPREY at the Loch of Cliff, Unst and a RED-BACKED SHRIKE on Fetlar.


7/6/98

The male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh, and a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Foula.


6/6/98

The first-summer LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe and, the male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh and the QUAIL is still at Haroldswick, Unst. A REED WARBLER is at Quendale Mill, a CUCKOO at Kergord and 3 SWIFTS are at Loch of Spiggie.


5/6/98

The fist-summer plumage GLAUCOUS GULL is still at Lerwick Harbour.


4/6/98

A fist-summer plumage GLAUCOUS GULL is at Lerwick Harbour, the male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh and the QUAIL is still at Haroldswick, Unst.


3/6/98

A SHORT-TOED LARK is on Foula, the male MANDARIN DUCK is still on Papil Loch, Burra, the WOOD WARBLER is still at Kergord and the pair of GARGANEY are still on Sand Water.


2/6/98

A RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER is on Foula and the pair of GARGANEY are still on Sand Water.


1/6/98

A COMMON CRANE is at Busta, in the field immediately south of the Busta House Hotel. The COMMON CRANE previously reported on Fair Isle is still there so you don't have to be a rocket scientist to realise it has to be a different bird.


31/5/98

The male MANDARIN DUCK is still around the south end of Burra, usually on Papil Loch in the early morning and evening, and a QUAIL is at Haroldswick, Unst.


30/5/98

A female BLUETHROAT is at Quendale, the female SUBALPINE WARBLER is still on Skerries, the male MANDARIN DUCK is still around the south end of Burra, and the first-summer LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe. A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Stromfirth and the male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh. The COMMON CRANE is now on Fair Isle.


29/5/98

New birds today were a female SUBALPINE WARBLER on Skerries, and a female RED-BACKED SHRIKE and COMMON ROSEFINCH at Virkie. Elsewhere the male KING EIDERS are still in Tresta Voe, Fetlar and the West Voe of Sumburgh, the male MANDARIN DUCK is still frequenting the area around Papil Water, at the south end of Burra, and the first-summer LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe.


28/5/98

A male BLUETHROAT is on Skerries, and the male KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe, Fetlar.


27/5/98

Yesterday's COMMON CRANE was in the fields just north of the Loch of Hillwell today. The male MANDARIN DUCK is still frequenting the area around Papil Water, at the south end of Burra.


26/5/98

A COMMON CRANE was in the fields near the Meadowvale Hotel this evening, but was seen to fly north around 9pm.The pair of GARGANEY are still on Sand Water.


25/5/98

The pair of GARGANEY are still on Sand Water, the male KING EIDER is still in the West Voe of Sumburgh, and the WOOD WARBLER is still at Kergord. The male MANDARIN DUCK is still frequenting the area around Papil Water, at the south end of Burra.


24/5/98

A male GREEN-WINGED TEAL is on Sand Water, along with a pair of GARGANEY. The first-summer plumage LAUGHING GULL was at Boddam Voe again today, 36 LONG-TAILED SKUAS flew north past Wats Ness (west Mainland) and 2 flew over Ronas Hill, and a WOOD WARBLER is at Kergord. The male RUSTIC BUNTING is still on Foula.


23/5/98

A male KING EIDER is in the West Voe of Sumburgh, a male MANDARIN DUCK is frequenting the area around Papil Water, at the south end of Burra, and an ORTOLAN BUNTING is on Foula.


22/5/98

A male RUSTIC BUNTING is on Foula.


21/5/98

A male KING EIDER is at the Wick of Tresta, Fetlar (possibly the bird seen off Uyeasound, Unst on the 13th), and the adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls around the island of Tingwall Loch. A MELODOIUS WARBLER is on Foula.


19/5/98

The two male GARGANEY are still on Sand Water.


18/5/98

Two males and a female GARGANEY are on Sand Water and the male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is still at the Sumburgh Hotel garden.


17/5/98

The first-summer plumage LAUGHING GULL was at Loch of Hillwell around mid day today (but not the Franklin's Gull), a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE was at the Sumburgh Hotel garden, a female/immature male GOLDEN ORIOLE at Exnaboe (near Sumburgh Airport), a HOOPOE on Fetlar, and the pair of GARGANEY are still on Sand Water. Late in the afternoon an OSPREY flew north over Scousburgh. The adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls around the island of Tingwall Loch.


16/5/98

There was no further sign of yesterday's Franklin's Gull at Hillwell, although RED-BACKED SHRIKES were at Quendale (female), Sumburgh Airport (female), and the Grutness Garden (male). On Unst the immature male COMMON ROSEFINCH is still at Haroldswick.A male SUBALPINE WARBLER is at Tresta, Fetlar, a first-summer plumage ICELAND GULL is frequenting the area around the Lerwick fish market, and two male GREY-HEADED WAGTAILS are on Foula.


15/5/98

Bird of the day was found by Mick Mellor at Loch of Hillwell - a first-summer plumage FRANKLIN'S GULL (similar to the Laughing Gull). It is only the fourth record for Shetland, the last was on Foula in 1996. Elsewhere there was an adult summer-plumage WHITE-BILLED DIVER just south of Uyeasound, Unst, the adult ROSS'S GULL is still around the island on Tingwall Loch, two male RED-BACKED SHRIKES are on Foula with a female at Hillwell and on Noss, and female BLUETHROATS are on Foula and Noss.


14/5/98

A male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is at Strand Plantation, a pair of GARGANEY are on Sand Water, and a male BLUETHROAT is on Foula.


13/5/98

A male KING EIDER is just south of Uyea Sound, Unst, a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Foula, a WOOD WARBLER is at Virkie and the first-summer plumage LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe.


12/5/98

A SHORT-TOED LARK is on Foula, a male RED-BACKED SHRIKE is on Fetlar, the first SWIFT of the year is at Loch of Spiggie, and an ORTOLAN BUNTING is at Benston. The adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls around the island of Tingwall Loch.


11/5/98

An immature male COMMON ROSEFINCH and a male BLUETHROAT are at Haroldswick, Unst. There was no further sign of yesterday's Sardinian Warbler at Sumburgh Head - or the Little Tern.


10/5/98

Bird of the day was found by John Hunter late this afternoon - a female SARDINIAN WARBLER at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse. It was frequenting the small fenced in enclosure along the far east side of the lighthouse area and showed extremely well to the assembled folk until at least 9 p.m. Elsewhere there was a LITTLE TERN at the Pool of Virkie for most of the afternoon, a male BLUETHROAT on Foula, a CUCKOO at Kergord, the male KING EIDER is still in Tresta Voe, and the adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls at the north end of Tingwall Loch.


9/5/98

The long-staying male KING EIDER was back in Tresta Voe today. Elsewhere there was a single MANX SHEARWATER past Wats Ness (west Mainland) this morning, a WRYNECK, GOLDFINCH and SEDGE WARBLER on Noss, a BULLFINCH in the trees at the Tresta Post Office, the first CUCKOO of the year at Halligarth, Unst, and 5 CARRION CROWS at Veensgarth.


7/5/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls at Tingwall Loch, it now appears to be roosting around the island in the middle of the loch and is usually there in the morning and evening..


6/5/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls in the fields at the north end of Tingwall Loch, and the WRYNECK is still on Foula.


5/5/98

Jean Edwards reported the immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still on Unst and Jonathan Wills reported a leucistic (almost completely white) GUILLEMOT off the Noup of Noss. A WRYNECK is on Foula.


4/5/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still associating with Black-headed and Common Gulls in the fields at the north end of Tingwall Loch, and the first-summer plumage LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe.


3/5/98

An immature WHITE-TAILED EAGLE flew north over Fair Isle at 11.30am and turned up on Unst in the afternoon.


2/5/98

The first ARCTIC TERN of the year was at Haroldswick, Unst today.


1/5/98

The Fetlar HERMIT THRUSH was still present at 08.00, was then seen to fly towards the Feal Burn, where it promptly disappeared (presumably down a wormhole in the space/time continuum). Despite extensive searching by a dozen folk throughout the day it was not relocated. Once again Fetlar lives up to its reputation of very rare birds not hanging around on the island. The only other bird of note on Fetlar was the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD still present from March (only a 'semi-rare' bird).


30/4/98

Bird of the year so far was found by Trevor and Julie Davies on Fetlar during the early evening. Britain's sixth (and Shetlands third) HERMIT THRUSH was discovered feeding around the south side of the Feal Burn on Fetlar. It was extremely approachable and was seen well until dusk. Hopefully it will remain on the isle and allow others to see it tommorrow - although Fetlar is well known for birds disappearing quickly once they have been located.

Other birds of note were a COMMON CRANE seen to fly south over Scalloway in the late afternoon (being mobbed by crows), the LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam, and the adult ROSS'S GULL was once again associating with Black-headed Gulls in the fields at the north end of Tingwall Loch.


29/4/98

The LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe, a WRYNECK is on Fetlar, and the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is still frequenting the area around the Jetties at Sullom Voe Oil Terminal. There has been a noticeable arrival of 'summer' migrants during the last day or so - WHEATEARS in particular are now abundant almost everywhere.


28/4/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL has reappeared in the fields around Veensgarth - associating with the flock of Black-headed Gulls frequenting the area. An OSPREY was also at Laxo today being mobbed by several crows.


27/4/98

The pair of GARGANEY and the male MARSH HARRIER are still at Haroldswick, Unst and an OSPREY is at Burrafirth, Unst. The LAUGHING GULL is also still at Boddam Voe and an extraordinary 1,000 FIELDFARE are on Unst - extraordinary as there appear to be very few anywhere else in Shetland at the moment.


26/4/98

A pair of GARGANEY and the male MARSH HARRIER are at Haroldswick, Unst. Lots of birds are around at the moment, including Swallows, House Martins, Willow Warblers and a Lesser Whitethroat on Fetlar.


25/4/98

Two HAWFINCHES are at Sumburgh and one is on Fetlar, and a GRASSHOPPER WARBLER is at Sumburgh.


23/4/98

An OSPREY is at Burrafirth, Unst, and the first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is still frequenting the area around the Jetties at Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.


22/4/98

A HAWFINCH is at Norwick, Unst.


20/4/98

A male MARSH HARRIER is at Haroldswick, Unst and an OSPREY is frequenting the Tingwall Valley area.


17/4/98

The first-winter LAUGHING GULL was at Boddam Voe again today, and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is frequenting the area around the Jetties at Sullom Voe Oil Terminal.


15/4/98

A few BULLFINCHES have arrived in the isles with at least 35 reported from various localities.


14/4/98

The first-winter LAUGHING GULL was at Boddam Voe and Hillwell again today.


11/4/98

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is at the Shetland Catch fish factory, Lerwick.


8/4/98

Jack Standring reported the COMMON BUZZARD is still at Scatsta.


7/4/98

The first-winter LAUGHING GULL was at Boddam Voe again today, and an OSPREY was at Tingwall.


6/4/98

Jack Standring reported the COMMON BUZZARD is still at Scatsta.


5/4/98

The first-winter LAUGHING GULL (last seen on the 19/3/98) reappeared at Loch of Hillwell today. It flew off in the early afternoon but was relocated again at Boddam Voe. A male RING OUZEL is frequenting the area around the old radar domes at the top of Mossy Hill.


4/4/98

Two OSPREY'S were in Shetland today, one at Tresta and another at Loch of Brow (south Mainland - next to Loch of Spiggie).


3/4/98

Jack Standring reported the COMMON BUZZARD is still at Scatsta.


28/3/98

The ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still on Fetlar.


25/3/98

The first WHEATEARS of the year arrived today - one on Fair Isle and one at Cunningsburgh (spring is sprung). Jack Standring reported the COMMON BUZZARD is still at Scatsta.


24/3/98

Jack Standring reported the COMMON BUZZARD is still at Scatsta.


22/3/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


21/3/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, and the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still on Fetlar.


19/3/98

The first-winter LAUGHING GULL is still at Boddam Voe, but still difficult to see. The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


18/3/98

The first-winter LAUGHING GULL was relocated again at Boddam Voe today, although it is difficult to see as it only remains in the voe for short periods of time before dissappearing again. The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


17/3/98

A first-winter LAUGHING GULL was at Boddam Voe this afternoon, unfortunately it did not hang around for too long but will hopefully be relocated tomorrow.


16/3/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


14/3/98

The previously reported WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still hanging around - it was at south Unst today. A COMMON BUZZARD was also reported sitting on a fence post opposite Scatsta Airport by Jack Standring.


12/3/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, and the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still on Fetlar.


9/3/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


6/3/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


2/3/98

An adult male GOSHAWK was at Fladdabister this afternoon.


28/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


26/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


22/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick. It usually sits in the field just above the Bod along with the other gulls, although it is invariably on its own. It is now starting to look quite pink.


21/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL is at Sumburgh Head.


18/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, and the ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is still on Fetlar.


16/2/98

A first-winter ICELAND GULL is in the Tingwall valley area and the adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


13/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


11/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still around the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, along with a first-winter ICELAND GULL.


9/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


8/2/98

Two 'eastern plumage' JACKDAWS are frequenting the Tingwall Valley area, and the adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


6/2/98

A ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD is on Fetlar.


4/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still around the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick, along with a first-winter ICELAND GULL.


3/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick.


1/2/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL was at the Bod of Gremista, Lerwick today.


31/1/98

The previously reported WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Quoys, Unst today (just south of Hermaness).


29/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the Lerwick Harbour area.


28/1/98

The SAKER FALCON was at Haroldswick, Unst again today.


27/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the Lerwick Harbour area, spending most of its time around any fishing boats landing a catch. The SAKER FALCON previously reported on Fetlar on the 16th December was at Haroldswick, Unst today.


26/1/98

The previously reported (or another) WHITE-TAILED EAGLE was at Scatness today.


25/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the Lerwick Harbour area, the long-staying male KING EIDER was at Reawick today, and the female/immature SMEW is still on the Loch of Cliff, Unst.


24/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the Lerwick Harbour area and an adult LITTLE GULL is at Toft. Six GOOSANDERS were at Walls today, and the female/immature SMEW previously reported on the 13th December is still on Unst - on the Loch of Cliff.


23/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the Lerwick Harbour area.


20/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the area around the Shetland Catch Fish Factory, Lerwick, and has also been seen around Lerwick Harbour as far south as the Knab.


18/1/98

The adult ROSS'S GULL is still frequenting the area around the Shetland Catch Fish Factory, Lerwick.


16/1/98

An adult ROSS'S GULL was at the Shetland Catch Fish Factory, Lerwick today. It is about the 14th record for Shetland as some from the early 1900s, although probably reliable, are unsubstantiated.


8/1/98

The long-staying male KING EIDER is still in the Tresta/Reawick area.


4/1/98

Two WAXWINGS were at Holmsgarth, Lerwick today.


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