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16th May 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 46 Woodpigeon, Jack Snipe, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Common Redstart, Robin, 2 Redwing, Song Thrush, 6 Tree Sparrow, Tree Pipit, Hawfinch , Siskin and 2 Redpoll sp. at Norwick. 11 Carrion Crow at Millfield.  Common Whitethroat and Whinchat at Holsen's Road. 4 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Goldcrest 3 Robin, 2 Redwing and Song Thrush at Skaw. Wood Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Pied Flycatcher, Dunnock, Tree Pipit,   Hawfinch and Siskin  at Baltasound. White-tailed Eagle at Baltasound Airport, later seen at Grutness. Cuckoo at Ordaal. Swallow, Sand Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 7 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Pied Flycatcher and Song Thrush at Haroldswick. 3 Swallow, Common Whitethroat  and White Wagtail at Burrafirth.

Yell: 2 Woodpigeon at Otterswick. 5 Woodpigeon, Common Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher and Redwing  at Windhouse. 2 Swallow, Robin and Common Redpoll at Cullivoe. Blackcap at Gutcher. Swallow at Gloup. 2 Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Robin, Pied Flycatcher, Brambling, Hawfinch and 5 Siskin at Hillend, Mid Yell.

Fetlar: : Pied Flycatcher and Song Thrush at Funzie.

Foula: Western Subalpine or Moltoni's Warbler at Hametoun.

Bressay: Wood Warbler at Noss NNR.

North Mainland: Cuckoo on Ronas Hill.

Central Mainland: Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler, Blackcap, Chaffinch, Brambling, 2 Lesser Redpoll and 4 Siskin at Helendale.  2 Brambling at Gott. Black-throated Diver and Sparrowhawk at Wadbister. 6 Knot, Common Sandpiper and Chaffinch at Stendaal, South Nesting. Stock Dove, 2 Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, 2 Brambling  and 20 Common Redpoll at Brae.

South Mainland: Adult White-tailed Eagle at Grutness, earlier seen at Baltsound Airport. Common Buzzard at Bakkaseter, later seen at Sumburgh. Iceland Gull at Hillwell.2 Red-crested Pochard at Loch of Brow..Cuckoo at Boddam. Female Marsh Harrier at Robin's Brae. Snow Bunting at Ireland Beach. 3 Sedge Warbler at Swinister Burn. Osprey at Swinister and later at Loch of Brow. 4 Common Scoter at Sanick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Skerries: 2 Minke Whale seen on Skerrries Ferry crossing.

Species in red are national (BBRC) rarities. Species in orange are local/Scottish rarities.

For more news of recent sightings visit the Recent Sightings page