2021 sightings

We try to include most records sent directly to us and we collect records from many other sources. As a news site, there will inevitably be errors included - in identification and in compilation. This site does not constitute an official record; this is published annually in the Shetland Bird Report, using records which have been formally submitted and assessed by local and national committees.

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

 
31st December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Glossy Ibis found dead at Feal. Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll and 3 'North-western' Common Redpoll at Baltasound.

West Mainland: 12 Knot at Effirth.

Central Mainland: Sparrowhawk and 200 Chaffinch at Tingwall. Male Ring-necked Duck and Coot at Loch of Tingwall.

South Mainland: 3 Shelduck and 7 Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie. Water Rail at Cunningsburgh.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

North Mainland: 4 Orca (64s pod) in Yell Sound and Sullom Voe area, last seen at Ollaberry.

 
30th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Glossy Ibis at Feal.

Yell: 5 Bar-tailed Godwit at Galtigarth.3 Chaffinch at Burravoe. 8 Snow Bunting at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: 2 Chaffinch at Back Charlotte Lane, Lerwick.

 
29th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: 2 Bar-tailed Godwit at Galtigarth.

Central Mainland: Male Ring-necked Duck and Coot at Loch of Tingwall.

South Mainland: 2 Shoveler and first calendar year Glaucous Gull at Scatness.3 Shelduck and 5 Sanderling at Virkie.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: 4 Orca (64s pod) in Sullom Voe and at Ollaberry.

Insect Sightings:

Yell: Angleshades at Cullivoe.

 
28th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Glossy Ibis at Haroldswick.

Fetlar: Ring-tail Hen Harrier on the isle.

North Mainland: 5 Chaffinch at Gluss.

Central Mainland: 2 Shoveler at Clickimin Loch. Male Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Tingwall. 8 Bar-tailed Godwit at Scatsta.

South Mainland: Shelduck at Dalsetter.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: 4 Orca (64s pod) tracked from Sweening Voe to Ollaberry.

Insect Sightings:

Yell: 6 Winter Moth at Mid-Yell.

 
27th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Meadow Pipit and Snow Bunting at Gutcher.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: 4 Orca (unidentified pod) at Dales Lees and Swinning Voe.

 
26th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Adult Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound. Woodcock, Long-eared Owl, 15 Redwing and 3 Fieldfareat Baltasound.

Yell: 6 Chaffinch at Sellafirth.

Bressay: Robin, 4 Chaffinch and Brambling at Voehead.

North Mainland: 6 Chaffinch at Gluss.

South Mainland: Snow Bunting at West Voe of Sumburgh. First calendar year Iceland Gull at Leebitton. 8 Pink-footed Goose, 12 Redwing and Song Thrush at Sandwick. 5 Pink-footed Goose at Cunningsburgh. 4 Redwing at Ocraquoy.

 
25th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: First calendar year Glaucous Gull and first calendar year Iceland Gull at Norwick.

Yell: Meadow Pipit at Gutcher. Meadow Pipit at North Sandwick.

Bressay: Robin and Brambling at Voehead.

West Mainland: 2 Pheasant at Aith.

Central Mainland: 3 Chaffinch and Brambling at Bakaland, Lerwick. 3 Knot at Catfirth. Common Scoter at Vassa Voe.

South Mainland: 2 Common Scoter at Quendale. First calendar year Iceland Gull at Leebitton.

Insect Sightings:

Unst 7-spot Ladybird at Ordaal (imported with Christmas Tree).

 
24th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: Robin and  Chaffinch at Catfirth.

South Mainland: First calendar year Glaucous Gull at Sandsayre.

 
23rd December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Glossy Ibis at Haroldswick.

Yell: Meadow Pipit at North Sandwick. Adult Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: Song Thrush and Chaffinch at Scalloway.

South Mainland: Iceland Gull at Sandsayre.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

North Mainland: Walrus at Muckle Ayre, Muckle Roe.

 
22nd December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 3 Glossy Ibis at Ungirsta, and another found dead. Male King Eider at Uyea Isle. 2 'northern Eider and Velvet Scoter in Bluemull Sound.

Fetlar: Male King Eider at Hamars Ness.

Yell: Snow Bunting at North Sandwick.

Burra: Female Common Scoter, Sparrowhawk and Woodcock at Bridge End

Central Mainland: 29 Knot at Sea Road, Lerwick. Ring-necked Duck and Common Scoter at Tingwall Loch. 2 Common Scoter at Vassa Voe.

South Mainland: 8 Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick.

 
21st December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 3 Glossy Ibis at Ungirsta. Male Goosander at Uyeasound.

Yell: 8 Snow Bunting at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: 12 Knot at Sea Road, Lerwick.. Black-throated Diver and White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay. 2 Common Scoter at Vassa Voe.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Foula: 2 Humpback Whale off the isle.

 
20th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 3 Glossy Ibis at Quoys.

Yell: 7 Common Scoter at Galtigarth. Pink-footed Goose at Loch of Littlester. Robin and Snow Bunting at Gutcher.

Foula: Glossy Ibis at Hametoun.

West Mainland: 200 Fieldfare at West Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: 20 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing at Asta. Black-throated Diver at South Nesting Bay. 2 Common Scoter at Vassa Voe.

South Mainland: 7 Snow Bunting at Scousburgh.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Foula: 7 Humpback Whale off the isle.

 
19th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Glossy Ibis at Ungirsta.

Yell: 5 Common Scoter and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit at Galtigarth. Second calendar year Iceland Gull at Gloup.

Bressay: Woodcock at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Water Rail, Robin and 3 Chaffinch at North Road, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Goldfinch at Sumburgh. Grey Wagtail at Swinister Burn.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Foula: 9 Humpback Whale off the isle.

South Mainland/ Burra / Central Mainland: 7 Orca (27s pod) tracked from St Ninian's Isle north to Scalloway via Burra.

Fish Sightings:

South Mainland: Pearlsides at West Voe of Sumburgh.

 
18th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Glossy Ibis at Haroldswick.

Whalsay: Bittern at North Loch of Skaw, but taken into care and died. 3 Knot at Houb.

Central Mainland: Sparrowhawk at Mulla, Voe

South Mainland: 35 Fieldfare at Ocraquoy.

Marine Mammal Sightings

South Mainland: 7 Orca (27s pod) tracked from Hoswick to Gulberwick.

 
17th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Todd's canada Goose at Vatsetter. Robin, Chaffinch and 5 Snow Bunting at Gutcher.Sparrowhawk, Robin an d4 Chaffinch at Mid Yell. 5 Brambling at Breckon. 6 Chaffinch at Sellafirth.

Whalsay: Bittern at North Loch of Skaw.

Central Mainland: 3 Chaffinch at Burnside, Lerwick.

 
16th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: 8 Snow Bunting at Gutcher.

Whalsay: Bittern at North Loch of Skaw.

Central Mainland: 3 Russian White-fronted Goose at Kirkabister, South Nesting.

 
15th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Pink-footed Goose at Burravoe. Pink-footed Goose at Kettlester. 7 Bar-tailed Godwit at Hamnavoe.

Whalsay: Bittern at North Loch of Skaw.

Central Mainland: Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Tingwall. 3 Russian White-fronted Goose at Kirkabister, South Nesting.

South Mainland: First calendar year Glaucous Gull at Scatness. First calendar year Glaucous Gull at Virkie. 4 Scaup and Velvet Scoter at Loch of Brow. 7 Common Scoter at Wester Quarff.

 
14th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Robin and Chaffinch at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: Glaucous Gull and 2 Iceland Gull at Loch of Benston.

South Mainland: First calendar year Iceland Gull at Clumlie.

 
13th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Chiffchaff at Ordaal. Siberian Chiffchaff and Song Thrush at Halligarth. Ruff at Uyeasound. Glaucous Gull at Westing.

Yell: Song Thrush at Gutcher. 2 first calendar year Glaucous Gull and first calendar year Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.  Iceland Gull at Mid Yell. Brambling at Burravoe.

Central Mainland: 9 Knot at Seafield, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Adult Iceland Gull at Quendale.

 
12th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Little Auk at Uyeasound.

Yell: Todd's Canada Goose at Vatsetter. Scaup at Kirk Loch.  Puffin at Breckon.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

West Mainland: Immature female Walrus at Vementry.

 
11th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Wood Pigeon, 3 Woodcock, Puffin, 14 Chaffinch and 6 Brambling at Norwick.

Yell: 4 Woodcock at Windhouse. 30 Fieldfare Mid Yell.

West Mainland: Sparrowhawk at West Burrafirth.

South Mainland: Black Redstart at Scatness. Barnacle Goose at Exnaboe. European Stonechat at Boddam. Tundra Bean Goose and Pink-footed Goose at Fleck. Peregrine at Boddam. 40 Fieldfare and 5 Redwing at Swinister, Sandwick.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

West Mainland: Immature female Walrus at Vementry.

Terrestrial Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: Parti-coloured Bat at Vidlin

 
10th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: 9 Chaffinch at Sellivoe. 2 Brambling at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay.

South Mainland: 2 'Blue' Fulmar,  Puffin and 7 Little Auk at Sumburgh Head. 4 Scaup and Velvet Scoter at Loch of Brow. Goosander and 3 Coot at Loch of Spiggie. Little Auk at Hoswick. Black Redstart at Sanick. 2 Brambling at Cunningsburgh.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

West Mainland: Immature female Walrus at Vementry.

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: Acleris hyemana, Agonopterix heracliana 19 Winter Moth and Brindled Ochre at Stendaal, South Nesting.

South Mainland: Agonopterix heracliana and 19 Winter Moth at Sandwick. 6 Winter Moth at Ocraquoy.

 
9th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Female Common Scoter and first calendar year Iceland Gull at Norwick.

Trondra: 60 Fieldfare on the island.

Central Mainland: Male Brambling at Murrayston, Lerwick.

South Mainland: 12 'Blue' Fulmar, 3 Puffin and 397 Little Auk at Sumburgh Head. Wood Pigeon and 13 Little Auk at Dalsetter.

 
8th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 3 first calendar year Glaucous Gull at Norwick.

Central Mainland: Sparrowhawk at Mulla, Voe.

 
7th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 15 Goldeneye, third calendar year male King Eider and Skylark at Uyeasound.

Yell: Robin, Meadow Pipit and Chaffinch at Gutcher. 50 Fieldfare at Mid Yell. Pink-footed Goose at Aywick.

Whalsay: Woodcock at Skaw.

West Mainland: 120 Fieldfare at Sandsound Road.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Shurton Brae, Gulberwick. 2 Chaffinch at Back Charlotte Lane, Lerwick.

South Mainland: 2 Common Scoter, Black-throated Diver, 2 Glaucous Gull and Little Auk at Quendale.

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: 8 Winter Moth at Stendaal, South Nesting.

 
6th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Meadow Pipit at Gloup. 3 Chaffinch at Sellafirth. Chaffinch at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: Goldeneye at Pullar's Loch.

South Mainland: Iceland Gull at Hoswick.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Winter Moth at Sandwick.

 
5th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Chaffinch at Westing. Moorhen at Haroldswick. Meadow Pipit at Baltasound. First calendar year Iceland Gull at Norwick.

Yell: Pink-footed Goose and Todd's Canada Goose  at Burravoe.

West Mainland: Chaffinch at Walls.

Central Mainland: Woodcock at Sullom Voe Terminal.

South Mainland: Black-throated Diver and Iceland Gull at Quendale. First calendar year Glaucous Gull at Boddam.b

 

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 2 Orca (unidentified pod) at Sumburgh Head.

Insect Sightings:

Bressay: Winter Moth at Voehead.

 
4th December 2021

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Chiffchaff at Ordaal.

Yell: Velvet Scoter and 24 Snow Bunting at Basta Voe. Todd's Canada Goose and 2 Chaffinch at Burravoe.8 Bar-taile dGodwit at Galtigarth. 8 Sanderling at Gossabrough.2 Meadow Pipit at Gutcher.

West Mainland: 2 Brambling at Walls.

Central Mainland: Sparrowhawk at Girlsta.