Latest 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.

 

29th May 2020

Unst: Grey Wagtail at Skaw. Garden Warbler at Valyie. Common Crane,  12 Swallow,  Chiffchaff,  2 Siskin, female Yellowhammer and 5 Tree Sparrow at Norwick. Male Pied Flycatcher and Sedge Warbler at Haroldswick.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Trondra: Chiffchaff.

South Mainland:  Adult Long-tailed Skua at Dalsetter.Male Serin at Scatness. Peregrine, 5 House Martin and Swallow at Sumburgh Head. Cuckoo at Mid Dunrossness. 6 Siskin at Bigton. Iceland Gull at Hillwell.

Central Mainland: Great crested Grebe at Loch of Tingwall. 5 Shoveler at Trowie Lochs South Nesting. 2 Swallow and Willow Warbler at Loch of Benston. 6  Goosander at Loch of Strom. 10 Common Crossbill, Jackdaw and Cuckoo at Kergord.

West Mainland: 4 Barnacle Goose at Sandness

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: Red Admiral at South Nesting. 2 Red Admiral at Mulla, Voe. Large White Butterfly at Kergord.

 

28th May 2020

Fetlar: Spotted Flycatcher and White Wagtail at Funzie.

Whalsay: Kestrel at Toft

Yell: Collared Dove at Cullivoe.

Unst: Wood Sandpiper at Baltasound Airport.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Burra: Blackcap at East Burra.

South Mainland: Male Serin at Scatness. 53 Sanderling at Virkie. male Blackcap at Scousburgh. Black and White Warbler at Aithsetter, Cunningsburgh.

Central Mainland: Chiffchaff at Montfield. 5 Shoveler at Trowie Lochs South Nesting. sand Martin, House Martin  and 2 Swallow at Loch of Benston.4  Goosander at Weisdale Voe.

 

27th May 2020

Whalsay: Male Bluethroat at Red Grind. Common Sandpiper at Vatshoull. 7 Knot and 4 Sanderling at Houb.

Yell: Barnacle Goose and Black cap at Gutcher.Swallow at Cullivoe.

Unst: 4 Tree Sparrow, Common Crane, 2 Swallow, Tree Pipit, male Blackcap and Siskin at Norwick..

Bressay: 21 Wood Pigeon and Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Fetlar: White Wagtail at Funzie.

South Mainland: 4 Barnacle Goose, 4 Wigeon and male Serin at Scatness. 2 Swallow between Toab and Virkie. Icterine Warbler at Boddam.20 Sanderling at Sandwick. Wood Pigeon, 63 Ringed Plover, 75 Sanderling and 3 knot at Virkie. Cuckoo at Quarff. Common Crane at Exnaboe.

Central Mainland: 2 Common Crane seen at Tingwall, later seen over Lerwick and finally settled in a field near Hoveda on Bressay. Male Goosander at Loch of Strom and Weisdale Voe  Male Goosander Stromness Voe. Second calendar year male Goosander at Catfirth. Cuckoo at Kergord. House Martin and Collared Dove at Stendaal, South Nesting. Green sandpiper and 5 Shoveler at Trowie Lochs, South Nesting.Turtle Dove at Gulberwick. Lesser Whitethroat at Westerloch, Lerwick.

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: Red Admiral at Law lane, Lerwick.

Cetacean Sighting:

South Mainland: Humpback Whale off  Easter Quarff.

 

26th May 2020

​Yell: Collared Dove, Pied Wagtail, Common Whitethroat and 2 Swallow at Cullivoe.

Unst:  Common Crane, Swallow, Spotted Flycatcher, Redwing, Lesser Whitethroat and female Blackcap at Norwick.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

South Mainland: Male Serin, 3 House Martin, Sand Martin  and Barnacle Goose at Scatness. 2 European Bee-eater at Wester Quarff. Hawfinch still at Bigton. Kestrel at Toab. Black Redstart at Spiggie. Second calendar year Iceland Gull at Ringasta.

Central Mainland: Sedge Warbler at Mulla, Voe. Great crested Grebe at Wadbister Voe.

North Mainland: 3 Barnacle Goose at Sandvoe.

Insect Sightings:

General influx of hoverflies Episyrphus balteatus and Eupeodes coraliae.

Central Mainland: Large White Butterfly and micro moth Psychoides filicivora  at Law Lane, Lerwick.

Cetacean Sighting:

South Mainland: Humpback seen off  Easter Quarff.

 

25th May 2020

Whalsay: Female Black Redstart at Sandwick.

Yell: House Martin, Swallow and Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. Swallow at Gloup.2 Swallow at Sellafirth. 3 Barnacle Goose at Gloup.

Unst:  4 Common Crane at Norwick with 3 Knot, second calendar year Iceland Gull, 2 House Martin,  Lesser Whitethroat, Tree Pipit, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 5 tree Sparrow, Snow Bunting and female Yellowhammer there.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Fetlar: House Martin and Swallow at Funzie.

South Mainland: Male Serin, 2 House Martin, Lesser Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Scatness. 3 Sedge Warbler at Sumburgh. Male Garganey,76 Sanderling, 39 Ringed Plover, 7 Knot, 2 Whimbrel and Sedge Warbler at Virkie. Wood Sandpiper, 3 Sanderling, 58 Turnstone, 8 Dunlin, 3 Swallow and 2 House Martin at Sandwick. Male Red-backed Shrike between Geosetter and Rerwick. Male red-backed Shrike still at Culsetter. Hawfinch at Bigton. 2 Swallow at Channerwick. Cuckoo at Fladdabister.

Central Mainland: Redwing recorded flying over Law Lane , Lerwick during the night. Fledged Robin at North Road. Lerwick. 2 Wood Pigeon at Scalloway. 4 Swallow at Asta.

Insect Sightings:

Unst: Red admiral at Baltasound.

 

24th May 2020

Yell: Female Kestrel at Burravoe. Summer plumage Slavonian Grebe at Loch of Littlester. Second calendar year Iceland Gull , Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Swallow and Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. Swallow at Gloup. 2 Barnacle Goose and Blackcap at Gutcher.

Whalsay: Bluethroat and female Red-backed Shrike at Skaw.

Unst:  2 Common Crane at Valyie. 2 Common Crane at Clivicast.  2 Long-tailed Skua, Pomarine Skua and summer plumage White-billed Diver north at Flubergerdie, with Manx Shearwater south in the morning. House Martin and male Red-backed Shrike still at Ordaal. Male and female Dotterel at Baltasound. 2 House Martin at Skibhoul. Common Sandpiper at Burn of Baillista.

Fetlar: 2 Common Crane near Funzie.

South Mainland: Sedge Warbler at Clumlie. Carrion crow at Dalsetter. 3pr Shelduck at Boddam voe, with 4 ducklings. 31 Sanderling, 31 Ringed Plover, 124 Turnstone, Merlin,  2 House Martin and Sedge Warbler at Virkie. Sanderling and male Bluethroat  at Sandwick.

Common Crane, a Swallow, one of the Spotted Flycatchers, a Redwing, the Lesser Whitethroat and a female Blackcap.

Central Mainland: Coot, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin at Tingwall Loch. Cuckoo at Kergord.

West Mainland: Female Golden Oriole at Bridge of Walls. Female Nightjar at Sandness.

 

23rd May 2020

Unst:  2 Common Crane at Valyie. Little Egret seen briefly at Ordaal and male red-backed Shrike still there. 25 Wood Pigeon at Buness. Female Kestrel, Sedge Warbler, Willow Warbler and 6 Siskin at Norwick.

Bressay: Swallow at Bressay marina.

South Mainland: Male Red-backed Shrike at Culsetter. Female Golden Oriole, 2 Willow Warbler and House Martin at Swinister Burn. Swallow at Ocraquoy. Male Bluethroat, Spotted Flycatcher and Swallow at Sandwick. Greenshank at dalsetter.Hawfinch at Bigton. Male Mallard x Pintail, 2 Knot and  23 Sanderling at Virkie.  5 Whooper Swan, Knot, 6 Swallow, 4 House Martin and Sedge Warbler (in song) at Scatness. Sedge Warbler and Swallow at Sumburgh farm. Sedge Warbler at Sumburgh Hotel.

Central Mainland: Osprey at Loch of Tingwall. 6 Swallow Loch of Asta. 2 House Martin Clickimin Loch.

 

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, Knot and Sanderling at Cullivoe.

Whalsay: Female Red-backed Shrike at Skaw.

Out Skerries: 2 Mute Swan .

Cetacean Sightings:

Central Mainland: Humpback Whale in Sullom Voe

Yell: Humpback Whale reported at Mid Yell in morning.

 

22nd May 2020

Foula: male Common Rosefinch.

Unst: Common Crane, Turtle Dove and Sedge Warbler at Valyie. Male Red-backed Shrike at Ordaal. 2 Sanderling at Haroldswick. 2 Sanderling , 2 House Martin and Sedge Warbler at Skaw. Male Snow Bunting at Lamba Ness. Male Goosander at Norwick. Wood Sandpiper at Swartling.

South Mainland:Female Bluethroat at Dalsetter. 4 Siskin and 5 Wood Pigeon at Cunningsburgh. Female Cuckoo at Bakkasetter. Sedge Warbler at Sumburgh. 33 Ringed Plover, 26 sanderling, 2 House Martin , 2 Swallow, 2 Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler at Virkie. Hawfinch at Bigton.

Central Mainland: Cuckoo, 4 Swallow and Sand Martin at Kergord. 4 Tree Sparrow at Stendaal, South Nesting. Wood Pigeon at Asta. 3 Moorhen at Loch of Tingwall. 2 Swallow at Pullars Loch, Lerwick.Grey Wagtail at Voe.

 

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 sanderling and 3 Swallow at Cullivoe.4 Barnacle Goose and 2 Swallow at Gutcher.

Whalsay: Sanderling at Skaw. 3 Sanderling and 2 Knot at Houb. Cuckoo at Creadyknowe.

 

21st May 2020

Foula: Honey Buzzard and male Bluethroat.

Unst: Turtle Dove at Valyie. 13 Knot at Ordaal. Common Crane,  Sparrowhawk,  Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaff at Norwick.

South Mainland:Male Bluethroat at Dalsetter. Short-eared Owl at Compass Head. Collared Dove at Virkie.  Hawfinch and Linnet at Bigton. 2 Reed Bunting at Rerwick. Linnet at Geosetter. Yellowhammer at Quendale. Spotted Flycatcher at Bakkasetter. Spotted Flycatcher at Sandwick.

Central Mainland: 2 Common Crane and Osprey at Sandwater. Chiffchaff at Mulla, Voe. Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Redwing and Siskin at Sandgarth. Cuckoo at Quarff. 2 Swallow at Catfirth. 5 Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, 22 Swallow and House martin at Stendaal, South Nesting. Common Sandpiper at Loch of Benston.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull,  4 Black-tailed Godwit and Ruff at Cullivoe. 4 Barnacle Goose and 2 Swallow at Gutcher.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Red Admiral at Sandwick.

North Mainland: 3 Broad-bordered White Underwing on Ronas Hill.

Yell: Red Admiral at West Sandwick.

 

20th May 2020

South Mainland:Male and female Hawfinch at Bigton. 5 Swallow at Exnaboe. Swallow at Scatness. 35 Sanderling and 7 Knot at Virkie. 6 Siskin at Cunningsburgh. Cuckoo and Blackcap at Ocraquoy.

Central Mainland: Shelduck and 5 Swallow at Girlsta. 4 Tree Sparrow and Chaffinch at Stendaal, South Nesting. 2 Knot at Lerwick. 3 Swallow at Sound, Lerwick. Cuckoo at Quarff.

Whalsay: Sedge Warbler and Siskin at Skaw.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull, second calendar year Iceland Gull at Cullivoe. 4 Barnacle Goose, 3 Swallow and Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Trondra: 2 Siskin

Bressay: 19 Wood Pigeon at Voehead.

Unst: Common Crane,  Common Sandpiper, 3 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff and a Carrion Crow at Norwick. Sand Martin at Ordaal.

 

Cetacean Sightings:

Central Mainland: Humpback  Whale close in a Lunna Kirk.

Fish Sightings:

North Mainland: Basking Shark off Braewick, Eshaness.

 

19th May 2020

South Mainland:Manx Shearwater seen from 'Good Shepherd' 10nm south of Sumburgh Head. Female Hawfinch at Bigton. Common Sandpiper at Sandwick. 8 Siskin at Cunningsburgh. Swallow, House Martin, Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Dalsetter.

Central Mainland: 8 Swallow, House Martin and Sand Martin at Loch of Benston. 2 Common Redpoll and Siskin at South Nesting.Common Crane at Loch of Strom heading north.  4 Swallow at Stromfirth. Hawfinch, Tree Sparrow and Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick. 10 Swallow and 75 Raven at Tingwall. 20 Siskin at Mulla, Voe. Redwing at Sandgarth. 2 Swallow at Loch of Asta, Coot, Black-tailed Godwit and pair of Gadwall at Loch of Tingwall. 

Whalsay: 2 House Martin at Symbister. 14 Swallow, 2 Blackcap and 7 Siskin at Skaw. Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Isbister.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull, second calendar year Iceland Gull and Swallow at Cullivoe. Swallow at West Yell.

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: Carrion Beetle Thanatophilus rugosus at Law Lane, Lerwick. Possibly new for Shetland.

 

18th May 2020

South Mainland:Barnacle Goose and 12 Siskn at Toab. 5 Siskin at Cunningsburgh.

Central Mainland: Wood Pigeon, Willow Warbler and Siskin at Catfirth. 3 Tree Sparrow at Sandgarth. 2 Pintail at Whiteness Voe. 2 Tree Sparrow at Law Lane, Lerwick

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Unst: Pink-footed Goose at Baltasound. 2 Barnacle Geese, Common Crane, Swallow, White Wagtail, 5 Chiffchaff,  Willow Warbler and  female Hawfinch at Norwick.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull and second winter Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.  2 Barnacle Goose, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Redwing at Gutcher.

Foula: 2 Common Crane.

 

17th May 2020

South Mainland:Common Crane at Hillwell. Short-eared Owl and Chiffchaff at Virkie. Pintail, 5 Knot, 2 Swallow, 4 White Wagtail, Chiffchaff and Lapland Bunting at Scatness. Goldfinch at Dalsetter.  Swallow and Song Thrush at Sandwick.

Central Mainland: 4 Siskin and Tree Sparrow at Law Lane, Lerwick., also fledged House Sparrows noted here.  Grey Wagtail at Catfirth. Pink-footed Goose at Loch of Benston. 5 Goosander at Stromness Voe.

Yell: 9 Barnacle Goose and 2 Whimbrel at Gutcher.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Unst: 15 Knot at the Houb.  Pink-footed Goose at Ordaal. Redpoll sp., Blackcap, Chiffchaff, and Willow Warbler at Halligarth. Reed Bunting at Springpark.

Whalsay: Wryneck at Skaw.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe. second winter Iceland Gull and 2 Whimbrel at Breckon. 9 Barnacle Goose, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Cetacean Sightings:

West Mainland: Humpback Whale at Aith.

 

16th May 2020

South Mainland:Common Crane at Hillwell. 4 Arctic Skua at Boddam and Dalsetter.  Arctic Skua at Mousa Sound. Blackcap at Scousburgh.

Central Mainland: Immature Iceland Gull at Strand. Tree Sparrow at Law Lane, Lerwick. Wood Pigeon, Chiffchaff and 4 Siskin at Scalloway.

 

Yell: 9 Barnacle Goose and 2 Whimbrel at Gutcher.

 

​Bressay: Blackcap at Voehead.

Insect Sightings:

Burra: large White Butterfly at North Toogs.

 

15th May 2020

Unst:  Common crane at Norwick.

Yell: 2 Dotterel near Burravoe. Second calendar year Glaucous Gull and second calendar year Iceland Gull , merlin and Redwing at Cullivoe. 11 Barnacle Goose and Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Fetlar: White Crowned Sparrow at Funzie.

Whalsay: Hoopoe at Symbister.

Bressay: Sparrowhawk and Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Central Mainland: 2 Pintail at Trowie Lochs, Nesting and 2 Rook at Brough. Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick. Chiffchaff at North Road, lerwick. Song Thrush and 4 Wood Pigeon at Upper Kergord. Female Sparrowhawk at Gott. Siskin at Strand. 4 Tree Sparrow at North Hamarsland, Tingwall.

South Mainland: Pintail and Shoveler at Scatness. 2 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Knot and  18 Sanderling at Virkie. !0 Sanderlng, 2 White Wagtail and Whitethroat at Grutness. Willow Warbler at Sumburgh Hotel. Common Crane at Hillwell. Swallow and Shelduck at Loch of Spiggie.

 

14th May 2020

Whalsay: Hoopoe at Symbister.

Unst: White-billed Diver at Lamba Ness. Common Crane, Common Sandpiper, 7 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat and Snow Bunting at Norwick.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull and second calendar year Iceland Gull at Cullivoe. 11 Barnacle Goose, 2 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: Immature Iceland Gull at Strand. 3 Moorhen at Tingwall. Chiffchaff at North Road, Lerwick. 2 Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick.

South Mainland: 2 Arctic Skua at Channerwick.  5 Pink-footed Goose and 2 Barnacle Goose at Loch of Spiggie. 2 Siskin at Sandwick. Female Chaffinch at Cunningsburgh.

 

13th May 2020

Unst: Carrion Crow at Ordaal.

Yell: Pink-footed Goose at North Sandwick. Second calendar year Glaucous Gull, and 2 Whimbrel at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose, Redwing and Chiffchaff at Gutcher. 2 Dotterel at Burravoe. Red Kite at Setter.

Burra: Male Shelduck at Papil.

Central Mainland: Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Sandgarth. 5 Goosander at Weisdale Voe. 2 Gadwall at Tingwall Loch. Hawfinch and 6 Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick. 4 Tree Sparrow at North Hamarsland, Tingwall and 2 Redwing there.

South Mainland: Pintail, 2 White Wagtail and Lapland Bunting at Scatness. 24 Sanderling at Virkie.

 

12th May 2020

Central Mainland: 4 Carrion Crow at Brough, South Nesting. 2 Pintail on Trowie Lochs, Soth Nesting. Goldfinch and Lesser Redpoll at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Ringasta. 2 Snow Bunting at Scousburgh Hill.

Unst: Collared Dove at Haroldswick. Collared Dove at Setter Hill Estate. Redpoll sp. at Halligarth. Pink-footed Goose at Roselea.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull, second calendar year Iceland Gull and Knot at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose and Dunnock at Gutcher.

 

11th May 2020

Central Mainland: 8 Siskin, Redpoll sp. and Wood Pigeon at Law Lane, Lerwick. Female Scaup at Petta Water. Pair of Gadwall and 2 Moorhen at Tingwall.

South Mainland: Male Green-winged Teal, Pintail and Garganey at Scatness. Spotted Flycatcher at Virkie.  Lapland Bunting at Clevigarth. 11 Pink-footed Goose at Spiggie. Song Thrush at Sandwick. Linnet at Bigton.

Unst: Common Crane at Valyie. Tree Pipit and Black-tailed Godwit at Haroldswick. 3 Knot at Ordaal. Garden Warbler and Tree Pipit at Halligarth.

Out Skerries: Red-backed Shrike.

Whalsay: Hoopoe at Symbister.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull and Lesser Whitethroat at Cullivoe. 5 Barnacle Goose and Chiffchaff at Gutcher. Pink-footed Goose at North Sandwick.

 

10th May 2020

Central Mainland: Hawfinch, Chaffinch and 8 Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick. Common Redpoll at Burgh Road, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Male Green-winged Teal, 3 Pintail and second calendar year Iceland Gull at Scatness. 27 Knot, 18 Sanderling and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie.  2 Chaffinch and House Martin at Toab. Chaffinch at Cunningsburgh. Tree Sparrow at Sandwick. Wood Pigeon, Black-tailed Godwit, Blackcap and Snow Bunting at Spiggie. Tree Pipit at Dalsetter.

West Mainland: Dark phase Arctic Skua at West Burrafirth.

Unst: White Wagtail at Setter Hill Estate.

Yell: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull and Tree Pipit at Cullivoe. 5 Barnacle Goose at Gutcher. Pink-footed Goose at North Sandwick.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead. White Wagtail at Leira Ness.

 

9th May 2020

Central Mainland: 2 Swift at Stendaal, South Nesting. Cuckoo and 11 Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick. 2 House Martin at Clickimin Loch. Carrion Crow at North Hamarsland.

South Mainland: Male Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Boddam. Wood Sandpiper at Hillwell. Collared Dove at Dalsetter. Second calendar year Iceland Gull at Virkie.

Unst: Sparrowhawk and Tree Pipit at Ordaal.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, Whimbrel, White Wagtail and Redwing at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose at Gutcher. Pink-footed Goose at North Sandwick.

Bressay: Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Voehead.

Whalsay: Siskin at Marrister.2 White Wagtail, 3 Blackcap, and Willow Warbler at Skaw. Shelduck and 5 Knot at Houb.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Shears at Bakkasetter.

Mammal Sightings:

South Mainland: Stoat at Virkie

 

8th May 2020

West Mainland: Siskin at West Burrafirth. 

Central Mainland: 4 Goosander at Weisdale Voe. Blackcap, Chiffchaff , 5 Siskin and 2 Tree Sparrow at Sandgarth. Chiffchaff at Scalloway. Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Arctic Tern and 3 Wood Pigeon. 5 Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick.  Blackcap and Willow Warbler at South Nesting. 9 Carrion Crow at Brough, South Nesting.

South Mainland: Red Kite at Easter Quarff first thing , seen later at Fladdabister and then at Quarff in the evening. Male Garganey at Hillwell. Arctic Skua at Boddam. Tree Pipit at Dalsetter.  8 Brent Goose and 2 Barnacle Goose at Loch of Spiggie. Rook at Exnaboe. 68 Oystercatcher, 48 Turnstone, 6 Dunlin, 6 Ringed Plover, 4 Sanderling and Knot at Sanick. 16 Sanderling, 7 Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit and second-calendar year Iceland Gull at Virkie. 35 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 50 Turnstone, White wagtail, Arctic Skua, 2 Swallow, Siskin and 3 Carrion Crow at Scatness. 

Unst: Male Shoveler at Loch of Cliff. Black-tailed Godwit at Baltasound Airport.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull and 2 Sanderling at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose, 2 Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Gutcher. Flocks of 250 and 150 Knot seen flying over Yell at Copister and on west coast respectively .

Whalsay: Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Siskin 5 Carrion Crow and Tree Sparrow at Marrister. 3 Knot and 80  Turnstone at Skaw Taing. Knot, 20 Dunlin and 49 Purple Sandpiper at Houb.

Bressay: Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Voehead.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Small Tortoishell at Quendale. Large White at Sanick. Red Admiral at Sandwick.

 

7th May 2020

Arctic Tern now widely reported in small numbers.

Central Mainland: Osprey (with white lettered blue darvic ring) over Strand Loch, then seen later at Tingwall Loch. 2 Blackcap, 6 Wood Pigeon, Pied Flycatcher, 6 Siskin, Robin and Hawfinch at Sandgarth. Tree Sparrow at North Hammarsland, Tingwall. 3 Tree Sparrow at Stendaal, South Nesting.

South Mainland: Common Buzzard at Scatness drifted north. Woodchat Shrike at Grutness. Pied Flycatcher at Hoswick. 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Ringasta. Blackcap, Robin and Whinchat at Geosetter. 8 Siskin at Cunningsburgh.Shoveler, Dunlin, 2 Swallow, 3 White Wagtail and Chiffchaff at Bigton. 3 Swallow and White Wagtail at Boddam. Red Kite at Easter Quarff, earlier seen at Mossbank (Central Mainland).

Unst: Ring Ouzel at Heritage Centre.Greenshank at Easter Loch. Kestrel and Black-tailed Godwit at Baltasound. Sand Martin at Buness. Escaped Painted Bunting (with blue colour-ring) at Uyeasound. Common Tern and Great Northern Diver at Haroldswick. Scaup at Dam Loch.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, and new second calendar year Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose at Gutcher.

Whalsay: Siskin at Skaw. Pale-bellied Brent Goose and 80 Purple Sandpiper at Houb. 11 Carrion Crow at Hamister.

Insect Sightings:

Out Skerries: Herald Moth

Central Mainland: Garden Bumblebee at Law Lane, Lerwick.​

 

6th May 2020

West Mainland : Swallow at West Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: Around 150 Knot north over Dale golf course, Lerwick. 10 Siskin and Hawfinch at Sandgarth. 3 Tree Sparrow at Stendaal. 5  Tree Sparrow at North Hammarsland, Tingwall. 9 Carrion Crow and redwing at South Nesting. Male Goosander head of Weisdale Voe. Pair of Goosander Loch of Strom 5 siskin, 2 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Common Redpoll and male Blackcap at Mulla, Voe. 2 Common Tern and House Martin at Sands of Sound. Lerwick, with around 100 Knot north over there. 8 Tufted Duck at Puller's Loch, Lerwick. Whimbrel and 2 Swallow at Breiwick, Lerwick. 4 Siskin at North Road, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, 12 Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 10 Knot , Wood Pigeon, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Virkie. Black-tailed Godwit  at Spiggie. Blackcap and Song Thrush at Dalsetter. 5 male Siskin at Cunningsburgh.  Siskin at Toab.  Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Swallow at Grutness. Linnet at Sumburgh Airport.

Unst: Wryneck found dead at Norwick. Common Crane.  Escaped Painted Bunting at Uyeasound.

Out Skerries: Sparrowhawk

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull and Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcap at Gutcher.

Trondra: 2 Redpoll sp. and Blackcap.

 

5th May 2020

Central Mainland: Swallow, 14 Whooper Swan  at Loch of Benston, South Nesting. Coot at Trowie Loch, Nesting.  7 Carrion Crow at South Nesting. Female Blackcap at Stendaal, South Nesting. Pair of Gadwall, 2 Moorhen and 3 Tree Sparrow at Tingwall and 10 'commic' tern there.  Pied Flycatcher at North Road, Lerwick. 6 Siskin and female Hawfinch at Sandgarth. Water Rail sound recorded at night over Lerwick.

South Mainland: 2 White-tailed Eagle, an adult and an immature bird, seen over Toab heading north. Common Sandpiper and Sparrowhawk at Virkie. Great Northern Diver at Hoswick. Sanderling and 5 Arctic tern at St Ninians Isle. Willow  Warbler at Ocraquoy.

Unst: Red Kite at Haroldswick. 2 Arctic Skua at Baltasound.

Out Skerries: Hawfinch.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull, at Cullivoe. 9 Barnacle Goose at Gutcher.  2 Common Tern at Breckon.

Bressay: Arctic Skua at Loch of Aith.

Trondra: Brambling and Chaffinch.

 

4th May 2020

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull, Lesser Whitethroat, Grey wagtail, Willow Warbler and 2 Swallow at Cullivoe. Male Pied Flycatcher at Midbrake. 9 Barnacle Goose at Gutcher. 

Whalsay:  Dark-bellied Brent Goose at Sandwick.

Central Mainland: Coot, 4 Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler, Jackdaw, 2 Rook, Redwing and Pied Flycatcher at South Nesting and Loch of Benston. 5 Siskin and 2 Redpoll spp. at Sandgarth.  Pied Wagtail, Siskin and Redpoll spp. at Mulla, Voe. Cuckoo at Kergord. Ringtail Hen Harrier at Tingwall. Red Kite at Loch of Hellister, heading south and later seen at Dalsetter (South Mainland). Redpoll spp. at The Sletts, lerwick.

South Mainland: Great White Egret still at Loch of Spiggie. 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Swallow and Short-eared Owl at Sandwick. Brambling at Dalsetter. Singing male Yellowhammer at Grutness. Common Sandpiper, 2 Blackcap, Robin, Song Thrush at Virkie.  2 Siskin Cunningsburgh, 2 Siskin Dalsetter, 2 Siskin Ocraquoy

North Mainland: female Blackcap at Graven.

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3rd May 2020

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull, 5 Barnacle Goose, 4 Pink-footed Goose and 7 Swallow at Cullivoe. 8 Barnacle Goose at Gutcher. 2 Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Bastavoe.

Unst: Lesser Whitethroat, Redstart, Pied Flycatcher at Baltasound. 4 Siskin and Pied Flycatcher at Setter Hill estate.

Fetlar: Female Subalpine Warbler at Funzie.

Bressay: 2 Willow Warbler and 6 Wood Pigeon at Voehead.

Central Mainland:Male Pied Flycatcher, Goldcrest and Wood Pigeon at Catfirth. Pied Flycatcher, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Robin, Siskin, Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, Short-eared Owl, 3 Willow Warbler, chiffchaff, Redwing and Fieldfare at South Nesting. 6 Common Scoter in Lerwick Harbour. Garden Warbler at Law Lane, Lerwick. Willow Warbler at The Sletts, lerwick. Common Buzzard at Kergord in morning. Gadwall at Loch of Tingwall. Blackcap, Redpoll sp., Whitethroat and 6 Wood Pigeon at Sandgarth.

South Mainland: Great White Egret still at Spiggie early morning then Loch of Brow later.  2 Barnacle Goose, Osprey and Whitethroat at Spiggie. Tree Sparrow, Common Sandpiper, Whinchat, Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wryneck and Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie. Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper, Wood Pigeon, Carrion crow, lesser Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 tree Pipit, Whinchat, 3 Song Thrush, Ring Ouzel, 2 Restart, 3 Blackcap, Robin, Pied Flycatcher and Lesser Redpoll in Grutness/Sumburgh area.   Red Kite at Hestingott in the morning and then seen at several sites as far north as Sandwick. Shoveler, Redstart and Pied Flycatcher at Scousburgh. Pied flycatcher at Blett, Skelberry. 5 Tree Pipit at Toab. Great Northern Diver and Chiffchaff at Channerwick. Redstart at Sandwick. Brambling at Scatness.

West Mainland: 5 Whimbrel at West Burrafirth.

Insect Sightings:

South mainland : Dark Swordgrass trapped at Bakkasetter overnight.

 

2nd May 2020

South Mainland: Great White Egret , Shoveler and 2 Barnacle Goose at Loch of Spiggie. Tree Pipit and Chiffchaff at Boddam.  Red Kite at Sumburgh and Scatness in the morning. Osprey over Virkie, later seen at Boddam and Sandwick. Sedge Warbler , 2 Swallow, 2 Blackcap, Song Thrush, Robin and Chiffchaff at Virkie. 4 Arctic Tern, Peregrine, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper,  8 Fieldfare, 1 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, Whinchat, 6 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff. 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Rook, White Wagtail, Blackcap, 2 Redstart, Tree Pipit and Blue-headed Wagtail at Sumburgh / Grutness.  Pintail, Short-eared Owl, 5 Song Thrush, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Willow Warbler, Stonechat Little Egret and 2 Shoveler at Hillwell.   Long-eared Owl, Siskin and Chiffchaff at Ocraquoy.  Willow Warbler and Blackcap at Cunningsburgh. Green Sandpiper, 5 Blackcap, 4 Pied Flycatcher, Sparrowhawk, 5 Robin, 3 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Robin, Song Thrush and Brambling at Geosetter. Pied Flycatcher at Culsetter. 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat and Garden Warbler at Sandwick. Chiffchaff and Robin at Channerwick. Male Brambling at Rerwick.

Central Mainland: Male Garganey at Grunna Water. Common Buzzard , Kestrel, Song Thrush and Common Sandpiper at Kergord  Blackcap at Law Lane, Lerwick. Common Crane at the Knab, Lerwick and then later seen at Mid Kame. Lesser Whitethroat and 6 Reed Bunting at South Nesting.

West Mainland: 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Skeld.

Unst: Wryneck, Reed Bunting, 2 Tree Pipit, 4 Blackcap and Ring Ouzel at Halligarth. Ringtail Hen Harrier, Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat and 2 Reed Bunting at Norwick.

Whalsay: Pied Flycatcher at Vatshoull. Pied Flycatcher and Woodcock at Skaw.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull , 4 Pink-footed Goose and   Swallow at Cullivoe. Robin and Blackcap at Gutcher.

 

1st May 2020

South Mainland: Great White Egret seen flying south past Levenwick in the afternoon, later seen at Loch of Spiggie and Loch of Hillwell. Osprey at Loch of Spiggie, with a pair of Shoveler,  Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 House Martin, Sand Martin,  2 Swallow there. . Brambling at Central Dunrossness. Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher at Cunningsburgh. 2 Blackcap, Pied Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat,  2 Song Thrush and Green sandpiper at Toab. Pale bellied Brent Goose, Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Iceland Gull,  Common Tern, Whinchat, Fieldfare, Blackcap,  Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, Song Thrush, and Redwing at Virkie. Sub-specifically unidentified flava wagtail seen at Virkie in the morning. Blackcap, 4 Robin and 2 Song Thrush at Dalsetter. Male Hawfinch and Blackcap at Bigton. Whinchat and 2 Barnacle goose at Ringasta. Pied Flycatcher at Exnaboe.  Common sandpiper , Redwing, 2 Swallow, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Sandwick. 2 male and 1 female Pied Flycatcher, male Whinchat, female Redstart, male Ring Ouzel, 2 Tree Pipit, Mistle Thrush, 4 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Blackcap, willow Warbler and 4 Chiffchaff at Maywick. Redstart, 2 Blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, House Martin and Black-tailed Godwit at Sumburgh, 

Central Mainland: Male Gadwall at Loch of Benston, and Coot, 3 Arctic Tern and Common Tern  also there. Green Sandpiper, Sand Martin, Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap, Redwing, 4 Fiedlfare , 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Rook  and Black Redstart at South Nesting. Willow Warbler at Stendaal, South Nesting. Pied Flycatcher and 2 Brambling at North Road, Lerwick. 2 Blackcap at Law Lane, Lerwick. Pied Flycatcher at Lunnaness.

Unst: Lapland Buntng at Baltasound.  Tree Pipit and Ring Ouzel at Halligarth, with Dotterel over but not seen to land. Whinchat at Ordaal. Pied Flycatcher and 2 Blackcap at Setter Hill Estate.  5 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, and Blackcap at Baltasound. Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Dunnock, Ring Ouzel, and Whitethroat at Norwick. Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Fieldfare and 10 Song Thrush at Lamba Ness.  

Skerries: Redstart

Whalsay: Short-eared Owl  and Pied Flycatcher at Skaw.

Fetlar: Male Blackcap at Baelans, Whimbrel at Funzie.

Yell: Second calendar year Iceland Gull, second calendar year Glaucous Gull , 2 Swallow and 2 Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Bressay: Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and 2 Willow Warbler at Voehead.