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.

 

17th January 2020

Unst:  Grey Phalarope on sea off Norwick Beach.  

Yell:  2w Glaucous Gull at Breckon, and adult Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.

South Mainland:  2 White-fronted Geese still at Sumburgh Farm.  

Cetacean News:  3-4 Orca seen between Muckla Skerry and Little Skerry, from the Filla, on route to Out Skerries.  

 

16th January 2020

Yell:  2 Snow Bunting at Gutcher.  Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.

 

13th January 2020

Central Mainland: Waxwing and Iceland Gull at Lerwick.

 

Unst: 3 Glaucous Gulls at Burrafirth. Glaucous Gull at Westing. Peregrine at Baltasound.

 

Yell: Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe.    

 

14th January 2020

Yell:  Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe. 3 Snow Buntings at Sellafirth. Snow Bunting at North Sandwick.  

 

Cetaceans:  2+ Orcas off southern cliffs of Lamba Ness, Unst.

 

15th January 2020

South Mainland:  Merlin at South Punds, Levenwick.

Yell:  Iceland and Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe, and Snow Bunting at Sellafirth.  

 

11th January 2020

Unst: 7 Glaucous Gulls at Norwick. 8 Common Redpolls at Westing.

Yell: Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.

 

Central Mainland: Lesser Redpoll and 8 Common Redpolls at Mulla, Voe. Glaucous Gull at Pullars Loch, Lerwick; also Waxwing still at Lerwick.

 

South Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Scatness. Pintail and Shoveler at Hillwell. Pochard at Loch of Brow.2 Scaup at Spiggie.    

 

12th January 2020

Whalsay: Iceland Gull at Brough.  

 

Yell: 2 Glaucous Gulls at Cullivoe.

 

Central Mainland: Waxwing at Lerwick.

Unst: 5 Glaucous Gulls at Norwick.

 

South Mainland: Song Thrush and Common Redpoll at Bigton.    

 

10th January 2020

Unst: Goshawk at Baltasound. 6 Glaucous Gulls and 10 Snow Buntings at Burrafirth. Glaucous Gull at Loch of Cliff. 3 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls at Uyeasound. 5 Snow Buntings at Caldback.

 

Central Mainland: Waxwing at Lerwick.

North Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Urafirth.  

 

South Mainland: 2 Barnacle Geese at Bakkasetter.

 

Cetaceans: Orca pod reported off Belmont.    

 

7th January 2020

Yell:  2 Snow Buntings at Gutcher.   

 

South Mainland: Jack Snipe at Sumburgh Head.

Central Mainland: Waxwing at Lerwick.

 

8th January 2020

South Mainland:  3 Glaucous Gull at Scatness.  

Central Mainland:  Glaucous Gull at Graven.

Yell: 3 Glaucous Gulls at Cullivoe.

 

Unst: Iceland Gull at Haroldswick. Glaucous Gull at Westing.

Burra: Water Rail on Trondra.  

 

9th January 2020

Unst:  Drake King Eider at salmon cages off Heogland; also 3 Iceland Gulls and Bar-tailed Godwit at Heogland.  Goshawk at Baltasound.  

Central Mainland: Knot and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits at Houb of Scatsta. 28 Chaffinches at Veensgarth. 2 Barnacle Geese at Loch of Benston.  

Cetaceans:  Orcas seen in Bluemull Sound, heading south past Ulsta.  

 

3rd January 2020

West Mainland: report of 2 Common Cranes at Clousta (apparently present for several days).

South Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Quendale.  Iceland Gull over Hillwell.  Barnacle Goose at Ringasta.

 

Unst: Little Grebe at Baltasound. Carrion Crow at Haroldswick.

 

Central Mainland: 4 Chaffinches at Sound, Lerwick.

Cetaceans:  2 Humpback Whales off Lamba Ness, Unst.  

 

4th January 2020

Unst:  White-billed Diver north past Lamba Ness; also Little Auk, Iceland Gull, 'blue' Fulmar and 4 Glaucous Gulls at Lamba Ness. Goshawk at Baltasound. Pererine at Belmont.

 

South Mainland: Velvet Scoter and Common Scoter at West Voe of Sumburgh. Reed Bunting at Bigton. Pochard at Loch of Brow. 2 Shoveler at Scatness.  

Central Mainland:  15 Knot at Breiwick, Lerwick.  Scaup at Loch of Houlland, South Nesting. Glaucous Gull at Housabister, South Nesting. 

 

Cetaceans: pod of Orca in Ronas Voe this morning; no further details. 

 

5th January 2020

South Mainland: Velvet Scoter and Common Scoter at West Voe of Sumburgh. Iceland Gull at Scord. Pochard at Loch of Brow. Mallard x Pintail hybrid and Glaucous Gull at Scatness.

 

Unst: 8 Glaucous Gulls at Loch of Cliff. 4 Glaucous Gulls, 2 'blue' Fulmars, Iceland Gull and 1000 Kittiwakes at Lamba Ness. Glaucous Gull at Norwick. Glaucous Gull at Westing. 9 Snow Buntings at Caldback. Little Grebe at Baltasound.

Yell: 2 Glaucous Gulls at Gutcher.

 

West Mainland:  Woodcock at Sand.    

 

6th January 2020

Central Mainland: Waxwing at Goodlad Crescent, Lerwick; also Glaucous Gull at Lerwick.

 

1st January 2020

Unst: Little Auk, 2 Jack Snipe and 3 Glaucous Gulls at Lamba Ness. Glaucous Gull at Skaw. 4 European White-fronted Geese and 3 Long-eared Owls at Baltasound. 5 Pink-footed Geese at Haroldswick. Iceland Gull and Pintail at Uyeasound.

South Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Scatness. 2 European White-fronted Geese at Sumburgh Farm. 2 Little Auks off Sumurgh Head. Woodcock and Song Thrush at Geosetter. 

 

Central Mainland:  Peregrine at Loch of Benston.

 

2nd January 2020

Central Mainland: Waxwing at Charlotte Street, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Clumlie.

Unst: 4 Glaucous Gulls at Burrafirth. Glaucous Gull at Loch of Cliff. Glaucous Gull at Skaw.