Recent 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.

 
22nd July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland: Grey Plover at Pool of Virkie.   

Mammal sightings: 

Pod of Orca initially sighted in Noss Sound, before travelling southwards, and being last seen off Sumburgh Head.  Pod of Harbour Porpoise were also present in Mousa Sound.  

 

 
21st July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Noss:  2 Common Swift at Noup.  

Central Mainland:  Record number of swans on Loch of Benston today, with 38 Whooper and 17 Mute counted.  

West Mainland:  Common Sandpiper at Stanevatsvoe, and 5 Sanderling at Melby beach.  

South Mainland: White-tailed Eagle seen again near Sandwick.  

Invertebrate sightings: 

Moths:  Grey Mountain Carpet trapped at Mid Yell.  Bright-line Brown-eye trapped at Bakkasetter.  

Mammal sightings:

2 Minke Whale off Federland, North Roe.  Pod of Orca initially sighted off Samphry, Yell where seen moving up and down the sound between Mainland and Yell, before being last seen in Firths Voe.  

 

 
20th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  Green Sandpiper on Henry's Loch, at Quarff.  20 Goosander at Weisdale Voe.  

Invertebrate sightings: 

Moths:  Double Dart was on Trondra, and Cabbage Moth was at Law Lane, Lerwick.  

Mammal sightings:

Pod of Risso's Dolphin, Minke Whale, and probable Humpback seen off Heoga Ness, Yell.

Pod of Common Dolphin seen from fishing vessel at back of Muckle Roe.  

 

 
19th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  3 Sanderling at Papil, Cullivoe.  A colour-ringed Oystercatcher was at West Sandwick.  

South Mainland: Juvenile Common Crossbill at Virkie.  

Invertebrate sightings: 

Moths: A Dun-bar was in Catfirth, and a Magpie was at Bakkasetter.  3 Nomophila Noctuella migrants were at West Burrafirth.  

Mammal sightings:

Minke Whale was off Ketla Ness, and 3 Harbour Porpoise were off Meal Beach on Burra.  

2 Harbour Porpoise were off Balta Isle, Unst, with another 2 at Levenwick.  

4 Risso's Dolphin were seen from Good Shepherd, 2 miles north of Fair Isle.  

 

 
18th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland:  White-rumped Sandpiper still at Pool of Virkie.  Quail calling at Bakkasetter, and White-tailed Eagle again at Channerwick.  

Central Mainland:  Lesser Redpoll at Mulla, Voe.  

Mammal sightings:

The calm weather ensured there were lots of sightings today.   A pod of Orca were spotted off Sumburgh Head before making their way northwards along the west coast as far as Hamnavoe.  

15+ Risso's Dolphin and a Harbour Porpoise were in Haroldswick, Unst.  2 Common Dolphin again in Aith Voe, on the west mainland.  

A Minke Whale and 4 Harbour Porpoise were at Heoga Ness, Yell.  2 Minke Whales were at Skaw, Whalsay. 

More Harbour Porpoise were reported from Skeld Voe (10), Mousa Sound (3), Levenwick (4), Dalsetter (3).  

 

 
16th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland: Sandwich Tern at Virkie.  

Mammal sightings: 

1Orca sighted off Culswick, West Mainland, and 2 were seen off Sumburgh Head.  

3 Minke Whale between Whalsay and Out Skerries, with another seen off Isbister, Whalsay.  

2 Harbour Porpoise at Heoga Ness, Burravoe, Yell.  

 

 
17th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

West Mainland:  Magpie resident still in Sandness.  2 Manx Shearwaters off Skelda Ness.  

South Mainland: White-rumped Sandpiper at Pool of Virkie along with 2 Sandwich Terns.  

Mammal sightings: 

On the West Mainland, 2 Common Dolphin were in Aith Voe, and 2 Orca were off Papa Stour.  A Minke Whale was off the Houb, in Whalsay.  

 

 
15th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  Fledged Robin was at North Road, Lerwick.   

Mammal sightings: 

Minke Whale seen off Bressay, and another off Out Skerries.  

 

 
14th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Unst:  Carrion Crow at Saxa Vord.  

Noss:  2 Common Swifts at the Noup.  

Central Mainland:  Quail calling at South Nesting.  Stonechat at Mulla, Voe.  Swan numbers are building at Loch of Benston with 29 Whooper and 18 Mute present today.  

South Mainland: Grey Wagtail at Hoswick Burn.  2 Siskin and 2 Goldfinch at Quendale. 

Mammal sightings: 

Basking Shark reported off Mousa.  A pod of dolphin briefly entered Scalloway Harbour.

 

 
13th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  175 Rook and Jackdaw at Kergord. 

South Mainland: Grey Wagtail at Hoswick Burn.  

Mammal sightings: 

Basking Shark seen off coast at Fjara Cafe, Lerwick.

 

 
12th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland: 2 White-tailed Eagle around the Gulberwick area. 

Mammal sightings: 

I Orca sighted off the Ness of Sound in West Yell.  

 

 
11th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  Coot at Sullon Quarry.  10 Woodpigeon at Tingwall.  

South Mainland: 2 Siskin at Hoswick Burn, and a Spotted Flycatcher at Sandwick.  A Manx Shearwater flew south off Virkie.  

Invertebrate sightings: 

6 Yellow Shell moths seen along the track to Hams of Roe, Muckle Roe today.  Magpie moth at Bakkasetter, South Mainland.   Snout moths caught at West Burrafirth and Bressay.  

 

 
10th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Unst:  Great Northern Diver at Westing.  

West Mainland:  Little Auk reported from a boat in Sand Voe.  

Central Mainland:  2 Quail calling at South Nesting.  

Mammal sightings:

2 Orca reported from Bousta, Sandness, and 3 Orca reported from Eshaness.  

 

 
9th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  Sparrowhawk at Voe.  

South Mainland:  Broad-billed Sandpiper back at Pool of Virkie.  White-tailed Eagle again at Sandwick.  

Mammal sightings:

Pod of Orca seen off Hillswick and Urafirth, with another off Tangwick.  

Also, a Basking Shark was seen near to Westing, Unst.  

 

 
8th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Kestrel at Gutcher.  

South Mainland: Mute Swan flew north of Sandwick.

 

 
7th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Grey Wagtails have successfully bred at Windhouse.  2 juvenile Lesser Redpolls, 2 Wood pigeon and 2 Collared Doves at Hillend, Mid Yell.  

South Mainland:  Broad-billed Sandpiper back at Pool of Virkie and Grutness.  White-tailed Eagle again seen between Sandwick and Channnerwick.  

Mammal sightings:

Orca reported off Balty Isle, Unst and off Vemetry, Aith today.  

 

 
6th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Whalsay:  First 2 breeding attempts of Tufted Duck noted on the island. 

Bressay:  2 Summer plumaged Great Northern Diver off Setter, and a first summer in Noss Sound. 

South Mainland:  Broad-billed Sandpiper back at Pool of Virkie.  

Insect sightings:

Dark Sword-grass in garden at Skellister, South Nesting.  

 

 
5th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  85 Rook in cut fields at North Hamarsland.

South Mainland:  Broad-billed Sandpiper at Pool of Virkie.  

Whalsay:  Grey Heron at Skaw.  

Bressay:  Long-tailed Duck in Noss Sound.

Out Skerries:  Siskin on island.  

Insect sightings:

Yellow Shell in garden at Skellister, South Nesting.  

 

 
4th July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

No bird news today.

Insect sightings:

Pod of Orca initally sighted in Yell Sound, cruised up and down the east coast, between Ollaberry and Toft. 

 

 

 
3rd July 2022

 Bird Sightings:  

West Mainland:  Magpie still Sandness.  

Central Mainland:  Common Tern at Voe, and 8 Black-tailed Godwit over Strand Loch.  

South Mainland:  Sandwich Tern at Virkie.  

 

 
2nd July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Grey Wagtail still at Windhouse.  

Whalsay:  Common Crossbill on the island, and a Quail calling at Hamister.  

West Mainland:  Magpie still at Sandness.  

South Mainland:  Broad-billed Sandpiper at Pool of Virkie, and a Sandwich Tern at West Voe.  

Mammal sightings:

Minke Whales off Gossaburgh, Yell and Wick of Tresta, Fetlar.  4 Porpoise off Sumburgh Head.  

Insect sightings:

4 Magpie moths on Fair Isle.  Catoptria furcatellus moth on Ronas Hill.  10-spot Ladybird in Lerwick.  

 

 
1st July 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central:  2 Garden Warblers at Lower Voe.  5 Goosanders in Loch of Strom.  

Yell:  Red-breasted Merganser with brood of 4 ducklings at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe.  

Mammal sightings:

Single porpoise at the north side of Noss.  

 

 
30th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Fetlar:  Female Goosander at Brough Lodge pier.  

Whalsay:  Flock of 4 immature Great Northern Diver off Skaw.  

South Mainland:  Sandwich Tern near Sumburgh Airport. 

Insect sightings:

Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Sandness. Eupoecilia angustana ssp. thuleana at Levenwick beach.  

 

 
29th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Kestrel at Mid Yell Voe.  3rd calendar year King Eider between Burra Ness and Hascosay.  

Central Mainland:  Osprey again at Sand Water.   

South Mainland:  White-tailed Eagle seen initially at Hoswick, was subsequently seen over Channerwick and Cunningsburgh.  

Mammal sightings:

Pod of Orca (27's pod) reported from Walls, later from Melby in Sandness, before touring round Papa Stour.  

  

 

 
28th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Unst: Quail heard at Westing. 

Yell:  First report of Red-breasted Merganser ducklings, with 5 at Cullivoe. 

Central Mainland:  Osprey again at Sand Water.  

South Mainland:  Quail heard at Bakkasetter.   White-tailed Eagle at Channerwick.  

Mammal sightings:

Pod of unidentified dolphins seen by ferry crew coming into Laxo and visible distantly from North Voe, Whalsay.  

Insect sightings:

Dioryctria abietella micro moth found at Law Lane, Lerwick.   White Satin Moth (5th record for Shetland) trapped overnight in Sandwick.  Records of Ghost Moth from Unst.  

 

 
27th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Moltoni's Warbler at still Gutcher, but remains elusive.  

Central Mainland:  Osprey again at Sand Water.    

South Mainland:  White-tailed Eagle over Channerwick.  6 Bar-tailed Godwit and 10 Redshank flew south over Levenwick beach.  

Mammal sightings:

Pod of Orca initially sighted off east coast of North Roe, seen again off Fethaland. 

Insect sightings:

Common Blue Damselfly at Loch of Houlland, with 8 Pretty Pinion and Hummingbird Hawk-moth also at Eshaness lighthouse area.  

 

 

 
26th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Moltoni's Warbler at still Gutcher, but remains elusive.  

Central Mainland:  Osprey again at Sand Water.   Sandwich Tern in Lerwick Harbour.  

West Mainland:  Magpie still Sandness.  

South Mainland:  2 Manx Shearwater seen off Virkie.  2 Tree Sparrow at Sumburgh Farm. 

Mammal sightings:

Pod of Orca reported between Yell and the mainland heading northwards.  

Insect sightings:

Dioryctria abietella micro moth found at Law Lane, Lerwick.   White Satin Moth (5th record for Shetland) trapped overnight in Sandwick.  Records of Ghost Moth from Unst.  

 

 
25th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Unst: Turtle Dove at Skaw. 

Yell:  Moltoni's Warbler at still Gutcher, female Mandarin, and Kestrel also in area.

Whalsay:  Quail calling at Isbister.  

Bressay:  Hobby over Noss Sound.  

Central MainlandNightjar at Ladysmith Rd, Scalloway.    Rose-coloured Starling Lerwick.  Hobby photographed at Gulberwick.   Osprey again at Sand Water.  

West Mainland:  Magpie still Sandness.  Swift sp at Reawick.  

South Mainland:  White-tailed Eagle at Iggbrig in Sandwick.  

 

 
24th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Yell:  Moltoni's Warbler at Gutcher.  

Whalsay:  Quail calling at Skibberhoull.  

Noss:  Black Redstart on the island.  

Central Mainland:  Kestrel at Kergord.  Common Quail calling at Hoo Fields, and Rose-coloured Starling Lerwick.  Osprey flying over Sand Water.  

West Mainland:  Magpie still Sandness.  

 

 
23rd June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland:  Rosy Starling and 3 Sandwich Tern at Hoswick, and 3 Sandwich Tern at Virkie.  Quail singing at Setter, Spiggie.  3 House Martin at Sumburgh Head and 4 Tufted Ducks flying past.  

 

 
21st June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland:  Pacific Swift refound at Noup of Noss.   Green-winged Teal still at Loch of Tingwall.  13 Goosander at Weisdale Voe.  Greenshank at Sand Water.  

West Mainland:  Magpie still near to Woollen Mill, Sandness.  

South Mainland:  Wood Sandpiper at Grutness.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Pod of Orca seen from Uyeasound, before travelling past Belmont and Cullivoe towards Breckon.  

 

 

 
22nd June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland:   Quail calling at Setter, Spiggie.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Pod of Orca seen from Uyeasound, before travelling past Belmont and Cullivoe towards Breckon.  

 

 

 
20th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

West Mainland:  Magpie at Sandness, only the 2nd for Shetland, with the first being found on Fair Isle in 1987. 

bressay: Shoveler and Carrion Crow on the island. 

Whalsay:  Nightjar still present at Skaw Plantation.   

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Minke whale off Skaw, Whalsay.  

 

 

 
19th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland:  Pacific Swift at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse (First sighting of this species in Shetland). 

2 Sandwich Terns at West Voe.  Grey Plover and Black-tailed Godwit at Virkie.  Kestrel at Quendale Dunes.  

Central Mainland: Over 100 juvenile Black-headed Gulls seen at Sullom.   2 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Barn Swallow at Tingwall loch.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Pod of Orca seen from Sumburgh Head in the morning.  Another sighting off Sumburgh Head late afternoon.

 

 

 
18th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: Honey Buzzard seen south of Quarff.   6 Black-tailed Godwit at Tingwall loch.  

South Mainland:  Yellow Wagtail at Pool of Virkie.  

 
19th June 2022

 Bird Sightings:

South Mainland:  Pacific Swift at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse (First sighting of this species in Shetland). 

2 Sandwich Terns at West Voe.  Grey Plover and Black-tailed Godwit at Virkie.  Kestrel at Quendale Dunes.  

Central Mainland: Over 100 juvenile Black-headed Gulls seen at Sullom.   2 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Barn Swallow at Tingwall loch.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Pod of Orca seen from Sumburgh Head in the morning.  Another sighting off Sumburgh Head late afternoon.

 

 

 
17th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Whalsay:  Nightjar again at Skaw plantation.  

Central Mainland: Quail still at end of Sea Road, and 2 Sandwich Terns in harbour, Lerwick.  3 2nd calendar year Arctic Terns at Sullom Voe Terminal.   Kestrel at Quarff.  Osprey over Stromfirth.  

South Mainland:  Immature White-tailed Eagle flew west over Channerwick.  Honey Buzzard near Pool of Virkie before flying northwards.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Pod of Orca sighted in South Nesting Bay, before heading northwards, then towards Yell.

 
15th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Osprey nr Windhouse, Mid Yell.   

Whalsay: Nightjar at Skaw.

Central Mainland: Quail still at Clickimin.  12 Goosander at Weisdale Voe. 

South Mainland:  Juvenile Curlew Sandpiper at Grutness.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Fetlar:  Harbour porpoise at Wick of Tresta.  

 
14th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Foula: Storm Petrel seen from Foula Mail Boat. 

Central Mainland: Grey Wagtail at Kergord.  Green-winged Teal at Tingwall Loch.  

South Mainland:  Sandwich Tern at Grutness then Virkie.  

 
13th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: Scaup at Sae Water, nr Voe.  2 Barn Swallow and 2 Woodpigeon at Swinning, with dark phase Honey Buzzard overhead, later photographed in a garden in Cunningsburgh.   Grey Wagtail at Gremister, Lerwick. 

South Mainland:  Willow Warbler at Hoswick Burn.  2 House-martin and Swift at Sumburgh Head.  Curlew Sandpiper at Grutness.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Unst:  3 Orca seen of Skaw, and large unidentified whale seen near Balta Isle.  

 
12th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  Honey Buzzard in off the sea at Norwick.  Marsh Warbler near Buddabrake Farm.  

Yell:  Pied Flycatcher with 2 juveniles at Gutcher.  

Whalsay: Male Scaup at Symbister. 

Out Skerries: 1st summer Curlew Sandpiper, Siberian Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher and Linnet on the isle. 

North Mainland:  2 Manx Shearwater past Eshaness. 

Central Mainland: The number of Whooper Swans is increasing in South Nesting lochs.  Quail in field near Pullars Loch, Lerwick.  

South Mainland:  2nd calendar year Curlew Sandpiper at Virkie.  2 Siskin and Common Rosefinch at Dalsetter.

 
11th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Common Swift at Hermaness.  

Yell:  Kestrel, and an Osprey, colour-ringed DC5, was at Windhouse.  

Whalsay: Red-backed Shrike and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Skaw.  

Out Skerries: Siberian Chiffchaff, Sand Martin, and Linnet on the isle.  

Central Mainland: Drake Shoveler at Pullars Loch, Lerwick, with Quail in the quarry there too.

South Mainland:  White-tailed Eagle over Hoswick.  Greenshank at northwest Spiggie Loch.  9 Knot at Grutness. 

 
10th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

North Mainland:  Ruff at Eshaness. 

Out Skerries: Bluethoat on the isle.  

West Mainland: Male King Eider at Gruting Voe.

Central Mainland: Quail still at Clickimin.  

South Mainland:  2 Siskin at Spiggie Hotel.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: Single male Orca seen off Gulberwick, before travelling southwards, and last reported off Mousa.  

 
16th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Lesser White-throat at Cullivoe. 

Foula: Nightjar at Ham, and Canada Goose at South Ness.

Central Mainland: Quail still at end of Sea Road, and 2 Sandwich Terns in harbour, Lerwick.  3 2nd calendar year Arctic Terns at Sullom Voe Terminal.   Kestrel at Quarff.  Osprey over Stromfirth.  

South Mainland:  Curlew Sandpiper at Grutness.  2 Swift at Sumburgh Head.  Kestrel at Channerwick.  

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Single Bull Orca spotted south of Burra, before being seen later off Spiggie Beach/Rerwick.  A pod of Orca were spotted leaving North Roe heading southwards to Mossbank.  

Insect Sightings:

Narrow-winged Pug caught last night at Shirva, in Fair Isle.  

 
8th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: Quail at Clickimin, Lerwick.

South Mainland: 3 Knot and Broad-billed Sandpiper at Grutness.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Unst: 2 Orca at Muness

Central Mainland: Common Dolphin at Weisdale Voe.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Herald trapped overnight at Bakkasetter.

 
7th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Female Black-headed Bunting at Norwick.

Foula: Spotted Flycatcher on the island.

Whalsay: Marsh Warbler at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Golden Oriole on the islands.

West Mainland: Male King Eider at Gruting Voe.

Central Mainland: 9 Goosander at Weisdale. Quail at South Whiteness. Garden Warbler at Clickimin, Lerwick.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: Common Dolphin at Weisdale Voe.

South Mainland: Pod of 8 Orca (169s pod plus Hulk and Knot) at Sumburgh Head.

Insect Sightings:

West Mainland: Apple Tree Moth at Tresta.

 
6th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Foula: White-billed Diver and Wryneck on the island.Quail and  Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Burns. 2 Quail at Hametoun.

Whalsay: Marsh Warbler at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Red-backed Shrike on the islands.

West Mainland: Male King Eider at Gruting Voe.

Central Mainland: Osprey at Sand Water.

South Mainland:  Common Rosefinch at Sumburgh. Little Stint at Virkie.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

North Mainland: Risso's Dolphin at Eshaness.

Central Mainland: Common Dolphin at Weisdale Voe.

West Mainland: Minke Whale at Norby.

South Mainland: Minke Whale at St Ninian's Isle.

Insect Sightings:

Bressay: Turnip Moth on Shetland Seabird Tours Boat off Noss.

 
5th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Moltoni's Warbler at Vaylie.

Foula: Pink-footed Goose and Eastern Subalpine Warbler on the island.  Quail at Hametoun.

Central Mainland: White-tailed Eagle at Tingwall.  Osprey at Sand Water.

South Mainland:  Common Rosefinch at Sumburgh.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Yell: Minke Wale at Heoga Ness.

Whalsay: Minke Whale at Skaw. Minke Whale at The Haa.

Central Mainland: Minke Whale at Hoo Stack. 2 Minke Whale at South Nesting Bay. Minke Whale Whiteness Voe.

West Mainland: 3 Minke Whale at Holm of Melby.

South Mainland: Minke Whale at Levenwick.

Offshore: Minke Whale 6km west of St Ninian's Isle.

Fish Sightings:

West Mainland: Basking Shark at West Burrafirth.

 
4th June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Quail at Baltasound. Quail at Ordaal.

Foula: Pink-footed Goose on the island.

Bressay: Willow Warbler at Voehead.

West Mainland: Male King Eider at Culswick

Central Mainland: White-tailed Eagle at Tresta. White-tailed Eagle at Kergord. Osprey at Sand Water.

South Mainland: Chiffchaff at Sumburgh. Little Stint at Virkie. Golden Oriole at Toab. Osprey at Mousa Sound.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Whalsay: Minke Whale at Skaw.

 
3rd June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Quail and Turtle Dove at Ordaal. Quail at Baltasound. Short-eared Owl at Norwick. Osprey at Uyeasound.. Pied Flycatcher and Rustic Bunting at Vaylie.

Yell:  White-tailed Eagle and Kestrel at North Sandwick.

Central Mainland: Osprey at Sand Water. Osprey and White-tailed Eagle at Toft. White-tailed Eagle at Laxfirth.

South Mainland: Rose-coloured Starling at Sumburgh. Icterine Warbler at Grutness. 2 Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie. White-tailed Eagle  and Icterine Warbler at Quendale.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Out Skerries:

 
2nd June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Foula: 2 Quail on the island.

North Mainland: Scaup at Braewick. Long-tailed Duck at Hillswaick.

Central Mainland: Pochard and 2 Scaup at Asta Loch. Siberian Chiffchaff at Law Lane. Osprey  and White-tailed Eagle at Sand Water.

South Mainland: 3 Linnet at Sumburgh Head.  Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie. Icterine Warbler at Boddam. Cuckoo at Dalsetter. House Martin at Mousa.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Out Skerries: Risso's Dolphin in harbour.

Yell: Minke Whale at Burravoe.

South Mainland: pod of 5 Orca (unidentified pod) in Mousa Sound. 3 Risso's Dolphin in Mousa Sound.

 
1st June 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Rustic Bunting at Valyie.

Yell: White-taailed Eagle at Sellafirth.

Foula: Marsh Harrier on the island. Quail at Hametoun.

Bressay: Icterine Warbler at Gorie.

Out Skerries: Marsh Warbler on Housay.

Whalsay: Kestrel at Skaw.

Central Mainland: Osprey at Sand Water. 2 White-tailed Eagle at South Nesting Bay.

South Mainland: Temminck's Stint at Virkie.

Insect Sightings:

Unst: Incurvaria masculella at Hermaness.

Central Mainland: Narrow-winged Pug at South Nesting.

 
31st May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Rustic Bunting at Valyie. Goosander at Haroldswick.

Foula: Subalpine Warbler sp. at Ham.

Whalsay: Cuckoo, Icterine Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Skaw.

North Mainland: 2 White-tailed Eagle at Ronas Hill.

West Mainland: Golden Oriole at Bridge of Walls. White-billed Diver at Walls. Quail at Watsness.

Central Mainland: Osprey at East Voe of Scalloway. Quail at Staney Hill, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Golden Oriole and Icterine warbler at Boddam.  Hobby at Clumlie. Icterine Warbler at Geosetter.

 
30th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Quail and 12 Tree Sparrow at Halligarth. Common Rosefinch at Norwick. Rustic Bunting at Valyie.

Foula: Subalpine Warbler sp. at Ham.

Central Mainland: 9 Common Scoter at Lerwick Harbour. Green-winged Teal at Loch of Griesta, Tingwall. White-tailed Eagle at Kergord.

South Mainland: Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie. 2 Shoveler at South Punds, Levenwick.

Insect Sightings:

Yell: Painted Lady at Camb.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Out Skerries: Risso's Dolphin at Harbour. Minke whale off Muckle Skerry.

Central Mainland: Minke Whale at South Nesting Bay.

 
28th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Spotted Redshank at Baltasound. Short-eared Owl at Millfield.

Foula: Subalpine Warbler sp. and Common Rosefinch at Ham.

Central Mainland: Pochard and 2 Scaup at Tingwall Loch.

South Mainland:Golden Oriole at Dalsetter.  Kestrel at Cunningsburgh.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

South/Central Mainland: 7 Orca (65s pod) tracked from Sumburgh to Gletness.

 
29th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Foula: Quail at Ham.

Central Mainland: Pochard, 2 Scaup and 3 Black-tailed Godwit at Tingwall Loch.

South Mainland: Barnacle Goose at Sumburgh. Long-tailed Duck and House Martin at Quendale. Quail at Ringasta. 2 Shoveler at :Loch of Spiggie.

 
27th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Grey-headed Wagtail at Haroldswick. 3 Tree Sparrow at Halligarth.

Yell: White-tailed Eagle at Basta Voe.

Foula: Subalpine Warbler sp. at Ham.

West Mainland: 4 Manx Shearwater and 4 Pomarine Skua at Watsness.

Central Mainland: Pochard and 2 Scaup at Tingwall Loch. White-billed Diver at Gletness.

South Mainland: 2 Blue-headed Wagtail and Reed Bunting at Virkie. House Martin at Swinister, Sandwick.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Central/North Mainland: 7 Orca (65s pod) tracked from Vidlin through Sullom to Skea.

 
26th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Common Rosefinch at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: Osprey at Gilsta. 3 Goosander at Hellister. Cuckoo at Sandgarth.

South Mainland:2 Knot, Little Stint and 2 Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie. 2 Jackdaw at Levenwick. Osprey at Ocraquoy.

 
25th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Osprey at Baltasound. Golden Oriole at Halligarth. Green-winged Teal, Quail and Grey-headed Wagtail at Haroldswick. White-tailed Eagle at Northdale. Common Rosefinch at Norwick.

Yell: Tree Sparrow at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: 7 Goosander at Hellister. Cuckoo at Kergord. Osprey at Loch of Voe. Golden Oriole at Brae. Common Scoter at Lund.

South Mainland:2 Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie.  White-billed Diver at Helliness.

 
24th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 3 Dotterel at Keen of Hamar. Yellow Wagtail and Grey Headed Wagtail at Haroldswick. Marsh Harrier at Northdale. Common Rosefinch at Norwick.

Yell: Tree Sparrow at Cullivoe. Hen Harrier at North Sandwick.

Out Skerries: Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Rocklea.

Central Mainland: 6 Common Scoter at Lerwick Harbour. Golden Oriole, Carrion Crow and Cuckoo at Kergord. Cuckoo at Laxo.

South Mainland: Little Stint at Virkie. Hawfinch at Boddam. Icterine Warbler at Scousburgh. White-billed Diver at Cunningsburgh.

 
23rd May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Dotterel at Keen of Hamar. Grey-headed Wagtail and Common Rosefinch at Haroldswick. Cuckoo at Uyeasound. 2 Marsh Harrier at Northdale. Marsh Harrier at Baltasound.

Foula: Hen Harrier at Hametoun.

Bressay: Common Redpoll at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Golden Oriole and Cuckoo at Kergord. Osprey and Cuckoo at Loch of Voe. White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay.

South Mainland: Long-tailed Skua at Loch of Clumlie, but later died.  Carrion Crow at Bigton. White-billed Diver at Cunningsburgh Cliffs.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

South Mainland: Pod of Orca (unspecified number, unidentified pod) at Sumburgh Head. Unidentified dolphin sp. at Mousa.

 
22nd May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Marsh Harrier at Loch of Cliff. 'Northern' Eider at Skaw.

Foula: White-billed Diver at Ham.

Bressay: Cuckoo and Black Redstart on Isle of Noss.

West Mainland: Black Kite at Micheal's Wood, Aith.

Central Mainland: Cuckoo at Kergord. Osprey at Sae Water.

South Mainland: 2 Pink-footed Goose at Virkie. Hobby at Exnaboe. 2 Goosander and Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie. Grasshopper Warbler at Quendale. Golden Oriole at Channerwick.

Insect Sightings:

West Mainland: Micro moth  Incurvaria masculella and sawfly Monsoma pulveratum at Micheal's Wood, Aith.

South Mainland: Rush Veneer trapped overnight at Boddam.

 
21st May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Marsh Harrier at Saxa Vord and several other sites on the island. 2 Golden Oriole at Halligarth.

Yell: Long-tailed Skua from Bluemull Ferry.

Foula: Reed Warbler and Linnet on the island.

Whalsay: Golden Oriole at Gardentown.

West Mainland: Cuckoo at Dale of Walls. 4 Scaup at Loch of Semblister.

Central Mainland: Black Kite , 2 Cuckoo and Golden Oriole at Kergord. Wood Warbler at Swinning. Osprey at Sae Water.

South Mainland: Crane at Scatness. Little Stint and Blue-headed Wagtail at Virkie. Hobby at Fleck. Cuckoo at Loch of Spiggie. Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie. Tree Sparrow at Hillwell. Cuckoo and Grey Wagtail at Boddam.

Insect Sightings:

Widespread reports of Red Admiral.

North Mainland Broad-bordered White Underwing on Ronas Hill.

South Mainland: 2 Dark Swordgrass and 2 Silver Y trapped overnight at Boddam.

 
20th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Blue-headed Wagtail at Skaw. Golden Oriole at Halligarth.  Black Kite seen at several sites including Skaw and Baltasound.  Kestrel and Cuckoo at Norwick, Bluethroat at Skaw. Bluethroat at Hermaness. Marsh Harrier at Baliasta. Barnacle Goose at Ordaal. Ring Ouzel and Song Thrush at Burrafirth.

Yell: 4 Tree Sparrow and Common Rosefinch at Cullivoe. Golden Oriole at Mid Yell.

Whalsay: Cuckoo and Golden Oriole at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Western Subalpine Warbler at Rocklea. Hobby on the islands.

Trondra: Cuckoo on the island.

Central Mainland: Shoveler and 3 Common Scoter at Lerwick Harbour. Golden Oriole at Kergord.

South Mainland: Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie Loch. Little Stint and Greenshank at Loch of Spiggie. Cuckoo at Geosetter. Reed Bunting at Swinister, Sandwick. Black Redstart at Mousa. Kestrel and Golden Oriole at Wester Quarff.

Insect Sightings:

Widespread reports of Red Admiral.

Unst: Least Black Arches (first for Shetland) and Painted Lady at Halligarth. Painted Lady at Norwick

Bressay: Painted Lady on Isle of Noss.

Central Mainland: Painted Lady at Lang Kames.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Offshore: Minke Whale 3 miles south of Sumburgh Head.

 
19th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Blue-headed Wagtail at Skaw. Golden Oriole at Halligarth. Golden Oriole at Cauldbeck. Barnacle Goose and Marsh Harrier at Budigarth.2 Black Kite at Baltasound. 6 House Martin at Burrafirth.

Whalsay: Golden Oriole at Tripwelll.

South Mainland: Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie. Gadwall, 3 Shoveler and Little Stint at Loch of Spiggie. Immature White-tailed Eagle at Scousburgh Hill, later seen at West Burrafirth (West Mainland). Pied Flycatcher at Geosetter.

Insect Sightings:

Widespread reports of small numbers of Red Admiral.

Unst: Painted Lady at Halligarth. Silver y at Millfield.

Central Mainland: Painted Lady and Early Bumblebee at Clickimin, Lerwick. Large White at Helendale. Silver y at Law Lane, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Painted Lady at Channerwick.

 
18th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Golden Oriole, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Blue-headed Wagtail at Skaw. Cuckoo at Vaylie. Golden Oriole at Halligarth.

Fetlar: Wood Sandpiper and Bluethroat at Funzie.

Whalsay: Cuckoo at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Marsh Harrier on the islands. Red-backed Shrike on Housay and Bluethroat at Rocklea

Foula: Pallid Harrier and Immature White tailed Eagle on the island.

Central Mainland: Cuckoo and Wood Warbler at Kergord.

South Mainland: Black Redstart at Grutness. Golden Oriole at Virkie. Hobby at Toab. Tree Pipit at Quendale. Marsh Harrier at Brow Marsh. Wood Sandpiper, 2 Common Swift and Yellow Wagtail at Loch of Spiggie. Cuckoo at Boddam. Whinchat at Geosetter. Cuckoo at Bigton. Whinchat at Swinister. Bluethroat at Sandwick.

Insect Sightings:

Yell: 3 Red Admiral at Mid Yell.

Whalsay: Painted Lady at Symbister.

South Mainland: Red Admiral at Sumburgh Quarry, 2 Red Admiral at Toab. 

 
17th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Sandwich Tern and Common Whitethroat at Norwick. Sandwich Tern and Blue-headed Wagtail at Skaw. Spotted Flycatcher at Baliasta. 2 Tree Sparrow at Baltasound.

Fetlar: Icterine Warbler at Houbie.

Whalsay: Golden Oriole at Skaw.

Out Skerries: River Warbler, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Grey-headed Wagtail and Rustic Bunting on the islands. Nightjar on Housay. Long dead Glossy Ibis found on the islands.

Bressay: 2 Spotted Flycatcher and Rustic Bunting on Isle of Noss.

South Mainland: Bluethroat at Grutness. Bluethroat at Sumburgh Farm. Long-tailed Skua and Common Swift  at Boddam. Common Redstart  and Spotted Flycatcher at Quendale. Barnacle Goose at Loch of Spiggie. Bluethroat and Common Whitethroat at Sandwick.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Silver y trapped overnight at Boddam. Painted Lady and red Admiral at Brow. Red Admiral at Quendale. Red Admiral at Loch of Spiggie.Red Admiral at Levenwick. Painted Lady at Sandwick.

 
16th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Short-eared Owl at Hermaness. 10 Tree Sparrow at Vaylie. Marsh Harrier at Hermaness.

Foula: White-tailed Eagle (seen earlier at South Mainland) on the island and Bluethroat at Ham.

Whalsay: Spotted Flycatcher and Linnet at Marrister.

Out Skerries: Bluethroat on the islands.

Bressay: Sedge Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Isle of Noss.

Central Mainland: 5 Goosander at Weisdale Voe.

South Mainland: Red-breasted Flycatcher and Tree Pipit at Grutness. White-tailed Eagle at Hillwell and later at Bigton and Foula. 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Quendale. Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie. 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Geosetter. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Bigton. Cuckoo at Fladdabister.

Insect Sightings:

West Mainland: Glaucous Shears trapped overnight at West Burrafirth.

South Mainland: Glaucous Shears trapped overnight at Boddam.

 
15th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 House Martin at Hermaness. 2 Sand Martin and House Martin at Burrafirth. 2 Tree Sparrow at Baltasound.

North Mainland: Cuckoo at Sullom.

West Mainland: 2 Hawfinch at Aith. 2 Common Sandpiper at West Burrafirth.

South Mainland: White-billed Diver at Compass Head. Sedge Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Scatness. White-billed Diver at Dalsetter. White-tailed Eagle at Hillwell.  Little Egret at Loch of Spiggie.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Red Sworgrass trapped at Boddam overnight.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Yell: pod of 5 Orca (unidentified pod)  in Bluemull Sound.

Whalsay: Minke Whale at Skaw.

North Mainland: Pod of 3 Orca (unidentifed pod) at Eshaness.

 
14th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Chaffinch at Baltasound.

Yell: 8 Tree Sparrow at Mid Yell.

West Mainland: Hawfinch at Aith.

South Mainland: Carrion Crow at Grutness. 2 Siskin at Sandwick.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Bressay: pod of 4 Orca (unidentified pod)  off Noss NNR.

 
13th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Mandarin Duck at Gutcher.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Mulla, Voe. 5 Goosander at Stromfirth. Great crested Grebe at Laxobiggin.

South Mainland: 2 Sandwich Tern at Virkie. Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie. 3 Goosander at Boddam Voe. Adult Iceland Gull at Maywick.

 
12th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Brambling at Haroldswick. Carrion crow at Skaw.

Yell: Mandarin at Gutcher. 2 Carrion crow, 7 Tree Sparrow and Siskin at Mid Yell.

Foula: Green-winged Teal on the island.

Central Mainland: Little Egret at Hillwell. White-billed Diver at Laxo. Great Crested grebe at Sand Water, Laxobiggin.

South Mainland: 4 Carrion Crow at Sumburgh Head. Kestrel at Toab. Reed Warbler at Exnaboe. Green Sandpiper at Fleck. Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, Little Egret, Sand Martin and House Martin at Loch of Hillwell. Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie.

 
11th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Woodcock at Hermaness. 2 Jackdaw and Spotted Flycatcher at Skaw. 5 Tree Sparrow at Norwick. Short-eared Owl at  Baltasound.

Yell: Mandarin at Gutcher.

Fetlar: 2 Bar-headed Goose at Funzie.

Whalsay: Lesser Whitethroat and Pied Flycatcher at Skaw.

West Mainland: 10 Manx Shearwater and 33 Pomarine Skua at Watsness.

Central Mainland: Sedge Warbler and 2 Siskin at Law Lane, Lerwick. Lesser Redpoll at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: Carrion Crow at Sumburgh Head. 2 Gadwall at Grutness. Wood Sandpiper at Scatness.  Sedge Warbler at Toab. Western Yellow Wagtail at Pool of Virkie. Sedge Warbler at Boddam. 2 Shoveler and 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit at Dalsetter. 4 Gadwall and Little Egret at Hillwell. 2 Dotterel at Bakkasetter. Knot at Loch of Spiggie. Hawfinch and Siskin at Bigton.

 
10th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: White-tailed Eagle at Petester. 3 Carrion Crow at Burrafirth. Carrion Crow, Siskin and Chaffinch at Baltasound.

Yell: Third calendar year Iceland Gull and 5 Tree Sparrow Mid Yell. Carrion Crow at Cullivoe.

West Mainland: Common Sandpiper at Stanivatstoe Loch.

Central Mainland: Snow Bunting at Scalloway

South Mainland: 2 Dotterel at Bakkasetter. Common Sandpiper at Loch of Spiggie. Hawfinch at Bigton.

 
9th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Mandarin at Gutcher. Carrion Crow and 4 Tree Sparrow Mid Yell.

Foula: Woodchat Shrike on the island.

Central Mainland: Carrion Crow at East Voe, Scalloway.

South Mainland: Garganey at Loch of Spiggie. Long-tailed Skua at Clumlie.

 
8th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Carrion Crow at Skaw. Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Ring Ouzel and 12 Siskin at Vaylie.13 Tree Sparrow at Millfield. Black-tailed Godwit at Haroldswick. 2 White-tailed Eagle at Hermaness.

Yell: Mandarin at Gutcher. Brambling and Siskin at Mid Yell.

West Mainland: Immature White-tailed Eagle at Melby.

Central Mainland: Third calendar year Glaucous Gull at Voe.

South Mainland:Lesser whitethroat at Sumburgh.  Great Crested Grebe at Quendale. 2 Gadwall and Little Grebe at Hillwell. Garganey at Loch of Spiggie.

 
7th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 4 White-tailed Eagle at Hermaness. Ring Ouzel at Skaw. Reed Bunting at Norwick.

West Mainland: 2 Glossy Ibis at Norby.

Central Mainland: Brambling and 2 Siskin at Lower Voe.

South Mainland: Garganey at Hillwell.

 
6th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 White-tailed Eagle at Saxa Vord. Male Shoveler at Loch of Cliff.

Yell: Mandarin at Gutcher. Juvenile White-tailed Eagle at Arisdale.

Bressay: Blackcap and Chaffinch at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Sletts and later Law Lane, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Pintail at Grutness. Greenshank at Loch of Spiggie.

 
5th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  White-billed Diver at East Hill. 3 Carrion Crow at Burrafirth. 2 Tree Sparrow at Vaylie. 2 Barnacle Goose at Haroldswick. Bar-tailed Godwit at Baltasound.

Yell: Mandarin at Loch of Gutcher.

Fetlar: 2 Barnacle Goose at Tresta.

Trondra: Carrion Crow at West Trondra.

Bressay: Black

Central Mainland: Chiffchaff and Siskin at Lower Voe.

South Mainland: Sand Martin and Yellow Wagtail at Loch of Spiggie.

 
4th May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Arrival of Arctic Tern with tens of birds recorded at  Virkie Trondra and Lerwick .

Unst:  Ring Ouzel and Yellowhammer at Vaylie. Carrion Crow and 2 Brambling at Norwick. Glaucous Gull and 4 Carrion Crow at Skaw.

Fetlar: Black-tailed Godwit at Funzie.

Yell: Mandarin at Loch of Gutcher. Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. Chiffchaff at Breckon.

Whalsay: Ring Ouzel and Tree Pipit at Skaw.

Bressay: Blackcap at Voehead.

West Mainland: Barnacle Goose at Norby.

 

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Unst: Pod of Orca (unspecified number, unidentified pod) at Belmont.​

 
3rd May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  3 Pink-footed Goose at Baltasound.  White-tailed Eagle at Hermaness NNR.

Yell: Mandarin at Loch of Gutcher.

Burra: Yellow Wagtail at Mill Pond, Burra.

Trondra: Male Blackcap on the island.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Scalloway. Coot at Tingwall Loch.

South Mainland: 2 Common Tern at Grutness. 2 Gadwall, Iceland Gull and 2 House Martin at Virkie. Black-tailed Godwit at Ringasta. House Martin at Dalsetter. 2 Common Tern and Arctic Tern at Loch of Spiggie. Dunnock at Scousburgh.

 

Marine Mammal Sightings:

​South Mainland: Pod of 4 Orca (unidentified pod) tracked from Clevigarth to Levenwick.

 
2nd May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Barnacle Goose at Haroldswick. Ring Ouzel and Yellowhammer at Vaylie.

Yell: Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. Redwing at Gutcher.

Whalsay: 3 White Wagtail at Challister.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Scalloway Willow Warbler at Clickimin. White Wagtail and Grey Wagtail at Gremista, Lerwick. Arctic Tern at Catfirth. Green-winged Teal at Grunna Water, South Nesting.

South Mainland: Common Redstart at Ireland, Bigton. Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 White Wagtail at Sanick. Immature White-tailed Eagle at Cunningsburgh, 

 

Marine Mammal Sightings:

​South Mainland: Pod of 4 Orca (unidentified pod) tracked from Sumburgh to Noness.

 
1st May 2022

Bird Sightings:

Widespread reports of small numbers of Swallow

Unst:  Bar-headed Goose, Kestrel and Wryneck at Burrafirth. Carrion Crow at Skaw. 2 immature White-tailed Eagle at Norwick and later at Hermaness.

Yell: Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler, Siskin and Brambling at Mid Yell. 

North Mainland: 30 Snow Bunting at Ronas Hill.

Central Mainland: Common Tern, Willow Warbler, 3 Linnet and 3 Siskin at Clickimin. Common Tern at Lerwick Harbour. Goosander at Weisdale Voe.

South Mainland: 2 Reed Buntng at Virkie. 2 Common Tern at Quendale. Adult Iceland Gull at Hillwell. Scaup and Ring-necked Duck at Brow Loch. Coot and Common Tern at Spiggie Loch. 6 Carrion Crow at Geosetter.2 Common Tern at Sandwick. Willow Warbler and Siskin at Cunningsburgh.

 

Marine Mammal Sightings:

​South Mainland: Pod of 4 Orca at Sunmburgh Head.

 
30th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  2 Glossy Ibis at Clivicast. Common Sandpiper at Haroldswick. 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff and Ring Ouzel at Norwick. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Skaw.

Whalsay: Carrion Crow at Skaw.

North Mainland: 2 Barnacle Goose at Eshaness.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Scalloway.

South Mainland: 2 Knot at Virkie. 10 Carrion Crow at Fleck. 2 Shoveler at Huesbeck. 2 Shoveler, Glaucous Gull, 6 Swallow and 3 Sand Martin at Hillwell. Barnacle Goose at Ringasta.  Ring Ouzel at Peerie Voe, Spiggie. Adult Iceland Gull at Maywick.

 

Marine Mammal Sightings:

​South Mainland: Pod fo 6 Orca (unidentified pod) tracked from Sumburgh to Noness.

Whalsay: Pod of Orca (unspecified number, unidentifed pod) in west sounds..

Unst: Pod of 3 Orca (unidentified pod) off Skaw

 
29th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  2 Glossy Ibis at Clivicast.

North Mainland: Hawfinch at Northmavine.

Central Mainland: Dunnock at Scalloway. Green-winged Teal at Grunna Water. Garganey at Loch of Benston. 2 White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay.

South Mainland: 7 Whimbrel, 8 Black-tailed Godwit Common Sandpiper and 2 Common Tern at Virkie.

 

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Whalsay: Pod of 5 Risso's Dolphin off Skaw.

Out Skerries: Minke Whale off Vong Skerry.

Insect Sightings:

Out Skerries: Shetland Bumblebee on Housay.

South Mainland: Herald trapped overnight at Boddam.

 
28th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth. Hawfinch at Norwick.

Yell: 2 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Redwing, Lesser Redpoll and Siskin at Mid Yell.

Whalsay: Short-eared Owl at Challisterness.

Foula: 2 (ringed) Snow Goose on the island.

Bressay: Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Chiffchaff and Black Redstart at The Sletts, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Arctic Skua at Grutness. 2 Knot, Sand Martin and Lesser Whitethroat at Virkie. Barnacle Goose,  Scaup, Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Spiggie. Immature White-tailed Eagle at Hoswick and later at Maywick. Chaffinch at Ocraquoy.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

South Mainland: Minke Whale at Sumburgh Head.

Insect Sightings:

Yell: Large White Butterfly at Mid Yell

West Mainland: Garden Carpet at West Burrafirth.

 
27th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth. White Wagtail at Haroldswick. 9 Snow Bunting at East Hill. Goosander, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Dunnock and Hawfinch at Norwick.

Burra: White Wagtail at Papil.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Kergord. 2 Lesser Redpoll and 3 Hawfinch at Mulla, Voe. 2 Siskin, 2 Common Redpoll and 2 Brambling at Brae.

South Mainland: 2 Swallow and White Wagtail at Grutness. 5 Shoveler, Whimbrel and Swallow at Scatness. Dunnock at Toab. Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, and 2 Linnet at Quendale. 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Swallow at Hillwell. Whimbrel and 2 Blackcap at Bakkasetter. Pintail, Ring-necked Duck, Sand Martin and White Wagtail at Loch of Spiggie. Redpoll sp. and Brambling at Ocraquoy.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Yell: Minke Whale at Burravoe.

Whalsay: Minke Whale at Skaw.

Central Mainland: 10 dolphin sp. off the Knab, Lerwick.

 
26th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth.

West Mainland: 4 Brambling at Skeld.

Central Mainland: Greenshank at East Voe of Scalloway. 3 Common Scoter at Lerwick Harbour. Common/Arctic Tern at Whiteness.

South Mainland: Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, and 2 Linnet at Quendale. 5 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Swallow at Hillwell. 2 Shoveler, Scaup,  Ring-necked Duck and 3 Coot at Loch of Brow. Pintail at Loch of Spiggie. Chiffchaff at Geosetter. Ring Ouzel and 2 Goldfinch at Hoswick.

 
25th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth.

Whalsay: Ring Ousel at Skaw.

West Mainland: Pink-footed Goose, Whimbrel and 20 Knot at Effirth.

Central Mainland:. 2 Mandarin at Tingwall Loch.

South Mainland: Iceland Gull, 2 White Wagtail and 3 Reed Bunting at Virkie. European Stonechat and 2 Reed Bunting at Scatness.  Red Kite  at Toab and later at Spiggie Loch. Barnacle Goose at Noss, Spiggie. Ring Ousel at Hoswick.

 
24th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Arctic Skua at Loch of Cliff. Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth.

Whalsay: 2 Glossy Ibis at Skaw.

Trondra: Redpoll sp. on the Island.

Central Mainland: 2 female Common Scoter at Lerwick Harbour. 2 Mandarin at Tingwall Loch. 2 Hawfinch at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: Iceland Gull at Dalsetter.  Red Kite seen at Boddam and later at Hillwell and Loch of Spiggie.  Iceland Gull at Quendale. 3 Black-tailed Godwit, Sand Martin and 2 Swallow at Hillwell. Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Brow. Barnacle Goose and Glaucous Gull at Noss, Spiggie. Pintail at Loch of Spiggie.

 
23rd April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Dunnock and  Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Burrafirth.

Yell: Blackcap and 4 Brambling at Mid Yell.

Central Mainland: 2 Common Redpoll, Goldfinch and 8 Brambling at Scalloway.

South Mainland: 1 Knot and 22 Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie. Gadwall, Pintail, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and Swallow  at Hillwell. Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Brow. Hawfinch at Bakkasetter. Barnacle Goose at Noss. Spiggie.

 
22nd April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: 4 Bar-tailed Godwit at Sellaness. 8 Brambling at Cullivoe.

West Mainland: Hawfinch at Sandness.

Central Mainland: Willow warbler and 2 Siskin at Clickimin Loch.

South Mainland: Goldfinch at Scatness. Blackcap at Quendale. Pintail, Gadwall and Iceland Gull at Hillwell. Hawfinch at Bakkasetter. 2 Iceland Gull at Setter Marsh, Loch of Spiggie.

 
21st April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Carrion Crow, 2 Brambling and Greenfinch at Mid Yell. 8 Brambling at Cullivoe.

Whalsay: 2 Knot at the Houb.

Central Mainland: Blackcap at Scalloway.

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Sumburgh Airport. Iceland Gull at Dalsetter.  Red Kite seen at Scousburgh, then Boddam and later at Bigton. Chiffchaff, Redwing and Brambling at Geosetter.

 
20th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Common Buzzard and Greenfinch at Norwick. Great Tit and Hawfinch at Vaylie. Kestrel at Saxa Vord.

Yell: Iceland Gull at Mid Yell.

North Mainland: 2 Glossy Ibis at Hillswick.

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

South Mainland: Sedge Warbler at Sumburgh Hotel. 4 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Shoveler and Black-tailed Godwit at Scatness. House Martin at Quendale. Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Loch of Spiggie.  Greenshank and Arctic Skua at Dalsetter. Arctic Skua at Mossy Hill.  Grasshopper Warbler (found dead) at Mousa. Goldfinch at Sandwick.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Burra: Large whale sp. off Oxna.

 
19th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Common Buzzard at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: Goldfinch at Law Lane, Lerwick. Red Kite at Clingera, near Sand Water. Hawfinch at Lower Voe. Blackcap, Siskin and Goldfinch at Sandgarth. 6 Siskin at Brae.

South Mainland: Goldfinch at Scatness. Pintail and Swallow at Pool of Virkie. Adult White-tailed Eagle at Bakkasetter (later seen at Girlsta (central Mainland) and Huxter (West Mainland)). Swallow and Lesser Whitethroat at Quendale. Pintail at Hillwell. Iceland Gull at Noss. Blackcap at Geosetter. Black Redstart at Leebitton. Rook at The Wart, Sandwick.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Whalsay: pod of 3 Orca (unidentified pod) at Skaw.

 
18th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Gadwall and Pintail at Haroldswick.

Yell: 2 Hawfinch at West Sandwick. 20 Brambling at Mid Yell.

Trondra: 2 Hawfinch on the island.

Foula: Red Kite on the island.

West Mainland: Hawfinch at Walls.

Central Mainland: 2 Hawfinch at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: Swallow at Scord. Jack Snipe and 2 Blackcap at Ireland. 2 White Wagtail at Hoswick Burn. 25 Siskin and Brambling at Cunningsburgh.

 
17th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Greenland White-fronted Goose and Kestrel at Haroldswick. Dunnock, 3 Hawfinch and 25 Brambling at Millfield, Norwick.

Yell: 30 Brambling at Mid Yell.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch and 40 Brambling at Scalloway. 20 Brambling at North Road, Lerwick. White Wagtail at Weisdale. House Martin at Lower Voe.  2 Hawfinch and 38 Brambling at Mulla, Voe. Goldfinch  and 5 Siskin at Brae. Hawfinch at Sandgarth.

South Mainland: Dunnock and  Goldfinch at Sumburgh Head. Dunnock at Sumburgh Quarry. 3 Shoveler, Gadwall, Black-tailed Godwit, White Wagtail, 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit, Hawfinch and Goldfinch at Scatness. Hawfinch at Toab. 2 Black-tailed Godwit and Hawfinch at Hillwell. Jack Snipe at Quendale. Iceland Gull at Bakkasetter. 2 Shoveler, Jack Snipe and Lesser Whitethroat at Loch of Spiggie. . Dunnock at Channerwick.  Goldfinch and Hawfinch at Sandwick. Goldfinch, 2 Siskin and 30 Brambling at Cunningsburgh. 50 Brambling at Ocraquoy.

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: 10-spot Ladybird at Scalloway.

 
16th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 3 Hawfinch at Ordale.

Central Mainland: 4 Hawfinch at Weisdale. 50 Brambling at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: 3 Hawfinch at Exnaboe. 2 Whimbrel at Dalsetter. White-fronted Goose and 2 Scaup at Brow Loch. 2 White Wagtail at Quendale. 3 Shoveler at Hillwell. Siskin and Hawfinch at Sandwick.

 
15th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Whimbrel, Long-eared Owl and 3 Hawfinch at Norwick. Greenland White-fronted Goose at Haroldswick.

Yell: Siskin at Mid Yell.

Out Skerries: 46 Chiffchaff, 35 Song Thrush and 58 Robin on the islands.

Central Mainland: 4 Hawfinch at Weisdale. 2 Hawfinch at Sandgarth. 2 Hawfinch at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: 3 Hawfinch at Exnaboe. Hawfinch at Sandwick.

 
14th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Widespread arrival across the islands of small numbers of Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Brambling with several Willow Warbler and Blackcap also reported.

Unst: Dunnock at Norwick. Harrier sp. at Lund. Greenland White-fronted Goose at Haroldswick.

Yell: Mistle Thrush and 2 Hawfinch at Mid Yell. 5 Reed Bunting at West Sandwick.

Fetlar: Siskin at Stakkafletts.

Trondra: 2 Hawfinch on the island

Central Mainland: Kestrel at Sound, Lerwick. 2 Hawfinch at North Road, Lerwick. 3 Hawfinch at Kalliness, Weisdale. Hawfinch at South Nesting. 2 Hawfinch at Sandgarth. Barnacle Goose and Male Hen Harrier at Toft. Siskin and 2 Hawfinch at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: 2 Mistle Thrush and 2 Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh. Swallow and 2 Hawfinch at Scatness. 6 Hawfinch at Exnaboe. Hawfinch at Toab. 2 Reed Bunting at Geosetter. Glaucous Gull at Ireland. Grasshopper Warbler at Noness. Dunnock at Ocraquoy. 2 Hawfinch at Wester Quarff.

 
13th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Ring Ouzel and Hawfinch at Mid Yell.

Central Mainland: Lesser Redpoll at Law Lane, Lerwick.

South Mainland: 18 Goldcrest, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Song Thrush and 16 Robin at Sumburgh/Grutness. White Wagtail at Swinister Burn.

 
12th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Greenland White-fronted Goose at Haroldswick.

Yell: Woodpigeon at Cullivoe.

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose at Brough.

Trondra: 2 Woodpigeon on the island.

West Mainland: 2 Arctic Redpoll at Clousta.

Central Mainland: Song Thrush at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: Song Thrush at Ocraquoy.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Yell: pod of 4 Orca (unidentfiied pod) tracked from Yell Sound to West Sandwick

 
11th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Male King Eider at Bluemull Sound.

Yell: Chiffchaff at Mid Yell. Song Thrush at Camb.

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose at Brough.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at South Nesting. Wood Pigeon at Loch of Voe. Song Thrush at Mulla, Voe.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

Whalsay: Minke Whale at Skaw

 
10th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Peregrine at Mid Yell.

Whalsay:

South Mainland: Small number of Puffin ashore at Sumburgh Head. Greenshank at Loch of Spiggie.

 
9th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose at Creedyknowe. 

South Mainland: Swallow at Dalsetter. 4 Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick.

 
8th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Black Duck at Loch of Cliff.

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose at Creedyknowe.

Central Mainland: Male Shoveler at Pullar's Loch.

South Mainland: Hawfinch at Sandwick.

 
7th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: Great Tit at Gulberwick. Male Shoveler at Pullar's Loch. 2 Siskin at North Road, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Male Hawfinch at Scousburgh.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

West Mainland: pod of Orca (unspecified number, unidentified pod) at Reawick.

 
6th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Snow Bunting at Keen of Hamar.

Yell: Third calendar year Iceland Gull at Mid Yell. 4 Bar-tailed Godwit at Hamnavoe.

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose at Creadyknowe.

South Mainland: Male Hawfinch at Bigton

 
5th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Black Duck at Loch of Cliff.

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose at Creadyknowe.

Central Mainland: 25 Knot at the Sletts, Lerwick.

South Mainland:Goldfinch at Virkie.

Marine Mammal Sightings:

south/Central Mainland: 7 Orca (27s pod) tracked from Sumburgh head to South Nesting Bay.

 
4th April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Reed Bunting at Norwick.

Fetlar: Grey Plover at Houbie.

Whalsay: 3 Snow Goose between Creedyknowe and Challister.

Central Mainland: Second calendar year Glaucous Gull at Graven. 7 Bar-tailed Godwit at Scatsta Airport.

South Mainland: Black-tailed Godwit at Scatness. Juvenile European White-fronted Goose at Fleck. Lapland Bunting at Hillwell. 2 Iceland Gull at Spiggie

 
3rd April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: Woodlark at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: 7 Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick. Male Bullfinch at Ocraquoy.

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: Hoverfly Episyrphus balteatus at Mossbank.

 
2nd April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: White-billed Diver at Norwick. American Black Duck at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: Woodlark at Mulla, Voe. 5 Snow Goose at Kirkabister.

South Mainland: 4 Pink-footed Goose at Sandwick. Male Bullfinch at Ocraquoy.

Marine Mammal sightings:

Unst: 4 orca (unidentified pod) at Uyeasound.

Central Mainland: pod of Orca (unspecified number, unidentified pod) at Mavis Grind.

 
1st April 2022

Bird Sightings:

Yell: White-billed Diver at Breckon.Third calendar year Iceland Gull at Mid Yell. Wheatear at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: Woodlark at Mulla, Voe. Grey Wagtail at Voe.

South Mainland: Puffin at Sumburgh Head. 2 Common Scoter and 3 Snow Bunting at Scatness. Puffin at Dalsetter. Iceland Gull and Glaucous x Herring Gull hybrid at Hillwell. Wheatear at Scousburgh. 3 Pied Wagtail at Ireland. Goldcrest and 2 Common Redpoll at Swinister, Sandwick. Chiffchaff and Bullfinch at Ocraquoy.

Marine Mammal sightings:

Whalsay: Minke Whale off Challister Ness.

Out Skerries: 2 Risso's Dolphin off Housay.

West Mainland: Pod of 2 Orca (unidentified pod) and 3 Risso's Dolphin at Wick of Watsness.

South Mainland: Pod of 3 Orca (unidentified pod) east of Levenwick.

 
31st March 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: White-billed Diver at Lamba Ness.

Central Mainland: Woodlark at Mulla, Voe. Barnacle Goose at Voe.

South Mainland: Chiffchaff at Hoswick.

Marine Mammal sightings:

Central Mainland: pod of 5 Orca (unidentified pod) in Yell Sound at Toft. Humpback Whale off North Nesting.

 
30th March 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: White-billed Diver at Lamba Ness. 'Scandinavian' Rock Pipit at Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: 29 Knot at Sletts, Lerwick.  Woodlark at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: Great Tit at Hoswick.

Marine Mammal sightings:

Central Mainland: Sperm Whale at Whiteness Voe.  Later moved out towards open sea

Insect Sightings:

Central Mainland: 2 Dotted Border at Voe.

 
29th March 2022

Bird Sightings:

Central Mainland: 25 Knot at Sletts, Lerwick.  Woodlark at Mulla, Voe.

South Mainland: Goldcrest at Swinister, Sandwick.  Egyptian Goose at Sandwick.

Marine Mammal sightings:

Central Mainland: Sperm Whale at Whiteness Voe. 

Terrestrial Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: Bat sp. at Sullom Voe Terminal.

 
28th March 2022

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Third calendar year Iceland Gull at Norwick. Chiffchaff, Goldcrest and Reed Bunting at Ordaal.

Yell: Third calendar year Iceland Gull at Mid Yell.

Bressay: 2 Siskin at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Woodlark at Mulla, Voe. 5 Siskin at Brae.

South Mainland: 17 Bar-tailed Godwit at Virkie. Wheatear at Dunrossness. Linnet at Scousburgh. Common Redpoll at Swinister. Egyptian Goose at Sandwick.

Marine Mammal sightings: 

Yell/North Mainland: 6 Orca (27s pod) tracked from Aywick to Yell Sound and North Roe.

Central Mainland: Sperm Whale at Whiteness Voe. 

 
27th March 2022