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.

 

25th February 2020

North Mainland:  Snowy Owl seen at Summit of Ronas Hill.  

Yell:  Juvenile Glaucous Gull and 2w Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.  

Cetacean News:  Calm seas allowed Porpoise to be seen at South Nesting bay.  

 

24th February 2020

Central Mainland:  Pied Wagtail at Kalliness, and 25 Red-breasted Mergansers in Weisdale Voe.

Yell:  2w Iceland Gulls remain at Gloup and Cullivoe, along with Snow Bunting at Gutcher.  

 

21st February 2020

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

Central Mainland: 7 Common Redpolls and 2 Lesser Redpolls at Mulla, Voe.  

 

23rd February 2020

Central Mainland: Tengmalm's Owl at Kergord.  

Unst: Iceland Gull at Westing. Long-eared Owl at Haroldswick. 5 Snow Buntings at Norwick.

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

West Mainland:  Little Grebe at Elvister, near Walls.  

Cetaceans: 27's pod of Orca seen at Aith Voe, before heading northwards to Brae.  

 

22nd February 2020

South Mainland:  White-tailed Eagle at Virkie.  

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

West Mainland: Little Auk picked up dead at Tresta.

 

20th February 2020

Yell: Snow Bunting at Gutcher. Iceland Gull and Bar-tailed Godwit at Cullivoe.

Unst: Snow Bunting at Easting.

Cetaceans: pod of Orca seen first off Haroldswick, before following east coast of Unst to Belmont before heading northwards.  

 

19th February 2020

Yell: Glaucous Gull and Snow Bunting at Gutcher. Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.

Central Mainland: 4 Common Scoters at Weisdale Voe. 

 

Unst: Peregrine and 6 Snow Buntings at Norwick. Glaucous Gull and 'blue' Fulmar past Lamba Ness. Peregrine at Saxa Vord hill.

 

18th February 2020

Central Mainland: Tengmalm's Owl at Kergord.

South Mainland: Glaucous Gull at Boddam. 2 Scaup at Spiggie.

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

 

17th February 2020

Yell: Iceland Gull at Gloup. Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.  

Cetaceans: pod of Orca first seen near Vementry, before travelling via Aith to Brae marina, before heading past Muckle Roe.

 

16th February 2020

Central Mainland: Iceland Gull at Gremista, Lerwick. Sparrowhawk at Mulla, Voe.

West Mainland:  Peregrine at Vementry. 

 

15th February 2020

Central Mainland: Tengmalm's Owl at Kergord.  

Yell:  2 Iceland Gulls at Cullivoe. 2 Snow Buntings at Sellafirth.

Unst: Iceland Gull at Westing.

 

14th February 2020

Central Mainland: 24 Knot at Pullar's Loch, Lerwick.

Yell: Iceland Gull at Cullivoe. 

 

13th February 2020

Unst: Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound. 5 'blue' Fulmars past Lamba Ness. Snow Bunting at Nrwick. 8 Snow Buntings at Haroldswick.

Yell:  Snow Bunting at Sellafirth. Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.  

 

12th February 2020

Central Mainland: Tengmalm's Owl at Kergord. 

 

Unst: Long-eared Owl and Song Thrush at Norwick. 2 Glaucous Gulls and 11 'blue' Fulmars past Lamba Ness.

Cetaceans:  pod of Orca from Out Skerries ferry. 

 

11th February 2020

Central Mainland: Tengmalm's Owl at Kergord. Glaucous Gull at Lerwick.

Yell: Iceland Gull at Cullivoe. 6 Snow Buntings at Sellafirth.  

Unst: Wood Pigeon, Chaffinch and Song Thrush at Baltasound.

Cetaceans: pod of Orca in Busta Voe.  

 

10th February 2020

Unst: Iceland Gull at Norwick.

 

9th February 2020

Unst: male King Eider still off Uyeasound; also 3 Iceland Gulls and 2 Glaucous Gulls there.

South Mainland: Jack Snipe at Dalsetter.

 

8th February 2020

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

Unst: Water Rail at Baltasound.

 

7th February 2020

South Mainland: Tundra Bean Goose at Hillwell.  

Yell: Iceland Gull at Cullivoe.  

 

6th February 2020

Unst: Goshawk at Baltasound. 2 Snow Buntings at Norwick.

Yell: Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe.

South Mainland: 4 Little Auks off Sumburgh Head. 

Invertebrates: Green Lacewing at Sandwick (and one earlier in the week at Cunningsburgh).  

 

5th February 2020

South Mainland: 3 Little Auks past Sumburgh Head.  ​

Fetlar: Snow Bunting at Funzie.  

 

4th February 2020

Unst: White-tailed Eagle at Norwick. Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness. 3 European White-fronted Geese at Baltasound.

 

3rd February 2020

Yell:  European White-fronted Goose at Burravoe.

 

Unst: 12 Snow Buntings at Ungirsta.

 

2nd February 2020

Unst: male King Eider still off Uyeasound; also Iceland Gull there. Jack Snipe, Song Thrush and 3 Caffinches at Baltasound. 3 Glaucous Gulls and 4 'blue' Fulmars off Lamba Ness.

Central Mainland: White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay. 3 Little Auks between Lerwick and South Nesting.

West Mainland: Woodcock at Sand.  

Burra: Water Rail and Song Thrush on Trondra.

 

1st February 2020

Unst: Iceland Gull, Snow Bunting and 8 Glaucous Gulls at Skaw. Iceland Gull and 'blue' Fulmar at Lamba Ness.

Central Mainland: Jackdaw at Kergord. 3 Chaffinches at Sound, Lerwick.

South Mainland: Pintail at Hillwell. 18 Bar-tailed Godwits at Spiggie.