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.

 

31st October 2020

Bird Sightings:

South Mainland: Woodcock at Scatness. 12 Long-tailed Duck and Little Auk at Boddam.

 

30th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Waxwing at Valyie. Siberian Chiiffchaff, Goldcrest, Goldfinch and Reed Bunting  at Norwick. 2 Glaucous Gull at Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: Radde's Warbler at Clickimin. Chaffinch and 17 Brambling at North Hamarsland, Tingwall.  Kingfisher at Voe. Bonxie at Loch of Benston. Waxwing, 2 Blue Tit and Great Tit at Brae. Ring-tail Hen Harrier between Sullom Voe Terminal and Firth.

South Mainland: Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. 2 Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Spiggie.

 

29th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  'Eastern' Stonechat at Westing. Jack Snipe, 2 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll, 6 north-western Common Redpoll and 12 Redpoll spp. at Baltasound. Juvenile American Golden Plover at Uyeasound. 2 Blue Tit at Northdale. 2 Blue Tit, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Goldcrest, 14 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 4 Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll  and European Stonechat at Norwick. .

Foula: Olive-backed Pipit at Ham.

Fetlar: Female Hen Harrier at Funzie. Little Bunting at Feal Burn. 13 Jack Snipe on the island.

North Mainland: Siberian Chiffchaff at Orbister.Siberian Chiffchaff at Hillswick. 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at South Collafirth. Common Scoter at Loch of Housetter. Siberian Chiffchaff at Housetter. Jack Snipe at Isbister.

West Mainland: Black-bellied Dipper at Dale of Walls. Female Bullfinch at Bardister. Blue Tit and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Sandness.

Central Mainland: Radde's Warbler at Clickimin. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Helendale, Lerwick. Chaffinch  and 4 Brambling at North Hamarsland, Tingwall.  Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth. Kingfisher at Voe. 12 Common Crossbill at Voxter, Brae. Blue Tit at Brae.

South Mainland: European Stonechat at Grutness. Yellow-browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff at Boddam. Blue Tit at Dalsetter.  4 Siberian Chiffchaff and Great Tit at Quendale.  5 Siberian Chiffchaff Common Redpoll and Lesser Redpoll at Hillwell.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 2 Humpback Whale off Levenwick.

 

28th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst:  'Eastern' Stonechat and Whinchat at Westing. Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll and 16 other Redpoll sp. (including Lesser Redpoll and 4 north-western Common Redpoll) at Baltasound. Blue tit, Great Tit 2 Chiffchaff and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Halligarth. 8 Blue Tit at Setter Hill Estate. Yellow-browed Warbler at Clingera. Long-tailed Duck and a Siberian Chiffchaff at Skaw. 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Holsen's Road. Blue tit,  Siberian Chiffchaff and  2 Yellow-browed Warbler at Norwick. Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Burrafirth.  Long-tailed Duck at Watlee.

Foula: Olive-backed Pipit at Ham.

Yell: Coues' Arctic Redpoll and north-western Common Redpoll at Windhouse. Blue Tit at Cullivoe.

Bressay: 2 Blue Tit and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Voehead.

Central Mainland: Siberian Chiffchaff at North Road, Lerwick. Great Tit at Kergord. Reed Bunting at Mulla, Voe. Kingfisher and Waxwing at Voe. Great Tit at Sandgarth. Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth.

South Mainland: 8 Scaup and Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Siberian Chiffchaff at Scousburgh.

 

27th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Juvenile American Golden Plover at Uyeasound. 'Eastern' Stonechat at Westing. Common Scoter on Loch of Clift.

Fetlar: Black-bellied Dipper at Burn of Aith.

Yell: Little Grebe at Knowes of Bratta. 5 Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Hill End, Mid Yell. 5 Blue Tit, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 8 Brambling at Cullivoe.

Out Skerries: 2 Pink-footed Goose, 7 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Barred Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, Dunnock, Richard's Pipit, European Stonechat, and Snow Bunting on the islands.

Whalsay: Blue Tit at Marrister. 2 Blue Tit at Challisterness. European Stonechat and Reed Bunting at Skaw.

West Mainland: Blue Tit, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Blackcap, Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Robin and 3 Chaffinch at West Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: Great Tit and 7 Siberian Chiffchaff at Scalloway. 2 Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Clickimin, Lerwick. 2 Blue Tit and 2 Chiffchaff at North Road, Lerwick. 6 Brambling at Law Lane, Lerwick. 2 White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay. Long-tailed Duck at Loch of Benston. 2 Great Tit at Brae.   Kingfisher at Voe. Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth.

South Mainland: Jack Snipe and Grey Wagtail at Grutness. European Stonechat and Northern Wheatear at Toab. 8 Jack Snipe, 4 Siberian Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, Dunnock and Grey Wagtail at Quendale. 8 Scaup and Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. 3 Blue Tit, 2 Blackcap and Siberian Chiffchaff at Scousburgh. Great Tit at Levenwick. Woodcock, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, Lesser Redpoll and 2 Common Crossbill at Maywick.

Mammal Sightings:

Fetlar: Bat sp., most probably Nathusius' Pipistrelle seen alive on the island.

 

26th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 2 Water Rail, Whinchat and 'Eastern' Stonechat at Westing. chiffchaff, 6 Siberian Chiffchaff , 6  Blackcap and  Little Bunting at Norwick. 3 Siberian Chiffchaff at Skaw. Siberian Chiffchaff and Siskin at Burrafirth.

Yell: Sparrowhawk, Chiffchaff and Siberian chiffchaff at Hillend, Mid Yell. Siberian Chiffchaff at Windhouse.  5 Scaup and Little Grebe at Sand Water.

Out Skerries: 2 Pink-footed Goose, Short-eared Owl, Great Tit, 8 Blue Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 8 Brambling and 2 Greenland Redpoll on the islands.

Bressay: Siberian Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Robin, Chaffinch and Brambling at Voehead.

West Mainland: 3 Blue Tit and Radde's Warbler at Culswick.

Central Mainland: Goldcrest at Brae. Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit and 2 Chiffchaff at Busta House. Blue Tit at Mulla, Voe. 40 Turnstone at The Knab, Lerwick. Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth. 

South Mainland: Goldfinch at Sumburgh Head. 4 Siberian Chiffchaff anf 3 Tree Sparrow at Grutness. Blue Tit and Goldfinch at Virkie. 4 Scaup at Loch of Spiggie. Siberian Chiffchaff at Spiggie.

Mammal Sightings:

Central Mainland: Stoat at Mossbank.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Whalsay: 2 Humpback Whale off Clate.

Bressay:  15 Killer Whale (unidentified pod) 6 miles east of Noss.

 

25th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: East Siberian White Wagtail, 'Eastern' Stonechat, 2 Brambling and Lapland Bunting at Westing. 2 Blue Tit at Setter Hill Estate.

Yell: 6 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff and 4 Chaffinch at Hillend, Mid Yell. 5 Scaup and Mistle Thrush at Sand Water. Little Gull at Breckon.  Blue Tit at Cullivoe. 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Gloup. Chiffchaff and Chafffinch at Cullivoe.

Out Skerries: 2 Pink-footed Goose, Peregrine, Great Tit, 8 Blue Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 north-western Common Redpoll, Brambling, Chaffinch and 10 Snow Bunting on the islands.

North Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler, Goldcrest and Robin at Sullom.

Central Mainland: White's Thrush at Gulberwick.  Great Spotted Woodpecker in Lerwick. Blue Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff and Crossbill spp. at Scatsta Farm. 200 European Golden Plover and 5 Bar-tailed Godwit at Scatsta. Water Rail,  Sparrowhawk, Great Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler and Siskin at Sandgarth. Blue Tit, Robin, Common Redpoll, 3 Common Crossbill at Brae. 2 Blue Tit and 2 Chiffchaff at Busta House.

South Mainland: Northern Wheatear at Grutness. First calendar year Glaucous Gull at Dalsetter. Snow Bunting at Quendale. Wood Pigeon, 22 Skylark, Blue Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 6 Brambling and Chaffinch at Spiggie. Water Rail at Sandwick.

 

Insect Sightings

Unst: Angleshades at Baltasound. 

 

24th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Coues's Arctic Redpoll at Nikavord. 3 Blue Tit and Great Tit at Halligarth. 4 Common Crossbill at Setter Hill Estate. Hawfinch and 2 Tree Sparrow at Valyie.

Out Skerries: Great Tit, 6 Blue Tit, Pied Wagtail, 9 Brambling and Chaffinch on the islands.

Whalsay: Goosander at Symbister. European Stonechat at Skaw.

Bressay: Robin, 2 Brambling and Chaffinch at Voehead.

Central Mainland: 2 Waxwing at Law Lane. Lerwick. Black-throated Diver at South Nesting Bay. Waxwing at Toft.

South Mainland: Siberian Chiffchaff at Quendale. Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Spiggie.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Angleshades at Sandwick.

 

23rd October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Coues's Arctic Redpoll, 2 north western Common Redpoll and 3 Common Redpoll at Baltasound.

Yell: Blue Tit and Great Tit at Hillend, Mid Yell.

Out Skerries: 2 Pink-footed Goose and 6 Blue Tit on the islands.

Bressay: Blue Tit, Blackcap, Goldcrest, Robin and 3 Chaffinch at Voehead.

North Mainland: Turtle Dove at Hillswick.

Central Mainland: Great Spotted Woodpecker at North Road, Lerwick.  Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth. Waxwing, Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit and 3 Blackcap at Brae. 2 Great Tit, Blue Tit, 4 Siberian Chiffchaff and Reed Bunting at Sandgarth. Siberian Chiffchaff anf Grey Wagtail at Swinning. Black-tailed Godwit between Loch of Trondravoe and Scatsta.

South Mainland: 2 Chiffchaff at Grutness. Chiffchaff at Quendale. Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Spiggie. Great Tit at Levenwick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings

Central Mainland: 8 Killer Whale (27's pod) in south Yell Sound off Mossbank

North Mainland: A large whale (probably Humpback Whale) seen off Hillswick.

 

22nd October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Peregrine at Uyeasound. European Stonechat at Lund.  3 Blue Tit, Chiffchaff and 2 Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Baltasound. Female Pine Bunting at Skaw.2 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll, Coues's Arctic Redpoll, 5 Common Redpoll, 2 Tree Sparrow at Valyie. Water Rail at Norwick.

Yell: 2 Blue Tit,  2 Great Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff and Dusky Warbler at Hillend. Great Tit at West Sandwick. 3 Blue Tit at Mid Yell School.

Out Skerries: Great Tit and 4 Blue Tit  on the islands.

Bressay: 2 Blue Tit and Chaffinch at Voehead.

North Mainland: 2 Blue Tit at Sandvoe. Lesser Whitethroat at Isbister. Common Scoter and  Hawfinch at Housetter.  Great Skua at Orka Voe.

West Mainland: Waxwing, Richard's Pipit, Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll and Little Bunting in Melby/Norby area.  Siberian Chiffchaff at West Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: Blue Tit, 6 Siberian Chiffchaff, Pied Flycatcher, and Goldfinch at Scalloway. 4 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler  and  Siberian Chiffchaff at Helendale, Lerwick.  Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth. Great Tit, 7 Blue Tit, 3 Blackcap and  Coues's Arctic Redpoll at Brae.

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl at Quendlae. 10 Scaup and Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Blue Tit at Bakkasetter. Female Common Scoter at Boddam.  Woodcock and 2 Water Rail at Rerwick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings

North/Central Mainland: 8 Killer Whale (27's pod) followed from North Roe to Lunna during day.

Central Mainland: Minke Whale off Bigga in Yell Sound.

Yell: Minke Whale off Copister Ness.

 

21st October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Glaucous Gull and female Pine Bunting at Skaw. Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll, Coue's Arctic Redpoll, 2 Tree Sparrow and Little Bunting at Valyie.  2 Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness.

Whalsay: First calendar year Glaucous Gull of SW of Island.

Out Skerries: 5 Blue Tit, Chiffchaff, 3 Brambling and Snow Bunting on the islands.

Bressay: Siberian Chiffchaff, Robin and Chaffinch at Voehead.

West Mainland: Wood Pigeon, Goldcrest, 2 Robin, 100 Fieldfare and 100 redwing at Culswick.

Central Mainland: Sparrowhawk and Siberian Chiffchaff at Helendale, Lerwick.  Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth.4 Brambling at Mulla, Voe. Brambling at Skelberry. Coal Tit at Brae.

South Mainland:2 Arctic Tern at Grutness. Woodcock, 250 Fieldfare, 250 Redwing, 100 Blackbird and Song Thrush at Sumburgh. Glaucous Gull at Sumburgh Airport. 2 Blackcap at Quendale.  Great White Egret at Spiggie Loch.Water Rail, 4 Blue Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Spiggie.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings

Yell: Killer Whale (unspecified number, unidentifed pod) in Mid Yell Voe.

 

20th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Female Pine Bunting at Skaw. Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll and 5 north western Common Redpoll at Valyie. Glaucous Gull at Lamba Ness. Female Shoveler at Easter Loch.

Yell:4 Blue Tit at Cullivoe.

Out Skerries: 3 Woodcock, 2 Jack Snipe, second calendar year Glaucous Gull, Waxwing, 5 Blue Tit and Common Redpoll on the islands.

North Mainland: Jack Snipe at Leon, Ollaberry.

Central Mainland: Blue tit at Kalliness. 3 Snow Bunting at South Nesting. Blue Tit and Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: Minke Whale in West Voe of Sumburgh. 

Yell: Minke Whale in Yell Sound.

 

19th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Pink-footed Goose at Ordaal.

Yell:4 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. 2 Brambling at Sellafirth.

Out Skerries: Wood Pigeon, Woodcock,10 Blue Tit, Great Tit,and 2 Snow Bunting on the Islands.

Whalsay: Great Grey Shrike at Marrister. 3 Blue Tit at Symbister. Great Tit at Isbister. Eurasian White-fronted Goose at Skaw.

Central Mainland: European Stonechat at Loch of Tingwall. Great Tit at Helendale, Lerwick. 2 Blue Tit at Law Lane, Lerwick. 2 Coal Tit at Kalliness, Weisdale. Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth. Blue Tit, Great Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Sandgarth. Ringtail Hen Harrier at Loch of Voe. 

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Central Mainland: Killer Whale (unspecified number, unidentified pod) seen at Toft ferry terminal early morning.

 

18th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Fetlar: Great Tit at Houbie. 2 Blue Tit and Carrion Crow on the island.

Yell: Black-throated Diver at Gossaborough Bay. Great Tit at Hillend. Mistle Thrush at Mid Yell. 9 Blue Tit, 2 Goldcrest, Common Redstart, 3 Chaffinch and Brambling at Cullivoe. Grey Plover, 3 Blue Tit and Chaffinch at Breckon.

Out Skerries: Long-eared Owl, 2 Great Tit, 11 Blue Tit, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Common Redpoll and 10 Snow Bunting on the Islands.

Whalsay: Eurasian White-fronted Goose and Bluethroat at Skaw. 2 Blue Tit at Marrister. Siberian Chiffchaff at Fernlea.

Bressay: Male Velvet Scoter off Bressay Ferry Terminal. Woodcock, Chiffchaff, Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Siskin, 6 Brambling and 3 Snow Bunting on the island.

North Mainland: Male Snowy Owl and Snow Bunting on Ronas Hill.

West Mainland: Great Tit and Blue Tit at Micheal's Wood, Aith.

Central Mainland: 4 Blue Tit and Common Crossbill at Clickimin, Lerwick. Blue Tit at Law Lane, Lerwick. Blue Tit at Stendaal, South Nesting.. White-billed Diver at South Nesting Bay. Long-tailed Duck at Loch of Benston. Yellow-browed Warbler and  Blackpoll Warbler at East Burrafirth.  Bullfinch and Little Bunting at Kergord. 3 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff and Bullfinch at Busta House, Brae. Great Tit at Brae Community Woodland.
South Mainland Common Scoter and 3 Common Swift at Quendale.  Great Tit,  Blue Tit and European Stonechat at Boddam. Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie.2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Levenwick. 

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Yell: 8 Killer Whale (27s Pod) traveled north from Gossabrough to Breckon.

Central Mainland: Harbour Porpoise off Sullom Terminal Pier.

South Mainland: Humpback Whale , 12 Risso's Dolphin ,10 White-beaked Dolphin and 2 Minke Whale off Levenwick. Minke Whale off Dalsetter.

 

17th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Fetlar: Short-toed Lark at Funzie.

Yell: 2 Blue Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Dunnock, 5 Robin and Chaffinch at Otterswick. Great Tit and Siberian Chiffchaff at Hillend. Blue Tit at Cullivoe.

Out Skerries: 8 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, Grasshopper Warbler and Snow Bunting on the islands. Water Rail at Ty Mara.

Whalsay: 2 Blue Tit and female Bullfinch at Saeter. 4 Grey Plover at The Houb. 2 Snow Bunting at Challister. Great Grey Shrike at Marrister.

Bressay: Siberian Chiffchaff at Voehead.

North Mainland: Male Snowy Owl on Ronas Hill.

West Mainland: Juvenile Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Sandness.

Central Mainland: 4 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and Goldcrest at Helendale, Lerwick Whitethroat, Siskin and 2 Lesser Redpoll at Mulla, Voe. Common , Grey Wagtail, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Lanceolated Warbler, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, Blackcap , 5 Goldcrest, male Bullfinch, Common Redpoll and  Blackpoll Warbler at east Burrafirth. Arctic Redpoll at Wadbister. 6 Snow Buntng at Lunning. Blue Tit at Tingwall. Blue Tit at North Hamarsland. Carrion Crow at Vidlin.

South Mainland Siberian Chiffchaff and Tree Sparrow at Grutness. Ruff at Pool of Virkie. Peregrine at Quendale. Great Tit at Dalsetter. Red-flanked Bluetail at Sandwick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Central Mainland: 8 Killer Whale (27s Pod) traveled from Whalsay to Laxfirth in the afternoon.

South Mainland: Minke Whale off Sumburgh Head.

 

16th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Fetlar: Short-toed Lark at Funzie.

Yell: Swallow at Gutcher. 7 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. 3 Blue Tit at Breckon. Blue Tit at Grimister. Grey Plover at Gossabrough. Bar-tailed Godwit at Hamnavoe. Yellow-browed Warbler at Camb. 3 Blue Tit at Burravoe.

Out Skerries: 9 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, Black Redstart and 37 Snow Bunting on islands.

North Mainland: 2 Parrot Crossbill and Common Crossbill at Sullom.

Central Mainland: 8 Blue Tit, Great Tit, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff at Helendale, Lerwick. Male Velvet Scoter at Lerwick Harbour. 30 Pink-footed Goose at Gott. Female Ruff at Brunt Hamarsland, Tingwall. Great Spotted Woodpecker and Yellow-browed Warbler at Kergord. 2 Blue Tit, Great Tit , Lanceolated Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap , Goldcrest and Blackpoll Warbler at east Burrafirth. Little Auk at Vidlin.

South Mainland Common Swift at Grutness. Ruff at Pool of Virkie. 2 Yellowhammer at Quendale. 9 Scaup and Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Siberian Chiffchaff, Blyth's Reed Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Spiggie. Female Northern Bullfinch at Channerwick. Dusky Warbler at Swinister Burn. Red-flanked Bluetail at Sandwick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 2 Humpback Whale, 2 Minke Whale, 10 Risso's Dolphin and 6 White-beaked Dolphin off Noness. Humpback Whale off Sumburgh Head.

 

15th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst:2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit  Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll, 3 North western Common Redpoll  and Bullfinch at Baltasound. Little Bunting at North Dale. Whinchat at Westing. 3 Blue Tit at Clingera. Great Tit at Wolvershoull.

Yell: 2 Blue Tit and Great Tit at Hillend. 2 Blue Tit and Goldcrest at Cullivoe. 2 Brambling at Gutcher.

Out Skerries: 9 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Grasshopper Warbler and Whinchat on the island.

Bressay: Blue Tit at Brough. 2 Sierian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, 10 Brambling and Common Crossbll on the island.

West Mainland: 3 Blackcap and 2 Goldcrest at Dale of Walls. Common Kestrel and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Easter Skeld.

Central Mainland: Grey Wagtail, 2 Blue Tit and Chiffchaff at Helendale, Lerwick. 2 Chiffchaff and 8 Brambling at Sound, Leriwck.  Male Velvet Scoter in Lerwick Harbour. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kergord.

South Mainland  Dusky Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Yellowhammer at Quendale. Swallow at Sumburgh Airport. Water Rail at Toab. 3 Blue Tit at South Voe. Common Swift at North Town, Virkie. Whinchat at Boddam. 2 Blue Tit at Dalsetter. 3 European Stonechat at Clumlie.  Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Blyth's Reed Warbler at Spiggie.  3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 11 Blackcap, 1 European Stonechat, 7 Brambling and 5 Chaffinch at Maywick.  Red-flanked Bluetail at Sandwick.

 

13th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Yell: Great Tit at Hillend. 3 Blue Tit at Mid Yell. Song Thrush and 2 Fieldfare at Cullivoe.

Out Skerries: Short-eared Owl, 13 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Grasshopper Warbler, Whinchat and Bullfinch on the islands.

Whalsay: 4 Grey Plover at the Houb. Tree Sparrow at Burns. Dunnock at Isbister.

Bressay: Blue Tit at Voehead.

Foula: Short-eared Owl, Common Rosefinch, 3 lapland Bunting and Little Bunting on the Island.

North Mainland: Blue Tit at Sullom.

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Bakkaland, Lerwick. Female Ring-necked Duck, Woodcock, Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Chaffinch at South Nesting. Great White Egret at Olnafirth. Grey Plover at Dury Voe. Hen Harrier at Upper Kergord. 6 Blue Tit at Brae.

South Mainland: Common Swift and Kestrel at Hestingott. 2 Blue Tit at Dalsetter.Blyth's Reed Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Spiggie.  Dusky Warbler at Swinister Burn. Siberian Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail and Spotted Flycatcher at Sandwick.

 

14th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll and North Western Common Redpoll at Baltasound. Tree Pipit and female Bullfinch at The Houb.

Fetlar: Tundra Bean Goose, Short-toed Lark, 2 Blue Tit, Willow Warbler, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff and Hawfinch on the island.

Yell: Peregrine, Wood Pigoen and Blue Tit at Hiilend. Snow Bunting and Jack Snipe at Breckon. 2 Blue Tit at Cullivoe.

Out Skerries: Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit, Siberian Chiffchaff and Whinchat on the islands.

Trondra: Hawfinch at east Trondra.

Bressay: 2 great Skua, Peregrine, Kestrel, 5 Siberian Chiffchaff, Common Redstart and Little Bunting on the island.

West Mainland: 26 Fieldfare at West Burrafirth.

Central Mainland: Great Tit, Blue Tit, 4 Chiffchaff, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Robin, 20 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 6 Redpoll spp. , and 3 Siskin at Strand loch Plantation. 19 Pink-footed Goose at Gott. Woodcock, 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, Common Redstart and 6 Chaffinch at South Nesting.

South Mainland Richard's Pipit at Garth's Ness. : Dusky Warbler and 2 Yellowhammer at Quendale. Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Turtle Dove, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Spiggie. Richard's Pipit at Geosetter. 3 Yellow-browed Warbler at Hoswick. Dusky Warbler at Swinister Burn. Red-flanked Bluetail at Sandwick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 2 Minke Whale off Sumburgh Head.

 

12th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Unst: 80 Wigeon, Pintail, 37 Tufted Duck, 11 Whooper Swan and 2 Mute Swan at Heogland.  Red-throated Pipit at Muness. 3 Barnacle Goose, 3 Blue Tit, 1 Great Tit, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, lesser Redpoll and North-western Common Redpoll at Halligarth. Blue Tit at Marypark. Blue Tit at Setter Hill Estate.

Yell: 8 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. 2 Jack Snipe at Breckon. 5 Brambling at Sellafirth.

Out Skerries: Turtle Dove, 2 Blue Tit, Redstart and Bullfinch on islands.

Bressay: 2 Blue Tit at Voehead.

Trondra: 2 Hawfinch on the island.

West Mainland: Olive-backed Pipit at Tresta.

Central Mainland: Grey Wagtail, 6 Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit at Busta House. Blue Tit at North Hamarsland, Tingwall. 2 Blue Tit at Longland, Lerwick. Great Tit at Westerloch, Lerwick. Siberian Chiifchaff at Law Lane, Lerwick. 3 Slavonian Grebe at Girlsta Loch.  Great Spotted Woodpecker Siberian Chiffchaff, Common Redstart and Dunnock at Kergord. Female Ring-necked Duck at at Loch of Houlland.

South Mainland: 20 Long-tailed Duck and Yellow-browed Warbler at Grutness. 2 Common Swift at Virkie.  Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Blyth's Reed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Spiggie. Siskin at Quendale. Slavonian Grebe and Yellow-browed Warbler at Hoswick. 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, Red-flanked Bluetail and Siskin at Sandwick. 2 Goosander at Wester Quarff.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 3 Minke Whale off Sumburgh Head.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Dark Swordgrass trapped at Bakkasetter overnight.

 

11th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings

Foula: 3 Olive-backed Pipit on the island, one at Braidfit, the other two elsewhere.

Unst: Barred Warbler at Baltasound. Swallow, 2 Great Tit, 4 Blue Tit and 6 Siberian Chiffchaff at Halligarth. Great Tit at Haroldswick.

Yell: Hawfinch at Mid Yell. Blue Tit at Camb. First winter Brown Shrike at undisclosed site.

Fetlar: Short-toed Lark at Eversland. Red-backed Shrike, 4 Blue Tit and Great Tit also on the island.

Out Skerries: Turtle Dove, 5 Blue Tit, Great Tit and 2 Snow Bunting on the islands.

Bressay: Blue Tit at Voehead.

North Mainland: Male Snowy Owl on Ronas Hill. Carrion crow at Sullom.

West Mainland: Barred Warbler at Dale of Walls.

Central Mainland: Coal Tit, 5 Blue Tit and Great Tit at Busta House. 4 Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit at Brae. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kergord.14 Fieldfare at Brig o' Fitch, Lerwick. 2 Blue Tit and Dunnock at Bakkaland, Lerwick. 2 Long-tailed Duck at Loch of Tingwall. Great White Egret at Voe. Black-throated Diver at South Nesting Bay.

South Mainland: Water Rail, Pallas's Warbler and Tree Sparrow at Grutness. House martin, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and Common Crossbill at Sumburgh Common Swift, 2 Swallow and 2 yellowhammer at Quendale. Barnacle Goose and  Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Blyth's Reed Warbler at Spiggie. 2 Blue Tit at Cunningsburgh.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

North Mainland: 2 large whales, probably Humpback Whale off Collafirth Voe.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Red Swordgrass and Sliver y trapped overnight at Sandwick.

 

10th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings

Unst: Great Tit, Red-flanked Bluetail, Arctic Redpoll, 2 Tree Sparrow, 5 Common Crossbill  and Hawfinch at Valyie. Barred Warbler at Springpark. Spotted Flycatcher at Halligarth, Bluethroat and 2 Hawfinch at Haroldswick. Lapland Bunting at Muness.

Yell: 4 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. Pallas's Warbler at Buddabrake.

Fetlar: Rock Thrush at the radio mast. Short-toed Lark at Eversland. Lapland Bunting at Funzie.

Whalsay: Bluethroat at Skaw. Female Bullfinch at Loch of Huxter. Turtle Dove, Olive-backed Pipit and Great Tit at Isbister.

Out Skerries: Turtle Dove, 8 Blue Tit and Great Tit on the islands.

Bressay: Little Bunting at Gorie. 3 Blue Tit at Voehead. Grey Plover at 'central Bressay'.

North Mainland: Male Snowy Owl on Ronas Hill.

Central Mainland: Grey Plover sound recorded over Lerwick during early hours. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Seafield. 8 Blue Tit at Brae. 3 Common Crossbill at Tresta.

South Mainland: Shorelark, Blue Tit, Little Bunting, Snow Bunting and Ortolan Bunting at Sumburgh. Common Swift and 3 Hawfinch at Virkie.Tree Pipit at Toab.  Dusky Warbler at Quendale. Great White Egret and Common Swift at Hillwell. Blyth's Reed Warbler at Spiggie. 5 Slavonian Grebe at Boddam. Red-backed Shrike at Troswick.2 Blue Tit and  Common Rosefinch at Blett. Blue Tit at Hoswick.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

West Mainland: 40 White-beaked Dolphin and 6 Risso's Dolphin off Snarra Ness.

 

9th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings

South Mainland: Short-eared Owl, Great Grey Shrike,  Shorelark and Richard's Pipit at Sumburgh. Hawfinch at Scatness. Red-breasted Flycatcher and Blue Tit at Boddam.  Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Scousburgh. Wryneck and Blyth's Reed Warbler at Spiggie.  Dusky Warbler, Little Bunting and Bluethroat at Ellister, Maywick. Black Redstart at Maywick.  Yellow-browed Warbler and male Bullfinch at Hoswick.
Central Mainland: Blue Tit, Hawfinch and Little Bunting  at Sound, Lerwick. Blue Tit at Scalloway. Great Tit, .3 Yellow-browed Warbler and Hawfinch at Veensgarth.  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker at Upper Kergord. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit and 5 Blue Tit at Kergord.  4 Hawfinch at Hellister.  Radde's Warbler at Lea Gardens. Great White Egret and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Voe. Great Tit and 2 Blue Tit at Busta House, Brae.

​West Mainland: 3 Blue Tit and 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at West Burrafirth.

North Mainland: Radde's Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at Isbister. Male Snowy Owl on Ronas Hill. Barred Warbler at Ollaberry.

Yell: 3 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. Yellow-browed Warbler at Gloup. Yellow-browed Warbler at Camb. Yellow-browed Wabler and 4 Blue Tit at Breckon. Blue Tit at Kirk Loch. 

Fetlar: Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Blue Tit and Great Tit at Houbie. 'Eastern' Stonechat at Nurses Station. Short-toed Lark at Everland. 

​Unst: Little Bunting at Uyeasound.  Great Reed Warbler at Burn of Silverdale. Lanceolated Warbler at Baltasound. Wood Warbler, great Tit, 2 Blue Tit and Tree Pipit at Halligarth. First calendar year Little Gull and female Bullfinch at Quoys.  Red-throated Pipit at Muness. Arctic Redpoll,  Common Rosefinch and Little Bunting at Valyie.

Out Skerries: Turtle Dove, Grasshopper Warbler, Great Tit and 5 Blue Tit

Bressay: Immature White-tailed Eagle over south Bressay , and tracked down east coast of South Mainland (later seen at Fair Isle). Blue Tit at Voehead.

Burra: Yellow-browed Warbler at Bridge End.

Whalsay: Turtle Dove, Olive-backed Pipit and great Tit at Isbister.  Common Rosefinch at Isbister. 12 Blue Tit on island.

Foula: Kingfisher at Harrier. Lanceolated Warbler at Burns. Olive-backed Pipit at Hametoun. Little Bunting at Ham.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Out Skerries: Minke Whale, Risso's Dolphin and 5 White-beaked Dolphin off north side of islands.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Scarce Umber at Bakkasetter.

 

8th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings

South Mainland: Shorelark at Sumburgh Head. Great Grey Shrike at Sumburgh Farm. Whinchat at Sumburgh Airport. Lapland Bunting at Grutness. Barred Warbler between Quendale and Hillwell. Common Swift, Blue Tit, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Hawfinch at Boddam.  Wood Sandpiper and Red-backed Shrike at Durigarth. Little Bunting at Quendale. Great Grey Shrike at Bakkasetter. 7 Pochard and Blue Tit at Loch of Brow. Blue Tit and Little Bunting at Dalsetter.  Blyth's Reed Warbler and Bluethroat at Loch of Spiggie.  2 Bluethroat and Hawfinch at Levenwick. White-tailed Eagle and  Siberian Stonechat at Channerwick. House Martin and Bullfinch at Hoswick. Blue Tit at Sandwick.  Barred Warbler at Aithsetter. Barred Warbler, Olive-backed Pipit and Hawfinch at Easter Quarff.
Central Mainland: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Gulberwick.  Great Spotted Woodpecker at Seafield, Lerwick. Peregrine and Mistle Thrush at Weisdale. Hawfinch at Stendaal. Blue Tit and 2 Hawfinch at Sandgarth. 

​West Mainland: 3 Barred Warbler at Dale.

North Mainland: Blue Tit at Sullom. 3 Blue Tit at Greenbrae. Great Tit at Saltoo. 

Yell: 2 Blue Tit at Breckon. 7 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. 3 Blue Tit at Gloup. 

Fetlar: 'Eastern' Stonechat at nurse's station. Short-toed lark at Everland.

​Unst: 2 Blue Tit, Whinchat, and Little Bunting at Uyeasound. Barred Warbler at Ordaal. Goldfinch and 26 Lapland Bunting at Muness. Turtle Dove and 2 Blue Tit at Halligarth. Common Rosefinch and 2 Little Bunting at Valyie. Great Tit and Blue Tit at Clibberswick.

Out Skerries: Hen Harrier, Turtle Dove, 6 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Hawfinch and 2 Little Bunting on the islands.

Bressay: Blue Tit at Voehead. 13 Blue Tit at Beosetter.

Foula: Olive-backed Pipit and Little Bunting at Ham. Siberian Stonechat at Burns. 2 Olive-backed Pipit at Hametoun.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Yell: Minke Whale off Burravoe.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Rusty-dot Pearl and Rush Veneer trapped overnight at Bakkasetter. Yellow-line Quaker trapped overnight at Sandwick. 2 Large Wainscot trapped overnight at Boddam. 2 Large Wainscot trapped overnight at Scatness.

Unst: Large Wainscot at Baltasound.

 

7th October 2020

Bird Sightings:

Tit invasion Continues:

Blue Tit (51): South Mainland (Boddam, 1; Levenwick, 1); Central Mainland(; Swinning; 1, Brae, 11); North Mainland;  (Sullom, 3; Eshaness, 2, Hillswick 1)  Yell (Cullivoe, 16;) Out Skerries (5); Unst; (Skaw, 2; Burrafirth, 1; ); Bressay (Voehead, 2); Whalsay (Symbister, 5)

Great Tit (2) : Yell (Cullivoe, 1); Unst (Houlland,1 )

 

South Mainland: Great Grey Shrike and Shorelark at Sumburgh. Common Swift at Toab. Long-eared Owl, Red-backed Shrike and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Boddam.  Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Little Bunting at Quendale.  2 Hawfinch at Levenwick. Siberian Stonechat at Easter Quarff.
Central Mainland: 5 Hawfinch at Scalloway. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Seafield, Lerwick.  Olive-backed Pipit at Clickimin. European Stonechat at Tingwall. Peregrine, House Martin, first-winter Eyebrowed Thrush and 4 Hawfinch at Brae. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Swinning. Mistle Thrush and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Eswick. Great White Egret at Foulawick, Brae.

​West Mainland: Rustic Bunting at Sandness.

North Mainland: 2 Lapland Bunting at Eshaness. House Martin and Richard's Pipit at Hillswick.

Yell: Tennessee Warbler at Cullivoe.

Fetlar: Siberian Stonechat near Fire Station. Eyebrowed Thrush at Velzie.

​Unst: Surf Scoter at Belmont. Turtle Dove and 2 Lapland Bunting at Baltasound. Bluethroat at Lamba Ness. Arctic Redpoll and  2 Little Bunting at Valyie. 2 European Stonechat, Common Rosefinch and 2 Tree Sparrow at Norwick.

Whalsay: Bluethroat, Tree Sparrow and Ortolan Bunting at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Hen Harrier, Turtle Dove and Little Bunting on the islands.         

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Feathered Thorn, 2 Scarce Umber and Rusty-dot Pearl trapped overnight at Bakkasetter. Scarce Umber trapped overnight at Scatness.

 

6th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings:

 

South Mainland: Great Grey Shrike, 2 Red-throated Pipit ,  Shore Lark, Little Bunting and 2 Lapland Bunting at Sumburgh. 3 Jack Snipe at Quendale. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Virkie.  Blue Tit at Dalsetter. red-backed Shrike at Boddam. Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Male Bullfinch at Hoswick. Blyth's Reed Warbler and Little Bunting at Swinister Burn. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Fladdabister.
Central Mainland: Great White Egret, Kingfisher and Arctic Warbler at Voe. Great Tit, Ring Ouzel, and Hawfinch at Aith.

​West Mainland: Blue Tit and Hawfinch at Sandness.

North Mainland: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at Stenness. Adult Turtle Dove at Hillswick. Male Snowy Owl on Ronas Hill. Barred Warbler and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Ollaberry.  Blue Tit at North Roe. 5 Lapland Bunting at Eshaness.

Yell: 2 Blue Tit, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Hawfinch at Windhouse.  Tennessee Warbler between Breckon and Cullivoe. 3 Blue Tit at Cullivoe. Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling and Little Bunting at Breckon. Bluethroat  at Gloup. 2 Blue Tit at Gutcher.

Fetlar:3 Jack Snipe, Short-eared Owl, h 'Eastern' Stonechat, Ortolan Bunting, Great Tit and Lapland Bunting on the island.

​Unst: Red-breasted Flycatcher at Belmont. Little Bunting at Uyeasound. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Westing. Barred Warbler at Baltasound. Bluethroat at Haroldswick. Great Grey Shrike at Burrafirth. Blue Tit at Hermaness.

Whalsay: Blue Tit and Great Tit at Symbister.  Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler, Bluethroat and  Red-flanked Bluetail at Skaw.  7 other Blue Tit on the isle.

Out Skerries: Rustic Bunting on Housay. Hen Harrier, Turtle Dove, 4 Blue Tit, great Tit and Hawfinch on the islands.                  

Bressay: Blue Tit, Little Bunting and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Crueton.

Foula: 2 Tundra Bean Goose , 10  Jack Snipe and 5 Short-eared Owl on the Isle. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Ristie. 2 Olive-backed Pipit at Ham. Olive-backed Pipit and Richard's Pipit at Hametoun.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Large Wainscot at Bakkasetter.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 4 Killer Whale (unidentified pod) 2.5km south of Sumburgh Head.

 

5th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings:

 

South Mainland:Great Grey Shrike at Grutness. Bluethroat, Whinchat and Tree Pipit at Toab. Red-backed Shrike and Common Swift at Boddam. Barred Warbler at Dalsetter.  Red-throated Pipit and Common Rosefinch between Hillwell and Quendale. Hobby and Hawfinch at Quendale . Blyth's Reed Warbler at Brake.  Great White Egret at Loch of Spiggie. Bluethroat at Scousburgh. Great Tit at South Punds, Levenwick. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Sandwick.  Dusky Warbler at Aith, Cunningsburgh.
Central Mainland:  First calendar year Glaucous Gull at Scalloway. Olive-backed Pipit at Clickimin. Velvet Scoter at Lerwick Harbour.  Yellow Wagtail at Sound, Lerwick. Little Bunting at Frakkafield. Hawfinch at Veensgarth.  Little Bunting at North Hamarsland, Tingwall. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Kergord.  Great White Egret at Voe.

​West Mainland: Melodious Warbler at Burrastow.

North Mainland: Eastern Yellow Wagtail at North Roe. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Bardister.  Hawfinch at Murrion, Hamnavoe.

Yell: Lapland Bunting at Burravoe. 3 Blue Tit at West Yell. Blue Tit at Mid Garth.   Blue Tit at West Sandwick. 3  and  Great Tit at Cullivoe. Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at Breckon. Whinchat at Gloup.

Fetlar:2 Blue Tit, Mistle Thrush and 2 Lapland Bunting at Tresta.  Pectoral Sandpiper at Funzie. Red-backed Shrike at Brough Lodge. Ortolan Bunting at Velzie.

​Unst: Surf Scoter at Belmont. 4 Pale-bellied Brent Goose at Westing. Bluethroat at Haroldswick. 17 Lapland Bunting and Blue Tit at Muness. Marsh Warbler and Common Rosefinch at Valyie. Blue Tit at Norwick. Red-breasted Flycatcher at Balista. Blue Tit at Skaw.

Whalsay: Blue Tit at Marrister. 6 Blue Tit at  Symbister.  Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler , Bluethroat, Blue Tit and 2 Hawfinch at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Hen Harrier, Turtle Dove, 10 Blue Tit, Great Tit, Bluethroat, Red-breated Flycatcher, Hawfinch, little Bunting, 14 Snow Bunting and 2 Lapland Bunting.

Trondra: 2 Turtle Dove,  Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Hawfinch at Culdhame.

Bressay: Hawfinch at Voehead.

Foula: Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll  at Ham.

Insect Sightings:

South Mainland: Peacock Butterfly at Sumburgh.

 

4th October 2020

 

Bird Sightings:

Appears to be an invasion of tits building, with 16 Blue Tit and 2 Great Tit reported today, mainly in the northern Isles:

Blue Tit : Unst (Uyeasound, 3; Vaylie, Baltasound,2;  Skaw,1); Fetlar ( Feal Burn, 2); Yell (Otterswick, 1; North Sandwick, 1); Central Mainland (Eswick, 2; Lunna, 1; Swining, 1); South Mainland (Boddam, 1; Quendale, 1)

Great Tit: Fetlar (Feal Burn,1 ) South Mainland (Scousburgh, 1).

South Mainland: 2 Common Scoter, Great Grey Shrike and tree Pipit at Grutness. Woodcock and Lapland Bunting at Sumburgh.  Tree Sparrow and Little Bunting at Sumburgh Farm. Little Bunting at Scatness. Olive-backed Pipit at Toab. Ring Ouzel at Hestingott. Red-breasted Flycatcher at North Town, Virkie. Red-backed Shrike, Olive-backed Pipit and Little Bunting at Boddam. Turtle Dove, Kestrel, Sand Martin, Ring Ouzel and Little Bunting at Quendale. 2 Shoveler and Great White Egret at Loch of Hillwell. Radde's Warbler and 2 Little Bunting at Brake. Red-backed Shrike at Troswick. Barred Warbler, at Levenwick. Jack Snipe at Geosetter. Common Rosefinch at Hoswick. Barred Warbler and  2 Little Bunting at Swinister Burn. Little Bunting at Houlland, Sandwick. Barred Warbler at Central, Sandwick.  Radde's Warbler at Cunningsburgh. Common Swift and Red-breasted Flycatcher at Fladdabister. 
Central Mainland: Hen Harrier, and Hawfinch at Gulberwick.  Olive-backed Pipit and Great Spotted Woodpecker at Burnbank, Lerwick. Common Swift at Hillhead, Lerwick.  Olive-backed Pipit at Asta.  Pectoral Sandpiper at Loch of Benston.  Litttle Bunting at Freester, South Nesting. Hen Harrier at Kergord. Great White Egret at Sandgarth. Lapland Bunting at Ayswick.

West Mainland: Little Bunting at Dale of Walls.  Citrine Wagtail at Loch of Norby. Corncrake at Melby. Citrine Wagtail at Wester Skeld.

North Mainland: Olive-backed Pipit at Collafirth.

Yell: Tennessee Warbler at Burravoe. 2 Bluethroat at Gossabrough.  Tree Pipit at Otterswick.  Arctic Warbler at Gutcher. Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling at Breckon.

Fetlar: Hawfinch at Feal Burn.

​Unst: Little Bunting at Burrafirth. Black Redstart at Skaw. 3 North-western type Common Redpoll at Vaylie.  Bluethroat at Haroldswick. Juvenile American Golden Plover, Barred Warbler, Reed Warbler and Hawfinch at Baltasound. Jack Snipe at Ordaal. Pied Flycatcher and Jack Snipe at Uyeasound. Male Surf Scoter at Belmont. Grey Plover and Bluethroat on Balta Isle.

Whalsay: Wryneck and  Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Hen Harrier, 3 Jack Snipe,  Kingfisher. Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit and Hawfinch.

Trondra: 2 Turtle Dove.

Foula: Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler at Hametoun. Olive-backed Pipit and Siberian Stonechat also on the island.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

Whalsay: Humpback Whale in Linga Sound

Land Mammal Sightings:

South Mainland: Stoat at Quendale.

 

3rd October 2020

 

Bird Sightings:

Large passage of Barnacle Goose during the day, with some significant flocks reported. Out Skerries (153), Central Mainland (100 and 30  Eswick), Unst (8 Burrafirth, 45 Norwick, included leucistic bird and 220, 165 Lamba Ness, 8 Ordaal), South Mainland (690 Scatness, 80 and 20 Bakkasetter, 400 Quendale, 800 Virkie, 300 Dalsetter, 130 Sandwick), Yell (30 Cullivoe).

South Mainland: Lanceolated Warbler and Little Bunting  at Sumburgh. Great Grey Shrike and Little Bunting at Grutness. Radde's Warbler at Virkie. Jack Snipe, Bluethroat and Lapland Bunting at Toab. Hawfinch and 2 Blue Tit at Boddam.  Great White Egret at Culsetter.  Green Sandpiper at Loch of Spiggie. Blyth's Reed Warbler at Scousburgh. 2 Blue Tit at Troswick. Hawfinch at Hestingott. Juvenile Hobby and Hawfinch at Maywick. Radde's Warbler at Rerwick. 2 Hawfinch and Barred Warbler at Swinister Burn. Siberian Stonechat at Blett.
Central Mainland: American Golden Plover at Vadil of Garth, Nesting. 2 Blue Tit,  juvenile Rose-coloured Starling and Hawfinch at Eswick. Olive-backed Pipit at Loch of Asta. Great White Egret at Voe and later at Sandgarth. Hawfinch at Sandgarth.

West Mainland:2 Hawfinch and Little Bunting at Dale of Walls.

North Mainland: Olive-backed Pipit and 30 Brambling at Collafirth.

Yell: Tennessee Warbler at Burravoe. Red-throated Pipit at Midbrake. Whinchat at Bastavoe.

​Unst: 2 Common Crossbill at Ungirsta. Red-backed Shrike and Bluethroat at Lamba Ness. Blue Tit and Little Bunting at North Dale. Blue Tit at Hillsgarth. Turtle Dove at Baltasound. 5 Blue Tit a Valyie. 2 Blue Tit at Leawart. Blue Tit at Norwick. Little Bunting at Skaw.

Whalsay: Radde's Warbler and Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler at Skaw.

Out Skerries: 8 Jack Snipe, Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owl, 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher, Bluethroat, 5 Ring Ouzel and Little Bunting.

Trondra: Hawfinch.

 

2nd October 2020

 

Bird Sightings:

23 Yellow-browed Warbler reported today. South Mainland (13), Central Mainland (4), West Mainland (4), Yell(1), Skerries (1).

Unst: Pallas' Grasshopper Warbler at Burrafirth. Woodcock at Valyie. Jack Snipe at Lamba Ness. Barred Warbler at Baltasound. Little Bunting at North Dale.

Yell: Tennessee Warbler at Burravoe. Water Rail and  6 Snow Bunting at Breckon.

Whalsay: Radde's Warbler at Skaw.

Out Skerries: Hen Harrier, Turtle Dove, Bluethroat, Ring Ouzel and Tree Pipit

Central Mainland: Barred Warbler at Nesting. Kingfisher and Great White Egret at Voe.

West Mainland: Olive-backed Pipit at West Burrafirth. Common Redstart at Da Gairdins o' Sand.

South Mainland: 2 Short-eared Owl and Little Bunting at Scatness. Great Grey Shrike, Lanceolated Warbler and Common Rosefinch at Sumburgh. Red-breasted Flycatcher at North Town, Exnaboe. Barred Warbler at Hestingott . 3 Pochard and Olive-backed Pipit at Loch of Spiggie. First winter Red-backed Shrike at Boddam.  White-billed Diver at Quendale Bay. Blyth's Reed Warbler at Maywick. Common Redstart at Quarff. Common Redstart at Scousburgh Hill. Common Redstart and Jack Snipe at Geosetter. 2 Common Redstart at Boddam. Radde's Warbler at Rerwick. Second calendar year Mediterranean Gull at Noness.

 

1st October 2020

 

Bird Sightings:

Foula: Lanceolated Warbler at Biggings, Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler at Hametoun. Radde's Warbler at Freyers.  Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll at the Manse. Also 14 Yellow-browed Warbler, 28 Blackcap, 4 Garden Warbler, Barred Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Bluethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Pipit, 2 Siskin and 3 Rosefinch on the island.

Fetlar: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at Lodge garden.

Unst: Pallas' Grasshopper Warbler and Little Bunting at Burrafirth.

Yell: Wood Pigeon, Blackcap and Brambling at Mid Yell.  4 Yellow-browed Warbler, Goldcrest,  Spotted Flycatcher and Tennessee Warbler at Burravoe. Arctic Warbler at Cullivoe. Yellow-browed Warbler, 17 redwing and 5 Brambling at Gutcher.

Whalsay: Radde's Warbler and Common Rosefinch at Skaw. Kestrel at Hamister.

Bressay: 2 Blackcap and 5 Redwing at Voehead.
North Mainland: Blyth's Reed Warbler at North Roe.

Central Mainland: Woodcock at Gott. Honey Buzzard at Dales Voe, Lerwick. Kingfisher, Pied Flycatcher and Common Redstart at Voe. 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at Helendale, Lerwick. Brambling at Brae. 4 Yellow-browed Warbler at North Hamarsland, Tingwall.

West Mainland: 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, Blackcap and Reed Bunting at Walls. 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Reed Bunting at Dale of Walls. Willow Warbler and Robin at Easter Skeld.

South Mainland: Woodcock, 6 Yellow-browed Warbler, Goldcrest, Chiffchaff,, 3 Blackcap, Ring Ouzel and Redpoll spp. at Sumburgh. 118 Barnacle Goose, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and 2 Reed Bunting at Grutness. Long-tailed Duck at West Voe of Sumburgh. 13 Barnacle Goose at Virkie. 40 Barnacle Goose and Yellow-browed Warbler at Toab. 106 Barnacle Goose (including albino bird), Woodcock, Yellow-browed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, Chiffchaff,  Goldcrest,  Redwing, White's Thrush and brambling at Quendale.  30 barnacle Goose and Goldeneye at Levenwick. 2 Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 11 barnacle Goose, 51 Pink-footed Goose and Knot at Sandwick. 25 Barnacle Goose, Goldcrest, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Hawfinch at Fladdabister. 2 yellow-browed Warbler, Hawfinch and 6 Brambling at Maywick. Barred Warbler, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 blackcap, 2 Song Thrush, Redwing, Hawfinch and 2 Brambling at Quarff.

Whale and Dolphin Sightings:

South Mainland: 3 Killer Whale (unidentified pod) heading north from Dalsetter to Mousa in morning.

Fish Sightings:

Central Mainland: Bass caught (and released) at East Burrafirth.