Simply superb! Larger size, 190 pages, huge array of photographs. Riveting accounts of Tengmalm's Owl - the first for over 100 years, then along comes another in the same year! A first for Britain with a Long-legged Buzzard showing the value of photographic evidence and record committees! Rufous-tailed Robin account showing the value of excellent descriptions even when a bird is seen by only 1 person! Stejneger's Stonechats where Mark Golley and Glen Tyler explain the first confirmed records for Shetland. I could go on! There is so much in it!
I've not even mentioned the seasonal summary or systematic list.
This edition is particularly special to me - because it is an account of all the birds I saw, and didn't see, during my BIG YEAR of bird listing.
These reports are invaluable to the seasoned birder, at home or away. However, if you are new to Shetland, they can help you understand the great selection of common, breeding and migrant birds you may see here. It is, actually, as complete a snap shot of the year as you can get. It is a great read from cover to cover in one go, it is a dip in and out, and a resource for many years to come!
On pages 2-3 there is a list of contributors and observers. That is folk who have sent in a record in one of many different ways. Are you in it??? I am!!
So, how can I get one of these, I hear you ask? There are multiple ways!!
Join the Shetland Bird Club and you'll get your copy for free! click to join and find out what other benefits there are!
Purchase the report direct from Nature-in-Shetland! click to buy
Buy from Shetland Times book shop, and other tourist outlets in Lerwick, or drive down to RSPB Sumburgh Head and visit the Shetland Amenity Trust shop!
From the Bird Report Editor, Mike Pennington, and Shetland Bird Club Chair, Julie Redpath