Shetland Bird Club Records Committee
A list of species requiring descriptions is given below and published in every Shetland Bird Report. All records of local or national rarities should be submitted as soon as possible after the sighting to the County Recorder.
Download an SBCRC rarities form.
Species for which descriptions or other documentary evidence is required
National Rarities (list available at https://www.bbrc.org.uk/main-information/species-taxa):
These records are assessed by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC). Full descriptions are required for these species, and they should be submitted to BBRC via the County Recorder, so a copy can be kept for the record. Description forms are available from the County Recorder. Some observers object to writing descriptions and few people enjoy writing them; however, they are invaluable in providing an archive for the future, proving to future generations that unusual occurrences were properly appreciated at the time and were not just recorded on hearsay.
Species on the Shetland List which are considered by Scottish Birds Records Committee:
White-winged Black Tern
Lesser Spotted Woodpecker
Species considered by Shetland Bird Club Records Committee (effective from 1st January 2017)
The SBCRC deals with a large number of local rarities each year, so in an effort to streamline the process for observers and SBCRC alike, a new 'category' of local rarity has been introduced. Species marked with an asterisk * will be circulated by the Shetland Bird Club Records Committee without the need for additional documentation based on information and photographs in the public domain, although written descriptions of these species are always welcome.
Written documentation will be required for all species in the list below if no photographs exist:
Taiga Bean Goose
Black-throated Diver *
Great White Egret
Great Crested Grebe *
Common Buzzard *
Spotted Crake *
Little Ringed Plover
American Golden Plover *
Pectoral Sandpiper *
Buff-breasted Sandpiper *
Grey Phalarope *
Barn Owl ('pale-breasted' only - 'dark-
breasted' Barn Owl considered by BBRC)
Short-toed Lark *
Shore Lark *
Long-tailed Tit (although certain races considered by BBRC)
Greenish Warbler *
Pallas's Warbler *
Dusky Warbler *
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Marsh Warbler (autumn only)
Treecreeper (although 'Northern' Treecreeper is considered by BBRC)
Dipper (British race only - 'Black-bellied'
Dipper is considered by BBRC)
Ortolan Bunting *
Local rarity descriptions can be fairly concise, but it is important to make sure that any ambiguity is removed from the description. Try and make sure someone else sees the bird if possible - a multiple observer record is always regarded as more reliable.
The SBCRC reserves the right to request descriptions and/or more details for species not on the above description list in certain circumstances.
We do not want to lose genuine records merely because they are unsupported by descriptions.