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April 2014 Sightings

 

 

Wednesday 30th April

South Mainland: Common Crane, Iceland Gull, Sedge Warbler, Blackcap, Robin, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Whimbrel and Lesser Whitethroat at Quendale. Night Heron and 2 Shovelers at Spiggie. 2 Ring Ouzels, Common Tern, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Robins and 5 Fieldfares at Sumburgh/Grutness. Marsh Harrier, 20 Bramblings, Willow Warbler, Robin and Blackcap at Scousburgh. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Goldfinches, 4 Mealy Common Redpolls, 10 Bramblings, Common Redstart, Robin, Dunnock, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Hestingott. 20 Swallows, 16 Bramblings, 3 Shovelers and 2 Pintails at Hillwell. 2 Common Redstarts, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Rooks, Carrion Crow, Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Chiffchaffs at Exnaboe. Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Wood Warbler and Common Redstart at Hoswick. 4 Mealy Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh. Common Redstart, Linnet, Robin, 3 Bramblings, 2 Siskins and 2 Collared Doves at Sandwick.

Mealy Redpolls at Hestingott - Rob Fray; Common Redstart at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson (1 photo), Leslie Smith (1 photo); Mealy Redpoll at Cunningsburgh - George Petrie; Chiffchaff at Toab - Donald Robertson; Blackcap at Ringasta - Gordon Waddell

Yell: Wryneck at Burravoe. Pied Flycatcher at West Sandwick. 8 Bramblings, Robin, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Cullivoe. Coot at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe. Blackcap at Sellafirth.

Gannet on Yell - Jim Nangle

Central Mainland: Mealy Common Redpoll, Song Thrush and 2 Blackcaps at Helendale, Lerwick. House Martin at Loch of Clickimin. 5 Bramblings at North Road, Lerwick. Common Crossbill, Common Redstart, Common Redpoll, 3 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler and 3 Chiffchaffs at Frakkafield.

Unst: 2 Slavonian Grebes at Haroldswick. Blackcap at Muness. Blackcap at Baltasound.

Slavonian Grebes at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Tuesday 29th April

South Mainland: Common Crane still at Quendale; also Glaucous Gull and Reed Bunting at Quendale. Night Heron and Iceland Gull at Spiggie. 4 Mealy Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh. Common Redstart at Hestingott. 2 House Martins at Sumburgh. Arctic Skua, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs and 3 Swallows at Virkie. 3 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. 7 Sand Martins and 8 Swallows at Hillwell. Common Redstart and Robin at Sandwick. 20 Bramblings, Blackcap and Robin at Scousburgh. Robin and 2 Blackcaps at Geosetter.

Common Crane at Quendale - Roger Riddington; Common Redpoll at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Swallow at Hillwell - Rob Fray

Unst: 8 Pink-footed Geese, 5 Barnacle Geese, 5 Bramblings, 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers at Baltasound. 2 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Chiffchaffs, Redwing, 13 Bramblings, Blackcap and 3 Reed Buntings at Haroldswick.

Redwing at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Central Mainland: 4 Goldfinches, 7 Common Redpolls, 6 Siskins and 15 Bramblings at Scalloway. House Martin and 4 Swallows at Loch of Clickimin. Pied Flycatcher at Helendale, Lerwick. 7 Siskins at Runafirth, Brae. Common Redstart at South Nesting.

Pied Flycatcher at Helendale, Lerwick - Logan Johnson; Common Redstart at South Nesting - Richard Shucksmith; Siskins at Brae - Tommy Tyler

North Mainland: Mealy Common Redpoll and Willow Warbler at Urafirth.

Yell: 2 Coots, 4 Bramblings, Robin and 2 Chiffchaffs at Cullivoe.

Coot at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Bressay: Chiffchaff, Song Thrush and 2 Blackcaps at Voehead.

Colour-ringed Whimbrel on Whalsay - John Lowrie Irvine

Monday 28th April

South Mainland: Common Crane at Hillwell this evening, which appeared to go to roost in Quendale dunes; also male Marsh Harrier at Hillwell. Night Heron still at Spiggie. Wryneck, Wood Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Garden Warbler at Swinister Burn. Wryneck, Common Redstart, Robin and 8 Blackcaps at Geosetter. Wood Warbler, Iceland Gull, Willow Warbler, Robin and 3 Blackcaps at Grutness. 2 Goldfinches, 10 Bramblings, 5 Linnets, Robin, Fieldfare, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs at Hestingott. 2 Common Redstarts, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and 3 Linnets at Exnaboe. 2 Whinchats, 2 Sand Martins, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Robin, Blackcap, Swallow, 2 Fieldfares, Song Thrush and 3 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Mealy Common Redpoll, Siskin, 4 Blackcaps, 2 Robins and 2 Chiffchaffs at Toab. 2 Bramblings, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Sandwick. Common Scoter in Scousburgh Bay. Robin at Hoswick. Swallow and Chiffchaff at Ocraquoy.

Night Heron at Spiggie - Roger Riddington; Twite at Sumburgh and Siskin at Toab - Donald Robertson

Central Mainland: Mistle Thrush and Hawfinch at Kergord. Ring Ouzel at Upper Kergord. 2 Arctic Terns at Weisdale Voe. 2 Reed Buntings at Loch of Voe. Wood Warbler at Helendale, Lerwick. 5 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick.

Unst: Wryneck at Skaw. Tree Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, 6 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bramblings, Whimbrel and 4 Blackcaps at Baltasound. Arctic Skua at Norwick. Lesser Whitethroat at Haroldswick.

West Mainland: Goosander at Bridge of Walls.

Burra: Pied Flycatcher at Houss.

Yell: Coot, 2 Gadwall and 2 Robins at Cullivoe. Common Redstart, Chiffchaff, Swallow and Blackcap at Sellafirth. Collared Dove at West Sandwick. 4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs at Mid Yell. Chiffchaff at Gutcher.

Bressay: Blackcap, Chiffchaff and 13 Wood Pigeons at Voehead.

Whalsay: 99 Purple Sandpipers at The Houb.

Papa Stour: Willow Warbler.

Cetaceans: 4-5 Risso's Dolphins off Haroldswick, Unst.

Sunday 27th April

South Mainland: Eastern Subalpine Warbler still at Exnaboe. Night Heron still at Spiggie. Osprey flew north at Gulberwick at 10:25. Red-backed Shrike at Rerwick. Sparrowhawk and Kestrel at Sumburgh Airport. 2 House Martins, 2 Common Redstarts, Brambling and Robin at Sumburgh Head. 3 House Martins at Quendale. Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, Blackcap, 8 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 2 Common Whitethroats, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Whinchats, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush and Swallow at Virkie. Siskin, Common Redstart, 13 Bramblings, 3 Swallows, Blackcap, 3 Chiffchaffs and Lesser Whitethroat at Toab. Common Redstart, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Robins, Chiffchaff and Fieldfare at Scousburgh. Common Scoter in Scousburgh Bay. 2 Chiffchaffs at Fladdabister.

Osprey at Gulberwick - Rebecca Nason; Night Heron at Spiggie - Gordon Waddell; Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Exnaboe and House Sparrow at Grutness - Jim Nicolson

Burra: White-billed Diver off Kettla Ness. Pied Flycatcher and Willow Warbler on Trondra. 2 House Martins at Banna Minn.

Central Mainland: Osprey at Loch of Tingwall at 06:30. Wood Warbler, Common Redstart and 12 Bramblings at Law Lane, Lerwick. Pied Flycatcher, 3 Blackcaps, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Wood Pigeons at Helendale, Lerwick. 4 Goldfinches, 3 Siskins, 16 Bramblings, 2 Chaffinches and 2 Swallows at Scalloway. Blackcap at Brettabister. 7 Fieldfares at Frakkafield.

Unst: Hawfinch, Ring Ouzel, Siskin, Common Redstart, 16 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bramblings, 7 Willow Warblers, 4 Fieldfares, Collared Dove, 17 Wood Pigeons, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Pink-footed Geese at Baltasound. Mistle Thrush, Ring Ouzel and Kestrel at Burrafirth. Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, 2 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs at Uyeasound. 2 Common Redstarts, 2 Robins, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Bramblings, 3 Wood Pigeons and 4 Chiffchaffs at Norwick. Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Reed Buntings, 25 Swallows, 4 House Martins, 8 Chiffchaffs, 3 Willow Warblers and 5 Blackcaps at Haroldswick. 2 Chiffchaffs at Belmont. 6 Fieldfares, 4 Swallows, Redwing, 2 Chiffchaffs, Robin and 2 Willow Warblers at Skaw.

House Martin at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Fetlar: Sedge Warbler, Tree Pipit and 2 Ring Ouzels at Aith.

Bressay: Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Voehead. Brambling at Beosetter.

Yell: 3 Chiffchaffs at Mid Yell. Blackcap at Cullivoe.

West Mainland: Whimbrel at Sandness.

North Mainland: Swallow at Sullom.

Papa Stour: Willow Warbler.

Insects: Peacock at Bixter. Red Admiral at Law Lane, Lerwick. Red Admiral at Voehead, Bressay. 2 Buff-tailed Bumblebees at Helendale, Lerwick.

Peacock at Bixter - Rory Tallack

Cetaceans: pod of Killer Whales through Bluemull Sound mid-morning.

Saturday 26th April

South Mainland: Yellow-browed Warbler at Wester Quarff. Eastern Subalpine Warbler still at Exnaboe, along with Common Redstart and 2 Chiffchaffs. Night Heron still at Spiggie. Black-throated Diver in Quendale Bay. Wood Warbler, 2-3 Wrynecks, Ring Ouzel, Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher at Hoswick. 7 Ring Ouzels, Common Redstart, Kestrel and Lesser Whitethroat at Sumburgh Head. Green Sandpiper, Robin, Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcaps at Grutness. 3 Goldfinches, 8 Bramblings, 2 Song Thrushes, 2 Robins and 2 Chiffchaffs at Hestingott. Sparrowhawk, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robins, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Mealy Common Redpoll, Blackcap, Brambling and 2 Chiffchaffs at Toab. Common Redstart, Robin, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Sandwick.

Ring Ouzel at Sumburgh Head - George Petrie; Common Redstart at Sandwick - Leslie Smith

Unst: Wryneck, Sand Martin, Reed Bunting, 3 Swallows, 2 Whinchats, 4 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers and 2 Slavonian Grebes at Haroldswick. Sparrowhawk, 20 Bramblings, Robin, 5 Blackcaps, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Swallows, Common Redstart, Song Thrush and 7 Bramblings at Norwick. Goldcrest, 5 Barnacle Geese, 9 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Chiffchaffs, Linnet, 12 Wood Pigeons and 3 Swallows at Baltasound. Common Redstart, Brambling, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps at Northdale. Common Redpoll, 4 Fieldfares, Robin and 3 Chiffchaffs at Skaw. Blackcap at Baliasta.

Wryneck, Whinchat and Blackcap at Haroldswick, and Brambling at Northdale - Rob Brookes

Central Mainland: Great Spotted Woodpecker and 12 Bramblings at Law Lane, Lerwick. Pied Flycatcher at Loch of Clickimin.

North Mainland: Hawfinch at Sandvoe, North Roe.

Hawfinch at Sandvoe - Susan Thompson

Bressay: Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warblers and 2 Blackcaps at Voehead.

Yell: 5 Blackcaps, 3 Wood Pigeons and 2 Chiffchaffs at Otterswick. Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaffs at Cullivoe.

West Mainland: 6 Wood Pigeons, 2 Swallows and a Grey Heron at Sand.

Insects: Buff-tailed Bumblebee at Voehead, Bressay.

Friday 25th April

South Mainland: Eastern Subalpine Warbler still at Exnaboe; also Wryneck, Ring Ouzel, Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart, Goldfinch, Robin, Swallow and 2 Blackcaps at Exnaboe. Night Heron still at Spiggie; also Green-winged Teal and Iceland Gull there. Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Green Sandpiper, Goldfinch, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, 2 White Wagtails, Kestrel, 2 Bramblings, 2 Fieldfares, 3 Robins, 7 Blackcaps at Sumburgh/Grutness. Goldfinch, Lesser Whitethroat, Collared Dove, 5 Bramblings, Song Thrush, Robin, Swallow and 2 Blackcaps at Hestingott. Goldfinch, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Bramblings, Blackcap, 3 Robins and 3 Willow Warblers at Toab. Whinchat, Pied Flycatcher, Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Dunnock, Brambling, 3 Song Thrushes and 2 Robins at Virkie. Short-eared Owl and 2 Blackcaps at Scatness. 2 Green Sandpipers, Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaffs, Wood Pigeon, 3 Robins and 2 Blackcaps at Quendale. Sand Martin and 12 Swallows at Hillwell. Tree Pipit at Boddam. Whinchat, Song Thrush, Fieldfare and 10 Bramblings at Levenwick. 3 Wrynecks, Ring Ouzel, 3 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, Song Thrush, Pied Flycatcher, 7 Blackcaps, Tree Pipit, 2 Common Redstarts, Swallow and Chaffinch at Swinister Burn. Common Redstart, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcaps, Robin and 2 Swallows at Sandwick. 3 Bramblings at Cunningsburgh. Iceland Gull and Chiffchaff at Leebitton.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Exnaboe - Rebecca Nason (1 photo), Roger Riddington (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo), George Petrie (1 photo), Leslie Smith (1 photo)

Wryneck at Exnaboe - Joe Kay (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo), Rebecca Nason (1 photo), Leslie Smith (1 photo); Pied Flycatcher at Exnaboe - Rebecca Nason (1 photo), Joe Kay (1 photo)

Night Heron at Spiggie - Joe Kay (1 photo), Rebecca Nason (3 photos), Jim Nicolson (1 photo); Green-winged Teal at Spiggie - Rebecca Nason

Pied Flycatcher at Virkie - Roger Riddington; Green Sandpiper at Grutness - Joe Kay (1 photo), George Petrie (1 photo); Goldfinch at Hestingott - Rob Fray; Brambling at Toab - Donald Robertson; Blackcap at Sandwick - Leslie Smith

Unst: Wryneck, 4 Chiffchaffs, Robin and 3 Swallows at Skaw. Wryneck, Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Robin, 4 Chiffchaffs, Reed Bunting, 2 Blackcaps, Song Thrush, 6 Wood Pigeons and 16 Bramblings at Norwick. Wryneck, 2 Whinchats, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Reed Buntings, Robin, 2 Willow Warblers, 8 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, Song Thrush, White Wagtail and 4 Swallows at Haroldswick. Ring Ouzel, Common Redstart, 5 Barnacle Geese, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Bramblings, Siskin, 3 Swallows, Rook and Redwing at Baltasound. Robin and Blackcap at Northdale.

Whinchat at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes; Wryneck at Skaw, and Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

Whalsay: Wryneck at Brough. Green Sandpiper at Skaw. Also on the island: 17 Chiffchaffs, 11 Robins, 30 Bramblings, 16 Willow Warblers, 17 Blackcaps, 1 Dunnock, 8 Song Thrushes, 1 Redwing, 2 Ring Ouzels, 4 Reed Buntings, 4 Common Redstarts, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Merlin, 6 Swallows, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Tree Pipits and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Fetlar: Ring Ouzel, Whinchat, 2 Tree Pipits, 18 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps, Wood Pigeon and 2 Song Thrushes at Feal Burn.

Central Mainland: 2 Ring Ouzels, Robin, Blackcap, Brambling and 3 Siskins at Law Lane, Lerwick. Goldfinch at Dales Voe. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pied Flycatcher and 2 Bramblings at North Road, Lerwick. 2 Bramblings at Voe.

Brambling at Voe - Julia Odie

West Mainland: House Martin, Robin and 2 Chiffchaffs at Norby.

Bressay: Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcaps at Voehead.

Yell: Goldcrest, Dunnock, Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcaps at Cullivoe.

Blackcap and Twite at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Thursday 24th April

South Mainland: Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Exnaboe; also Iceland Gull, Song Thrush, Robin, 2 Chiffchafffs, Swallow and 3 Linnets at Exnaboe. Drake Garganey at Spiggie. Wryneck at Hoswick. Ring Ouzel, Gadwall, Shoveler and 2 Swallows at Scatness. Common Redstart, Goldfinch, Brambling, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Robin at Toab. Pied Flycatcher, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff, Robin, 2 Swallows, Chaffinch, 2 Bramblings, Collared Dove, Blackcap, Robin, Whimbrel and 4 Fieldfares at Hestingott. Green Sandpiper, Snow Bunting, Swallow, Robin, Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Fieldfares, 2 Song Thrushes and 7 Linnets at Virkie. Green Sandpiper, 12 Swallows, 5 Robins, 2 Bramblings, Song Thrush, 3 Chiffchaffs, 2 Willow Warblers, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Blackcaps, 2 Reed Buntings, White Wagtail and Fieldfare at Sumburgh/Grutness. Common Scoter in Bay of Scousburgh. 5 Blackcaps at Cunningsburgh.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Exnaboe - Joe Kay (3 photos), Roger Riddington (1 photo)

Eastern Subalpine Warbler at Exnaboe - Rob Fray (2 photos); Jim Nicolson (2 photos)

Green Sandpiper at Grutness - Roger Riddington; Goldfinch and Brambling at Toab - Donald Robertson

Unst: 2 drake Mandarin Ducks, Common Redstart, Pied Flycatcher, Blackcap, Robin, Chaffinch, 2 Song Thrushes and 3 Chiffchaffs at Norwick. 2 Slavonian Grebes and 10 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. 5 Barnacle Geese, Willow Warbler, 2 Siskins, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Blackcaps at Baltasound. Reed Bunting, Robin, 4 Fieldfares and 5 Chiffchaffs at Skaw. 3 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 2 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick.

Mandarin Ducks at Norwick - Mike Pennington; Barnacle Geese at Baltasound - Rob Brookes; Common Redstart and Chiffchaff at Norwick - Mike Pennington

Whalsay: Wryneck, Dunnock, Ring Ouzel, 6 Robins, 7 Chiffchaffs, 3 Song Thrush, Swallow, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Willow Warblers at Skaw. Dunnock and 2 Chiffchaffs at Skibberhoull. 4 Bramblings at Hamister. 2 Swallows at Symbister. Swallow at Vatshoull.

Out Skerries: Ring Ouzel, Green Sandpiper, Blackcap, Robin, 5 Reed Buntings, Goldfinch, 3 Chaffinches, 2 White Wagtails, Grey Heron, 3 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler and 3 Swallows.

Central Mainland: Goldfinch, Goldcrest and Chiffchaff at Law Lane, Lerwick.

Yell: Kestrel at Cullivoe. Wood Pigeon at Gutcher.

Bressay: 2 Bramblings, Blackcap and 5 Wood Pigeons at Voehead.

Wednesday 23rd April

South Mainland: adult Night Heron still at Spiggie. Common Nightingale at Sumburgh Hotel; also Grasshopper Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Short-eared Owl, Reed Bunting, Song Thrush, 7 Robins, 4 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler and 3 White Wagtails at Sumburgh/Grutness. Wryneck, Redstart and Reed Bunting at Quendale. Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Toab. 2 Bramblings at Hestingott. Blackcap at Cunningsburgh.

Night Heron at Spiggie - Brian Marshall; Common Nightingale at Sumburgh and Wryneck at Quendale - Roger Riddington

Blackcap at Toab - Donald Robertson

Out Skerries: Wryneck, Green Sandpiper, 4 Reed Buntings, 6 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Chaffinch, Dunnock and 2 Song Thrushes.

Whalsay: Lesser Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackcaps, Dunnock, Swallow, Reed Bunting, Siskin, Brambling, 4 Robins and 3 Chiffchaffs at Skaw. Ring Ouzel at Hamister. Brambling at Symbister. Song Thrush at Skibberhoull.

Central Mainland: Waxwing at Brae. Ring Ouzel at Lunna Ness. Jackdaw at Gremista.

Unst: 5 Chiffchaffs at Skaw. 2 Slavonian Grebes, 8 Chiffchaffs and a Brambling at Haroldswick. 2 Bramblings, 2 Siskins and a Swallow at Baltasound.

Slavonian Grebe at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes; Gannets at Muckle Flugga - Jim Nangle

West Mainland:
Goosander at Bridge of Walls.

Bressay:
Brambling and Blackcap at Voehead.

Tuesday 22nd April

South Mainland: adult Night Heron again at Spiggie. First-summer Glaucous Gull at Grutness. Kestrel at Quendale. Black-tailed Godwit, Chiffchaff and 2 Swallows at Virkie. Whimbrel at Bakkasetter.

Bar-tailed Godwits at Virkie - Donald Robertson

Whalsay: Wryneck at Marrister. Turtle Dove at Brough. Ring Ouzel, 2 Song Thrushes, Dunnock, 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Robins at Skaw. Black-tailed Godwit, Goldcrest and Swallow at Symbister. 2 Chiffchaffs and a Chaffinch at Isbister.

Central Mainland: Goldfinch and 5 Siskins at Law Lane, Lerwick. Jackdaw at Loch of Clickimin. 3 Goldfinches at Brae.

Unst: Whimbrel at Hermaness. Swallow at Skaw. Reed Bunting and Swallow at Haroldswick. Blackcap, 2 Siskins and 2 Bramblings at Baltasound.

Reed Bunting at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Yell: Redwing and Blackcap at Gutcher.

Monday 21st April

West Mainland: adult Night Heron found dead at Reawick. Goosander at Bridge of Walls.

South Mainland: summer-plumaged Black-throated Diver in Quendale Bay. First-summer Iceland Gull, 5 Shovelers, 4 Swallows and 3 Sand Martins at Hillwell. First-summer Iceland Gull at Spiggie. Adult Iceland Gull at Grutness. First-summer Iceland Gull at Scatness. Blackcap and 4 Chiffchaffs at Exnaboe. Collared Dove, Swallow, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Virkie. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and 3 Swallows at Sumburgh. 3 Bramblings at Sandwick.

Wheatear at Sumburgh - Roger Riddington

Central Mainland: Hawfinch at Law Lane, Lerwick.

Unst: Mealy Common Redpoll, Brambling, Siskin, 2 Chiffchaffs and 5 Black-tailed Godwits at Baltasound. Collared Dove at Saxa Vord.

Burra: Whimbrel and 2 Linnets on Trondra.

Papa Stour: Black-tailed Godwit.

Sunday 20th April

South Mainland: adult Night Heron at Spiggie; also Greenshank there. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Gulberwick. 3 Sand Martins at Hillwell. Greenshank, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Blackcaps, Sand Martin, Redwing and Collared Dove at Virkie. Blackcap and 3 Chiffchaffs at Exnaboe. Willow Warbler, 2 Bramblings, Robin and 4 Linnets at Toab. Willow Warbler at Sumburgh Farm. Chiffchaff at Scousburgh. Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Wood Pigeon at Swinister Burn. Wood Pigeon at Hoswick.

Night Heron at Spiggie - Roger Riddington (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo); Greenshank at Spiggie - Glen Tyler; Chiffchaff at Exnaboe - Joe Kay; Greenshank at Virkie - Donald Robertson

West Mainland: adult Night Heron still at Reawick. Collared Dove at Bixter.

Night Heron at Reawick - Logan Johnson (1 photo), Henry Hyndman (1 photo)

Yell: Greenshank, Grey Heron, 10 Wigeon and 10 Red-breasted Mergansers at Gutcher. 12 Snow Buntings at West Sandwick.

Unst: Water Rail, Reed Bunting, 2 Linnets, White Wagtail, 4 Pink-footed Geese, Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick. 2 Siskins, Chaffinch, Rook, Willow Warbler, Linnet and 18 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Swallow and White Wagtail at Norwick. 2 Chiffchaffs at Skaw.

Bressay: 2 Bramblings at Voehead.

Papa Stour: Chiffchaff.

Saturday 19th April

West Mainland: adult Night Heron still at Reawick.

Unst: drake King Eider still at Uyeasound. Rook, 2 Common Redpolls, Chiffchaff, Carrion Crow and 18 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Water Rail, Chiffchaff, Barnacle Goose, 3 Pink-footed Geese, Common Redpoll and White Wagtail at Haroldswick. Pink-footed Goose at Ramnageo.

North Mainland: pale-bellied Brent Goose at Ronas Voe.

Brent Goose at Ronas Voe - John Coutts

South Mainland: Lesser Whitethroat at Grutness. Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe and 2 Gadwall at Spiggie. 4 Sand Martins, Swallow, 2 Pintails and Shoveler at Hillwell. Collared Dove and Chiffchaff at Scousburgh. Swallow and 3 Pintails at Scatness. Swallow at Virkie. Common Redpoll at Cunningsburgh. 2 Shelducks at Boddam.

Common Redpoll at Cunningsburgh - Leslie Smith (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo); Shelducks at Boddam and Great Skua at St Ninian's Isle - George Petrie

Friday 18th April

West Mainland: adult Night Heron at Reawick.

Night Heron at Reawick - Jim Nicolson (2 photos), George Petrie (2 photos), Roger Riddington (1 photo), John Priest (1 photo), Julie Redpath (1 photo)

South Mainland: adult Night Heron at Brake, Quendale at 09:00, before flying off towards Fitful Head. Gadwall and 2 Pintail at Scatness. Siskin and Chiffchaff at Sandwick.

Pintail at Scatness - Steve Minton; Night Heron at Brake - Susan Boardman

Central Mainland: White-billed Diver at Kirkabister.

Unst: Black-tailed Godwit, 19 Wood Pigeons, Redwing, Chaffinch, Rook and 2 Chiffchaffs at Baltasound. Tundra Bean Goose, Water Rail, Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaffs and 2 Redwings at Haroldswick. Redwing at Norwick. Chiffchafff at Belmont. 2 Mute Swans at Uyeasound.

Wheatear, Mute Swan and Whooper Swans at Uyeasound - Jim Nangle

Thursday 17th April

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. Redwing at Mid Yell. 2 Gadwall, 6 Wigeon and 12 Red-breasted Mergansers at Loch of Gutcher.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: 2 Goldfinches and a Siskin at Sandwick. 2 Siskins at Cunningsburgh. 14 Black-tailed Godwits at Virkie. Swallow and 60 Golden Plovers at Dalsetter. Redwing at Sumburgh Head. Dunnock at Ocraquoy. Iceland Gull at Hillwell. Canada Goose at Levenwick.

Goldfinch at Sandwick - George Petrie; Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit and Teal at Boddam - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: 5 Black-tailed Godwits at Loch of Tingwall.

Unst: 15 Snow Buntings at Hermaness. Reed Bunting and 2 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick.

Whalsay: Carrion Crow at Hamister.

Carrion Crow at Hamister - John Lowrie Irvine

West Mainland: Redwing and Chiffchaff at Norby .

Wednesday 16th April

South Mainland: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Scatness. 2 Goldfinches and a Brambling at Sandwick. Swallow and 2 Siskins at Cunningsburgh.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Scatness - Steve Minton; Goldfinches at Sandwick - Leslie Smith

Central Mainland: 2 House Martins at Leog, Lerwick.

Tuesday 15th April

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker and Robin at Cullivoe.

West Mainland: Goldcrest, Chiffchaff, Grey Heron and 2 Wood Pigeons at Sand.

South Mainland: 10 Linnets at Scousburgh. Chiffchaff and Linnet at Virkie. Chiffchaff at Toab.

Unst: Chiffchaff, Redwing and Pied Wagtail at Baltasound.

Monday 14th April

South Mainland: Sinensis Cormorant, Sandwich Tern, 2 Slavonian Grebes and 3 Shovelers at Spiggie. Goldfinch and Siskin at Sandwick. Kestrel at Cunningsburgh. 2 Pintails and 8 Bar-tailed Godwits at Hillwell. Rook at Toab. 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Linnets at Virkie. Redwing at Exnaboe. 4 Linnets at Scousburgh.

Goldfinch at Sandwick - Leslie Smith (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo)

Unst: drake Smew at Loch of Snarravoe. 2 Mute Swans at Uyeasound. 4 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick.

Sunday 13th April

South Mainland: Sinensis Cormorant and Pintail at Hillwell. Sandwich Tern, Sand Martin, Coot, Little Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebes at Spiggie. Short-eared Owl and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Siskin at Cunningsburgh. Robin at Hoswick. Chiffchaff at Swinister Burn.

North Mainland: Greenfinch at Urafirth.

Unst: Reed Bunting and 3 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. Chiffchaff at Skaw. Chiffchaff at Norwick. Song Thrush at Baltasound.

Reed Bunting at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes

Yell: 2 Siskins at Cullivoe.

Great Skuas, Lesser Black-backed Gulls and Wheatears now being reported from widespread sites in small numbers.

Hedgehog at Cunningsburgh - Robin Gosden

Saturday 12th April

Whalsay: Greenshank at Symbister. Pied Wagtail, White Wagtail, Chaffinch and 2 Bramblings at Hamister. Chaffinch and Chiffchaff at Skaw.

Pied Wagtail at Hamister - John Lowrie Irvine

South Mainland: Hawfinch, Blackcap, Chaffinch, 2 Redwings, 8 Wood Pigeons and 2 Robins at Swinister. Sandwich Tern at Scousburgh. 2 Siskins at Sandwick. Peregrine at Scatness.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe. 3 Redwings at Gloup.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

Friday 11th April

South Mainland: Great Skua and Chiffchaff at Virkie. White Wagtail at Grutness. 2 Siskins at Sandwick. Robin at Setter, Sandwick. Sanderling at Scousburgh.

White Wagtail at Grutness - Jim Nicolson

Thursday 10th April

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta. Chiffchaff at Toft.

Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta - Glen Tyler (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo); Red-throated Diver at Strand - Jim Nicolson

South Mainland: presumed Northern Eider at West Voe of Sumburgh. Sandwich Tern at Scord. Great Skua at Scatness. 2 Linnets at Virkie. 2 Wood Pigeons at Toab. Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest, 18 Fieldfares, 2 Redwings and 2 Bramblings at Swinister. Shoveler, Coot and Grey Heron at Spiggie. Robin at Setter, Sandwick.

Presumed Northern Eider at West Voe of Sumburgh, and Great Skua at Scatness - Steve Minton

Bressay: Kestrel and 3 Great Northern Divers on Noss.

Yell: Siskin, Chaffinch, Brambling, Fieldfare and Redwing at Gutcher. Wood Pigeon and 20 Fieldfares at Gloup.

Wednesday 9th April

South Mainland: Sandwich Tern and Rook at Virkie. Common Redpoll and Chaffinch at Sumburgh Head. Brambling and 2 Siskins at Sandwick.

Siskins and Brambling at Sandwick - Leslie Smith

Unst: drake Smew at Snarravoe. Tundra Bean Goose and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick. 4 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Chiffchaff and 3 Wood Pigeons at Norwick. 2 Chiffchaffs at Skaw.

Chiffchaff at Skaw, Unst - Jim Nangle

North Mainland: Dunnock at Urafirth.

Yell: Peregrine, Rook and Lesser Black-backed Gull at Burravoe.

Colour-ringed Twite at Burravoe - Dougie Preston. This bird was ringed in Orkney during the winter of 2010/2011 and was first seen at Burravoe on 26th May 2011.

West Mainland: 3 Common Redpolls, Wheatear, Wood Pigeon and Robin at Sand.

Bressay: Kestrel and Great Skua on Noss.

Long-tailed Ducks at Lerwick - Stan Brown

Tuesday 8th April

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta. 2 Bramblings at Fowlawick, Brae. Grey Heron at Sandy Loch, Lerwick. Common Redpoll at Loch of Voe.

Bramblings at Fowlawick, Brae - Jim Ratter; Grey Heron at Sandy Loch, Lerwick - Leslie Smith

South Mainland: Sandwich Tern and 2 Common Scoters at West Voe of Sumburgh. Great Skua and Dunnock at Scatness. Rook at Exnaboe. Wheatear at Maywick. Fieldfare at Bigton. Chaffinch and Robin at Cunningsburgh. 5 Fieldfares at Sandwick.

Burra: Willow Warbler on Trondra.

Yell: Wheatear, 2 Chaffinches, 2 Bramblings and a Siskin at Gutcher. 80 Fieldfares at Sellafirth. Dunnock at Cullivoe. Fieldfare at Camb. Robin at Nort-a-Voe.

Gannet at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

West Mainland: Collared Dove and Robin at Walls. Wood Pigeon and 2 Goldcrests at Sand.

Monday 7th April

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta. Bullfinch and Chiffchaff at Frakkafield. Siskin at Helendale, Lerwick. Common Redpoll in central Lerwick.

Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta - Logan Johnson

South Mainland: Sand Martin, Swallow, Sanderling, Robin, Chaffinch and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Common Crossbill, Wood Pigeon, Robin, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, 32 Fieldfares and 2 Redwings at Toab. Black Redstart, Swallow and 2 Chiffchaffs at Sumburgh Farm/Hotel. Black Redstart at Sumburgh Airport. Wheatear at Grutness. Wheatear at Compass Head. Blackcap at Hestingott. Wheatear at Sandwick. Brambling, Chaffinch and Robin at Cunningsburgh.

Yell: Wood Pigeon and 50 Fieldfares at Sellafirth. 15 Fieldfares and 6 Redwings at Gutcher. 5 Redwings at West Sandwick.

West Mainland: Chiffchaff at Walls.

Insects: Buff-tailed Bumblebee at Loch of Clickimin

Buff-tailed Bumblebee at Loch of Clickimin - Glen Tyler

Sunday 6th April

South Mainland: 3 drake Mandarin Ducks at Boddam. Great Tit, Swallow and Dunnock at Toab. Hawfinch at Wester Quarff. 2 Chaffinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and Robin at Virkie. Dunnock and 2 Chiffchaffs at Sumburgh. 4 Fieldfares at Hestingott. 7 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Exnaboe. Chaffinch at Ocraquoy. Hawfinch, Grey Wagtail and Chiffchaff at Hoswick.

Mandarin Ducks at Boddam - Gary Bell (1 photo), Joe Kay (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (2 photos), George Petrie (1 photo)

Great Tit at Toab - Donald Robertson; Redshank - Joe Kay

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta. 2 Hawfinches at Helendale, Lerwick. Hawfinch in central Lerwick. Greenfinch, 4 Goldfinches, Goldcrest, 5 Wood Pigeons and 3 Robins at Kergord. 2 Redwings and 2 Robins at Upper Kergord. 2 Siskins and 4 Robins at Scalloway.

Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta - George Petrie

Whalsay: Yellowhammer at Marrister. Grey Wagtail at Hamister. Great Spotted Woodpecker at Saltness.

Yellowhammer at Marrister - Brian Marshall

Unst: Sandwich Tern at Norwick. 2 Common Crossbills, Greenfinch and 250 Fieldfares at Halligarth.

Yell: male Hen Harrier in north Yell. Willow Warbler singing at Otterswick. Great Spotted Woodpecker and 4 Redwings at Cullivoe. Robin and Chiffchaff at Mid Yell.

West Mainland: Chiffchaff at Norby.

Chiffchaff at Norby - Gundel Grolimund

Saturday 5th April

Unst: male King Eider still at Uyeasound. Mistle Thrush, Hawfinch, Siskin, Brambling, Chaffinch and Chiffchaff at Halligarth; also another Hawfinch at Baltasound.

Hawfinch at Baltasound - Christine Harrison

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck now at Loch of Tingwall. 4 Goldfinches and a Dunnock at Scalloway. 4 Chaffinches, Robin and Song Thrush at Helendale, Lerwick.

Whalsay: Yellowhammer, Goldcrest and Robin at Marrister. Reed Bunting, 2 Robins, 3 Dunnocks, 5 Chiffchaffs, 11 Fieldfares and 12 Redwings at Skaw.

Yell: Sandwich Tern at West Sandwick. 60 Fieldfares and 2 Robins at Cullivoe.

Sandwich Tern at West Sandwick - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: 2 Hawfinches at Hoswick. Kestrel and 3 Robins at Sandwick. 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Jack Snipe, 110 Fieldfares, 5 Redwings, Wheatear, Peregrine, Moorhen, Goldcrest and 2 Dunnocks at Sumburgh. Wood Pigeon, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Pintails and 4 Chaffinches at Scatness. Pied Wagtail, Linnet, Song Thrush, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests and 2 Robins at Virkie. 2 Song Thrushes, Dunnock and Robin at Hestingott. Wheatear at Scousburgh. 10 Fieldfares at Troswick. Brambling at Gulberwick. 150 Golden Plovers at Sandwick.

Brambling at Gulberwick - Kathleen Anderson; Golden Plover at Sandwick and Black Redstart at Sumburgh - Jim Nicolson

Bressay: 17 Wood Pigeons, Robin and Dunnock at Voehead.

Friday 4th April

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Wood Pigeon and Robin at Helendale, Lerwick. 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Loch of Clickimin. Hawfinch, Brambling and Common Redpoll at Andrewstown Brae, Lerwick.

West Mainland: Hawfinch and Brambling at Walls.

Yell: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Goldcrest and 2 Robins at Cullivoe. Barnacle Goose at Gloup.

Barnacle Goose at Gloup - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Ring Ouzel, 5 Pintails and 4 Chaffinches at Scatness. 2 Wheatears at Grutness. Chaffinch and 5 Song Thrushes at Sumburgh Head. Northern Wheatear and Fieldfare at Sumburgh Farm. Chiffchaff and 2 Dunnocks at Toab. Song Thrush and Dunnock at Exnaboe. Chaffinch at Virkie. Wood Pigeon and Redwing at South Voe. 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Robins at Ocraquoy. 23 Wood Pigeons at Wester Quarff.

Ring Ouzel at Scatness - Steve Minton; Wheatears at Grutness - George Petrie; Song Thrush and Dunnock at Exnaboe - Joe Kay

Thursday 3rd April

Central Mainland: 2 Coal Tits at Westerloch, Lerwick. 2 Hawfinches and 8 Goldfinches at Helendale, Lerwick. 4 Goldfinches, 6 Siskins, Robin and Brambling at Scalloway.

South Mainland: Hawfinch, Brambling, Chaffinch, Chiffchaff and 2 Robins at Sandwick. Jack Snipe and Chaffinch at Virkie. Robin and Chiffchaff at Sumburgh Hotel. Dunnock at Sumburgh Head. 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Robins at Ocraquoy.

Hawfinch at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson

Unst: Tundra Bean Goose, 3 Chiffchaffs and 4 Fieldfares at Haroldswick. Brambling and 3 Robins at Norwick. 2 Dunnocks and 3 Robins at Skaw.

Tundra Bean Goose at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle

North Mainland: Coot at Urafirth.

Coot at Urafirth and Red-throated Diver at Eshaness - Stan Brown

Yell: Goosander at Gutcher.

Gannet at Gutcher - Andy Gear

Wednesday 2nd April

West Mainland: Hawfinch at Walls. Coot at Annifirth. 2 Robins at Sand.

Coot at Annifirth - Barry Broadbent

Unst: Tundra Bean Goose and Great Northern Diver at Haroldswick.

Central Mainland: 6 Goldfinches, 4 Siskins, Wood Pigeon, Robin and 2 Dunnocks at Scalloway.

Yell: 2 Bramblings, 2 Chiffchaffs, Robin and Dunnock at Cullivoe. Wood Pigeon at Sellafirth.

Bramblings and Dunnock at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle

South Mainland: Song Thrush, Redwing, Chiffchaff and 6 Robins at Exnaboe. Song Thursh, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 2 Robins and 12 Shelducks at Virkie. Dunnock at Scatness. 2 Shoveler at Spiggie. Robin and Goldcrest at Sandwick.

Tuesday 1st April

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Asta. Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Wood Pigeons, 2 Redwings and a Dunnock at Helendale, Lerwick. 5 Siskins, Chiffchaff, Dunnock and Robin at Law Lane, Lerwick. 10 Wood Pigeons at Hillhead, Lerwick. Goldcrest at Loch of Voe.

Whalsay: Mistle Thrush at Skaw.

South Mainland: Black Redstart, Dunnock, Chiffchaff, 2 Robins and Pied Wagtail at Toab. Chaffinch and 8 Barnacle Geese at Sumburgh. Chaffinch, Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Robins at Virkie. Dunnock at Hestingott. Song Thrush, Dunnock and Robin at Levenwick. 2 Chaffinches, 2 Chiffchaffs, Goldcrest and Robin at Sandwick.

Dunnock at Toab - Donald Robertson; Red-throated Divers at Grutness - George Petrie; Chaffinch at Sandwick - Leslie Smith

Yell: Barnacle Goose and 2 Goosanders at Gutcher. Wood Pigeon and Fieldfare at Sellafirth.

Mountain Hare at Culswick - Barry Broadbent

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