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May 2014 Sightings

 

 

Saturday 31st May

Out Skerries: Ortolan Bunting still present.

Unst: Snow Bunting at Saxa Vord. 11 Wood Pigeons, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs at Norwick. Great Spotted Woodpecker, Greenshank and 2 House Martins at Haroldswick. 4 Common Redpolls at Baltasound.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Haroldswick - John Moncrieff

West Mainland: Marsh Warbler at Sandness (ringed bird from Scousburgh on Wednesday).

Marsh Warbler at Sandness - Rory Tallack

South Mainland: Spotted Flycatcher at Scousburgh.

Common Snipe at Clumlie - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: 6 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick.

Common Scoters at Lerwick - Ray Johnston

Whalsay: Sedge Warbler at Brough. 7 Wood Pigeons at Hamister.

Fetlar: Blackcap at Tresta.

Yell: 6 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Ringed Plovers and Sanderlings at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle; Ringed Plovers at Vatster - Charlie Inkster

Friday 30th May

Out Skerries: Ortolan Bunting, Rustic Bunting, female Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler and 4 Swallows.

Ortolan Bunting on Out Skerries - Stephen Dunstan

Unst: Rustic Bunting at Skaw. Female Red-backed Shrike at Lamba Ness. 2 Common Redpolls, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat and Sparrowhawk at Baltasound. Male Ruff at Muness.

Rustic Bunting at Skaw - Gav Thomas; Rob Brookes

South Mainland: Common Nightingale at Sumburgh Hotel. Male Ruff at Scatness. Icterine Warbler at Toab. Red-backed Shrike at Sumburgh Airport. Garden Warbler and Chiffchaff at Quendale.

Shelducks at Boddam - John Moncrieff and Jim Nicolson; Ruff at Scatness - Steve Minton; Great Northern Diver at Spiggie - Ronnie Cook

North Mainland: Hobby at Eshaness.

Central Mainland: 1st summer Little Gull and a pair of Common Scoters at Loch of Benston. Two male Scaup at Loch of Asta. 6 Common Scoters off Twagoes, Lerwick.

Whalsay: Icterine Warbler t Skibberhoull.

Thursday 29th May

Central Mainland: Bee-eater at Kebister, Dales Voe, very early morning before flying south. 6 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick. Cuckoo at South Nesting.

Unst: Pectoral Sandpiper at Haroldswick, along with 2 House Martins. Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, Song Thrush and Lesser Whitethroat at Baltasound. Chiffchaff at Norwick. Common Redpoll at Uyeasound.

Pectoral Sandpiper at Haroldswick - Gavin Thomas

Whalsay: Blyth's Reed Warbler still at Skaw.

Out Skerries: first summer male Common Rosefinch, Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Tree Sparrow, 3 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler, 3 Swallows and White Wagtail.

Yell: 6 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

South Mainland: Icterine Warbler at Sumburgh Hotel. Ruff at Spiggie. Wood Sandpiper at Hillwell. Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Linnets at Scousburgh.

Wednesday 28th May

Out Skerries: Blyth's Reed Warbler, male Red-backed Shrike, first-summer male Common Rosefinch, 5 Chiffchaffs, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Common Whitethroat, Garden Warbler and Willow Warbler.

Blyth's Reed Warbler on Out Skerries - Stephen Dunstan

Whalsay: Blyth's Reed Warbler trapped at Skaw.

Blyth's Reed Warbler on Whalsay - John Laurie Irvine

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis initially at Loch of Hillwell then flew over Virke and Sumburgh Head. Icterine Warbler, Red-backed Shrike, Black Redstart and Common Redstart at Quendale. 3 Garganeys at Hillwell. Wryneck at Boddam. Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler at Virkie. Ringed Reed Warbler at Geosetter - originally ringed at Virkie on 20th May. 2 Common Redpolls and Chiffchaff at Cunningsburgh. Marsh Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers and 10 Linnets.

Icterine Warbler at Quendale - Roger Riddington; Common Redpoll at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Unst: Common Whitethroat at Norwick. Black-tailed Godwit at Haroldswick. Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Baltasound. At least 15 Swallows in north Unst.

Fetlar: Little Stint at Funzie. Marsh Warbler at Tresta. Common Crossbill and Spotted Flycatcher at Feal.

Yell: 2 Swallows at Cullivoe. Lesser Whitethroat at Gutcher.

West Mainland: Chaffinch, 6 Common Redpolls, 2 Wood Pigeons, Willow Warbler and Goldcrests at Gairdens o' Sand.

Tuesday 27th May

Out Skerries: male Rustic Bunting, female Bluethroat, Icterine Warbler, first-summer male Common Rosefinch, male Red-backed Shrike, 2 Common Redpolls, Tree Pipit, 3 Chiffchaffs, Garden Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, Common Sandpiper, Dunnock, 4 Swallows and House Martin.

South Mainland: Rustic Bunting, female Red-backed Shrike, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, Sedge Warbler and Willow Warbler at Virkie. Probably 2 different red male Common Rosefinches at Toab and Virkie. 2 Swallows and Chaffinch at Sumburgh. Male Red-backed Shrike, Common Redpoll, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Quendale. Wryneck at Boddam. Ruff at Spiggie.

Ruff at Spiggie - Jim Nicolson; Wryneck at Boddam - Dougie Preston

Common Rosefinches at Virkie (Rob Fray 3 photos), Toab (Donald Robertson 3 photos) and Virkie (Ray Johnston 3 photos)

Central Mainland: 2 Common Redpolls at Voe. Common Redpoll and 2 Robins at Vidlin. Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher at Graven. Male Scaup at Loch of Asta.

Unst: 2 male Mandarin Ducks, 2 Swallows and Spotted Flycatcher at Norwick. Wood Sandpiper, Spotted Flycatcher, Siskin and 2 Common Redpolls at Baltasound. 6 Swallows at Skaw. 3 House Martins and Swallow at Haroldswick.

Mandarins at Norwick - Jim Nangle

Yell: Spotted Flycatcher at Gutcher.

Whalsay: 41 Barnacle Geese at Skaw.

Monday 26th May

South Mainland: Brent Goose at Grutness. Common Whitethroat and Swallow at Sumburgh Farm. 3 Swallows at Sumburgh Airport. Spotted Flycatcher at Eastshore, Virkie. Spotted Flycatcher at Hestingott. Male Common Rosefinch and Lesser Whitethroat at Boddam. Glaucous Gull and Barnacle Goose at Spiggie. 2 Garden Warblers, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Whitethroat and Chiffchaff at Sandwick. Garden Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Cunningsburgh.

Brent Goose at Grutness - Rob Fray; Garden Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Swallow and Spotted Flycatcher at Sandwick and Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Out Skerries: male Bluethroat, first-summer male Common Rosefinch, Common Redpoll, Spotted Flycatcher, Common Whitethroat, Redwing, Garden Warbler, 2 House Martins, 2 Swallows, 2 Willow Warblers, Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Siskin.

Yell: Continental Cormorant at Gutcher. 2 Common Redpolls at Seafield. Icterine Warbler at Cullivoe.

North Mainland: Grey-headed Wagtail at Eshaness.

Grey-headed Wagtail at Eshaness - Gavin Thomas

Central Mainland: Golden Oriole at Vidlin.

Golden Oriole at Vidlin - Gavin Thomas

Fetlar: Little Stint at Funzie. Cuckoo at Feal.

Unst: Marsh Warbler, 7 Tree Sparrows, 3 Common Redpolls and Siskin at Baltasound.

West Mainland: Wood Sandpiper at Sand.

Wood Sandpiper at Sand - Julie Redpath

Sunday 25th May

Fetlar: Black-headed Wagtail at Funzie.

North Mainland: male Western Subalpine Warbler at Braehoulland, Eshaness.

Subalpine Warbler at Eshaness - Susan Davidson; Common Sandpipers in North Roe - Ray Johnston

South Mainland: Red-rumped Swallow at Boddam; Wryneck also still there. Nightjar at Geosetter. Glossy Ibis and 2 male Garganeys at Hillwell. Marsh Warbler at Quendale. Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Redpolls and Blackcap at Virkie.

Spotted Flycatcher and Marsh Warbler at Quendale - Roger Riddington

West Mainland: Spotted Flycatcher, Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warblers, 5 Common Redpolls and Goldcrests at Gairdins o' Sand. 2 Spotted Flycatchers and Common Redpoll at Dale of Walls.

Central Mainland: Cuckoo at Toft.

Unst: Common Crane flying north, Cuckoo, 2 Carrion Crows, 3 Common Redpolls and 5 Tree Sparrows at Baltasound. Male Common Rosefinch, Icterine Warbler, Common Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Siskins, Common Redpoll and 4 Tree Sparrows at Norwick.

Gannet at Hermaness, Spotted Flycatcher at Norwick and Carrion Crow at Baltasound - Rob Brookes

Out Skerries: Red-backed Shrike, Common Rosefinch, Wood Sandpiper, Sedge Warbler, Dunnock, Redwing, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Siskin, 3 Swallows, 2 House Martins, 3 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler and White Wagtail.

Yell: 2 Tree Sparrows and Spotted Flycatcher at Gutcher.

Bressay: Red-backed Shrike at Gorie.

Saturday 24th May

Unst: first-summer male Citrine Wagtail still at Haroldswick; also Great Spotted Woodpecker still there and Spotted Flycatcher. Alpine Swift at Hermaness. Male Golden Oriole, 9 Wood Pigeons, 5 Siskins and Spotted Flycatcher at Baltasound. 5 Tree Sparrows, Cuckoo and Spotted Flycatcher at Norwick. 2 House Martins at Uyeasound.

Citrine Wagtail at Haroldswick - George Petrie (two photos). Golden Oriole and Spotted Flycatcher at Baltasound and Pied Wagtail at Norwick - Jim Nangle; Spotted Flycatcher at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

Foula: Blyth's Reed Warbler, Common Nightingale, Common Crane and Grey-headed Wagtail.

Out Skerries: 2 Common Rosefinches, Whinchat, Garden Warbler, 5 House Martins, 5 Swallows, Siskin and Willow Warbler.

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis at Loch of Hillwell. Wryneck at Boddam. Spotted Flycatcher at Hestingott. 4 Swallows and Linnet at Loch of Vatsetter, Maywick.

Wryneck and Wheatear at Boddam and Meadow Pipit at Sumburgh - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: Red Kite at Muckle Roe. Cuckoo at Toft. Common Redpoll at Loch of Voe. 2 Scaup at Loch of Asta. Spotted Flycatcher in Burgh Road, Lerwick. 21 Swallows at Loch of Clickimin.

Cuckoo at Toft - John Laurenson

Whalsay: Icterine Warbler at Clate Head.

Icterine Warbler on Whalsay - John Laurie Irvine

Bressay: male Common Rosefinch and Blackcap at Voehead.

Common Rosefinch on Bressay - Douglas Garden

North Mainland: 2 House Martins at Eshaness.

Yell: 15 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

 

Starling entering nest under manhole cover at Mid Yell - Charlie Inkster

Friday 23rd May

Unst: first-summer male Citrine Wagtail at Haroldswick; also Great Spotted Woodpecker still there. 2 drake Mandarin Ducks at Haroldswick and Norwick. Male Golden Oriole and Wood Sandpiper at Baltasound. 5 Tree Sparrows and Spotted Flycatcher at Norwick.

Citrine Wagtail at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes (one photo); Mike Pennington (one photo). Dunlin at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington

Out Skerries: 2 Common Rosefinches, male Red-backed Shrike, Red-breasted Flycatcher and Wood Sandpiper.

Red-breasted Flycatcher on Skerries - Roger Riddington

South Mainland: Bluethroat at Sumburgh Hotel. Icterine Warbler at Old Scatness. 8 House Martins at Loch of Spiggie.

Central Mainland: male Golden Oriole at Vidlin. Cuckoo at Toft. 2 male Scaups at Loch of Asta. Little Gull in South Nesting. Spotted Flycatcher and Common Whitethroat at Voe. Brambling at Kergord.

Golden Oriole at Vidlin - Rowland Dawson; Cuckoo at Toft - John Laurenson

Bressay: Spotted Flycatcher at Voehead.

Thursday 22nd May

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis at Hillwell this morning, then flew east; also Red-rumped Swallow still at Hillwell. Common Nightingale, Siskin, Willow Warbler and 2 House Martins at Toab. Bluethroat at Sumburgh Hotel; also Black Redstart, Swift, Common Whitethroat, 2 Common Redpolls and 2 Collared Doves at Sumburgh. Common Crossbill and 2 Carrion Crows at Scatness. Brent Goose, Tree Pipit, 3 Siskins, Song Thrush, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 226 Ringed Plovers, Bar-tailed Godwit and 30 Sanderlings at Virkie. Swift at Hestingott. Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Grey Wagtail and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Quendale. Siskin and Spotted Flycatcher at Levenwick. Spotted Flycatcher at Fladdabister.

Bluethroat at Sumburgh Hotel - Roger Riddington; Black Redstart at Sumburgh - Rebecca Nason

Unst: 2 drake Mandarin Ducks at Norwick.

Shetland Mouse-ear on the Keen of Hamar - Jim Nicolson

West Mainland: 5 Pomarine Skuas past Watsness.

Bressay: Wood Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Voehead.

West Mainland: 4 Common Redpolls and Willow Warbler at Sand.

Central Mainland: Spotted Flycatcher at Brettabister. Common Sandpiper at Lerwick.

Common Sandpiper at Lerwick - Rebecca Nason

Yell: 28 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Wednesday 21st May

Unst: Rustic Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warblers at Skaw. Cuckoo, 3 Collared Doves and 12 Wood Pigeons at Norwick. Carrion Crow at Baltasound. Shelduck at Haroldswick.

Rustic Bunting at Skaw, Unst - Rebecca Nason

South Mainland: Red-rumped Swallow and Sedge Warbler at Hillwell. Honey Buzzard on Mousa. Swift, Sedge Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, Chiffchaff, Greenshank and 13 House Martins at Sumburgh. Tree Pipit, Brent Goose, Sand Martin, Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcaps at Virkie. 32 Sanderlings at Grutness. 26 Sanderlings at West Voe of Sumburgh. Turtle Dove at Old Scatness. Common Redpoll, Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Collared Doves at Scatness. 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Bigton. Spotted Flycatcher at Hoswick. Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Siskins at Levenwick. Wryneck at Boddam.

Wryneck at Boddam - Ricahrd Ashbee

Central Mainland: Golden Oriole at Vidlin.

Bressay: Spotted Flycacther at Voehead.

North Mainland: Knot at Gluss.

Yell: 19 Sanderlings at Cullivoe.

Tuesday 20th May

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis at Hillwell this evening, but flew off towards Quendale dunes; also Red-rumped Swallow, Turtle Dove, Garganey, 30 Swallows, Sand Martin and 7 House Martins at Hillwell. Wryneck at Boddam. Reed Warbler, Brent Goose, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Virkie. Siskin and Sedge Warbler at Quendale. Cuckoo, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and 2 Siskins at Levenwick.

Red-rumped Swallow at Hillwell and Reed Warbler at Virkie - Roger Riddington; Swallows at Boddam - Rebecca Nason

Whalsay: Bluethroat, Cuckoo, House Martin, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs at Skaw. Swift over Tripwell.

Bluethroat and Cuckoo at Skaw, Whalsay - John Lowrie Irvine

Unst: 3 Tree Sparrows and 3 Common Redpolls at Baltasound.

Central Mainland: Long-eared Owl, Blackcap and Song Thrush at Kergord. Spotted Flycatcher at Upper Kergord. Spotted Flycatcher at Sullom Voe Terminal. House Martin at Loch of Tingwall.

Yell: Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Burravoe.

Monday 19th May

South Mainland: Blyth's Reed Warbler and Spotted Flycatcher at Quendale. Osprey over Bigton this evening. Wryneck at Boddam. Garganey at Hillwell. Carrion Crow, 2 Pintails and 2 Shoveler at Spiggie. Sedge Warbler, Brent Goose, Blackcap and 4 Sanderlings at Virkie. 21 Sanderlings at Scord. Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff at Exnaboe. 2 Wood Pigeons at Cunningsburgh.

Wryneck at Boddam - George Petrie (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (1 photo), Larry Dalziel (1 photo)

Unst: Red-rumped Swallow still at Burrafirth. Wood Sandpiper, 2 Tree Sparrows, 4 Pintails, Carrion Crow, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Willow Warblers at Baltasound. Common Sandpiper at Uyeasound.

Whalsay: Bluethroat, Dunnock, Mealy Common Redpoll, 3 Chiffchaffs, Spotted Flycatcher, House Martin and Lesser Whitethroat at Skaw. Little Stint and Pintail at Brough. 2 Collared Doves and 2 Swallows at Hamister.

North Mainland: Golden Oriole at Oxensetter, Northmavine.

Yell: Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Swallow at Burravoe. Collared Dove and Wood Pigeon at Mid Yell.

Insects: Red Admiral at Quendale. Red Admiral at Sumburgh Farm.

Sunday 18th May

Unst: Red-rumped Swallow at Burrafirth; also Swift, House Martin, 14 Swallows, Pink-footed Goose and 2 Barnacle Geese at Burrafirth. Garden Warbler and Blackcap at Haroldswick. 3 Knot and 3 Sanderling at Westing. 2 Willow Warblers, Carrion Crow, Grey Heron and 2 Chiffchaffs at Baltasound.

Red-rumped Swallow at Burrafirth - Rob Brookes (3 photos), Mike Pennington (2 photos)

Whalsay: Little Stint, Pintail, 50 Dunlin, Sanderling and 30 Purple Sandpipers at Brough. 3 Tree Sparrows, 2 Swallows and Carrion Crow at Hamister. Sanderling, Spotted Flycatcher, Dunnock, Mealy Common Redpoll, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 12 Dunlin and 3 Swallows at Skaw. 3 Collared Doves at Saltness. Wood Pigeon at Symbister.

South Mainland: Wryneck at Boddam. Garganey, Turtle Dove and Glaucous Gull at Hillwell. Little Gull at St Ninian's Isle. Cuckoo at Old Scatness. Reed Bunting at Sumburgh Hotel. Brent Goose at Virkie. Kestrel and Chiffchaff at Scousburgh. 2 Shoveler at Spiggie. Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler and 2 Swallows at Swinister Burn.

Purple Sandpipers and Turnstones at Boddam - Donald Robertson

Bressay: Wood Warbler, Sparrowhawk and Blackcap at Voehead. Knot on Noss.

Knot on Noss - Craig Nisbet

Central Mainland: pair of Garganey at Loch of Clickimin.

West Mainland: Cuckoo, 5 Common Redpolls, Willow Warbler and 4 Swallows at Sand.

Yell: Common Redpoll at Burravoe.

Arctic Tern at Mid Yell - Charlie Inkster

Saturday 17th May

South Mainland: Wryneck and Chiffchaff at Boddam. 2 Garganey at Hillwell. Brent Goose and 5 Sanderlings at Virkie. Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 House Martins, Knot, 34 Purple Sandpipers, 61 Sanderling, Song Thrush, Willow Warbler and 24 Swallows at Scatness. Blackcap, Wood Pigeon and 3 Swallows at Hoswick.

Wryneck at Boddam - Roger Riddington (1 photo), John Moncrieff (1 photo), Jim Nicolson (2 photos)' George Petrie (1 photo)

Bressay: Wood Warbler at Voehead. Knot on Noss.

Yell: 2 Tree Sparrows and Collared Dove at Gutcher. 3 Common Redpolls at Mid Yell.

Unst: Iceland Gull at Woodwick. 5 Swallows at Loch of Snarravoe.

Friday 16th May

Unst: Spotted Sandpiper still at Skaw. Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Reed Bunting, 2 Rooks, 10 Carrion Crows and 4 Jackdaws at Baltasound.

Spotted Sandpiper at Skaw - Mike Pennington

West Mainland: 3 Long-tailed Skuas, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 11 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Common Scoters past Wats Ness. 3 Common Redpolls, Willow Warbler, 2 Wood Pigeons and 5 Swallows at Sand.

South Mainland: Little Bunting and Wryneck at Boddam. 2 Garganey at Hillwell. Iceland Gull and 4 Knot at Scatness. Brent Goose at Virkie. 2 Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh.

Purple Sandpiper and Turnstone at Scatness - Jim Nicolson

Central Mainland: 4 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick.

Yell: House Martin and 3 Swallows at Burravoe. Swallow at Mid Yell.

Cetaceans: 6 Killer Whales north through Yell Sound this afternoon. 3 Killer Whales past Watsness.

Thursday 15th May

Unst: Spotted Sandpiper at Skaw. 340 Knot, 3 Jackdaws, 12 Carrion Crows, Pink-footed Goose, Willow Warbler and 2 Gadwall at Baltasound. Common Sandpiper, Garden Warbler, Brambling, 4 Chiffchaffs and 4 Bramblings at Haroldswick. Rook at Norwick.

Spotted Sandpiper at Skaw, Unst - Rob Brookes

Whalsay: 2 Tree Sparrows at Hamister.

South Mainland: 2 Brent Geese, 6 Knot and 2 Sanderling at Virkie. Turtle Dove at Hestingott. 2 Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh. Common Redpoll at Ocraquoy.

Brent Goose at Virkie - Roger Riddington

West Mainland: 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Common Redpolls and Willow Warbler at Sand.

Whimbrel at Brettabister - Kev Bryant

Wednesday 14th May

South Mainland: Garganey, Gadwall and 3 Shovelers at Hillwell. Brent Goose at Virkie. Blackcap at Grutness.

Arctic Tern at Grutness - Donald Robertson

Unst: Mealy Common Redpoll, Pink-footed Goose, Carrion Crow and 2 Willow Warblers at Baltasound.

Yell: 2 Tree Sparrows and a Collared Dove at Gutcher. 2 Swallows at Vatsetter.

Collared Dove at Gutcher - Jim Nangle

Golden Plover at Ronas Hill - George Petrie

Tuesday 13th May

South Mainland: 2 Tree Sparrows at Sumburgh Farm. Brent Goose at Virkie. 4 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh. Common Redpoll at Cunningsburgh. Mealy Common Redpoll at Sandwick.

Yell: 2 Tree Sparrows and 2 Pied Flycatchers at Gutcher. 2 Coots at Kirk Loch, Cullivoe. House Martin at Mid Yell.

Pied Flycatcher at Gutcher - Jim Nangle

Unst: Great Spotted Woodpecker at Haroldswick. 2 Gadwall, 3 Black-tailed Godwits, Pink-footed Goose, 3 Carrion Crows and 14 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound.

West Mainland: Cuckoo at Tresta.

Monday 12th May

Whalsay: Hoopoe, 2 Willow Warblers, Spotted Flycatcher, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap at Skaw. Pied Flycatcher, 3 Mealy Common Redpolls and a Collared Dove at Hamister.

South Mainland: Little Bunting, 2 Wood Sandpipers, Garganey, 2 Sand Martins, Gadwall, Shoveler and Barnacle Goose at Hillwell. 2 Tree Sparrows at Sumburgh Farm. Sedge Warbler at Scatness. Brent Goose, 2 Goldfinches, Mealy Common Redpoll and Chiffchaff at Virkie. 10 Sanderling at Grutness. Bar-tailed Godwit at Boddam. 4 Common Redpolls and a Collared Dove at Cunningsburgh. 30 Purple Sandpipers on Mousa. Wood Pigeon at Scousburgh.

Arctic Tern at Grutness - George Petrie; Wheatear at Boddam - Donald Robertson; Collared Dove at Cunningsburgh - Robin Gosden

Unst: Wryneck, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Gadwall, 10 Common Redpolls, 2 Jackdaws, Carrion Crow, 6 Willow Warblers, 5 Chiffchaffs, Brambling, 2 Blackcaps and 10 Wood Pigeons at Baltasound. Reed Bunting, Garden Warbler, Swallow and 2 Blackcaps at Haroldswick. Redwing, Wood Pigeon and 2 Bramblings at Norwick.

Central Mainland: Pied Flycatcher at Scalloway. Pied Flycatcher at Frakkafield.

Pied Flycatcher at Frakkafield - Angus Nicol

West Mainland: 2 Willow Warblers and at least 1 Common Redpoll at Sand.

Sunday 11th May

Unst: Wryneck, 2 Wood Sandpipers, 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Gadwall, Siskin, 5 Mealy Common Redpolls, Reed Bunting and 4 Bramblings at Baltasound. Pied Flycatcher at Northdale.

South Mainland: Garganey, Wood Sandpiper, 5 Sand Martins, 25 Swallows, Shoveler and 2 Coots at Hillwell. Spotted Flycatcher, Brent Goose, Barnacle Goose, 2 Goldfinches, Mealy Common Redpoll, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff at Virkie. Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. Kestrel at Scatness. Rook, Carrion Crow and Collared Dove at Hestingott. Cuckoo, Pied Flycatcher, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Bigton. Common Redstart and Blackcap at Quendale. Shoveler at Boddam. 4 Common Redpolls, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Collared Dove at Cunningsburgh. Chiffchaff at Toab.

Common Tern at Sandwick - Jim Nicolson

Whalsay: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 3 Mealy Common Redpolls, Whinchat, 2 Willow Warblers and a Chiffchaff at Skaw. Pied Flycatcher and Chiffchaff at Hamister. Pied Flycatcher and Chiffchaff at Symbister. 2 Pied Flycatchers at Brough.

West Mainland: Cuckoo at Culswick.

Central Mainland: 4 Common Redpolls at Scalloway.

Saturday 10th May

Bluemull Sound: summer-plumaged White-billed Diver.

South Mainland: Tundra Bean Goose, Garganey, sinensis Cormorant, 3 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows at Hillwell. Turtle Dove at Scousburgh. Scaup at Spiggie. Cuckoo at Sumburgh. Brent Goose, 2 Goldfinches and Willow Warbler at Virkie. Carrion Crow at Exnaboe. 8 Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh. Robin and Blackcap at Quendale.

Tundra Bean Goose at Hillwell - Roger Riddington; Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson

Unst: Great Spotted Woodpecker, Siskin, Collared Dove, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Willow Warblers and 2 Blackcaps at Haroldswick. Pink-footed Goose, 3 Common Redpolls, Chiffchaff and 5 Carrion Crows at Baltasound. 18 Swallows at Burrafirth. Common Redstart and Pied Flycatcher at Northdale. Reed Bunting at Skaw.

Great Spotted Woodpecker at Haroldswick - Moira Berry

Whalsay: 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Blackcaps, Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat and Common Redpoll at Skaw. Lesser Whitethroat and Song Thrush at Isbister. 2 Whooper Swans and a Chiffchaff at Symbister.

Burra: Pied Flycatcher at Hamnavoe.

Central Mainland: 4 Common Redpolls at Scalloway. 6 Swallows at Loch of Clickimin.

West Mainland: 6 Siskins at Aith.

Friday 9th May

Fetlar: Rustic Bunting at Funzie. Wood Sandpiper and 2 Fieldfares at Houbie.

Unst: Red-backed Shrike, Reed Bunting, 6 Swallows, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Chiffchaffs and 4 Bramblings at Haroldswick. 2 Gadwall, 5 Common Redpolls, Chiffchaff and 6 Bramblings at Baltasound. Common Whitethroat and 2 Swallows at Norwick. Willow Warbler and 4 Swallows at Skaw.

Whalsay: Spotted Flycatcher, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Ring Ouzel, Lesser Whitethroat, Chiffchaff and Sedge Warbler at Skaw.

South Mainland: Turtle Dove at Scousburgh. Wood Pigeon at Virkie. Blackcap at Sumburgh. Robin at Geosetter. 11 Swallows at Quendale. Shoveler at Boddam.

Central Mainland: 4 Common Redpolls at Scalloway.

West Mainland: Pied Flycatcher and 3 Blackcaps at Sandness.

Yell: Fieldfare at Mid Yell.

Thursday 8th May

Unst: Yellow-rumped Warbler still at Haroldswick; also Sand Martin, House Martin, Swallow, 2 Common Redpolls, Blackcap, Collared Dove and 2 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. Red-backed Shrike at Norwick. Cuckoo at Skaw. Stock Dove, Tree Pipit, 2 Gadwall, Reed Bunting, 6 Bramblings, 2 Common Redpolls, 8 Chiffchaffs, Swallow and 2 Blackcaps at Baltasound. Short-eared Owl at Uyeasound.

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes (2 photos), Jim Nicolson (3 photos), Roger Riddington (2 photos)

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle (1 photo), Logan Johnson (1 photo); Chiffchaff at Haroldswick - Logan Johnson

South Mainland: Glossy Ibis and drake Garganey at Spiggie. Wryneck at Levenwick. Turtle Dove, Goldfinch and Chiffchaff at Hestingott. Brent Goose, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Virkie. Lesser Whitethroat and 2 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. 2 Wood Pigeons, 2 Chiffchaffs, Blackcap and Swallow at Toab. Pied Flycatcher at Fladdabister. Mealy Common Redpoll at Scatness. Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs at Hoswick.

Brent Goose at Virkie - Donald Robertson

Fetlar: drake Garganey, Pochard and Blackcap at Funzie. Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs at Houbie.

Yell: 6 Tree Sparrows, Greenshank and Blackcap at Gutcher.

Tree Sparrows at Gutcher - Andy Gear

Central Mainland: 4 Common Redpolls at Scalloway.

West Mainland: 11 Arctic Terns at Sandness.

Bressay: Blackcap at Voehead.

Wednesday 7th May

Unst: Yellow-rumped Warbler, Western Subalpine Warbler, 2 drake Mandarin Ducks, Wryneck, 2 Sandwich Terns, Common Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Terns, 10 Chiffchaffs, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Sedge Warbler, 5 Willow Warblers, 6 Blackcaps and 6 Swallows at Haroldswick. Red-backed Shrike, Waxwing, Black Redstart, Common Redstart, Common Whitethroat, 10 Chiffchaffs, 5 Willow Warblers, 2 Blackcaps, Robin, 2 Redwings, Song Thrush and 6 Bramblings at Norwick. Sparrowhawk, Common Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Redwings, 2 Fieldfares, 3 Chiffchaffs, 12 Arctic Terns, Peregrine Falcon, 2 Mealy Common Redpolls and 2 Blackcaps at Baltasound. Common Sandpiper, Blackcap and 2 Willow Warblers at Skaw.

Yellow-rumped Warbler at Haroldswick - Rob Brookes; Mandarin Ducks and Common Sandpiper at Haroldswick - Jim Nangle; Sparrowhawk at Baltasound - Christine Harrison

Central Mainland: drake Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Clickimin.

Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Clickimin - Roger Riddington

Fetlar: Cuckoo at Funzie.

South Mainland: Common Crane still at Fleck. Hawfinch and Collared Dove at Cunningsburgh. Adult Iceland Gull at Quendale. Brent Goose, Dunnock, Lesser Whitethroat, 15 Swallows, 18 Arctic Terns, 3 Chiffchaffs, Willow Warbler and 2 Blackcaps at Virkie. 2 Goldfinches at Hestingott. 3 Gadwall, 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, Sand Martin and 26 Swallows at Hillwell. Wood Pigeon at Exnaboe. Chiffchaff at Toab. Lesser Whitethroat, Common Whitethroat, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Swallows at Geosetter.

Common Crane at Fleck and Brent Goose at Virkie - Roger Riddington; Hawfinch at Cunningsburgh - Jim Nicolson; Chiffchaff at Toab - Donald Robertson

West Mainland: 20 Common Redpolls, Chiffchaff and 2 Wood Pigeons at Sand. Pied Flycatcher at Sandness.

Bressay: 2 Blackcaps, Wood Pigeon and 2 Swallows at Voehead.

Yell: Blackcap at Cullivoe. Greenshank and 6 Tree Sparrows at Gutcher.

Tuesday 6th May

South Mainland: Common Crane still at Fleck. 200 Barnacle Geese over Sumburgh Hotel at 17:20; also 2 Blackcaps at Sumburgh Hotel. Brent Goose, Brambling, Collared Dove, 2 Swallows, 2 Sanderlings, Reed Bunting, Goldfinch, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. 6 Arctic Terns at Grutness. Pintail, 2 Shovelers and 30 Swallows at Hillwell.

Brent Goose at Virkie - Rob Fray (2 photos), Roger Riddington (1 photo)

Unst: Wryneck, Ring Ouzel, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaffs and 4 Blackcaps at Baltasound. Sand Martin at Skaw. Sparrowhawk at Norwick.

Central Mainland: 6 Common Scoters in Lerwick Harbour.

West Mainland: Pied Flycatcher at Sandness.

Pied Flycatcher at Sandness - Heike Heering

Yell: Greenshank at Gutcher.

Dunlin on Yell - Jim Nangle

Monday 5th May

South Mainland: Common Crane at Fleck. Knot, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Whimbrels, 32 Dunlins, 2 Common Terns, Reed Bunting, 4 Chiffchaffs, Goldfinch, Blackcap and Brambling at Virkie. Kestrel, 6 Carrion Crows, 3 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs at Sumburgh/Grutness. Goldfinch and Brambling at Hestingott. Carrion Crow at Exnaboe. Blackcap at Toab.

Common Crane at Fleck - Rob Fray; Ringed Plovers and Dunlin at Virkie, and Blackcap at Toab - Donald Robertson; Herring Gull at Cunningsburgh - Robin Gosden

Unst: Stock Dove, Sparrowhawk, 2 Pink-footed Geese, 3 Barnacle Geese, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Brambling and Chiffchaff at Baltasound. Pink-footed Goose, Blackcap and Chiffchaff at Haroldswick.

Central Mainland: Wood Warbler, Brambling, Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps at Helendale, Lerwick. 6 Common Scoters in Lerwick Harbour. Arctic Tern off Lodberries, Lerwick. Barnacle Goose and 2 Common Scoters at Catfirth.

Wood Warbler at Helendale, Lerwick - Ray Johnston

Yell: Common Redstart, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Cullivoe. Redwing and Chiffchaff at Sellafirth. Chiffchaff at Mid Yell.

Chiffchaff at Cullivoe - Jim Nangle; Chiffchaff at Mid Yell - Charlie Inkster

Sunday 4th May

South Mainland: Great Crested Grebe and Common Crane at Spiggie. Iceland Gull at Bigton. Common Redpoll at Sumburgh Head. Sand Martin, House Martin, Pintail, 17 Swallows and 3 Shovelers at Hillwell. Brambling, Chiffchaff, 3 Common Terns and 2 Swallows at Virkie.

Great Crested Grebe at Spiggie - Jim Nicolson

West Mainland: 6 Tree Sparrows at Bixter.

Tree Sparrow at Bixter - Rory Tallack

Central Mainland: 6 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick.

Yell: 6 Bramblings at Cullivoe.

Saturday 3rd May

Unst: Little Egret at Haroldswick; also Sand Martin, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Bramblings, 6 Chiffchaffs, 8 Wood Pigeons, Pink-footed Goose, 3 Reed Buntings, 3 Swallows and 3 Willow Warblers at Haroldswick. Ring Ouzel and Sparrowhawk at Norwick. Grey Wagtail, Sparrowhawk, 2 Mealy Common Redpolls, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Fieldfare and Redwing at Baltasound. Brambling and Willow Warbler at Skaw.

Little Egret at Haroldswick - Mike Pennington (1 photo), Chris Rodger (1 photo)

South Mainland: Common Crane and Coot at Spiggie. 2 Tree Sparrows, Goldfinch, Dunnock, Swallow, 4 Blackcaps and 2 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. Lesser Whitethroat and 4 Carrion Crows at Exnaboe. Common Redstart at Hestingott. 2 Chiffchaffs and 5 Blackcaps at Geosetter. Blackcap and 16 Linnets at Scousburgh. 3 Chiffchaffs and a Robin at Cunningsburgh.

Red-throated Diver and Great Northern Diver at Grutness, and Black-headed Gull at Boddam - Donald Robertson

Central Mainland: Cuckoo singing at Kergord. 6 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick. Wood Warbler at Helendale, Lerwick.

West Mainland: 2 Tree Sparrows at Bixter. 3 Common Redpolls, Common Redstart and 2 Common Terns at Sand.

Yell: House Martin at Mid Yell. 3 Chiffchaffs and 2 Coots at Cullivoe.

North Mainland: Swallow at Stenness.

Friday 2nd May

Out Skerries: Eastern Subalpine Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Ring Ouzel, White Wagtail, Whinchat, Common Redstart, Redwing, Wood Pigeon, Linnet, 11 Chiffchaffs, 9 Blackcaps, 8 Song Thrushes, 6 Robins, 5 Fieldfares, 4 Dunnocks, 3 Common Whitethroats, 3 Reed Buntings and 3 Tree Pipits.

Eastern Subalpine Warbler on Out Skerries - Roger Riddington

Unst: Olive-backed Pipit at Winna's Water, Hermaness. Yellow-browed Warbler and Song Thrush at Northdale. Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Swallows, 3 Willow Warblers, Blackcap, 6 Bramblings and 6 Chiffchaffs at Haroldswick. Arctic Skua and 4 Bramblings at Baltasound. Lesser Whitethroat at Norwick.

Yellow-browed Warbler at Northdale - Chris Rodger; Olive-backed Pipit at Hermaness - Brydon Thomason

Whalsay: Long-eared Owl and 2 Ring Ouzels.

Yell: Glaucous Gull, Pink-footed Goose, Chiffchaff and Brambling at Gutcher. 6 Bramblings and a Robin at Cullivoe.

Wheatear at Mid Yell - Charlie Inkster

South Mainland: Greenshank, Goldfinch, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs at Virkie. 4 Mealy Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh. Robin, Chiffchaff and 4 Blackaps at Geosetter. 2 Siskins, Wood Pigeon, Lesser Whitethroat and Blackcap at Scousburgh.

Puffin and Twite at Sumburgh - Joe Kay

Central Mainland: Cuckoo, 3 Goldcrests, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, 2 Wood Pigeons and 2 Collared Doves at Kergord. 6 Common Scoters off Twageos, Lerwick. Greenfinch, 3 Goldfinches, 20 Bramblings, 8 Common Redpolls and 6 Siskins at Scalloway.

Fetlar: Sparrowhawk at Houbie.

Papa Stour: 2 Pintails.

Thursday 1st May

South Mainland: female Citrine Wagtail at Virkie; also Greenshank, 2 Mute Swans, Common Whitethroat, Reed Bunting, Blackcap, Robin, Common Tern and 3 Chiffchafffs at Virkie, and 88 Barnacle Geese flew east there this evening. Wood Warbler, Iceland Gull, Robin, Willow Warbler and 3 Blackcaps at Grutness. Common Redstart at Hestingott. Brambling, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Collared Dove at Toab. 4 Mealy Common Redpolls at Cunningsburgh. Pied Flycatcher, Common Redstart and 2 Blackcaps at Ringasta. Blackcap at Ocraquoy. Willow Warbler at Spiggie.

Citrine Wagtail at Virkie - Roger Riddington (4 photos), Rob Fray (2 photos), Jim Nicolson (1 photo)

Brambling and Blackcap at Toab - Donald Robertson

Central Mainland: Wood Warbler, Song Thrush, Chiffchaff and Blackcap at Helendale, Lerwick. Long-eared Owl and 24 Bramblings at Loch of Voe. Mealy Common Redpoll at Brae.

Wood Warbler at Helendale, Lerwick - Steve Minton; Mealy Redpoll at Brae - Tommy Tyler

Unst: Long-eared Owl, Green Sandpiper, Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs at Baltasound. 11 Bramblings, 6 Blackcaps, 2 Willow Warblers, 7 Chiffchaffs, 6 Swallows, Reed Bunting, Lesser Whitethroat and Grey Heron at Haroldswick. Black Redstart, 3 Blackcaps and 3 Chiffchaffs at Norwick. Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs at Skaw.

Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler at Haroldswick - George Petrie

Papa Stour: 2 Pintails.

Oystercatcher on Papa Stour - Naomi Scott

Yell: 3 Bramblings at Cullivoe.

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