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Good breeding season in isles

Good breeding season in isles

24/07/2009, by in

So far the seabird breeding season in Shetland has been good, with even Arctic terns fledging young. After the disastrous breeding success of recent years, this is welcome news.Arctic terns, or tirricks, usually return to the islands in the first week of May, having wintered in southern oceans, ... Read more...

The scientists leave, the whales appear

The scientists leave, the whales appear

24/07/2009, by in

It’s happened at last … I’ve managed to get killer whale on the garden list! In the past 20 years, to my know­ledge, only two pods have been in, both when I was somewhere else.This time, it all happened very unexpectedly last Saturday, when a knock on the door from my neigh­bour Lawrence... Read more...

The art of nature well-honed at festival in Fetlar

The art of nature well-honed at festival in Fetlar

17/07/2009, by in

The second Shetland Nature Festival has come and gone, though unfortunately the weather caused it to finish with a whimper rather than a bang, when the all-day North Isles Nature Cruise, organised by Brydon Thomason of Shetland Nature, had to be called off due to a poor forecast.It was doubly... Read more...

Toxic waste-dumping!

Toxic waste-dumping!

17/07/2009, by in

It is interesting to see how much things change from year to year. In the Shetland Nature Festival last year 58 different wild plants were identified during the wild flower foray at Tingwall Loch, Lawthing Holm and the adjoining marshy area.This year we managed 62, but a good number of the flowe... Read more...

Tystie time with smart plumage on show

Tystie time with smart plumage on show

17/07/2009, by in

A black guillemot, more commonly known as a tystie, in smart summer plumage is a familiar sight through­out Shetland.The emblem of the Shetland Bird Club, tysties favour rocky shorelines and offshore islands where they generally breed among boulders and in rock crevices. They usually lay two eg... Read more...

Crossbills at large

Crossbills at large

03/07/2009, by in

Crossbills dominate the bird news this week, with the largest flock recorded being 45 observed at Kergord. Reports of common crossbills were widespread including Virkie, Sandwick, Cunningsburgh, Lerwick, Toft and Voe.Most Shetland records of this species occur in the summer when crossbills arriv... Read more...

Time to catch up with survey

Time to catch up with survey

26/06/2009, by in

Last week began quietly for North Isles wildlife, but gathered a little pace as the week progressed. The most interesting birds were 10 crossbills seen at Baltasound last weekend, preceded by a male in Haroldswick.Breeding right across Europe and beyond, wherever there are conifers, those occurr... Read more...

Best time of year for the outdoor life

Best time of year for the outdoor life

19/06/2009, by in

Simmer Dim has to be the most exquisite item on the entire Shetland menu. There is nothing with which to compare it and no amount of explanation, description or even clever photography can get any­where near the experience of standing in the late evening, under that incandescent, quietly rapturous ... Read more...

Rare wood sandpipers turn up in Quarff

Rare wood sandpipers turn up in Quarff

12/06/2009, by in

There were fewer migrants around this week, but two wood sandpipers appeared at Henry’s Loch in Quarff.Wood sandpipers are scarce passage migrants. Their breeding range extends from Scandinavia to Russia, the birds which are recorded in Shetland in spring and autumn probably originating from S... Read more...

Anemone hunting in the spring tides

Anemone hunting in the spring tides

12/06/2009, by in

I just can’t resist the big spring tides we had around the turn of the month. It’s a rare chance to get right down the beach and look at some of the animals and other organisms that normally only those folk who dive get to see.What I was really after were sea anemones. As I wandered down the... Read more...

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