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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...

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...

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...

Painted ladies appear all over isles gardens

Painted ladies appear all over isles gardens

05/06/2009, by in

The big news this week concerns winged animals but not birds – they are painted lady butterflies which were recorded in unprecedented numbers throughout Shetland.These strongly-flying migrants are part of a national phenomenon.I mentioned a painted lady being seen at Twatt last week. This ... Read more...

Rare laughing gull stops off at south end

Rare laughing gull stops off at south end

30/05/2009, by in

The summer-plumaged laughing gull was still in the South Mainland this week, moving between the Boddam and Virkie/Scord area.This is a very rare vagrant from America, first recorded in Shetland in Fair Isle in 1975. About the size of a black-headed gull, the laughing gull has a similar plumage p... Read more...

Visiting nightjar a difficult bird to spot

Visiting nightjar a difficult bird to spot

22/05/2009, by in

The predominantly east and south-east winds brought a substantial fall of migrants this week. They included nationally rare species such as the lesser scaup, now moved to the Loch of Freester; a laughing gull at Boddam; and the Franklin’s gull, at Graven on the 12th.Local rarities included dip... Read more...

American birds spotted

American birds spotted

15/05/2009, by in

This week bird migration has had a distinctly trans-Atlantic theme, with the following very rare and rare North American species being recorded – a brown-headed cowbird on Fair Isle; a Franklin’s gull at Sullom: two black ducks at Hillwell, and then at Scatness; a laughing gull, a solitary sandp... Read more...