Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Shetland 2021 (1st - 8th Oct)

The 5 man crew (TB, Monkey, Shaun Boy, Hawky and Andy L).

Shetland Crew 2021
The East Burra Crew (aka Team REV)

The birding highlights and numbers...with 4 great finds for the team!

2nd October
  • Red-backed Shrike - East Burra Plantation
  • Woodchat Shrike - Aith Garden
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail - Noss Farm, Spiggie
3rd October
  • Semipalmated Sandiper - Pool of Virkie
  • Shorelark - Grutness
  • Little Bunting - West Quarf (Hawky found)
  • Olive-backed Pipit - Ocraquoy Garden
  • Western Bonelli's Warbler - East Quarf Plantation
4th October
  • King Eider - Wadbister Salmon Rings
  • Red-breasted Flycatcher - Girlsta Quarry
  • Red-eyed Vireo - Brae Community Garden
  • Red-eyed Vireo - Sollum Voe Garden/Plantation (Shaun Boy found) 
5th October
  • Olive-backed Pipit - Channerwick 
  • White-billed Diver - Nestling
  • Radde's Warbler - Kergold
6th October
  • Rustic Bunting - Kergold
  • Greenish Warbler - Bodom Garden (Andy L found)
7th October
  • Common Rosefinch - Hamnavoe (Andy L found)

The final Yellow-browed Warbler count was 10 birds across 9 locations.

Otter sightings x 3 (Hamnavoe, Brae and Scalloway)


A few bird photo highlights of yet another great week on Shetland.

Red-eyed Vireo
Sollum Voe Garden/Plantation

Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Noss Farm, Spiggie

Olive-backed Pipit
Channerwick

Pied Flycatcher
Veensgarth

Red-backed Shrike
East Burra Plantation

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Girlsta Quarry

Rustic Bunting
Kergold

Semipalmated Sandpiper
Pool of Virkie

Woodchat Shrike
Aith Garden

Yellow-browed Warbler
Quendale Mill

Razorbill
Aith Marina

Whooper Swan
Loch of Spiggie

And who could forget this transatlantic beauty...the Monarch! A butterfly I've always wanted to see in the UK but never thought I'd be seeing one on Shetland.

Monarch Butterfly
Sumburgh Hotel Garden

Monarch Butterfly
Sumburgh Hotel Garden

Monarch Butterfly
Sumburgh Hotel Garden

Monarch Butterfly
Sumburgh Hotel Garden