Terns on the other hand are now bringing in larval gadoids (Kind of fish) , they would have just been sandeels 10 years ago. Bad news for Arctic Skuas with a suspected 200- 300 pairs down from 1600 pairs in the 1980's.
There is some good news with Waders and song birds are doing very well. Skylark, Lapwing, Curlew, Ringed Plover and House Sparrow & Starling having good breeding seasons.
This week the Shetland Monkey Flower was discovered by researchers at the University of Stirling, it was a chance find at Quarff.
This new variety has double the Chromosomes. this explains the bigger size of the petals which are wider and have red spots.
Another flower in the news is the Ragwort, which is very prominent around Scord - Scalloway and Sandwick & Levenwick. This is a poisonous plant which is especially dangerous to horses as they live longer than Cattle and sheep and therefore could see a large build up of the poison. With the warm moist conditions it has done very well this year.
On the birding front it is quiet at present, although i did come across several brightly coloured Greenland Wheatear and the best of the bunch, a Common Crane at rest at Hillwell. For a large bird it could have been easily overlooked as it sat behind some large weeds.
Later it moved out onto the loch, then onto a grassy field before taking off and heading SE.
A Barred Warbler was found on Unst and several Minke Whales have turned up along the east coast.
Birds seen in the south mainland
Swallow, House Sparrow, Starling, Blackbird, Twite, Wheatear, Wren, Pied Wagtail, Raven, Rock Dove, Fulmar, Gannet, Black Guillemot, Eider, Shag, Gt BB , Herring Gull, Common Gull, Curlew, Redshank, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, Shoveler, Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Coot, Moorhen, Common Crane, Hoddie, Oystercatcher, Meadow Pipit, Rock Pipit, Skylark, Gt Skua, Arctic Tern