Saturday 8 June 2024

Red Backed Shrike invasion- shetland

An amazing year for Red Backed Shrikes, normally less than 10 spring records, this spring it was estimated that we had over 200 on one day.in Shetland


This one down at Swinster and stayed three or four days always in the same place







 

Friday 7 June 2024

Grutness Bluethroat

This spring has been the best for many years. Lots of common and rare birds making it one to remember

This Bluethroat was a good find down at Grutness pool








 

Monday 27 May 2024

Shetland Duck

Shetland is just coming through the best spring migration in the past 30 years and its still going on

LBB
Garganey a scarce duck in Shetland
The above arrived then went around with two male Gadwall, again not common in Shetland

 
Lots of Eider about

Shetland doesn't have too many pairs of Shetland, perhaps under a dozen pairs. This pair took up territory at Grutness









Saturday 18 May 2024

Shetland Garganey

Always good to see  Garganey. This one kept fluing off with two male gadwall and then returning to the pool but staying over the far side.










 

Sunday 12 May 2024

Gt Northern Divers in Shetland

We can always see Gt Northern Divers in Shetland
we get more in winter but also a few in summer and that means in breeding plumage
There were 4 birds at West Voe, Sumburgh, all different plumages and one bird calling
In the US they are called Loons