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Monday 15 July 2024

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PACIFIC SWIFT at Pool of Virkie.
Gull-billed Tern at Loch of Gards, Scatness.
 
 
Very busy decorating and on a time schedule now, so didn't go and see the Pacific Swift after work this evening, but saw one last year at Boddam on 5th July.

Sunday 14 July 2024

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Gull-billed Tern at Loch of Gards, Scatness.
 
 
 
GULL-BILLED TERN
Loch of Gards, Scatness
 
Arctic Tern
Loch of Gards, Scatness
 
 
I have not been birding for AGES, so I escaped for a little while this afternoon and headed south to see the Gull-billed Tern at Scatness. I was the only person here at Loch of Gards! Spitting with rain on and off all day, so not the best of light, but what fabulous views of this awesome tern, as it flew around the loch to feed, wow and a new bird for me! Arctic Terns also and 5 Swallows skimming over the water. The Gull-billed Tern disappeared around 6.30pm, so I left.

At The Grutness Pool there were 4 Dunlins feeding, Oystercatchers, Arctic Terns, juv gulls and House Sparrows. Checked out the Pool of Virkie to see if I could find the Gull-billed Tern, but couldn't find it anywhere. Good numbers of waders including several Dunlin, Ringed Plovers, Oystercatchers, Curlews and Eiders.

Made it home in time to watch Spain beat England 😞 Spain have had an awesome day with Carlos Alcaraz beating Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final today too!

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Saturday 13th July
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Gull-billed Tern at Pool of Virkie and Scatness.
 

Thursday 11 July 2024

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No news today.
 
 
Very busy week at work – fell asleep this evening. Serious three days of decorating ahead, carpet laying date has been changed to later in July. Dismal weather for July, hopefully it will improve at some point, before Autumn arrives!

Wednesday 10 July 2024

Tuesday 9 July 2024

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Icterine Warbler early morning at Hoswick Burn.
Marsh Warbler at Swinister, Sandwick.
Little Stint at West Voe, Sumburgh.

White-billed Diver off Houbie, Fetlar.
 
 
The best day since we had a lovely warm spell in May. Glorious blue skies all day long and the sea glittering in the sunshine from the hospital windows. It would have been a lovely evening for a walk or and some birding, but I was filling holes with wood filler! I watched the first half of the Spain/France match and watching the speed and agility both sides were playing, England have no hope at all on beating Spain IF they reach the final, just saying!

Monday 8 July 2024

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Black-throated Diver at Dales Voe, NE of Veensgarth.
 
 
I'm still here! The right side of my head feels very tender to touch, is sore and still swollen and I do feel worried about it, so made a point of not doing anything to raise my blood pressure. A beautiful sunny day here at last. Started preparing for decorating this evening and now I'm seriously behind schedule. I will more than probably have to cancel the carpet being fitted on Friday. I have done loads of scraping, sanding and going over the window frames with a damp cloth. My clothes are all white dust and I have hoovered me and the floor from the sanding. Filled all the holes with wood filler.
 
Tomorrow evening after work I can put the undercoat on the window frames, some sections of skirting and shelves in what was the inbuilt wardrobe and maybe get the first coat of turquoise paint on the frames. Not much birding getting done lately I'm afraid, but I'm determined to get everything done by Christmas and I certainly don't want to be doing house stuff in September and October! Chosen "Cashew" black out blinds, which are extremely insulating and made to measure so there are no gaps from Duette® Blinds and buying from A1 Flooring in Lerwick, the same company who are fitting my carpet.
 
The garden looks amazing, even though I say so myself, I have worked really hard to fill every space with window boxes, pots, creativity etc. I will post some pictures of the garden when I have finished the office/studio. Lots of bees on the borage and on my blue thistle and other flowers and also one Red Admiral. Can't wait for all my colourful annuals to come out into flower. Got fed up with the mouldy wet logs bought from Jewsons (which they keep outside), which are not drying out, so put all the wettest ones outside and in the brick barbeque, which actually looks really good. Will get some bags of dry hard wood delivered from elsewhere in a few weeks time. I still have no hot water for washing up or bathroom sink, as the immersion tank has died completely now, still waiting for quotes from two electricians.

Sunday 7 July 2024

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Black-throated Diver at Bay of Quendale.
 
 
Today I had an accident. I tripped over my front gate door stop, which is basically a small metal stump and is only a couple of inches high – its camouflaged against the concrete path and I have tripped over this before, but never fallen until today. I was carrying a tall clay plant pot with plant in, tripped and cracked my head on the sharp edge of the large concrete gate pillar. I have never hit my head as bad as this before. I sat on the step next to the gate for a good 15 minutes and didn't dare move. Went indoors and sat with ice on my head for a good half an hour and didn't move for several hours. I can feel a bump and its difficult to turn my head to the right. My head took the entire impact of the fall, as I had the plant pot in both hands, so no wonder my head hurts. It won't happen again as I have now put a bright purple ceramic plant pot over the metal stop! The clay plant pot didn't survive, hopefully I will!

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MEGAS!

Saturday 6th July

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Quail at Loch of Hillwell.
Melodious Warbler early morning only at Sumburgh.
 
Sooty Shearwater, Storm Petrels x 26 at Hermaness, Unst.
Iceland Gull 1s at Mid Yell, Yell.
 
 
Another full day of gardening and another visit to Planticrub Garden Centre at Tingwall. I'm really pleased with all the work I've done, everything is looking brilliant! Watched the first half of the England match and then came back indoors to watch the penalty shootout. Decorating tomorrow.

Saturday 6 July 2024

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Friday 5th July

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Iceland Gull 1s at Mid Yell, Yell.
 
 
At last it was a dry day with some sunshine, so got lots of gardening done. Planted up my three new wooden planters. Created a new planting area between two large pieces of concrete, that once held an oil tank and planted a borage plant, foxglove and some wild flowers. Put more plants in the border. A bit more to do tomorrow and then I will be seriously decorating on Sunday and Monday (public holiday here on Monday). Carpet being fitting in office/studio next Friday.

Thursday 4 July 2024

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Night Heron flew over Mid Dale, Walls.

Iceland Gull 1s at Mid Yell, Yell.
 
 
Raining again and chilly. Another very busy day at work. Went to vote this evening. Public holiday on Monday, so now have four days off with more rain. Electrician, builder and carpet man coming out tomorrow.

Wednesday 3 July 2024

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Mealy Redpoll in garden at Sandwick.
Black throated Diver 1s SW of Gluss Isle and south of Ollaberry
 
 
Awful weather for Summer wherever you live, raining every day here and chilly. Extremely busy day at work, fell asleep most of the evening.

Tuesday 2 July 2024

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Black Redstart at Esha Ness.
 
Iceland Gull at Mid Yell, Yell.
Black Redstart at Isle of Noss.
 
 
Sunny all day for the first time in ages, until I get home from work and then it switches to gloomy dark skies and light rain. So frustrating when I have plants to put in the garden.

Received some sad news today, about my very old friend Christine Paine – her husband Clive called me this evening to let me know that Christine had had a major stroke in January and was now more or less bed bound at home – things don't sound too good at all.

Christine very kindly gave me a roof over my head, when I found myself in a very difficult situation in my early twenties. I was working at The Lavenham Press Ltd at the time. I was desperately looking for somewhere to live, as I urgently needed to get out of a situation I was in. Someone told me that a lady in Lavenham sometimes has lodgers and I was directed to where she lives. It was pouring with rain and I was soaked and on my bicycle (didn't have a car then). I remember feeling quite scared about knocking on someone's door who I didn't know, but Christine greeted me with a big beaming smile, invited me in for a cup of tea and was so kind and friendly. She was an extremely trusting and lovely person and did me a huge favour at a very difficult time.

I lodged with Christine for quite a while in her little cottage in Hall Road, Lavenham, Suffolk. Very fond memories there and of her gorgeous cats Garfield and Marmaduke. We used to have some fascinating chats. Christine was very religious, a passionate gardener and was extremely interested in history and particularly her family tree. Happy times long ago. I recall Christine coming to my wedding with her first husband in 1992. Sadly her husband died a few years later and further down the line, she married the true love of her life Clive and they have lived in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk since they have been together. I would like to go and see her, but as you all know, its not simple getting off Shetland. 😒

RBA Weekly Round-Up 25th June to 1st July!

By Jon Dunn

Monday 1 July 2024

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Marsh Warbler at Swinister, Sandwick.
 
Red-backed Shrike at Tresta, Fetlar.
Glaucous Gull at Uyeasound, Unst.
 
 
As I was reversing into my driveway after work this evening, a couple were walking close by and smiled. I suddenly realised it was Chris Creedy and his wife Tracey, who moved to Unst a few years ago. I knew Chris from him birding at Holme Bird Observatory, a good few years ago, but had not met Tracey, so it was lovely to meet her. We had a lovely catch up and I showed them round my house and garden – it was nice to have some visitors. Cold and dull weather here again today.

Friday 28 June 2024

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Marsh Warbler, Nightjar at Ham Yard, Foula.
 

My wood Eco Hive Composter, Ladder Planter and Window Boxes arrived this morning. Its been raining for most of the day and very windy. I got drenched preparing the spot where I wanted the composter, but good to see it in place. I positioned bricks on the ground, so the composter was not directly on the soil, hopefully it will lengthen its life a little bit.

I watched a Hedgehog running up the driveway this morning and then disappeared onto Gallow Hill to join the sheep! Lots of House Sparrows and young Starlings in my garden today. Gwen (two houses away) very kindly came and had a chat with me and she told me that the gorgeous smelling shrub in my front garden is called "Mock Orange" – delicate little white flowers and highly scented with a gorgeous orange fragrance. I gave her a tour of the house and she told me she and her sister have pictures of my house from her relatives years ago – so looking forward to seeing those one day.

Electricians came this afternoon and fitted my new Arezzo 4 Way Adjustable Ceiling Spotlight Bar Track Lighting in the studio/office and put in three new double sockets. They are coming back to do a bit of filling and then all electrical work in that room is finished. Went to the garden centre just before they closed to pick up some bags of seaweed compost, gravel and plastic sheeting to line the window boxes. Saturday looks atrocious for weather again, Sunday looks better.

Thursday 27 June 2024

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Quail at Loch of Hillwell.
 

Dense fog on route to work this morning. Chilly and windy here. Lucy and Vivien both report they are far too hot, even with their fans on. Had a lovely catch up on the phone with Hilary early evening and she said it was 30ΒΊc yesterday and 20ΒΊc today in King's Lynn, Norfolk – I don't miss that awful heat at all.

Wednesday 26 June 2024

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Quail at Swinister, Sandwick.
Quail at Loch of Hillwell.

Quail at Brough, Whalsay.
Iceland Gull at Laxa Burn, Mid Yell, Yell.
 

Weather has switched to dull, rainy and windy and for the next few days. I wouldn't be too bothered by this, but I have more plants to get planted up, before I start an entire weekend of decorating – oh well!

Tuesday 25 June 2024

RBA Weekly Round-Up 18th to 24th June!

By Jon Dunn

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Quail at Loch of Hillwell.

Marsh Warbler at Ham Yard, Foula.
 

Another warm day here. Very tired this evening. The usual parties of House Sparrows, a few Siskins, Starlings, Blackbird, Rock Doves and Collared Doves, but not seen any Robins for a good while now.

Lucy phoned me with more sad news, last week a resident where she lives sadly passed away and then another one four days later on Sunday! Both of them have lived in the same place as Lucy for over 25 years, if not more. Very upsetting for Lucy, other residents and the staff. My most sincere condolences to both their families – Rest in Peace JohnπŸ•Š and NickπŸ•Š.

Monday 24 June 2024

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Honey Buzzard at Skaw, Whalsay.
 

Another glorious day here and quite warm. Lucy reports that's it too hot in Norfolk. Back to work today and good to be back to normality! Fell asleep when I got home, had tea and then did some late gardening when it was cooler. Midges out late evening, so you have to give in and come indoors after being bitten so many times. Put some crushed eggshells around my new annuals this evening, so along with the cinnamon, the slugs will hopefully think again! 🀞

Sunday 23 June 2024

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Honey Buzzard over Setter, Sandwick.
Quail singing at Loch of Hillwell.
Quail at Loch of Clumlie, north of Boddam.

Snow Bunting on Isle of Foula.
Honey Buzzard flew over Dalsetter, Yell.
 

A glorious sunny day here with a light wind. Didn't go anywhere, but did some more gardening. Planted some bedding plants next to the sycamore tree in the driveway and sprinkled cinnamon around them to hopefully stop the slugs! Back to work tomorrow.

Saturday 22 June 2024

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Quail singing at Sumburgh Farm.
Quail singing at Loch of Hillwell.
Marsh Warbler at Clickimin Loch and at Helendale House, Lerwick.
Honey Buzzard at Maywick.

Quail by Everland Road, Fetlar.
Red-backed Shrike at Foula.
Marsh Warbler at Baltasound, Unst.
Marsh Warbler at Camb, Yell.
 

I have not left my house since my second GP appointment on Monday or felt like doing anything at all. My GP rang me at 5.40pm on Friday to let me know that my Whooping Cough test had come back negative, but he explained it is a very small window with testing for it – I might have been too late. He said that they can only confirm Whooping Cough within the very first few days. I'm still taking the prescribed antibiotics.

Today I went to Planticrub to buy some green lawn edging and four shrubs. On route, birders Anne and Andy were listening to a Corncrake at Tingwall Loch. On the way back from the garden centre, I stood with them for a while and listened to to the Corncrake somewhere in the irises! I didn't see it though, as is typical. This was my first interaction with other people since last Monday!

This afternoon I created a new border on the lawn in the drive behind my car. It took several hours to complete. The four new shrubs were finally planted and I finished at 10.55pm. I then filled up all my bird feeders. Still light at 11.30pm.

Wednesday 19 June 2024

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None!
 
 
Dreary day here, no sun, chilly, strong winds this evening. Still in quarantine until tomorrow morning and still waiting for results from GP. Chesty cough remains, but better than it was, feel very, very tired.

Monday 17 June 2024

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Marsh Warbler at the Virkie Willows, Pool of Virkie.
Quail singing on east side of dunes at Quendale.
Hobby flew over Clevigarth, Exnaboe.
Quail singing at Loch of Hillwell.
 
Waxwing at Cullivoe, Yell.
 

Had a second GP appointment today and had tests taken for Whooping Cough. Was given anti-biotics and was told I will get the results from the tests in a couple of days, so in quarantine at home. πŸ˜’

Sunday 16 June 2024

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Blyth's Reed Warbler male singing at the Virkie Willows, Pool of Virkie.
1+ Bee-eater flew north over Swinister Burn, Sandwick.
 

Have slept all day and not left the house. I can't believe how tired I feel. I phoned Rob to wish him Happy Birthday and Jill suggested I could have Covid – if it was, that would be the third time, I can't believe its that, but with how tired I feel, who knows?!

HOLME BIRD OBSERVATORY LAND PURCHASE APPEAL!

https://noa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/Land-Appeal-NOA.pdf

Saturday 15 June 2024

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Blyth's Reed Warbler singing x 2, Waxwing at the Virkie Willows, Pool of Virkie.
Hawfinch at Geosetter.
Golden Oriole in valley at Maywick.
Quail singing at Loch of Hillwell.
Mealy Redpoll at Hoswick.
 

I haven't been very well today, so no news from me. A strange sorethroat I've had for a few weeks has now developed into a severe cough and last night I was coughing so much, I was struggling to breathe at one point. I had a GP appointment on Friday, but no sign of chest infection when I was checked over with stethoscope. The doctor did suggest it could be Whooping cough, but I pointed out that I have been immunised for this as a baby and I have the little card my mother kept that states that, but the doctor pointed out that I could still get it. Hopefully its just a 'normal' cough, but I haven't felt right all day, so no DIY done at all and not left the house.

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Friday 14th June

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None!
 
https://www.fairislebirdobs.co.uk/latest_sightings.htm

Atrocious weather for June, wherever you live! 40mph winds and heavy rain all day long. My plants are getting battered. I drove into Lerwick to get various DIY items I needed, also had a GP appointment and then ended up popping into Odie's Antique and Collectable Shop, which is always fascinating to look in and purchased an insanely heavy, life size lamb statue. It looks brilliant on my front lawn and I have named it Lucy! 😊

After not being able to get hold of my builder Alex since the 27th May, as his phone wasn't working properly, he arrived this morning to finish off the room, which he has insulated, replaced the floor and today put new skirting board on and finished off sanding the filler. There is still more sanding I need to do before I start to paint. Alex also had to remove some of the bottom of the door, now the floor is higher, to allow for the new carpet to fit underneath when its fitted in July. I may have to cancel the carpet fitting though, as the electrician needs to do some work in there beforehand – he was supposed to be here at 9.30am, by 12.30pm I heard nothing, so rang him and he then texted to say he had a family emergency – I hope that whatever has happened, that everyone is ok!

Alex ran out of skirting board (that I had already painted), so he had to go and pick some more up. So now I have to paint rest of skirting board, finish sanding down, fill holes in the skirting boards where they have been attached to the wall and the same with holes in the window frames. Repair a large patch of wallpaper where the storage heater was (that will be huge fun, not), undercoat and paint the room twice, patch up all dirty marks on recently painted ceilings and other two inside walls (that were not insulated) and paint window frames. Then I need three double sockets installed, fit a new four bar light I have purchased. Final stage will be buying and getting fitted a Rointe Belize Radiator, get carpet fitted, order blinds for windows – then put flat packed desks together, buy or get made shelves for back wall and then I can finally move my computer equipment in there and everything else I need to store, such as father's slide and photo collection, mother's nature diaries, the list goes on! Basically this will be an office, storage room and craft room. Weather is going to be rubbish all weekend, so a good time to start this work!

Just found a massive slug crawling on the front stable door mat – how did that get in?!!! 😲😳

Thursday 13 June 2024

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

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Icterine Warbler, Marsh Warbler at Sandgarth, north of Voe.
Golden Oriole briefly in garden at Maywick.
Quail singing at Loch of Hillwell.
Marsh Warbler at Swinister Burn, Sandwick.
Iceland Gull at Sumburgh Farm.
 
Nightjar at Ham, Foula.
White-tailed Eagle at Loch of Lumbister, Yell.
Red-backed Shrike at Valyie, Marsh Warblers x 2 at Baltasound, Unst.
Icterine Warbler at Funzie, Fetlar.
 

Wednesday 12 June 2024

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Temminck's Stint at Pool of Virkie.
Black-throated Diver at North Collifirth Bay.
Black-throated Divers x 2 at Brindister Pier, West Burrafirth.

Savi's Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
Bluethroat fem. at Muckle Flugga Shore Station, Hermaness, Unst.
 

Still cold north west winds and not very much like Summer. My sisters said its been the same in Norfolk. Switches to south east tomorrow, so maybe a little warmer! 2 Siskins on my feeders this evening, along with 40+ House Sparrows, Starlings, Collared Dove and Blackbird.

Tuesday 11 June 2024

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Curlew Sandpiper at Pool of Virkie.

Savi's Warbler, Icterine Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
 

RBA Weekly Round-Up 4th to 10th June!

By Jon Dunn
 
Thank you to the RBA team for including my male Red-breasted Flycatcher in their round up and also for my Terek Sandpiper photo in their "The coming week" section at the end of the article. This is the only Terek Sandpiper I have ever seen, I won't forgot that day – the light was beautiful and it was a striking bird to watch, here is the link to my post on 20th May 2014.

Monday 10 June 2024

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

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Iceland Gull at Sumburgh Farm.

Ring-necked Duck drk at Uyeasound, Unst.
Savi's Warbler, Icterine Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
 
 
Freezing cold here, feels like Winter and rain on and off all day! Not the weather for gardening jobs. I think we now have the awful weather that Norfolk had last week. I have so many families of House Sparrows in my garden right now, it was a challenge to count them all – there were at least 40 feeding at one time, along with male and female Blackbird, Starlings, Rock Doves and a Collared Dove.

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

Sunday 9th June
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Red-breasted Flycatcher 1s. male singing, Helendale, Lerwick.

Nightjar at Ham, Foula.
Shorelark at Skaw, Unst.
Savi's Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
 

Saturday 8 June 2024

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

Red-breasted Flycatcher male
Helendale, Lerwick

 
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Red-breasted Flycatcher male singing, Helendale, Lerwick.
 
Savi's Warbler, Icterine Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
Ring-necked Duck drk at Dam Loch, Marsh Warbler at Baltasound, Waxwing, Unst.
 
 
Red-breasted Flycatcher male
 
I spent a long time in the rain, waiting for the Red-breasted Flycatcher to appear in the willows by Helendale House. Very elusive and only fleeting views. After everyone left and I was the last one standing, I had more frequent views and managed to get some half decent record shots. From my memory this is the first male RBF I have ever seen!

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

Friday 7th June
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Red-breasted Flycatcher male singing, Honey Buzzard at Helendale, Lerwick.
Icterine Warbler at Burravoe, Brae.
 
Savi's Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
Ring-necked Duck drk at Dam Loch, Unst.
Red-backed Shrike at Northdale, Fetlar.
 

Thursday 6 June 2024

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Quail at Longwell, near Cunningsburgh.  
Ring-necked Duck drk at Little Holm, Scatness.
 
Common Rosefinch male, Nightjar at Ham, Foula.
Curlew Sandpiper on Small Waters at Westing, Glaucous Gull at Easter Loch, Uyeasound, Unst.
Savi's Warbler at Funzie Willows, Fetlar.
 
 
I was very sad to hear news yesterday, that Sarah Holmes, an old work colleague at the Lynn News and who also ended up working at my last hospital had passed away on Tuesday and only aged 50. Sarah has courageously battled with cancer for a long time and was a very much respected, kind, quietly spoken and lovely lady – she shared her ongoing treatment and fight to survive on her Facebook page to help others, which was a very brave thing to do. Very, very sadly she lost the battle. My most sincere condolences to her family and friends – Rest in peace dear Sarah x πŸ•Š
 
Loads of House Sparrows as last night, in a feeding frenzie at my feeders this evening! Also a couple of Siskins, Blackbirds, Starlings, Rock Doves and a Collared Dove. Another mixed day of rain, sun, rain, sun and so on! I now have five days off and I'm looking forward to a break. 😊

Wednesday 5 June 2024

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Red-backed Shrike in garden at Skeld.
Marsh Warbler singing at Clickimin Loch, Lerwick.
Icterine Warbler at Burravoe, Brae.
Quail at Longwell, near Cunningsburgh. 
 
Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe, Yell.
Curlew Sandpiper on Small Waters at Westing, Unst.
Icterine Warbler at Marrister, Whalsay.

 
35+ House Sparrows including several juvs., in a feeding frenzie at my feeders this evening! Also a couple of Siskins, Blackbirds, Starlings, Robin and a Collared Dove. A mixed and typical day in Shetland of rain, then sun, rain, sun and so on!

RBA Weekly Round-Up 28th May to 3rd June!

By Jon Dunn

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

Tuesday 4th June

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Marsh Warbler at Sandgarth, Voe.
Red-backed Shrike male at Loch of Clumlie, Boddam.
Icterine Warblers x 2 singing at Burravoe, Brae.
Red-backed Shrike in garden at Skeld.
 
Melodious Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler at Ham, Foula.
Red-backed Shrike male at Norwick, Curlew Sandpiper on Small Waters at Westing, Unst.
Blyth's Reed Warbler at Funzie, Fetlar.

Monday 3 June 2024

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

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Marsh Warbler at Clickimin Loch, Lerwick.
Marsh Warbler at Orca Country Inn, Hoswick.
Icterine Warbler singing at Brae.
Ring-necked Duck on pool at Little Holm, west of Scatness.
Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Hillwell.
Richard's Pipit at Noness, Sandness.
 
Glaucous Gull at Cullivoe, Yell.
Red-backed Shrike male at Tresta, Fetlar.
Melodious Warbler at Ham, Foula.
White-billed Diver flew past Skolla Wick, Mu Ness, Red-backed Shrike male at Norwick, Unst.
Thrush Nightingale on Isle of Noss.

 
Another glorious, sunny day here again. After work I popped into Huws Gray to get some gardening stuff, did the Tesco run and returned home. The House Sparrows are getting through the bird seed pretty quickly and thats with the cage on to stop the Starlings – mind you they are getting plenty on the ground from dropped seed. Still waiting for a Turtle Dove, fingers crossed!

Sunday 2 June 2024

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Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Hillwell.
Quail at Bakkasetter.
 
Quail at Baltasound, Unst.

 
Weather change here, after many days of glorious sunshine, back to rain again, but good for the garden and will save me getting the hosepipe out! Lovely to have a catch up on the phone with our dear family friend Malcolm White from Heacham – he sent me an incredible photo of a Grass Snake swimming in his pond! Had another nice catch up with Eddie M. on the phone too – not spoken to either of them for several weeks! Later I had some visitors – Jill and Rob popped into to see me after their trip to Fetlar – lovely to have a catch up.

Saturday 1 June 2024

SHETLAND BIRD NEWS & MORE!

Rare  Bird  Alert  News 
Marsh Warbler at Clickimin Loch, Lerwick.
Ring-necked Duck at Loch of Hillwell.
Wood Sandpiper at South Punds, Levenwick.
Marsh Warbler at Sumburgh Head Lighthouse.
 
Golden Oriole 1s. male at Halligarth, Quail at Baltasound,
Quail at Baltasound, Little Stint at Easting Beach, Unst.
Hobby at Aithness, Fetlar.
 
BIRD OF THE DAY: MARMORA'S WARBLER STILL ON FAIR ISLE!
1st for Fair Isle and 8th for Britain following one on Unst, 14th May 2018.