Category Archives: Shetland

Birding essentials: the Muckboot

I’ve never written anything about wellies before. Ever. A welly is a welly is a welly, right? That’s what I thought for most of my birding life. For two or three years in the late 80s and early 90s, I … Continue reading

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Cape May Warbler on Unst

2nd for Britain (and everywhere else) Gripping stuff. Spoke to Brydon Thomason earlier about Mike Pennington’s uber rarity find today at Alma Manse, nr Baltasound on Britain’s most Northerly Isle. Brydon’s  photos from this afternoon. BOOM! Cape May Warbler, Alma, … Continue reading

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Mega Yellow-browed Warbler Year?

Ahead… by Ben Sheldon Yellow-browed Warbler on Linosa in Nov 2011 by Miki Vigiano Ben Sheldon got in touch furnishing more details following ‘rumours on Yellow-broweds’. This next month could be fascinating, featuring one of my all-time favourite birds! Hi … Continue reading

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Siberian and Desert Lesser Whitethroats

Shetland Explorations… by Martin G. 23rd September 2012 – a year ago yesterday a ‘Desert’ Lesser Whitethroat was trapped at Spurn. Subsequent DNA analysis matched it to birds from a VERY long way away (as suspected based on its plumage and … Continue reading

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Wild Weekend: Shetland Spring Extra

More and More by Martin G. This Greenish Warbler was a bit of a highlight find over a Shetland Nature ‘Wild Weekend’. Following on from the Shetland Spring Birding holiday, I lead a shorter ‘Wild Weekend’. A new group with … Continue reading

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Shetland Spring Birding Part 3

Party ’till the End We were very fortunate to begin and end this holiday with sea mammals, Killer Whales to begin and Minke Whales at the end. In-between we squeezed in some 109 bird species, with many scarce and some … Continue reading

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Shetland Spring Birding Part 2

1/2 hour of Migrant Madness  It was on Unst where the most favoured memory (amoung many) of the week’s holiday with Shetland Nature happened. So let’s fast forward: Marsh Warbler at Skaw, Unst (Robbie Brookes). Part of a half hours of scarce/ … Continue reading

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Shetland Spring Birding Part 1

May 2013 with Shetland Nature “Quick – grab your bags” was how the spring 2013 holiday began. No time for gentle introductions- a pod of Killer Whales was circling Sumburgh Head. Once disbelief had been quelled all up for the … Continue reading

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Blyth’s Reed Warbler

in Spring! by Andy Cook, photos and comment by Martin G and Brydon T. “I had just completed the last field on a voluntary RSPB wader survey on my neighbour’s croft… Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Everland, Fetlar, 29th May 2013, by … Continue reading

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