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Old Friday 31st August 2018, 14:52   #26
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Arctic Warbler - national rarity
Citrine Wagtail - Scottish rarity

Out Skerries

Booted Warbler - national rarity


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Old Friday 31st August 2018, 20:05   #27
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Fair Isle

Greenish Warbler - Scottish rarity

Up the thread I referred to Greenish as a Shetland rarity, it isn't it's a Scottish rarity which can be locally assessed in Shetland.
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Old Friday 31st August 2018, 20:13   #28
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August cumulative totals

Mainland 3 2 2
Fair Isle 2 1 2
Unst 1 1 1
Bressay 1 0 1
Out Skerries 1 0 0
Yell 0 0 2
Whalsay 0 0 1

With no scores for Fetlar, Foula and more predictably Papa Stour. The top three isn't a great surprise.

As previously stated these totals included the Hooded Merganser (Mainland and Bressay) but exclude the Gyr (Fair Isle, Unst and Mainland).
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Old Saturday 1st September 2018, 20:57   #29
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I read the way news was broadcast to suggest the Greenish Warbler on Fair Isle today was a new bird. Anyone know either way?

Otherwise no scoring as far as I am aware, save an old report of a Snowy Owl on Mainland which I would want to see firmed up to include.
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Old Monday 3rd September 2018, 18:40   #30
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Yell

Arctic Warbler - national rarity

Mainland

Melodious Warbler - Scottish rarity


This is one of the anomalies of this competition, as Melodious are much more scarce on Shetland than Arctic Warblers.
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Old Wednesday 5th September 2018, 17:26   #31
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Fair Isle

Lanceolated Warbler - National Rarity
Arctic Warbler - National Rarity

Unless news breaks late in the day two without reply from Fair Isle today.
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Old Thursday 6th September 2018, 21:59   #32
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I am on a train home from an Arctic Monkeys gig but I think today’s scoring birds are a new Arctic Warbler on Fair Isle, an Ortolan there and two Blyth’s Reed Warblers in Unst.

Will tart this up tomorrow. Any corrections welcome.

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Old Friday 7th September 2018, 20:37   #33
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Fair Isle

Arctic Warbler - National rarity
Ortolan Bunting - Scottish rarity

Unst

2 Blyth's Reed Warblers - Scottish rarity
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Foula

White-throated Sparrow - national rarity

Fair Isle

Arctic Warbler - national rarity


Quite possible that there have been more than 3 Arctic Warblers through Fair Isle this week. Foula off the mark with a bang after apparently having been quiet so far this autumn with a Spotted Crake best until recently.
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There’s been minimum of 3 Arctic Warblers on Fair Isle and a Pallid Harrier today; the isle is having a good early autumn
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There’s been minimum of 3 Arctic Warblers on Fair Isle.
Yes I have put scoring AWs down for 5th, 6th and 7th but of course there may have been more than three.
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Definitely 3 yesterday and then the 4th (first) back on 16th August.
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Pallid Harrier - national rarity

Mainland

Blyth's Reed Warbler - Scottish rarity
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Yes I have put scoring AWs down for 5th, 6th and 7th but of course there may have been more than three.
Stephen I think you will find there have been four AW's to date on FI; the bird on the 5th was a (worn) adult, with all three later birds being (fresh) 1st-winters.

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Stephen I think you will find there have been four AW's to date on FI; the bird on the 5th was a (worn) adult, with all three later birds being (fresh) 1st-winters.

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Unst

Lesser Yellowlegs - national rarity

Fair Isle

Blyth's Reed Warbler - Scottish rarity
(Arctic Warbler - additional to total, see above)

Foula

Blyth's Reed Warbler - Scottish rarity

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I don't think there were any scoring birds today unless anyone knows otherwise.

The day was notable however for some bird news out of Papa Stour; there was none during last year's competition.
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Lanceolated Warbler - national rarity


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Lanceolated Warbler - national rarity


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Arctic Warbler - national rarity
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Unst

Baird's Sandpiper - national rarity
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Foula

Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Shetland rarity


If anyone saw the Unst Little Bunting on the news services I don't count them, even though they are a Scottish rarity, because they are regular enough on Shetland not to require a description of any kind in autumn.
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Score update

As at today the scores are:-

Fair Isle 9 4 2
Mainland 4 4 2
Unst 3 3 1
Foula 1 1 1
Yell 1 0 2
Bressay 1 0 1
Skerries 1 0 0
Whalsay 0 0 1

With no scores for Fetlar or Papa Stour. Thanks mainly to Arctic Warblers Fair Isle has opened up a lead, I still think Mainland and Unst will catch up but given the forecasts I wouldn't be surprised if Foula finished higher than last year (Edit - that's actually quite a tall order on reflection).

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Blyth's Reed Warbler - Scottish rarity
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Unst

Subalpine Warbler - 'National rarity'
Buff-breasted Sandpiper - Shetland rarity

Mainland

Hobby - Shetland rarity

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