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Old Thursday 4th July 2019, 15:25   #1
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Shetland autumn rarity thread 2019

As I do this from July to October just to say I havenít forgotten and will update when back in the country in a week and a half. I will also remind people of the scoring then.

Hopefully itís as productive as the spring.

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Old Thursday 4th July 2019, 20:32   #2
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As I do this from July to October just to say I havenít forgotten and will update when back in the country in a week and a half. I will also remind people of the scoring then.

Hopefully itís as productive as the spring.

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Woo hoo! Less than three months to go - bring it on!

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or as Jim Bowen might have said "hereís what you could have won !!"

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or as Jim Bowen might have said "here’s what you could have won !!"

Or as Gerry Anderson would put it: "anything can happen in the next thirty minutes"!

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Old Saturday 27th July 2019, 13:13   #5
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Right I need to get into gear on this. A reminder of the way it works before I then immediately contradict that in the next post:-

Medal table:-

Gold - BBRC rarity
Silver - Scottish rarity
Bronze - Shetland rarity

Only birds for which all individuals need to be supported by a description / photograph are included. So Little Bunting isn't included despite being a Scottish rarity as Shetland birds don't need descriptions, and Marsh Warbler isn't included either.

As it comes up from time to time I am aware that, for example, a Magpie is a better bird in Shetland than a Siberian Rubythroat but at Harry Hill would say 'you've gotta have a system'.
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Two-Barred Crossbills

We've been here before. Some people think July is too soon to start a thread on the Shetland autumn thread, but then the Two-barred Crossbills beg to disagree. I have no idea how many birds have been recorded in the exceptional influx this year, so I am not going to include them unless I see an analysis of the records.

As far as I am aware all the different islands / island groups had at least one TBC, other than Papa Stour where I don't think there has been any meaningful coverage.
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July to date

The SBC website isn't up to date so there may be some birds missing from the list below but this is what I think is qualifying so far, errors or omissions feedback welcome. Where birds definitely (tern) or probably (some of the RC Starlings) arrived in June I have included them.

BBRC

Great Reed Warbler - Unst (today...)
Gull-billed Tern - Mainland

Scottish

Arctic Warbler - Fair Isle
Blyth's Reed Warbler - Unst

Shetland

Rose Coloured Starlings - Mainland, Foula, Fetlar, Unst (one apiece)
Hobby - Mainland
Black-throated Diver - Mainland
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Two-barred Crossbill - juvenile Mainland

(see above for proposed treatment).
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July catch-up

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Unst

Mediterranean Gull - Shetland rarity

Mainland

Black-tharoated Diver - Shetland rarity
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July totals

Unst 1,1,2
Mainland 1,0,3
Fair Isle 0,1,0
Foula 0,0,1
Fetlar 0,0,1

With Yell, Skerries, Bressay and Papa Stour yet to score though they all had Two-barred Crossbills reported except Papa Stour.
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Greenish Warbler - Scottish rarity
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Mainland - Snowy Owl, national rarity (present for a few days, now confirmed)
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Sabine's Gull - Shetland rarity
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TBCs

And of course just to note that Two-barred Crossbills continue to be seen. A group in Lerwick yesterday peaked at nine, there was another elsewhere on Mainland today and one on Fetlar.
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Great Snipe - national rarity

Unst

Blyth's Reed Warbler - Scottish rarity*

* Locally assessed in Shetland
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TBCs

In case anyone hasn't seen Birdguides have an article on the Two-barred Crossbill invasion, but it doesn't give island by island breakdowns.

https://www.birdguides.com/articles/...tland-july-au/
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There was a Little Egret on Unst at the beginning of the month (Shetland rarity). Not sure if I forgot to include this or I was previously unaware.
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Blyth's Reed Warbler - Scottish rarity (see above)
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Another Blyth's Reed Warbler on Mainland at Rerwick.
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Fair Isle

Citrine Wagtail - Scottish rarity
Honey Buzzard - Shetland rarity

26th


Mainland

Greenish Warbler - Scottish rarity (locally assessed in Shetland)
Mandarin - Shetland rarity
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There was a Mandarin on Fair Isle a couple weeks back, is that the Mandarin you refer to as Shetland Mainland or had it relocated from Fair Isle?
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There was a Mandarin on Fair Isle a couple weeks back, is that the Mandarin you refer to as Shetland Mainland or had it relocated from Fair Isle?
Hi Steve,

No this was at Hillwell, no idea if it is the same bird.

I don't think the Fair Isle one was ever put on the WhatsApp group, and I tend to backfill from the Shetland Bird Club website which doesn't include Fair Isle records. If I have time I will check the FIBO website going forward, but I guess only Shetland rarities would get missed.

You on Fair Isle this autumn? I am on for a week late on.

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There a few Fair Isle birds that probably wouldn't make to the Shetland Whatsapp groups though Susannah and Deryk do often put the best bits out there.
The Mandarin was on the 13th, 14th & 18th August (only the 4th for Fair Isle).
Blyths Reed Warbler on 18th & 20th August
Honey Buzzard 25th August
Corncrake 25th August (don't think this qualifies but added it here just in case)
Citrine Wagtail 26th & 27th August
Greenish Warbler 27th August

I'll be in the isle from 5th October till the 25th, a little later than I would have liked to have arrived but given the situation with no Obs this year I'll take what I can get.

Fingers crossed for easterlies
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There a few Fair Isle birds that probably wouldn't make to the Shetland Whatsapp groups though Susannah and Deryk do often put the best bits out there.
The Mandarin was on the 13th, 14th & 18th August (only the 4th for Fair Isle).
Blyths Reed Warbler on 18th & 20th August
Honey Buzzard 25th August
Corncrake 25th August (don't think this qualifies but added it here just in case)
Citrine Wagtail 26th & 27th August
Greenish Warbler 27th August

I'll be in the isle from 5th October till the 25th, a little later than I would have liked to have arrived but given the situation with no Obs this year I'll take what I can get.

Fingers crossed for easterlies
Steve,

As you say Corncrake doesn't count, the rest are all above except the Greenish which I hadn't got to.

I overlap on Fair Isle so will hopefully get to meet you.

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