Shetland is a Mecca for rare birds, depending on if you pick the right week!! But its not all about rare birds here, its great to see scarce passage migrants too. Living in East London its not everyday you see such birds as Siskin and Bramblings.
This year was a Brambling year, with flocks seen daily along with smaller numbers of Siskin. Two years ago it was a Redpoll year.
We had both Long-Eared & Short eared owls (2 of each) the former which Monkey found poking his nose over a stone wall, and a second bird found by Rob Fray at virkie willows which showed a tad better!