Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Sightings archive: January - May 2019

Friday 31st May 2019
Weather: very calm and sunny at first, with a freshening SE wind bringing cloud then heavy rain from early afternoon that persisted throughout the evening. The SE winds were fairly local, although they did bring a few birds. Not really anything unusual, although the mox of arrivals was maybe not what would be expected for the time of year.

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 2 Teal, 5 Golden Plover, 13 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 4 Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Shirva), Short-eared Owl (Wirvie Burn), 5 Carrion Crow, 8 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Grasshopper Warbler (one trapped at the Obs), Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel (Vaadal and Ward Hill), 5 Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin (Schoolhouse), 56 Wheatear, 'White Wagtail', 'Scandinavian Rock Pipit' (Lerness), Rock Pipit (first fledged chick seen, on Dronger), Chaffinch (singing male, Burkle), 2 Linnet, Reed Bunting.

Year list: 170
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Thursday 30th May 2019
Weather: quite a pleasant sunny day, with a westerly based wind. Seabird work is starting to take up more time, with productivity work on Kittiwakes, Guillemots and Puffins (the latter involving a visit to Green Holm, which is always a pleasant experience) taking place as well starting the mapping process of Bonxie nests (which may well take a while this year as it looks like there are plenty around).

HIGHLIGHTS:
Bluethroat: female in Gilsetter
Dotterel: female on Ward Hill

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 2 Teal, Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, Golden Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, Great Black-backed Gull (first chick of the season seen, on Greenholm), Collared Dove, 2 Long-eared Owl (the lingering bird at Shirva and another at the Obs), Kestrel, 4 Carrion Crow, 6 Swallow, 2 House Martin, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat (including singing birds at the Obs and Lower Leogh), Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel (female trapped at Obs), Robin, Redstart (male, Lower Leogh), 53 Wheatear, 'White Wagtail', 3 Linnet, 2 'Mealy Redpoll', Lapland Bunting (male at Field; just the second of the year), Reed Bunting.

Year list: 170
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Wednesday 29th May 2019
Weather: strong W based wind, with regular bouts of heavy rain that produced very few sightings.

Sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Sedge Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel (North Haven), Robin.

Year list: 170
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Tuesday 28th May 2019
Weather: a fresh NW wind, with icy showers (proper hailstones that were distinctly uncomfortable to be out in!) and very little sign of movement in terms of birds. The forecast is showing some lighter winds later in the week, so there may still be a last hurrah of spring migration, although it has to be said that it didn't feel like late-spring today!

HIGHLIGHTS:
Quail: one heard calling near Kenaby; first of the year

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, Tufted Duck (male), Storm Petrel (a wing from a freshly killed bird was on Hoini), 5 Golden Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 20 Dunlin, Arctic Skua (a copulating pair in the Parks shows some hope that they're going to settle down to breed shortly), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove (North Light), Long-eared Owl (Shirva), Carrion Crow, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackbird (male still at Obs), Redwing (South Light), Song Thrush (Klingers Geo), Robin, Whinchat, 58 Wheatear, 2 Dunnock (North Haven and Shirva).

Year list: 170
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Monday 27th May 2019
Weather: a pleasant, but cool day, with a fresh NW breeze. The planes ran as scheduled, so the older school children got out for day trip to Lerwick. There were very few new birds, but those that were seen were good enough.

HIGHLIGHTS:
TAWNY PIPIT: still present, although relocated to the heathy area behind Sma' Trinket Geo
White-tailed Eagle: an immature was circling North Light just after 1pm before gaining height and heading rapidly south. The 16th record for Fair Isle since the species last bred here (in the mid 1800s), although at least four of these have been reintroduced birds.
Common Buzzard: one at Ditfield, the second record of the spring of this less-than-annual visitor

Tawny Pipit, Sma' Trinket Geo (Richard Cope)


White-tailed Eagle, North Light (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
2 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Tufted Duck (male), Gannet (first chicks seen; at Yellow Head), Shag (first chicks seen; at Easter Lother), 5 Golden Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 11 Dunlin, Arctic Tern (first eggs seen), Long-eared Owl (Shirva), Kestrel, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, 48 Wheatear, Dunnock (Midway), 5 Linnet (including a pair courtship-feeding).

Year list: 169
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Sunday 26th May 2019
Weather: a fairly calm day with some NW wind and largely dry and bright. Not much on the move, so a BB rarity just before lunch (classic timing on a Sunday!) was a surprise.

HIGHLIGHTS:
TAWNY PIPIT: one on the Rippack; 19th Fair Isle record, the first since 2015 and only the third since 1993 of this declining species
THRUSH NIGHTINGALE: still present in the Plantation
Common Rosefinch: 2CY male still present
Bluethroat: a female at Barkland
Dotterel: still associating with Golden Plovers, at Chatham's Land then the Rippack
Grey-headed Wagtail: male still in the north, near Wester Lother

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 3 Wigeon, Tufted Duck (male), Red-throated Diver, 4 Golden Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 24 Dunlin, Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (a fulmar-oiled individual at Shirva), 3 Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Fieldfare, Redwing, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Robin, 72 Wheatear, 2 Dunnock (Obs, perhaps set for another elusive summering attempt?), Yellow Wagtail, 'White Wagtail', 3 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
c10 Diamond-back Moth

Year list: 168
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Saturday 25th May 2019
Weather: grey at first, with a sunny evening and a moderate WNW wind. A busy day, with a cruiseship in the morning then the usual census and monitoring, although there was little sign of new arrivals other than a couple of maritime additions to the year list.

HIGHLIGHTS:
THRUSH NIGHTINGALE: still present in the Plantation
Common Rosefinch: 2CY male singing at Schoolton
Bluethroat: a male in full song at Burkle was a fine sight
Dotterel: a female circling Barkland with a Golden Plover was presumably yesterday's bird moving down from Ward Hill
Grey-headed Wagtail: male at Pietron

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 5 Teal, Tufted Duck (male), Storm Petrel (from Good Shepherd IV; first of the year), 2 Manx Shearwater (from Good Shepherd IV; first of the year), Sparrowhawk (male trapped in the Plantation), 3 Golden Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 47 Common Gull, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, 3 Carrion Crow, 12 Swallow, 6 House Martin, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 7 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, Redstart, Whinchat, 46 Wheatear, Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet, Common Redpoll, Lesser Redpoll, 3 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
c60 Diamond-back Moth

Year list: 167
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Friday 24th May 2019
Weather: a moderate WNW wind, with some low cloud and the odd bank of thick fog which obscured the Isle (and put paid to flights for the second day in a row). Still, it proved to be a good day's birding with a nice selection of highlights.

HIGHLIGHTS:
THRUSH NIGHTINGALE: one glimpsed briefly in the Plantation trapped a short while later in the Vaadal
Common Rosefinch: 2; an adult male at Schoolhouse and a 2CY male singing at Burkle
Bluethroat: 2; a singing male at Burkle and a female trapped in the Vaadal
Dotterel: one on the North slope of Ward Hill; first of the year
Pomarine Skua: an adult drifted over Burkle; first of the year

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 5 Teal, Tufted Duck (male), Hen Harrier, Golden Plover, 15 Whimbrel, 13 Dunlin, 48 Common Gull, 6 Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Rook, 11 Carrion Crow, 18 Swallow, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 8 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Robin, 5 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 58 Wheatear, 'White Wagtail', 3 Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet, 3 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Diamond-back Moth: probably hundreds across the Isle

Year list: 165
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Thursday 23rd May 2019
Weather: although the day started and ended with some brighter weather, it was largley foggy with rain, so there was no full census.

HIGHLIGHTS:
RUSTIC BUNTING: still present around Burkle
Red-backed Shrike: male trapped and ringed at the Obs in the morning
Grey-headed Wagtail: female at Skadan

Other sightings:
40 Barnacle Goose, 4 Wigeon, Tufted Duck (male), Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, c30 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Stackhoull), Kestrel, Jackdaw, 8 Carrion Crow, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Robin, Redstart, Whinchat, Grey Wagtail, Linnet.

Year list: 162
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Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Weather: a fresher NW breeze (increasing slightly through the day), with cloud falling down over the Isle bringing some drizzly conditions. Very poor visibility (especially in the north) will be responsible for some of the lower counts, although there was obviously a clear out of birds as well.

HIGHLIGHTS:
RUSTIC BUNTING: the male showed well at Aesterhoull for a short while in the morning befoer heading off to Quoy.
Common Rosefinch: 2 at Schoolton
Bluethroat: 3; two males and a female

Other sightings:
40 Barnacle Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, Wigeon (male), Tufted Duck (male), 2 Red-throated Diver, 7 Golden Plover, 8 Whimbrel, 9 Dunlin, 27 Common Gull, 4 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (showed well at Lower Stoneybrek), Swift, Kestrel, Jackdaw, 16 Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 45 Wheatear, Grey Wagtail (Gully; first of the month), 11 Tree Pipit, 3 Linnet, 7 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 162
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21st May 2019
Weather: a light NW breeze, freshening slightly after a calm start. Rain from mid-morning was heavy at times, although cleared for a spell in the afternoon. Overall, there was quite a clear out of common migrants, although there were some impressive highlights found. The forecast is now looking a lot less promising for the next few days, with more northerly and westerly winds, but given the number of birds that have come in recently, we'd not bet against one or two last surprises...

HIGHLIGHTS:
RUSTIC BUNTING: a flightly individual was at Burkle then the Chapel Plantation in the afternoon; 138th Fair Isle record (73rd in spring). Since 1978, the only blank years have been 1983, 2002, 2012 and 2014.
Red-rumped Swallow: one briefly near the base of Malcolm's Head was then relocated in South Harbour where it showed well. The 13th Fair Isle record (all bar three have occurred since 2000), the species has been seen annually since 2016.
Common Rosefinch: 2; singles trapped at School and Burkle
Red-backed Shrike: 2; male at the Obs and an unringed female at Field Ditch
Bluethroat: 7; four males, three females (including two males ringed at the Obs)

Other sightings:
41 Barnacle Goose (appeared in the evening and circiled the Isle), 10 Greylag Goose, Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver, 2 Cormorant, 7 Golden Plover, Ringed Plover (first chick seen, at Muckle Uri Geo), 15 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Cuckoo, Swift, 2 Kestrel, Jackdaw, 21 Carrion Crow, 2 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 22 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, 8 Whitethroat, Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Robin, 5 Pied Flycatcher, 9 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 100 Wheatear, 4 Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, 3 'White Wagtail', 3 Tree Pipit, 5 Linnet (including a pair copulating at School), 'Mealy Redpoll', Yellowhammer, 7 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 162
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20th May 2019
Weather: a much better day, with decent visibility (so the flights were able to make it in and out), very calm at first, with just a light E breeze during the day. Rather exciting, with good numbers of common migrants about (and also Freyja's birthday party!).

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: one at Setter; first of the year
Common Rosefinch: 2; singles on Malcolm's Head and Hjukni Geo (the latter singing), with presumably the latter bird then moving to
Bluethroat: 9 (6 females and 3 males) scattered around the Isle, including four trapped around the Obs and traps
Red-backed Shrike: the female still in the Gully
Red-necked Phalarope: two present briefly in the early morning only

Icterine Warbler, Setter (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 17 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, 4 Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (one over the Plantation was later on Golden Water), 2 Greenshank, Guillemot (first egg seen at Pietron), 3 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Cuckoo, 9 Swift, Kestrel, Peregrine, 49 Swallow, 10 House Martin, 2 Wood Warbler (one singing at the Obs and another at Haa), 43 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 6 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 16 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 32 Lesser Whitethroat (highest spring count since 2008), 22 Whitethroat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 29 Spotted Flycatcher, 10 Robin, 10 Pied Flycatcher, 47 Redstart (highest spring count since 2009), 12 Whinchat, 129 Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, 3 'White Wagtail', 8 Tree Pipit, 44 Twite, 5 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', Snow Bunting, Yellowhammer, 6 Reed Bunting.

Cuckoo, Hill Dyke (David Parnaby)

Other wildlife:
18+ Diamond-back Moth, Green Lacewing

Year list: 160
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19th May 2019
Weather: thick fog all day, with a light E or SE breeze. Occasional drizzle. Due to conditions, there was no full census carried out, although a lot of the Isle was still covered. A frustrating day though as there were clearly birds out there, but birding was rather difficult (as was finding your way around!).

HIGHLIGHTS:
'White-spotted Bluethroat': a male photographed in Walli Burn (around the 11th record for Fair Isle)
Lesser Yellowlegs: still present at Utra Scrape
Bluethroat: still 10 present (including the 'White-spotted' bird mentioned above), 6 females and 4 males
Red-backed Shrike: female trapped in the Gully in the evening; first of the year

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 3 Whimbrel, Knot (Muckle Uri Geo; first of the year), 16 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl, 18 Swallow, 8 House Martin, Wood Warbler (Chalet), 15 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (Upper Leogh), 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (Gully), 11 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing, 15 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 17 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 'Blue-headed Wagtail' (and Yellow Wagtail), Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', 7 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
20+ Diamond-back Moth

Year list: 159
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18th May 2019
Weather: a moderate NE breeze, with low cloud and occasional rain

HIGHLIGHTS:
Lesser Yellowlegs: the 4th record for the Isle (3rd in spring and first since 1999) was found on Da Water, where it was present briefly before being relocated later on Utra scrape where it showed well.
Bluethroat: 16 (8 males and 8 females), the actual total may have been higher as birds were seen in a number of additional locations in the afternoon, but these may have been birds seen on census that had relocated elsewhere, so were not included as 'new' birds. The highest total since pre-1991.
Common Rosefinch: one singing, interestingly the bird present for the last three days had not been heard to sing at all, so this may have been a new arrival.

Lesser Yellowlegs, Utra Scrape (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, Sparrowhawk, 5 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 24 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 37 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 2 Wood Warbler (singles at Upper Leogh and Gully; first of the year), 16 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 14 Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackbird, Redwing, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 7 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 10 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 91 Wheatear, Blue-headed Wagtail (male; Skadan), 5 'White Wagtail', 4 Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', Snow Bunting, 7 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
3 Diamond-back Moth

Year list: 157
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17th May 2019
Weather: the day started with an easterly breeze and sunshine, but fog rolled in from early afternoon

HIGHLIGHTS:
Bluethroat: 7; five males and two females
Hawfinch: female still present and roaming widely
Common Rosefinch: one female or immature male still present

Bluethroat, Lower Stoneybrek (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 2 Goosander (a pair over Buness; first of the year), Red-throated Diver, Golden Plover, 12 Whimbrel, 18 Purple Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Woodpigeon, 2Collared Dove, Cuckoo, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Peregrine, 52 Swallow, 30 House Martin, 13 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 5 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (Plantation), 5 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 12 Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 7 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Redstart, Whinchat, 105 Wheatear, 4 Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, flava wagtail, 4 'White Wagtail', Tree Pipit, 'Scandinavian Rock Pipit', 5 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', 2 Snow Bunting, 5 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
5 Minke Whale (from visiting cruise ship, in Fair Isle waters), 2 Red Admiral, 2 Diamond-back Moth

Year list: 155
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16th May 2019
Weather: a fresher east breeze developing, with the day clouding over somewhat and starting to feel rather cool at time

HIGHLIGHTS:
Bluethroat: a male near the Gully in the morning was rather elusive
Hawfinch: a female at Koolin in the afternoon
Common Rosefinch: a roaming bird (female or immature male) around Stoneybrek and the School
Grey-headed Wagtail: male at North Light

Other sightings:
Canada Goose (one roaming the south: first of the year), 3 Greylag Goose, Fulmar (first egg seen at Ward Hill), 3 Cormorant, Golden Plover, 7 Whimbrel, 26 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, Greenshank (first of the month), 6 Woodpigeon, 3 Cuckoo (singles at Wester Lother, Obs/Parks and South Harbour), Short-eared Owl (showing well at School Brae in the evening), Peregrine, Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 55 Swallow, 15 House Martin, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 6 Sedge Warbler, 6 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, Blackbird (singing at the Obs), Redwing, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 6 Robin, Redstart (Skinners Glig), 77 Wheatear, Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, 4 Tree Pipit, 4 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', 2 Snow Bunting (Dronger), Yellowhammer (Quoy; first of the year), 3 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Red Admiral

Year list: 154
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15th May 2019
Weather: a very calm start, with a freshening SE breeze developing. Sunny throughout and warm - short sleeve census weather in fact!

HIGHLIGHTS:
Ortolan Bunting: one in the upper Wirvie Burn area was the first spring record since 2016 (and only the third in this season since 2013).
Honey-buzzard: one over the south of the Isle in the morning makes it seven consecutive years of appearance for this species, although this was an early record.
Bluethroat: a male was at Upper Leogh briefly then singing in South Harbour before retiring to the Walli Burn.
Wryneck: one trapped in the Gully.
Common Rosefinch: one at Burkle - the earliest arrival since 2002.
Red-necked Phalarope: one again briefly on Da Water in the morning
Grey-headed Wagtail: male on Lerness (also, Blue-headed Wagtail still present in Wirvie)

Honey-buzzard (with Hooded Crow in pursuit), Richard Cope

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, Red-throated Diver, 3 Golden Plover, 21 Whimbrel, 2 Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, 39 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Bonxie (first eggs of the year found on Vaasetter), 10 Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove, Cuckoo (singing in Gilsetter and the Parks), Short-eared Owl, Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin, 82 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 21 Willow Warbler (highest count of the month), 5 Chiffchaff, 8 Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler (Burkle), 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackbird, 9 Robin, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart (Chalet), Whinchat, 152 Wheatear, 2 Dunnock, 5 ‘White Wagtail’, 4 Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', 4 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
7 Red Admiral

Year list: 152
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14th May 2019
Weather: a light SW breeze, sunny and warm - a beautiful day in fact.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Citrine Wagtail: a superb male found near Haa in the morning was relocated at Easter Lother Water in the evening. The fourth spring record for the Isle and first in this season since 2010 (and in any season since 2017).
Common Buzzard: one that headed north over the Plantation at c1445hrs and was seen passing over the Obs and Wirvie Burn. The previous record headed north over the Obs on 16th May 2018 (and that was the first record since 2015).
Red-necked Phalarope: one present on Da Water in the morning only was chased off by extremely defensive Lapwings.
Red-necked Phalarope: one present on Da Water in the morning only was chased off by extremely defensive Lapwings.

Citrine Wagtail, Easter Lother Water (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, Sparrowhawk (female), Hen Harrier (2CY male over Wirvie then Lerness; first of the year), Moorhen (Burkle), Lapwing (3 chicks on Da Water), 19 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, 33 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 156 Arctic Tern, Stock Dove (one at Burkle in the evening; first of the year), 18 Woodpigeon, 9 Collared Dove (highest count of the year), Cuckoo (a singing male heard in the morning near the Raevas, was presumably the bird seen on Ward Hill later; first of the year), 2 Swift (first of the year), Kestrel, 2 Rook, 22 Carrion Crow, 11 Sand Martin, 274 Swallow (one of the largest Fair Isle counts), 23 House Martin, 16 Willow Warbler, 11 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 11 Blackcap,Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 3 Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (first of the year), 5 Robin, Pied Flycatcher, 196 Wheatear, Dunnock, Blue-headed Wagtail (Wirvie), 2 ‘White Wagtail’, Tree Pipit, Chaffinch, 34 Twite, 2 Linnet, 2 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Minke Whale: one feeding half an hour north of the Isle, seen from the Good Shepherd IV.
11 Red Admiral, Peacock (first of the year)

Year list: 149
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13th May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS:
Subalpine Warbler: a male at Haa was chameleonic in appearance. It most closely resembled ‘Eastern’ on most views, but it some lights there was perhaps a touch of ‘Moltoni’s’ about it. Sadly, it refused to show its tail pattern or to call, so is likely to remain a ‘Subalp. sp?’ in the records (although it is counted as an addition to the year list).
Red-necked Phalarope: one early in the morning only on Da Water; first of the year.
Grey-headed Wagtail: male on Buness

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, 6 Whimbrel, Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 58 Arctic Tern, 4 Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 22 Carrion Crow, 2 Sand Martin, 50 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 5 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (Ditfield), 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Robin, 180 Wheatear, Dunnock, 5 ‘White Wagtail’, Tree Pipit, Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, 3 Linnet, ‘Mealy Redpoll’, Snow Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 142

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12th May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS:
Wryneck: still present at the Obs

Other sightings:
8 Greylag Goose, Barnacle Goose (over South Harbour), Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, 3 Whimbrel, Dunlin, 40  Arctic Tern, 3 Woodpigeon, 25 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin, 2 Peregrine, 42
Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, Song Thrush, 7 Robin, 115 Wheatear, 2 Tree Sparrow, Dunnock, 4
‘White Wagtail’, 5 Tree Pipit, Chaffinch, 3 Linnet, Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 140

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11th May 2019

Sightings:
7 Greylag Goose, Pintail (male south), Tufted Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, Water Rail (Vaadal), Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, 3 Arctic Tern, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing, Chaffinch, 2 Linnet, Snow Bunting.

Year list: 140

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10th May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS:
Wryneck: still present at the Obs

Other sightings:
8 Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 2 Whimbrel, Dunlin, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 10 Carrion Crow, 34 Swallow, 9 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap,  Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, 16 Robin, Redstart, 176 Wheatear, 2 ‘White Wagtail’, Tree Pipit, Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 3 Linnet, 6 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 139

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9th May 2019

HIGHLIGHTS:
Wryneck: one at the Obs.

Other sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, 4 Whimbrel, Dunlin, Woodcock (Gillsetter), Wood Sandpiper (south over Kirki Mire), Collared Dove, 2 Long-eared Owl, 3 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin, Peregrine, 33 Swallow, 8 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat,  Whitethroat, Goldcrest,3 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, Redwing, 17 Robin, Pied Flycatcher (female, Midway), 2 Whinchat, 199 Wheatear, Dunnock, 7 ‘White Wagtail’, 8 Tree Pipit, 4 Brambling, 3 Linnet, Siskin, Snow Bunting, 14 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 139

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8th May 2019

Sightings:
8 Greylag Goose, 3 Teal, Tufted Duck, 2 Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, 5 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, Woodcock (Gully), Common Sandpiper, Arctic Tern (South Light; first of the year), Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Carrion Crow, Peregrine, 11 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 8 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel (including a singing male at Gunnawark), 4 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 25 Robin, Pied Flycatcher (male, Skinner’s Glig), 219 Wheatear, 2 ‘White Wagtail’, 6 Tree Pipit, 3 Brambling, 2 Linnet, 5 ‘Mealy Redpoll’, Lesser Redpoll, Snow Bunting, 10 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 138
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7th May 2019

Weather: a lighter NW wind, decreasing through the day. Still cold, with a couple of wintry showers although largely sunny.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Harrier: an immature male headed north over Gilsetter and was later seen around the Mast; first of the year, the 57th record for Fair Isle (46th in spring) of this species that has been annual since 2015.
Shorelark: one on the heath between North Gunnawark and Troila Geo was presumably the bird seen earlier in the month.

Other sightings:
15 Greylag Goose, 3 Teal , Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Oystercatcher (first eggs seen), 18 Golden Plover, 8 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, Great Black-backed Gull (incubating on Green Holm), 11 Arctic Skua (small numbers now scattered around most territories), 4 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Kestrel, Peregrine, 2 Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 3 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Song Thrush, 29 Robin, 203 Wheatear, Dunnock, 2 ‘White Wagtail’, 150 Meadow Pipit, 9 Tree Pipit, Brambling, 22 Twite, 3 Linnet, 15 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 137

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6th May 2019
Weather: strong NW wind continuing with some heavy showers at times

Sightings:
20 Greylag Goose, Tufted Duck, Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 23 Golden Plover, 6 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, 10 Arctic Skua, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Long-eared Owl (Gully and one briefly at Schoolhouse, which was probably the bird ringed on 4th), Peregrine, Jackdaw, 78 Skylark, 5 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (Midway), 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Blackbird, Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 14 Robin, Redstart, 169 Wheatear, 3 ‘White Wagtail’, 127 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 'Scandinavian Rock Pipit', 19 Twite, 3 Linnet, Snow Bunting, 7 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 136

Other wildlife:
Large White (first of the year)
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5th May 2019
Weather: continued strong NW wind, with regular showers 
Tough going, not much new happening and very unspring-like.

Sightings:
20 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, Teal , Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 20 Golden Plover, Ringed Plover (first eggs found), 4 Whimbrel, Dunlin, 60 Purple Sandpiper, 5 Arctic Skua (small numbers present daily and starting to settle on territories, but no large arrival yet), 5 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Short-eared Owl, Swallow, Willow Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Shirva), 2 Blackcap, Ring Ouzel, 3 Blackbird, Fieldfare, Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 13 Robin, 118 Wheatear, 2 Dunnock, 5 ‘White Wagtail’, 195 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 18 Twite, Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', 2 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 136

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4th May 2019
Weather: still cold, with a strong NW wind and occasional showers
Typically quiet considering the weather.

Other sightings:
14 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, ‘Blue’ Fulmar (off South Light), 4 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, 25 Golden Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 7 Woodpigeon, Collared Dover, 2 Long-eared Owl (Gully & Plantation), Kestrel (male, Gilsetter), Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Grasshopper Warbler (Midway), 2 Blackcap, Ring Ouzel, 5 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 10 Robin, 107 Wheatear, 3 ‘White Wagtail’, 197 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Brambling, 10 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 136

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3rd May 2019
Weather: very strong NW or N winds, with heavy, wintry showers. 
No planes or other transport and a generally unpleasant day.

Highlights:
Glaucous Gull: 2CY in South Harbour 

Other sightings:
10 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, ‘White Wagtail’, Tree Pipit.

Year list: 136

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2nd May 2019
Weather:  N 4-5, Colder than it’s been in a while, with odd sunny spells and the occasional brief light shower.
Very few new birds around with two quality exceptions, although neither were new to for the yearlist.

Highlights:
Little Ringed Plover:  one feeding in Walli Burn was the 8th record for Fair Isle and the second of the spring, following one on 20th April.

Little Ringed Plover, Walli Burn (Richard Cope)

Shorelark: One feeding around Gunnawark, the second record of the spring following two lingering birds in April.

Other sightings:
10 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 2 Tufted Duck, 2 ‘Blue’ Fulmar (one past Buness and another circling around Bergaroo), 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 17 Golden Plover, 9 Whimbrel, 75 Turnstone, Common Sandpiper, 12 Woodpigeon, 2 Long-eared Owl (Gully & Plantation), Jackdaw, Rook, 9 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 9 Blackcap, Ring Ouzel, 4 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 7 Song Thrush, 16 Robin, Black Redstart, 103 Wheatear, 2 ‘White Wagtail’, 138 Meadow Pipit, 5 Tree Pipit, 17 Brambling, 12 Twite, 9 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 136

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1st May 2019
Weather: a light SE wind to start, becoming a slightly fresher NW by the end of the day. Largely cloudy, with a couple of sunnier spells but some light drizzle late in the afternoon.

Highlights:
Yellow-browed Warbler: the first spring record for the Isle was in the Gully
Black Kite: flushed from the Vaadal stream (between the Plantation and Vaadal traps) at 0515hrs but not seen since.
Hoopoe: evidently starting to get itchy feet as it was seen behind the Raevas.
Wryneck: on Taing then flew towards School.

Other sightings:
11 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, 4 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail (Schoolton), 17 Golden Plover, 11 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit (Meoness; first of the year), Sanderling (South Harbour; first of the year), 11 Dunlin, Woodcock (Hjukni Geo), 10 Woodpigeon, 2 Long-eared Owl (Gully and Plantation), Peregrine, Jackdaw, Rook, 10 Carrion Crow (and 2 hybrid crows), 2 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 12 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 12 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 3 Ring Ouzel, 2 Blackbird, 43 Fieldfare, Redwing, 13 Song Thrush, 57 Robin, Black Redstart (Chalet), 2 Whinchat, Tree Sparrow (Burkle), Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail, ‘White Wagtail’, 6 Tree Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 15 Brambling, 14 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll', Goldfinch, 17 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 136
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30th April 2019
Weather: a calm day with a force 1 or 2 SE or S wind. Some low cloud at times but generally a very pleasant day of weather.
We said goodbye (for now) to Max Hellicar, who has been volunteering with us for a couple of weeks and has put in a solid shift (and found a Hoopoe, which is always good!). Max will be returning in June and we look forward to having him back as he's an important part of the team this year. Max left on the Good Shepherd (there were no planes today due to poor visibilty at Tingwall) and had Brambling circling the boat as migration continued through the day. The Good Shepherd then brought us back Doddy, who returns for another season as Ranger and who started his job as soon as he was on the boat by pointing out Robins, Willow Warbler and other migrants to other passengers and arranging a guided walk for tomorrow afternoon - quality Rangering!
It looks like we've seen the last of the easterlies for a while, with strong Northerly winds and the chance of some wintry showers by the end of the week, which is likely to slow up migration (but will give us the chance to concentrate on a few other jobs like trap repairs, after a busy few weeks of birds).

Highlights:
Black Kite: still present, wandering the Isle and showing well at times.
Hoopoe: still settled on Buness, although the forthcoming Northerlies may see it reconsider its life choices.

Other sightings:
11 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 3 Grey Heron, Moorhen, 115 Oystercatcher (with northerly passage noted), 11 Golden Plover, 9 Whimbrel (including a singing bird), 6 Dunlin, 26 Purple Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 10 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Long-eared Owl (the long-staying bird Gully and another at Upper Leogh), Short-eared Owl (Buness), Kestrel, 2 Peregrine, 5 Carrion Crow, 115 Skylark, 2 Sand Martin, 30 Willow Warbler, 26 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 16 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Ring Ouzel (in sub-song behind Shirva), 5 Blackbird, 38 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 22 Song Thrush, 74 Robin, 3 Whinchat, 136 Wheatear, Tree Sparrow (Haa then Burkle; first of the year), 2 Dunnock, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 7 ‘White Wagtail’, 149 Meadow Pipit, 10 Tree Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 54 Brambling, 23 Twite, 3 Linnet, 2 'Mealy Redpoll', Goldfinch, 15 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 133
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29th April 2019
Weather: SE2, no cloud. Sunny and rather nice.
A lovely day, with the threatened low cloud staying well away.

Highlights:
Black Kite: still present and showing well, including at Hunds Heelor where it appeared to have been eating a rabbit.
Wryneck: still present, having moved to Midway.
Hoopoe: still present at the north end of Buness.

Other sightings:
20 Barnacle Goose, 12 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, Grey Heron, Moorhen, 4 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 200+ Bonxie, 9 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Peregrine, 2 Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 98 Skylark, 5 Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 32 Willow Warbler (including 3 pale acredula-type birds), 19 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 13 Blackcap, Garden Warbler (Chalet; first of the year), 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Ring Ouzel, 4 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 20 Song Thrush, 43 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 162 Wheatear, 3 Dunnock, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 7 ‘White Wagtail’, 154 Meadow Pipit, 15 Tree Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 15 Brambling, 5 Linnet, 2 Goldfinch, 10 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
3 Red Admiral, Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Utra; earliest ever Fair Isle record, the previous earliest was 27th May), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (School), White-tailed Bumblebee (School), Tiger Hoverfly Helophilus pendulus (Dronger; earliest ever Fair Isle record, previous earliest recorded date was 26th June).

Year list: 132
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28th April 2019
Weather:  E2, 6/8 cloud, cool.
An early start for a Tystie count and rather pleasant day all round. A bit of excitement with the (presumed) return of a rarity from earlier in the month - made all the more exciting by the mobile phone network being down. With no Obs landline, we resorted to driving around the Isle stopping off at all interested houses - with everyone managing to connect with the bird!

Highlights:
Black Kite: one found drifting east over Field after midday then went up and down the Isle several times. There were two previous records for the Isle (2009 and 2018) before a bird on 19th April this year, which was later seen on Shetland. This is presumably the same bird moving south again.
Wryneck: one at Quoy then roaming; first of the year.
Hoopoe: still on the north of Buness.
Nightingale: one briefly at Kenaby; 57th record for Fair Isle (if accepted) and first since 2017.


Black Kite, over Schoolhouse (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
21 Barnacle Goose, 15 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, Wigeon, Teal, 2 Tufted Duck, 111 Eider, Grey Heron, Moorhen, 96 Oystercatcher, 9 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, Dunlin, Jack Snipe (Upper Stoneybrek), Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 7 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, Rook, 8 Carrion Crow, 223 Skylark, Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 43 Willow Warbler, 16 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 20 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Goldcrest, 8 Ring Ouzel, 9 Blackbird, 140 Fieldfare, 7 Redwing, 39 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 74 Robin, Pied Flycatcher (Dog Geo), 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 178 Wheatear, 4 Dunnock, 8 Yellow Wagtail (a good count, all flavissima birds), 9 ‘White Wagtail’, 154 Meadow Pipit, 12 Tree Pipit, 79 Rock Pipit (including on littoralis bird), 4 Chaffinch, 34 Brambling, Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 'Mealy Redpoll', Goldfinch, 11 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 131
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27th April 2019
Weather:  SE3-4, easing throughout the day, sunny to start although becoming a bit greyer later.
Still birds around and a few new things in, although the fifth anniversary of one of the best spring day's birding (certainly for those who were lucky enough to be on the Isle to enjoy it) didn't produce quite the same amount of excitment. The new mistnets in the Obs garden finally got a run-out, after a lot of windy weather, and a good selection of birds were caught. With calm conditions forecast for the next few days, it should be enjoyable being out and about and hopefully there'll be birds to be found as well.

Highlights:
Hoopoe: still on Buness where it remains remarkably faithful to a small area in the north.

Other sightings:
21 Barnacle Goose (circling the south of the Isle in the evening; first of the year), 15 Greylag Goose, 2 Shelduck, 2 Tufted Duck (males on Golden Water), Water Rail (Ringing Hut), Moorhen (Da Water), Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, 4 Whimbrel, 22 Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock (Chapel Plantation), 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 9 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Short-eared Owl (good views over Da Water in the evening), Kestrel, Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, 280 Skylark, Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 64 Willow Warbler, 14 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (trapped at Obs), 19 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 6 Ring Ouzel, 10 Blackbird (including one singing at Obs), 140 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 41 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 70 Robin, Pied Flycatcher (Dog Geo), 3 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 192 Wheatear, 4 Dunnock, 8 ‘White Wagtail’, 325 Meadow Pipit, 7 Tree Pipit, 2 'Scandinavian Rock Pipit', 8 Chaffinch, 37 Brambling, Greenfinch, 5 Linnet, 2 'Mealy Redpoll', Lapland Bunting (one at Houll with Skylarks; first of the year), 11 Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Red Admiral (Dronger; first of the year and earliest ever Fair Isle record), Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Haa), White-tailed Bumblebee (Shirva)

Year list: 128
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26th April 2019
Weather:  SE4-5, a cloudy start although brightening later.
No planes again and not too many new birds, although there were obviously a few new arrivals.

Highlights:
Hoopoe: still present on the north end of Buness.
Curlew Sandpiper: on Da Water late in the evening.

Other sightings:
14 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck (males on Golden Water), Red-breasted Merganser, Moorhen (Da Water), 8 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, 10 Dunlin, 48 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 7 Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (still around the traps), Short-eared Owl (Chapel Plantation), Kestrel, Peregrine, 3 Carrion Crow, 172 Skylark, Sand Martin, 5 Swallow, 38 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 15 Blackcap, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 10 Ring Ouzel, 5 Blackbird, 249 Fieldfare, 6 Redwing, 49 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 68 Robin, 5 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 141 Wheatear, 9 Dunnock, 3 Yellow Wagtail, 4 ‘White Wagtail’, 257 Meadow Pipit, 8 Tree Pipit, 4 Chaffinch, 24 Brambling, Greenfinch, 3 Linnet, 4 'Mealy Redpoll', 3 Siskin, 11 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 126
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25th April 2019
Weather:  SE4-5, murky with low cloud and some drizzle.
No planes again and not too many new birds, although there were obviously a few new arrivals.

Highlights:
Hoopoe: still present and showing well at the north end of Buness.

Other sightings:
13 Greylag Goose, Shelduck, 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, Tufted Duck (male, Golden Water), 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail (Setter), 2 Moorhen (Da Water and near Burkle), 93 Oystercatcher, 19 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, Dunlin, 59 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Kittiwake (copulation noted), 12 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (still around the traps), Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 314 Skylark, 9 Swallow, 35 Willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Sedge Warbler, 13 Blackcap, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 10 Ring Ouzel, 10 Blackbird, 214 Fieldfare, 4 Redwing, 34 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 94 Robin, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 123 Wheatear, 11 Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail, 15 Pied Wagtail, 5 ‘White Wagtail’, 310 Meadow Pipit, 5 Tree Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, Greenfinch, 38 Twite, 3 Linnet, 5 'Mealy Redpoll', 4 Siskin, 4 Snow Bunting, 20 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 126
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24th April 2019
Weather:  ESE5-6, clear at first with variable cloud during the day. A few spits of rain in the evening, with more arriving after dark (the first rain for quite some time).
The strong winds stopped the planes for the second day running, and whilst they brought a couple of quality birds yesterday, today it was more about the numbers, as migrants built up on the sheltered west cliffs (although the top of the Isle was rather bird free in places as it was blasted by the wind). Rather exciting birding in the right places though and with stuff clearly arriving later on, it feels like things could get better. We're certainly looking forward to tomorrow.

Highlights:
Hoopoe: still present at the north end of Buness.
Curlew Sandpiper: again seen on Da Water in the afternoon.

Other sightings:
17 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, Moorhen (Da Water), 19 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Common Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 9 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully then Vaadal, where it was trapped), Short-eared Owl (Lerness then Hoini), 2 Kestrel, Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 297 Skylark, 9 Swallow, 77 Willow Warbler, 17 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, 22 Blackcap, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat (first of the year), 4 Goldcrest, 10 Ring Ouzel, 7 Blackbird, 34 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, 56 Song Thrush, 2 Mistle Thrush, 96 Robin, 3 Pied Flycatcher (Dronger, South Feltsigeo and Dog Geo; first of the year), 6 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, 179 Wheatear, 4 Dunnock, 2 Yellow Wagtail, 6 ‘White Wagtail’, 200 Meadow Pipit, 9 Tree Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 18 Brambling, Greenfinch, 23 Twite, 4 Linnet, 2 Snow Bunting, 17 Reed Bunting.

Pied Flycatcher, Dronger (David Parnaby)

Year list: 126
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23rd April 2019
Weather:  SE 5-6, some hazier spells, but generally bright and pleasant.
Another interesting day with some really good birds noted, whilst the year list continues to bump along nicely...

Highlights:
Hoopoe: the 42nd record for Fair Isle (and first since 2016) was found on Buness in the afternoon where it showed well, despite being flighty at times.
Little Bunting: the 31st spring record involved one at Hjukni Geo, feeding on the Gilly Burn waterfall.
Curlew Sandpiper: yesterday's bird was relocated on Da Water.

Hoopoe, Buness (Max Hellicar)


Other sightings:
14 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 3 Teal, Water Rail (Schoolton), 2 Moorhen (Da Water and Walli Burn), 3 Whimbrel, 3 Arctic Skua, 5 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Kestrel (male), Merlin, Rook, 5 Carrion Crow, 309 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 16 Willow Warbler, 7 Chiffchaff, 4 Sedge Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (Plantation; first of the year), 5 Goldcrest, 4 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 26 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, Whinchat (male at Chalet; first of the year), 160 Wheatear, 4 Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail (over Gilsetter), 6 ‘White Wagtail’, 287 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, Greenfinch, 34 Twite, 3 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll' (Burkle), 2 Siskin, 3 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 123
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22nd April 2019
Weather:  SSE 4-5, largely sunny.
Mostly a clear out, but with a few new arrivals, including four additions to the year list.

Highlights:
Curlew Sandpiper: a non-breeding plumaged bird on Buness was an unusual record, being just the fifth in spring and somewhat early.

Curlew Sandpiper, Buness (Richard Cope)


Other sightings:
17 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 2 Water Rail (Springfield and Quoy), 2 Moorhen (Da Water and Gully), 4 Whimbrel, 82 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua, 8 Woodpigeon, Merlin, Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 298 Skylark, Sand Martin, Swallow, 10 Willow Warbler, 8 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (Leogh; first of the year), 2 Grasshopper Warbler (one trapped at the Plantation then another at Meadow Burn; first of the year), 7 Blackcap, 2 Ring Ouzel, 7 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 8 Redwing, Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 23 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, Redstart, 221 Wheatear (highest count of the year), 4 Dunnock, Yellow Wagtail (male at Easter Lother Water; first of the year), 5 ‘White Wagtail’, 293 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 9 Brambling, Greenfinch, 46 Twite, Linnet, 2 'Mealy Redpoll' (Burkle), 6 Siskin, Snow Bunting.

Year list: 119
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21st April 2019
Weather:  SE2-3, freshening slightly later. Overnight rain giving way to a grey morning with low cloud over the hills, although brightening in the afternoon.
An early start for a Tystie survey, with the fairly calm conditions encouraging some wader passage and some arrivals of passerines.

Sightings:
49 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 3 Tufted Duck (Golden Water), Great Northern Diver (South Harbour), 'blue' Fulmar (one on cliffs near Restengeos), Moorhen (Da Water), 114 Oystercatcher, 2 Whimbrel, Dunlin (one north over North Light; first of the year), 80 Purple Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Arctic Skua (first of the year), 12 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Plantation), Merlin, Peregrine, 6 Carrion Crow, 270 Skylark, 7 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 33 Willow Warbler (highest count of the year), 25 Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap, 19 Goldcrest (highest count of the year), 3 Ring Ouzel, 14 Blackbird, 20 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 20 Song Thrush, 102 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, 3 Redstart, 192 Wheatear, 11 Dunnock, 4 ‘White Wagtail’, 260 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 81 Rock Pipit (highest count of the year, including one ‘Scandinavian Rock Pipit’), 7 Chaffinch, 12 Brambling, Greenfinch, 24 Twite, 4 Linnet, Siskin, 4 Snow Bunting (Dronger), Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife: 2 Buff-tailed Bumblebee (School)

Year list: 115
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20th April 2019
Weather:  SW4, sunny spells but also some patchy cloud, with rain after dark.
Not too much new in, but still lots of birds around and another quality year tick.

Highlights:
Little Ringed Plover:  one in Boini Mire was just the 7th record for Fair Isle and the earliest ever record. Previous records were in 1965, 1969, 1979, 2016 (2) and 2017, so the species is going through a good spell as its population spreads north.

 
Little Ringed Plover, Boini Mire (Max Hellicar)

Other sightings:
29 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Red-throated Diver, Sparrowhawk, Moorhen (Da Water),  Whimbrel, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 60+ Bonxie, 7 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Gully), Merlin, 2 Peregrine, Jackdaw, 5 Rook, 10 Carrion Crow, 360 Skylark, 8 Sand Martin, 14 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 22 Willow Warbler, 13 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 3 Ring Ouzel, 5 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 11 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 68 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, Stonechat, 193 Wheatear, 6 Dunnock, 6 ‘White Wagtail’, 317 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, ‘Scandinavian Rock Pipit’, 8 Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, 44 Twite, 3 Linnet, Goldfinch, 3 Siskin.

Other wildlife: Buff-tailed Bumblebee (one at School)

Year list: 113
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19th April 2019
Weather:  SE4-5, a largely cloudless day, with good visibility although a haze offshore hid Shetland from view.
Although there were generally fewer birds, there were more of some of the commoner migrants (particularly the breeding species, although most of these individuals will probably be moving further north). The rarest bird of the year so far (in Fair Isle terms) was also seen today, although sadly it didn’t linger.

Highlights:
Black Kite: one found over Ward Hill around 1040am had departed high to the north-east less than twenty minutes later.

Black Kite, Ward Hill (Richard Cope)

Other sightings:
39 Greylag Goose, Shelduck (Da Water), 3 Wigeon, 10 Teal, Shag (several nests noted with eggs on the east coast), Cormorant, Whimbrel (Buness), 58 Purple Sandpiper, Jack Snipe (Da Water), Common Sandpiper (Gully), Green Sandpiper, 60+ Bonxie, 6 Woodpigeon, 3 Rook, 6 Carrion Crow, 359 Skylark, 4 Sand Martin, 8 Swallow, House Martin, 21 Willow Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel, 12 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 13 Redwing, 15 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 68 Robin, 4 Black Redstart, Redstart, 185 Wheatear (highest count of the year), 7 Dunnock, 4 ‘White Wagtail’, 311 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 10 Brambling, 2 Linnet, 2 Siskin, 4 Snow Bunting, 3 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 112
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18th April 2019
Weather:  SE4, variable cloud, thickening slightly for a time in the afternoon. Dry and pleasantly warm.
A very spring-like day, a handful of year ticks and several species arrived in larger numbers. No scarcities or better, but it felt like they’ll not be far away if it carries on like this…

Sightings:
48 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 3 Red-throated Diver (on sea off Linni Geo), Moorhen (Da Water), Whimbrel (Hoini; first of the year), 134 Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock (near Triola Geo), Green Sandpiper (Gilly Burn then Walli Burn; first of the year), Greenshank (Da Water; first of the year), 40+ Bonxie, Razorbill (lots present, including copulating birds at Dog Geo), Puffin (large numbers ashore), 11 Woodpigeon (highest count of the year), Merlin, 8 Carrion Crow, 266 Skylark, 14 Sand Martin (highest count of the year), 18 Swallow (highest count of the year), 3 House Martin (first of the year), 20 Willow Warbler (highest count of the year), 44 Chiffchaff (highest count of the year), 7 Blackcap (highest count of the year), 17 Goldcrest (highest count of the year), 3 Ring Ouzel, 18 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 27 Redwing, 23 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush (highest count of the year), 128 Robin, 6 Black Redstart (highest count of the year), 2 Redstart, 158 Wheatear (highest count of the year by considerable margin), 13 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 8 ‘White Wagtail’, 240 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit,  51 Rock Pipit  (highest count of the year, including two ‘Scandinavian Rock Pipit’), 18 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 41 Twite, 5 Linnet, Goldfinch, Siskin, 5 Snow Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 111
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17th April 2019
Weather: still similar, with SE4-5 winds, good visibility and patchy (3/8) cloud, remaining dry.
Some busy early trap rounds and obviously more birds in, with several species recording their highest counts of the spring. We said goodbye today to Nina O’Hanlon who stepped in at short notice to help out as a volunteer with census and ringing work at the start of the season. Nina has previously volunteered at FIBO, visited for her research into plastic in Gannet nests (see https:// ninajohanlon.wordpress.com/2018/06/07/ scottish-gannets-and-plastic-nests/) and is a regular birding visitor who we look forward to seeing again soon – thanks for your help Nina.

Sightings:
53 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail (Springfield), Moorhen (Obs scrape), 33 Ringed Plover, Razorbills and Puffins returned in large numbers, 7 Woodpigeon, Merlin, 2 Peregrine, Rook, 7 Carrion Crow, 197 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, 28 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 10 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel, 21 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 18 Redwing, 24 Song Thrush, 153 Robin, 3 Black Redstart, 2 Redstart, Stonechat (male), 76 Wheatear, 9 Dunnock, 3  ‘White Wagtail’, 234 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit  (Quoy; first of the year),  21 Chaffinch, 9 Brambling, 29 Twite, 5 Linnet, Goldfinch (School).

Year list: 107
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Tuesday 16th April 2019
Weather: SE6, 7/8 cloud, excellent visibility
Still a reasonable scattering of birds around, but the main excitement was from late afternoon onwards when there were several hints that new birds were arriving - it has certainly left everyone optimistic for tomorrow…

Sightings:
67 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 5 Teal, Red-throated Diver, 2 Sparrowhawk, Water Rail (Meadow Burn), c20 Great Skua, very few auks (including no Puffins noted during census), 2 Woodpigeon, Kestrel (male), Merlin (male), Peregrine, Carrion Crow, 270 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 21 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 4 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 18 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 21 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 54 Robin, Redstart (male at Setter; first of the year), Stonechat (male), 56 Wheatear (highest count of the year so far), 5 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 4 ‘White Wagtail’ (along with 12 Pied and 2 unidentifed alba wagtails, making it the best alba wag day of the year so far), 189 Meadow Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 9 Brambling, 15 Twite, 3 Linnet, Goldfinch (first of the year), 3 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 106
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Monday 15th April 2019
Weather: SE4-5, 3/8 cloud

Sightings:
63 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 7 Teal, Sparrowhawk (male), Jack Snipe (Boini Mire; first of the year), Common Sandpiper (Buness; first of the year), 12 Great Skua, Woodpigeon, Kestrel (male) , Merlin (female), Peregrine, Carrion Crow, 104 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 12 Chiffchaff, 3 Ring Ouzel, 14 Blackbird, 4 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 37 Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 39 Wheatear, 3 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 2 ‘White Wagtail’, 107 Meadow Pipit, 17 Chaffinch, Linnet, 6 Snow Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Year list: 104
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14th April 2019
Weather: SE4, no cloud

Sightings:
71 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 8 Teal, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail (Springfield), Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl (Busta; first of the year), Carrion Crow, 260 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 19 Chiffchaff, Ring Ouzel, 19 Blackbird, 10 Fieldfare, 24 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 39 Robin, Black Redstart (North Light), 41 Wheatear, 8 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 88 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, Greenfinch, 22 Twite, 4 Linnet, 3 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 102
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13th April 2019
Weather: SE5, 2/8

Highlights:
White-spotted Bluethroat’: a male briefly at Chalet. This is the first confirmed record of this subspecies since 2001 (when there were five) and is only the tenth definite record of this subspecies for Fair Isle (although females on 19th April 2002 and 16th April 2011 were also likely to have been of this subspecies; the earliest confirmed ‘Red-spotted Bluethroat’ was a male on 30th April 2014, although most years, this subspecies does not arrive until the second week of May).

Other sightings:
85 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Red-throated Diver, Sparrowhawk, 45 Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock (Raevas), 3 Woodpigeon, Peregrine, Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 277 Skylark, Willow Warbler (trapped in Plantation; first of the year and 6 days later than the first arrival in 2018), 14 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel, 23 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 20 Redwing, 6 Song Thrush, 56 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 40 Wheatear, 2 Dunnock, ‘White Wagtail’, 227 Meadow Pipit, 9 Chaffinch, Brambling, 21 Twite, 3 Linnet, 17 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 101
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12th April 2019
Weather: SSE 5-6, 7/8 cloud, good visibility
A good day of arrivals, with the long-staying Coot taking advantage of the conditions to move on

Highlights:
‘Northern Treecreeper’: still in South Raeva

Other sightings:
66 Greylag Goose, 4 Wigeon, 11 Teal, Red-throated Diver (south Light), Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Woodcock (Gully), 3 Woodpigeon, 3 Long-eared Owl (Plantation and Obs), 2 Peregrine, 3 Jackdaw (Barkland; first of the year), 2 Rook, Carrion Crow, 402 Skylark, Sand Martin (Haven; first of the year), Swallow (Brecks; first of the year), 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (female), 8 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 47 Blackbird, 58 Fieldfare, 124 Redwing, 19 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 54 Robin, Black Redstart (North Light), 47 Wheatear, 7 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 202 Meadow Pipit, 11 Chaffinch, 25 Brambling, 2 Greenfinch, 23 Twite, 5 Linnet, 2 ‘Mealy Redpoll’, 6 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 99
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11th April 2019
Weather: E2-3, 5/8 cloud, excellent visibility

Highlights:
‘Northern Treecreeper’: still present at South Raeva
Great Grey Shrike: present briefly at Vaila’s Trees then at the School in the evening
Coot: still on Da Water

Other sightings:
103 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Tufted Duck (females), Grey Heron, Moorhen, Puffin, 3 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl, Merlin, 2 Peregrine, Rook, 4 Carrion Crow, 308 Skylark, 16 Chiffchaff, 11 Goldcrest, 44 Blackbird, 5 Fieldfare, 27 Redwing, 11 Song Thrush, 69 Robin, Black Redstart (Quoy), Stonechat, 16 Wheatear, 11 Dunnock, 184 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, 2 Linnet, 7 Snow Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Shetland Bee: 1 at the School (first of the year)

Year list: 96
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10th April 2019
Weather: NE2

Highlights:
 ‘Northern Treecreeper’: relocated at South Raeva
Great Grey Shrike: one still present
Shorelark: two still at South Green
Hawfinch: one still
Coot: still present on Da Water

Other sightings:
130 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 11 Teal, Tufted Duck (the lingering male was found dead), 2 Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk (female), Water Rail (Kirki Mire), Moorhen (Da Water), 50 Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock, 55 Snipe, 8 Great Skua (numbers building slowly), Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Setter), Peregrine, 2 Rook, Carrion Crow, 418 Skylark, 23 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 9 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 39 Blackbird, 6 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 12 Song Thrush, 85 Robin, Black Redstart (Parks),  49 Wheatear, 13 Dunnock, ‘White Wagtail’, 210 Meadow Pipit, 13 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, Greenfinch, 31 Twite, 2 Linnet, 11 Snow Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Year list: 96
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9th April 2019
Weather: NE3, 3/8

Highlights:
‘Northern Treecreeper’: one foraging on the golf course at the Skadan. Just the 11th Fair Isle record of Treecreeper (all are thought to be ‘Northern’ birds), although the third since 2014 and only the second spring record.
Black-bellied Dipper: still present
Great Grey Shrike: one at Pund; first record since 2017
Shorelark: the two still present, although now back at South Green
Hawfinch: one still present
Coot: still on Da Water

Other sightings:
136 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 2 Wigeon, 16 Teal, Tufted Duck, Moorhen (Quoy), Woodpigeon, Peregrine, 2 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 352 Skylark, 14 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel, 15 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 5 Redwing, 8 Song Thrush, 5 Mistle Thrush, 71 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 11 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 2 ‘White Wagtail’, 402 Meadow Pipit, 15 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, Greenfinch, 55 Twite, Snow Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Year list: 96
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8th April 2019
Weather: NE4-5 becoming ENE4, 8/8

Highlights:
Black-bellied Dipper: still present along the Gilly Burn
Hawfinch: four still present and roosted at the Obs
Shorelark: two again on Hoini
Coot: still lingering on Da Water

Other sightings:
169 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 10 Teal, Tufted Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Woodpigeon, Merlin, Peregrine, Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 376 Skylark, 11 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 4 Ring Ouzel, 9 Blackbird, 3 Fieldfare, 14 Redwing, 7 Song Thrush, 3 Mistle Thrush, 46 Robin, Black Redstart (a female-type in the Good Shepherd noost; first of the year), 5 Stonechat, 10 Wheatear, 7 Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 210 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, Greenfinch, 34 Twite, 4 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 94
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7th April 2019
Weather: NE5-6, 8/8 cloud

Highlights:
Black-bellied Dipper: still present
Hawfinch: an impressive flock of four (two females and two males) at Brecks before roaming the Isle
Shorelark: 2 at South Green were presumably yesterday’s birds from Hoini relocating
Coot: still on Da Water

Other sightings:
125 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 16 Teal, Tufted Duck, Red-throated Diver (past South Light), Sparrowhawk (female), 164 Common Gull (mostly in Furse), 2 Merlin, 2 Rook, 3 Carrion Crow, 381 Skylark, 9 Chiffchaff, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Ring Ouzel, 10 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 10 Redwing, 16 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 43 Robin, 4 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 9 Dunnock, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Brambling, Greenfinch, 35 Twite, Linnet.

Year list: 93
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6th April 2019
Weather: NE4, 7/8

Highlights:
Black-bellied Dipper: still present
Shorelark: 2 on Hoini were the first of the year and the earliest record since at least 1991
Hawfinch: a male at Brecks
Coot: still present

Other sightings:
141 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 15 Teal, Tufted Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, 71 Oystercatcher, 57 Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow, 363 Skylark, 15 Chiffchaff, 10 Goldcrest, 13 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 19 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush, 63 Robin, 6 Stonechat, 5 Wheatear, 5 Dunnock, 2 ‘White Wagtail’ (the first of this subspecies for the year), 178 Meadow Pipit, 8 Chaffinch, 6 Brambling, Greenfinch, 20 Twite, Linnet, 2 Common Redpoll, 10 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 93
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5th April 2019
Weather: SE2-3, 8/8

Highlights:
Black-bellied Dipper: still present around the Gilly Burn area
Coot: still on Da Water

Other sightings:
133 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 11 Teal, Tufted Duck (male; first of the year), Red-breasted Merganser (first of the year), 2 Water Rail (Plantation and Schoolton), 2 Moorhen (School), 7 Golden Plover, 60 Purple Sandpiper, c350 Puffin, 2 Woodpigeon, Kestrel (male), 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 3 Carrion Crow, 243 Skylark, 43 Chiffchaff (including an ‘eastern-looking’ bird), Blackcap (female Plantation), 13 Goldcrest, Ring Ouzel, 19 Blackbird, 21 Redwing, 5 Song Thrush, 85 Robin, 6 Stonechat, 8 Wheatear, 25 Dunnock, Grey Wagtail (Moss Geo; first of the year), 338 Meadow Pipit, 16 Chaffinch, Brambling, Greenfinch, 29 Twite, Linnet, ‘Mealy Redpoll’, Siskin (first of the year), 2 Snow Bunting, 4 Reed Bunting.

Year list: 92
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4th April 2019
First full census of the season after yesterday’s poor weather (NE5-6, although easing later, heavy rain throughout), and it is always a good feeling. A pleasant selection of birds around as well, with five additions to the year list and the first BBRC rarity of the year.
Weather: NE5-6, 5/8 cloud

Highlights:

Black-bellied Dipper: one in the Gilly Burn; after one in 2011, there were none until two (together) in 2018 and this becomes the 40th Fair Isle record
Coot: still on Da Water

Other sightings:
171 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 16 Mallard, 13 Teal, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Water Rail (Double Dyke), 66 Oystercatcher, 7 Lapwing, 2 Golden Plover, 25 Ringed Plover, 9 Curlew, 101 Turnstone, 90 Purple Sandpiper, 27 Snipe, 34 Redshank, Kittiwake (including on a cliff ledge), 34 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Puffin, 2 Woodpigeon, Kestrel (male), 2 Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 294 Skylark, 8 Chiffchaff, Blackcap (male Schoolton; first of the year and 7 days earlier than 2018), 12 Goldcrest, Ring Ouzel (male Gilsetter; first of the year and 4 days earlier than 2018), 12 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 15 Redwing, 10 Song Thrush, Mistle Thrush (first of the year), 47 Robin, 8 Stonechat (the highest count since at least 1991), 6 Wheatear, 10 Dunnock, 10 Pied Wagtail, 83 Meadow Pipit (including singing birds), 31 Rock Pipit, 11 Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, Greenfinch (female at various sites before settling at School; first of the year), 39 Twite, ‘Mealy Redpoll’ (male South Harbour), 7 Snow Bunting, 2 Reed Bunting.

Other species present: Eider, Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Guillemot (small numbers), Razorbill (small numbers), Black Guillemot, Rock Dove, Hooded Crow, Raven, ‘Fair Isle Wren’, Starling, House Sparrow

Year list: 88
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1st-3rd April 2019

Highlights:
Hawfinch: one over Utra on 3rd; first of the year
Coot: still present throughout on Da Water

Other sightings:
Shelduck (3rd; first of the year), 5 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Grey Heron (3rd), 2 Golden Plover, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Black-headed Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Great Skua (singles on 1st and 3rd; first of the year), Woodpigeon, Merlin, Peregrine, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff (3rd), 4 Goldcrest (3rd), 11 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 8 Robin, Stonechat (male ,3rd), Wheatear (male at Restengeos on 3rd; first of the year), 2 Dunnock, 2 Chaffinch, Brambling (2nd), Linnet (2nd), 7 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 83
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26th-31st March 2019
Weather: Still largely a blustery SW wind, although a calmer day on 31st saw the Good Shepherd able to sail for the first time in nearly two weeks. Rainy spells and some wintry showers during times when the wind had gone more NW.

Highlights:
Coot: still present on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
178 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 15 Teal, Long-tailed Duck (Furse, 28th), Sparrowhawk (female from 28th; first of the year), 17 Ringed Plover, 6 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock (28th), 4 Black-headed Gull, 4 Lesser Black-backed Gull, Guillemot (lots present from 28th), Razorbill (lots present on 28th with several again on 31st), Puffin (the first on Ditfield on 27th with birds on land on 30th), 3 Woodpigeon (peak on 31st), Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 180 Skylark (a single flock at Barkland on 27th, sightings elsewhere on the Isle during the period suggested at least 400 present), Chiffchaff (one in the Gully on 29th; first of the year), 3 Goldcrest (numbers building to a peak on 29th), 9 Blackbird (a few caught in the traps suggested light movement), 6 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, Stonechat (female North Shirva area 27th-28th), Dunnock (one at School on 29th, with numbers increasing to 4 on 31st; first of the year), 3 Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit (large numbers by the end of the month), 2Chaffinch (29th, one still on 31st), 18 Twite, Linnet (at School on 31st; first of the year), 4 Snow Bunting, Reed Bunting (female 29th).


Dunnock, 30th March, School (David Parnaby)

Year list: 79
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21st-25th March 2019
Weather: some cold and windy conditions, with SW gales on 23rd, although some pleasant sunny spells as well and relatively calm on 25th. 

Highlights::
Iceland Gull: 3CY below Houll on 24th
Glaucous Gull: 2 on 22nd; 2CYs at Meoness and Ditfield
Coot: still on Da Water throughout

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
127 Greylag Goose, 7 Whooper Swan (Da Water 24th-25th), Shoveler (male on Da Water and Boini Mire 22nd-24th; first of the year), 16 Teal, Red-throated Diver (east past South Light on 22nd; first of the year), Water Rail, Golden Plover (displaying over Chatham's Land 22nd), 17 Ringed Plover, 8 Purple Sandpiper, Snipe (present throughout but one at North Light on 22nd may have indicated passage), 60 Redshank, 5 Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (one on 21st building to 3 by 24th; first of the year), 3 Woodpigeon (peak on 22nd), Kestrel (23rd), Rook (2 from 22nd; first of the year), 3 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest (one at Vaadal and Plantation 24th-25th; first of the year), 'Fair Isle Wren' (first song of the year noted on 21st at Obs), 8 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing (including one at North Light on 22nd), 2 Song Thrush (including one on Ward Hill on 25th), 3 Robin (Obs), Stonechat (female Schoolton 24th-25th), 2 Pied Wagtail (including one singing at North Haven on 25th), 20 Meadow Pipit (passage increasing throughout with at least 20 on 25th), Chaffinch (male still at Obs 21st), Brambling (male at Schoolhouse 24th; first of the year), Snow Bunting (3 at Barkland 24th-25th), Reed Bunting (Burkle and Schoolton 23rd-24th).

Year list: 74
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16th-20th March 2019
Weather: largely uninspiring for migration, although one or two spells of more spring-like weather. Largely NW or W based winds, sometimes strong, with some showery days. 

Highlights::
Coot: present throughout on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
'Greenland White-fronted Goose' (adult 17th), 4 Whooper Swan (called through Da Water on the morning of 20th), 13 Wigeon, Mallard (copulating noted from 16th), 11 Teal, Grey Heron (one over the Haven on 18th; first of the year), 2 Water Rail, Lapwing (several displaying pairs), Golden Plover (one displaying over Lower Stoneybrek on 20th), 7 Ringed Plover, 8 Common Gull, 2 Woodpigeon (from 15th), Kestrel (18th, presumably the wintering bird), Merlin, Peregrine (20th), 2 Carrion Crow, 5 Blackbird, 12 Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Pied Wagtail, 2 Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch (male at Obs on 20th; first of the year).

Year list: 68
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6th-15th March 2019
Weather: A typical early-spring mixed-bag, with some milder weather, but snow on 9th (that was good enough for sledging) before a sunny day on 10th then, after some SW winds, a spell of cooler NW or N winds, with some wintry showers. Birding was obviously effected by the fire that destroyed the Obs on 10th. The effects of the fire are covered elsewhere on the website, but thankfully nobody was hurt and the ornithological work will quickly resume and carry on as normal this year.

Highlights:
Iceland Gull: 2CY 10th-11th, in the south of the Isle
Glaucous Gull: 2CY 7th-9th, usually around the Haven or Ditfield
Coot: still present on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
117 Greylag Goose, 11 Wigeon, 11 Teal, Common Scoter (Furse, 8th), Great Northern Diver (South Harbour, 9th), 2 Water Rail, 33 Oystercatcher, 6 Lapwing, 10 Ringed Plover, 21 Curlew, 235 Turnstone, 50 Purple Sandpiper (minimum on 7th), 2 Black-headed Gull, 12 Common Gull, Razorbill (small numbers present on 14th; first of the year), Woodpigeon, Merlin (female around the North), Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, 6 Blackbird, 15 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, Song Thrush, Stonechat (male until 13th), Pied Wagtail, Meadow Pipit (14th), 8 Twite, 12 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 66
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1st-5th March2019
Weather: starting rather mild, with light south-westerly winds. Cooler towards the end of the period, a with northerly airflow. Heavy rain around 3rd, although largely dry.

Highlights:
Glaucous Gull: 2CY at Ditfield on 1st
Coot: present throughout on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
184 Greylag Goose, 'European White-fronted Goose' (5th), Wigeon, 23 Mallard (several pairs now in breeding habitat), 16 Teal, 3 Water Rail, 26 Oystercatcher, 13 Lapwing, 2 Golden Plover, 32 Ringed Plover, 22 Curlew, 171 Turnstone, Purple Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 11 Common Gull, Kestrel (one at Furse on 5th was presumably the elusive wintering bird and appeared to have been 'Fulmared'), Merlin (immature male), Peregrine (5th), 3 Carrion Crow (all the regular wintering birds still present), 220 Skylark (numbers continuing to build), 7 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Robin, 3 Stonechat (highest count of two, but males at Stackhoull, Hill Dyke and Obs), 20 Twite, 4 Snow Bunting (Barkland 4th, with one the following day).

Stonechat, Obs, 4th March (David Parnaby)

Year list: 65
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1st-28th February 2019
Weather: largely uneventful, with milder conditions towards the end of the month.

Highlights:
Red-necked Grebe: still off South Light on 5th
Glaucous Gull: adult on 20th
Coot: still present throughout on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
180 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan, 18 Wigeon, 30 Mallard, 16 Teal, Gannet (on ledges on Sheep Rock from 5th), 6 Water Rail (highest daily count of 3, but locations of sightings suggested 6 present), Moorhen (6th-7th Meadow Burn; first of the year), 20 Oystercatcher (numbers rising steadily through the month), 9 Lapwing, 2 Golden Plover (from 2nd; first of the year), 31 Ringed Plover (first seen on 15th, peak count on 28th; first of the year), 22 Curlew, 160 Turnstone, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 2 Black-headed Gull (from 12th; first of the year), 11 Common Gull, Guillemot (on cliffs from at least 27th), Woodpigeon (from 19th; first of the year), 2 Merlin, Peregrine (24th), 2 Carrion Crow, Skylark (7 on 15th then numbers increasing to 100 by 24th, with singing from 26th; first of the year), 25 Blackbird, 30 Fieldfare (an arrival on 7th, but few left by end of month), 50 Redwing (arrival on 7th, but just single figures by the end of the month), 5 Song Thrush (peak on 27th, all from Chalet north, so potentially a small arrival), 3 Robin (Schoolton, Haa and Obs), Stonechat (from 14th, with 2 on 25th; first of the year and joint-earliest ever record), Pied Wagtail (22nd, then 2 at Obs on 28th; first of the year), 50 Twite (2nd, with up to 30 later in month), 2 Snow Bunting (19th, with one on 28th; first of the year), Reed Bunting (male 19th-20th; first of the year).

Year list: 65
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26th-31st January 2019

Highlights:
Red-necked Grebe: still present on 27th
Iceland Gull: 2CY on 27th
Coot: still present

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
'European White-fronted Goose', 9 Wigeon, 2 Teal, Long-tailed Duck (Ditfield), Water Rail (Utra), 3 Oystercatcher, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 24 Rock Dove (Obs only), 3 Carrion Crow, 13 Fieldfare, 28 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Robin (Obs and Haa), 25 Twite.

Year list: 55
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21st-25th January 2019
A nice bonus for the year list, with the first 'Any Other Species' for Log of the year (not quite one that was requested in the last sightings round up, but close!). That's it for the latest sightings page now until the end of February, as the Obs will be shut whilst we're away. There'll still be plenty of people watching the Isle though, with ex-Obs' residents Deryk, Nick and Elizabeth keeping an eye out, and when the island includes other observers like Stewart, Kenny (who has found Great Bustard and Brown-headed Cowbird), Tommy (Citril Finch), plus a number of others who may not claim to be birders but have found Gyr Falcons, Snowy Owls and plenty else between them, then there should be interesting sightings (but spare a thought for the Parnabys if you see anything too rare reported on Fair Isle in the next four weeks!).
Weather: after a couple of days of NW winds, a very calm day on 23rd saw a lot of ice, which gave way to strong NW winds again on 25th. Wintry showers, with some heavy rain.

Highlights:
Red-necked Grebe: one in South Harbour on 23rd-24th was the 26th for Fair Isle, but just the third in the last ten years and the first since 2011.
Iceland Gull: 3CY feeding along the tideline in Furse on 22nd
Tundra Bean Goose: one still present until at least 21st
Coot: still present on Da Water, having survived the total freezing up of the Isle on 24th

Red-necked Grebe, South Harbour, 23rd January (David Parnaby)

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
Pink-footed Goose, 'European White-fronted Goose' (one on 21st was the first record since 2nd, so was presumably a new bird), 9 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Long-tailed Duck (Ditfield 23rd), 2 Water Rail (Shirva and Skerryholm), 2 Oystercatcher, 28 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Woodcock (Obs 23rd), 2 Carrion Crow (South Light area), Robin (Obs), 30 Twite (Meoness).

Year list: 55
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16th-20th January 2019
A variety of weathers, but very little in the way of change on the birding front. Not even so much as a Little Auk in some whacking great northerlies. It's not been bad for the time of year, but for a decent challenge to the year list record you want a few surprises in the winter. In the record year (2014, with a final total of 220 species) January produced Velvet Scoter, Pochard, Coot, Little Gull and Tundra Bean Goose - all less than annual species. We've actually got two of these already this year, but we could do with a sneaky Smew, Great Crested Grebe or Snow Goose to liven things up a bit!
Weather: some milder weather with westerly winds, but a significant northerly blast and some wintry showers and icy conditions.

Highlights:
Glaucous Gull: adult in a loafing flock on Johnny's Peats on 20th
Tundra Bean Goose: one still present throughout
Coot: still present throughout on Da Water, despite one day where it was almost entirely frozen

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan (commuting between Golden Water and Suka Mire), 13 Wigeon, 7 Teal, Great Northern Diver (South Harbour until 16th at least), 2 Water Rail (minimum), Oystercatcher, 2 Lapwing (Da Water, 20th), 240 Turnstone, Woodcock (Suka Mire, 17th; first of the year), Merlin (at least one, probably two), 3 Carrion Crow (all 'resident' birds), 12 Fieldfare, 30 Redwing (an apparent increase), 3 Song Thrush, 3 Robin (Obs and 2 at Utra), Meadow Pipit (17th; first of the year), 23 Twite (Barkland still).

Year list: 54
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11th-15th January 2019
Weather: westerly winds, often with a northerly element; cold at times and snow showers on 14th.

Highlights:
Iceland Gull: 2CY at Ditfield on 12th
Glaucous Gull: 3CY on 12th and an adult on 14th and 15th
Tundra Bean Goose: one present throughout
Coot: still present daily on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan (Golden Water), Wigeon, 7 Teal, Common Scoter (Furse), Long-tailed Duck (Ditfield 15th; first of the year), Great Northern Diver (still in the South Harbour and South Light area), Cormorant (still in South Harbour), Water Rail (Burkle), Oystercatcher (4 on 12th then at least two after; first of the year), Lapwing (Da Water), 241 Turnstone (12th), Merlin (present through, seen to kill a Fieldfare on 12th), Carrion Crow, Robin (Obs), 23 Twite (Barkland from 13th).

Year list: 52
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4th-10th January 2019
The decorations came down, the kids went back to School (on 8th), the Good Shepherd IV sailed a couple times, flights restarted and the year generally got going again. The birding was pretty slow though, with no significant arrivals and just a trickle of new birds for the year list.
Weather: some strong north-westerly winds and some calmer days, cloudier towards the end of the period. The decorations came down, the kids went back to School (on 8th), the Good Shepherd IV sailed a couple times, flights restarted and the year generally got going again. The birding was pretty slow though, with no significant arrivals and just a trickle of new birds for the year list.

Highlights:
Iceland Gull: 3CY (6th) and adult (7th)
Glaucous Gull: 5 on 8th (3 adult, 3CY, 2CY) and singles on 5th (3CY) and 7th (2CY )
Tundra Bean Goose: one still present throughout, usually associating with a Pink-footed Goose
Coot: still present throughout on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan (Golden Water), 14 Wigeon, 2 Teal, Common Scoter (Furse), Great Northern Diver (Mid Geo and South Harbour), Cormorant (2CY South Harbour, 10th), 3 Water Rail (Schoolton, Kenaby, Chalet), Lapwing (Da Water), 26 Curlew, Common Guillemot (reasonable numbers offshore on 10th), Long-eared Owl (Chapel Plantation, 10th), Merlin, Blackbird (9 at Obs on 9th suggested some small movement), 13 Fieldfare, 15 Redwing (at Chalet only on 9th), 4 Song Thrush, 2 Robin, 4 Twite, Common Redpoll (Barkland, 9th).


Great Northern Diver, Mid Geo, 8th January (David Parnaby)

Year list: 50
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2nd-3rd January 2019
Weather: light W or SW winds, cloudy and showery

Highlights:
Iceland Gull: 3CY at South Light on 3rd
Tundra Bean Goose: still present on 2nd at least
Coot: still on Da Water

Other sightings (counts refer to the highest recorded during the period):
Pink-footed Goose, 'European White-fronted Goose', Great Northern Diver (South Harbour, 2nd), Water Rail (Schoolton), Lapwing, Kittiwake (adult North Haven, 2nd), 6 Common Gull, Common Guillemot (2 on 2nd and small numbers offshore on 3rd), Merlin (Utra, 3rd).

Year list: 46
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1st January 2019
And so it begins! Welcome to a New Year and all the excitement that brings. The conditions didn't seem to have brought much new, but from a year-listing perspective, some of the lingering birds were very welcome.
Weather: Cold, with a strong WNW wind that had eased slightly from the very windy overnight conditions. Showery, with some of these being wintry.

Highlights:
Glaucous Gull: 4; 2CY at South Green and 2x2CY and a 3CY at Ditfield
Tundra Bean Goose: one still present around Nether Taft
Coot: still present on Da Water

Other birds (species listed without a number or comment were present but not counted):
307 Greylag Goose, 1 Pink-footed Goose, 'European White-fronted Goose' (one again feeding with the Tundra Bean Goose amongst Greylags at Nether Taft), Whooper Swan (Golden Water), 8 Wigeon (Golden Water), Mallard, 10 Teal, Eider, Common Scoter (female, North Haven), Fulmar, Gannet, Shag, Lapwing (Da Water), 10 Curlew, Turnstone, 2 Purple Sandpiper (Leestit), Snipe, Redshank, 4 Kittiwake, Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull, Tystie, Rock Dove, Kestrel (the wintering bird seen over Gilsetter), Merlin (South Light), Peregrine (adult over Gilsetter), 3 Carrion Crow (2 wintering birds at Utra and one near Pund), 15 Hooded Crow, Raven, 'Fair Isle Wren', Starling, 17 Blackbird, 13 Fieldfare, 22 Redwing, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Robin (Obs and Utra), House Sparrow, Rock Pipit, .

2 Robin (Obs and Utra), .

Year list: 42
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