Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

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Tuesday 19th September

Weather: NW 2-3, cloudy at first but largely clearing later. Light showers in the morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: one at Chalet; first of the autumn
Bluethroat: still at Pund
Common Rosefinch: 3 at Bull's Park
Barred Warbler: Stackhoull
Yellow-browed Warbler: 3

Other Sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, 14 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver (off South Light), 'blue' Fulmar (Roskillie/Buness), Grey Heron, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ruff, Sanderling, 6 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Jack Snipe, Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, 204 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 10 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, 3 Robin, 3 Whinchat, 21 Wheatear, Dunnock, 3 Grey Wagtail, 11 alba wagtails (including 3 Pied and 4 White), 459 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 242 Twite, Snow Bunting (Meoness), 11 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin: at least 5 off Buness early in the morning were presumably the same group that were lingering off the Rippack later.

Year list: 198
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Monday 18th September

Weather: N or NW 2/3, gusting stronger at times. Cloudy throughout, with showers throughout, becoming more regular in the afternoon. Good visibility, although poor during showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Melodious Warbler: still present in the Schoolton and Houll area
Little Bunting: one (unringed) bird still at North Shirva
Bluethroat: still at Pund
Common Rosefinch: 2 at Bull's Park then roamed the south of the island
Yellow-browed Warbler: 7 around the island

Other Sightings:
4 Greylag Goose, 9 Wigeon, 3 Teal, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 9 Ruff, 4 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Jack Snipe (Vaasetter; first of the autumn), Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Peregrine (North Light), 2 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, 193 Skylark, Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 13 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Fieldfare, 2 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, Dunnock, 5 Grey Wagtail, 14 alba wagtails (including 3 Pied and 2 White), 491 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 269 Twite, Redpoll sp? (one over Buness), Snow Bunting (Meoness), 4 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 198
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Sunday 17th September

Weather: NE 3/4, calming somewhat later. Cloudy throughout, but dry with good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
WESTERN BONELLI'S WARBLER: one at Lower Stoneybrek was the 4th record for Fair Isle (with one Eastern or Western Bonelli's Warbler also recorded) and the first since 2008. It showed very well and regularly called as it fed in the gardens.
RUSTIC BUNTING: one at Hesti Geo was then more mobile, also visiting the Walli Burn and Lower Leogh. The 136th record for Fair Isle and 65th in the autumn, although the first in this season since 2009.
Citrine Wagtail: a mobile first-winter bird was found around Skerryholm and toured the south coast; first of the year and 77th record for Fair Isle.
Melodious Warbler: one glimpsed briefly at Schoolton in the morning was eventually pinned down to a thistle patch at Houll; 19th Fair Isle record and first since 2013.
Little Bunting: 2; one in the Norh Shirva thistle patch and another trapped in the Gully in the evening.
Bluethroat: one at Pund was the first of the autumn.
Barred Warbler: one at Schoolton and Shirva
Common Rosefinch: one mobile bird in the south of the island
Yellow-browed Warbler: 9 scattered across the island





Western Bonelli's Warbler, Lower Stoneybrek and Rustic Bunting, Lower Leogh (David Parnaby)

Other Sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, 13 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 7 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Ruff, Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 58 Redshank, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, 105 Skylark, Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Blackbird, 2 Robin, 3 Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 19 Wheatear, Dunnock, 3 Grey Wagtail, 21 alba wagtails (including 9 Pied and 5 White), 611 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 263 Twite, 2 'Mealy Redpoll', Snow Bunting (Meoness), 5 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
Red Admiral

Year list: 198
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Saturday 16th September

Weather: N or NE 4/5 decreasing to 3 later. Cloudy throughout with showers in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-backed Shrike: male at Burkle
Barred Warbler: at Lower Stoneybrek, presumably the lingering bird
Common Rosefinch: at Chalet and then later at Stackhoull

Other Sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, 14 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Red-throated Diver (off South Light), 8 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (male), 6 Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 11 Ruff, Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 60 Redshank, 2 Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 134 Skylark, Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird (the lingering female at the Obs, plus a male - the first autumn migrant), Robin, Whinchat, 14 Wheatear, Dunnock, 4 Grey Wagtail, 20 alba wagtails (including 3 Pied and 9 White), 496 Meadow Pipit, 5 Linnet, 386 Twite, Redpoll sp?, Siskin, Snow Bunting (Meoness), 2 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 195
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Friday 15th September

Weather: NW becoming N 4-6, cloudy at first but clearing after some heavy showers at first.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: one at Schoolton
Common Rosefinch: one at Bull's Park crop strip

Other Sightings:
Pink-footed Goose (first of the autumn went over Burkle), 4 Greylag Goose, 10 Wigeon, 9 Teal, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Oystercatcher, 5 Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 3 Dunlin, 89 Redshank, 49 Snipe, 2 Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, 96 Skylark, Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Grasshopper Warbler (Obs), Blackbird, Robin, 2 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 15 alba wagtails (including 1 Pied and 9 White), Tree Pipit, 578 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Siskin, Snow Bunting (Meoness), 4 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 195
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Thursday 14th September

Weather: strong north-west winds continuing.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: 2; singles at South Restengeo and Midway
Barred Warbler: one at Stackhoull

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 12 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk (male and female), 3 Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 9 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 47 Redshank, 2 Merlin, 1 Carrion Crow, 84 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird, 2 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 21 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 17 alba wagtails (including 4 Pied and 6 White), 503 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Siskin, Snow Bunting (one at Utra; first of the autumn), 2 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 195
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Wednesday 13th September

Weather: calm at first with a freshening NW wind, sunny spells and mild.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: one trapped in the Plantation in the morning lingered for the rest of the day at the Obs.
Common Rosefinch: one at Field.

Other Sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, 12 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Sparrowhawk, 7 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, Merlin, 1 Carrion Crow, 82 Skylark, 1 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Double Dyke), Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, Pied Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 38 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 12 alba wagtails (including 2 Pied and 6 White), Tree Pipit, 654 Meadow Pipit, Linnet, Lesser Redpoll (trapped at the Obs), Siskin (Obs; first since mid-July), 6 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
White-sided Dolphin: a large, extended group off dolphins off South Light contained around 25 of this species, although they stayed further offshore than the other species.
White-beaked Dolphin: between 20 and 25 of these dolphins moved through at the back of the group
Risso's Dolphin: at least 18 were closer inshore than the other species
Harbour Porpoise: one off Meoness

Year list: 195
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Tuesday 12th September

Weather: WNW 3-5, cloudy at first with heavy showers in the morning, but sunny spells later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: one at Schoolton.

Other Sightings:
7 Greylag Goose, 13 Wigeon, 8 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, 23 Golden Plover, 2 Lapwing, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 30 Ruff, Sanderling, 17 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 63 Redshank, Short-eared Owl, Carrion Crow, 155 Skylark, Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 17 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird, 3 Robin, Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 67 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 34 alba wagtails (including 6 Pied and 10 White), Tree Pipit, 885 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 2 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 195
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Monday 11th September

After a very slow autumn, it was nice to have a few birds (especially as it coincided with the Island Bird Observatories Bird Race!). The conditions were still far from perfect, with Atlantic lows still dominating, but whenever the leading edge of a low brings easterlies across the North Sea, there's a chance it will deliver birds - and Fair Isle is as good a place as any to be to take advantage.

Weather: variable wind, NW at first, becoming SW later, generally 2-3. Cloudy with heavy rain from c0930hrs until c1400hrs but then a sunny afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
GREAT SNIPE: one flushed from the School Brae was seen once again at Da Water; if accepted it will be around the 47th record for Fair Isle.
Little Bunting: a showy individual at Pund was the first of the autumn.
Yellow-browed Warbler: one in bracken at Furse; first of the year.
Barred Warbler: one in the North Haven was the 6th of the autumn.
Common Rosefinch: one at the Obs in the morning was the 6th of the autumn.








Top: Great Snipe, Da Water (David Parnaby)
Middle: Little Bunting, Pund (David Parnaby)
Bottom: Barred Warbler, North Haven (Ciaran Hatsell)

Other Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, 21 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Sooty Shearwater (South Light), Grey Heron, 2 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 23 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, 18 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 80 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 4 Chiffchaff, 30 Willow Warbler, 5 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler (Schoolton), Blackbird, Robin, Redstart (first record since 26th August), 5 Whinchat, 147 Wheatear, Dunnock, 2 Grey Wagtail, 36 alba wagtails (including 5 Pied and 15 White), Tree Pipit (in off the sea at South Light), 1078 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 289 Twite, Lapland Bunting, Reed Bunting.

Other wildlife:
7 Red Admiral

Year list: 195
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Sunday 10th September

Weather: SE3-4, cloudy with rain from late morning becoming heavy and prolonged in afternoon

HIGHLIGHTS:
Corncrake: one showed incredibly well just outside the library after lunch and remained in the garden for the afternoon. The first record of the year.

Corncrake, Obs (David Parnaby)

Other Sightings:
9 Greylag Goose, 35 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 12 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (female), 2 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 16 Ruff, 11 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Kestrel, Merlin, Carrion Crow, 84 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler (all new birds, trapped), Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler (Schoolton), Blackbird, 2 Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 140 Wheatear, Dunnock, 4 Grey Wagtail, 30 alba wagtails (including 7 Pied and 9 White), 2 Tree Pipit, 1015 Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet, 264 Twite, 4 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 193
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Saturday 9th September

Weather: NNW 3/4, occasionally 5 later, cloudy throughout with showers in the morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Wryneck: one on top of Ward Hill
Red-backed Shrike: juvenile still present, seen at Field

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 4 Wigeon, 25 Teal, 4 Sooty Shearwater (from Good Shepherd), Storm Petrel (from Good Shepherd), 6 Cormorant, Grey Heron, 3 Golden Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Knot, 20 Ruff, 8 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 43 Redshank, Razorbill (South Light), Arctic Tern (first of the month), Kestrel, Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, 76 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, 2 Pied Flycatcher, 4 Whinchat, 31 Wheatear, Dunnock, 5 Grey Wagtail, 44 alba wagtails (including 4 Pied and 16 White), 791 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 217 Twite, 3 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 192
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Friday 8th September

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-backed Shrike: juvenile still roaming around School.Chalet area

Weather: Variable, with wind moving between SW, E and NW and generally light (F2). Cloud at first with some light rain, but clearing to sunshine.

Sightings:
6 Wigeon, 20 Teal, Common Scoter (North Haven), 3 Sooty Shearwater (South Light), 6 Cormorant, 6 Grey Heron, 3 Golden Plover, 64 Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit (North Light), 14 Ruff, Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, Little Stint (juvenile in North Haven; first of the year), 42 Redshank, Puffin (South Light), 9 Razorbill (South Light), Kestrel, Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Goldcrest, 85 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 14 Willow Warbler, Blackcap (male, Plantation), Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher (same bird at Houll), 3 Robin, 7 Whinchat, 216 Wheatear (including several 'Greenland' birds), Dunnock, 154 House Sparrow (the highest post-breeding count for several years), 'Blue-headed Wagtail' (male at South Harbour then Houll), 4 Grey Wagtail, 45 alba wagtails (including 5 Pied and 31 White), 3 Tree Pipit, 1032 Meadow Pipit, 219 Rock Pipit, Linnet, 198 Twite, 3 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
5 Red Admiral

Year list: 192
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Thursday 7th September

Weather: SSE2-3, increasing to 4 then calming in the evening. Cloudy throughout, with spells of heavy prolonged rain in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: again present on the north end of Buness
Red-backed Shrike: juvenile still at Chalet

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 65 Wigeon (including several flocks past South Light), 34 Teal, 4 Mallard (moving with Wigeon off South Light), Common Scoter (North Haven), 4 Red-throated Diver (off South Light), 11 Sooty Shearwater (South Light), 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (juvenile female trapped in the Vaadal), 67 Golden Plover, 74 Ringed Plover, Lapwing, Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 138 Turnstone, 11 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, 24 Dunlin, 68 Redshank, 4 Puffin (off South Light), 424 Razorbill (South Light), 29 Guillemot (South Light), 43 Kittiwake (South Light), 42 Common Gull, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 3 Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, Goldcrest, 2 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 10 Willow Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher (Schoolton; first of the month and just the third of the autumn), 2 Robin, 4 Whinchat, 75 Wheatear, Dunnock, 'Blue-headed Wagtail' (male still at Houll), 50 alba wagtails (including 7 Pied and 15 White), Tree Pipit, 1517 Meadow Pipit (including many moving south off South Light), 168 Rock Pipit, 3 Linnet, 410 Twite, 4 Lapland Bunting.

Year list: 191
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Wednesday 6th September

Weather: SW 3-5, very cloudt at first with heavy showers, but clearing somewhat later

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-backed Shrike: juvenile still at Chalet
Common Rosefinch: one still at Burkle

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 6 Wigeon, 18 Teal, Common Scoter (North Haven), Great Northern Diver (off South Light in the morning), 2 Sooty Shearwater (South Light), Manx Shearwater (South Light), Grey Heron, 3 Sparrowhawk, 4 Golden Plover, 3 Lapwing (first of the month), Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 107 Turnstone, 6 Ruff, Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 7 Puffin (off South Light), 55 Razorbill (South Light), 2 Common Tern, 2 Short-eared Owl, 4 Kestrel (including one seen heading south off South Light), 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Chiffchaff, 8 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, 8 Whinchat, Dunnock, 'Blue-headed Wagtail', 45 alba wagtails (including 2 Pied and 15 White), Tree Pipit, 1000 Meadow Pipit, 4 Linnet, 276 Twite, 7 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
2 Red Admiral

Year list: 191
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Tuesday 5th September

Weather: SSE 3-4, occasionally 5, cloudy at first but clearing later, cool.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: 2; one still present on Buness, with sightings in the afternoon at Chatham's Land then Hoini thought to relate to a new individual.
Honey-buzzard: a dark-phase bird picked up over South Light then wandered around the south for a short while before heading south-east over Da Burrian and out to sea
Red-backed Shrike: juvenile at Chalet
Barred Warbler: an unringed 1CY at Burkle
Common Rosefinch: an unringed bird at Burkle

Other Sightings:
10 Wigeon, 35 Teal, 2 Pintail (passed South Light in the morning), Common Scoter (still in North Haven), Red-breasted Merganser, 7 Red-throated Diver (passed South Light in the morning), 4 Sooty Shearwater (3 off South Light and one from the Good Shepherd), Manx Shearwater (off South Light), 5 Grey Heron, Slavonian Grebe (North Haven), Sparrowhawk, 7 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Bar-tailed Godwit, 168 Turnstone, 19 Ruff, Sanderling, 18 Dunlin, 3 Common Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Skua, 80 Razorbill (passed South Light), 3 Common Tern, 210 Great Black-backed Gull (a couple flocks starting to gather on the island top), Swift, 5 Kestrel (including one seen heading south off South Light), 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Chiffchaff, 13 Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, 3 Robin, Pied Flycatcher, 7 Whinchat, Dunnock, 'Blue-headed Wagtail' (male at Midway), 80 alba wagtails (including 5 Pied and 31 White), 1058 Meadow Pipit, 202 Rock Pipit, 3 Linnet, 271 Twite, 7 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
3 Red Admiral

Year list: 191
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Monday 4th September

Weather: SSE 5-7, occasionally gusting stronger. Heavy rain fairly persistently throughout the day.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: still present on Buness

Other Sightings:
15 Wigeon, 26 Teal, Common Scoter (still in North Haven), Cormorant, 5 Grey Heron, 2 Slavonian Grebe (North Haven; first of the autumn), 2 Sparrowhawk (male and female at Schoolton), 2 Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, Sanderling, 13 Dunlin, 15 Common Tern (in North Haven; highest count since 1997, when a few pairs still bred on the island), 44 Common Gull, 2 Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow (still at Utra), Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, Dunnock.

Year list: 191
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Sunday 3rd September

Weather: S or SE 5-6, gusting stronger at times, dry with good visibility and plenty of sunshine

HIGHLIGHTS:
Buff-breasted Sandpiper: a smart juvenile was found on Buness in the afternoon, where it proved somewhat mobile, but showed well at times. The 16th record (17th individual) for the island and the first since 2014. All bar one of the previous records also occurred in September.
Barred Warbler: 2; one still at Chalet and another around the Plantation, which was trapped and ringed in the evening
Common Rosefinch: one at Burkle

Other Sightings:
5 Wigeon, 7 Teal, Common Scoter (North Haven), Sooty Shearwater (one from South Light), 3 Grey Heron, 14 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Puffin, 26 Razorbill (South Light), 2 Kestrel, 65 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 7 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, 2 Robin, Whinchat, 30 Wheatear, Dunnock, 86 alba wagtail (including 30 White and 4 Pied), 1,013 Meadow Pipit, 6 Linnet, 241 Twite, 4 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
3 Red Admiral

Year list: 191
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Saturday 2nd September

Weather: S, SW or SE 2/3, although increasing later, cloudy but dry with good visibility

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: one at Chalet

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 67 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 53 'new' birds), Grey Heron, 2 Golden Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 18 Dunlin, Razorbill (off South Light), Woodpigeon, 2 Kestrel, Peregrine (immature male), Goldcrest (one in the Wirvie Burn; first of the autumn), 63 Skylark, Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Blackbird, 3 Robin, Whinchat, 32 Wheatear, 85 alba wagtail (including 20 White and 4 Pied), 1212 Meadow Pipit, 177 Rock Pipit, 3 Linnet, 256 Twite, 7 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
6 Red Admiral

Year list: 190
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Friday 1st September

Weather: W or SW 2/3, occasionally 4, cloudy at first but clearing, although light showers later

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one at Skadan

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 4 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 53 Storm Petrel (52 trapped overnight, including 46 'new' birds plus one from the Good Shepherd), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Ruff, Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Arctic Skua, Woodpigeon, Swift, 2 Kestrel, Carrion Crow,74 Skylark, 2 Swallow, Chiffchaff, 11 Willow Warbler, Blackcap (female, Obs), Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 2 Whinchat, 45 Wheatear, Dunnock, 103 alba wagtail (including 46 White and 4 Pied), 1100 Meadow Pipit, 157 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet, 222 Twite, 4 Lapland Bunting.

Other wildlife:
5 Red Admiral

Year list: 190
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31st August

Weather: NNW 2-3, cloudy with a couple of heavy showers in the morning, but otherwise fine

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: an unringed 1CY caught at the Obs in the evening

Other Sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 125 Storm Petrel (124 trapped overnight, including 111 'new' birds plus one from the Good Shepherd), 8 Golden Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 3 Arctic Tern (from Good Shepherd), Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl, 2 Kestrel, Merlin, 73 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 29 Willow Warbler, Blackcap (female, Obs), Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Fieldfare (Dronger), Song Thrush (Obs), 2 Robin, Whinchat, 99 Wheatear, Dunnock, 148 alba wagtail (including 55 White and 3 Pied), 2 Tree Pipit, 1447 Meadow Pipit, 158 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet, 287 Twite, 2 Lapland Bunting (Wester Lother).

Other wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin - a group of at least 12 off Meoness started moving slowly up the east coast, although appeared quite content to hang around for a while
5 Red Admiral

Year list: 190
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30th August

Weather: a moderate or strong SW wind fading throughout the day and fairly calm by the evening. Sunny spells.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one still present

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 3 Wigeon, 3 Teal, Grey Heron, 7 Golden Plover, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 7 Ruff, Sanderling, 41 Dunlin, 0 Arctic Skua (first blank day of the autumn for this species), 11 Black-headed Gull, 184 Lesser Black-backed Gull (a rather high count - most days in the last fortnight have seen single figure counts), Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl, Swift, Kestrel, 63 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, 12 Willow Warbler, Blackcap (female at the Obs; first of the autumn), 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Fieldfare (still on Dronger), Song Thrush (Obs), Spotted Flycatcher (Obs), Robin, 3 Whinchat, 117 Wheatear, Dunnock, 190 alba wagtail (including 60 White and 5 Pied), 1714 Meadow Pipit (one of the highest FIBO counts. This represents the birds seen on census - with passage seemingly occuring throughout the day, the actual total passing through the island during may well have been much higher), 160 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet, 256 Twite, Lapland Bunting (one near Meadow Burn; first of the autumn).

Other wildlife:
15 Red Admiral

Year list: 190
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29th August

Weather: SW 5/6, gusting stronger at times, mostly sunny.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: 2 (adult and 1CY) still present and were trapped in the Vaadal in the afternoon

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 9 Ruff, Sanderling, 26 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Swift, Kestrel, Peregrine (male in the north), Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, 19 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Blackbird, Fieldfare (one on Dronger; first of the autumn), Spotted Flycatcher (still at Obs), Robin, 2 Whinchat, 76 Wheatear, Dunnock, 361 Meadow Pipit, 3 Linnet.

Year list: 190
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28th August

Weather: SW 5/6, gusting stronger at times, mostly cloudy although some brighter spells. Heavy rain at first, with showers later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Pectoral Sandpiper: a 1CY on Hoini apeared freshly arrived and was later seen flying south over Stackhoull. The 35th island record and the first since 2015
Common Rosefinch: 2 (adult and 1CY) still present

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Sooty Shearwater (one close in past South Light; the first land-based sighting of the year), Cormorant, Grey Heron, Lapwing, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Ruff, Sanderling, 24 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Puffin (off South Light, including a juvenile on the sea), Woodpigeon, Turtle Dove (Meoness), 2 Swift, Kestrel, Wood Warbler (ringed bird still at North Shirva), 3 Chiffchaff (including one 1CY bird), 23 Willow Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher (one still at Obs and Haven), Robin, 3 Whinchat, 71 Wheatear, 242 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 262 Twite.

Year list: 190
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27th August

Weather: ESE2/3 backing more southerly and increasing, variable cloud.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: still present at Chalet where it showed well at times
Barred Warbler: one again at North Shirva
Common Rosefinch: 2 in Boini Mire with a large Twite flock, an unringed adult and a fresh 1CY bird

Other Sightings:
6 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 58 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 52 'new' birds), 7 Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (male), Lapwing, 2 Whimbrel, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 0 Puffin (the first blank day of the autumn), Woodpigeon, Turtle Dove (Meoness), Swift, 2 Kestrel, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, Wood Warbler (the ringed bird still at North Shirva), 2 Chiffchaff, 33 Willow Warbler, 4 Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher (one at the Obs; just the second of the autumn), Robin, 2 Whinchat, 106 Wheatear, 34 alba wagtail (including 7 White and 4 Pied), 332 Meadow Pipit, 165 Rock Pipit, Linnet, 201 Twite.

Other wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin - a single off Lerness.
3 Red Admiral (and also caterpillars found at Quoy, a very rare breeding occurence for the Isle)

Year list: 189
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26th August

Weather: NE 3/4 calming and becoming variable, cloudy at first but clearing to sunny spells.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: an adult at Chalet will be the 91st record for Fair Isle (if accepted) and the first since 2015 (2016 was only the 10th blank year in the last four decades for the species on the Isle)
Red-backed Shrike: 2; juveniles at Chalet and Wester Lother
Wryneck: one in the Vaadal in the morning was probably the same bird seen at Hill Dyke later
Quail: one at Midway


Arctic Warbler, Chalet (David Parnaby)

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 6 Wigeon, 14 Teal, Storm Petrel (Good Shepherd), 9 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (juvenile male trapped in the Vaadal; first of the autumn), 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 28 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Puffin, Woodpigeon, Swift, Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin, 3 Swallow, 2 Wood Warbler (the ringed bird relocated to North Shirva, with another on Meoness), 3 Chiffchaff (including the first autumn migrant), 32 Willow Warbler, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (Meadow Burn and Lower Stoneybrek), Sedge Warbler (Pund), 2 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, 3 Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Whinchat, 236 Wheatear, Dunnock, flava wagtail, Grey Wagtail (first of the autumn), 75 alba wagtail (including 31 White and 6 Pied), 451 Meadow Pipit, 150 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet, 165 Twite.

Other wildlife:
10 Risso's Dolphin lingering off South Light and Skadan in the early evening.
3 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver Y

Risso's Dolphin, off Skadan, (David Parnaby)

Year list: 189
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25th August

Weather: E or NE 3-4, generally cloudy with a few brighter spells later, but improved visibility (and the first planes since Tuesday)

HIGHLIGHTS:
Wryneck: a series of widely spaced sightings referred to at least two individuals, including one that was trapped in the Plantation
Icterine Warbler: one in North Gunnawark (first of the autumn)
Red-backed Shrike: juvenile at Chalet (first of the autumn)
Barred Warbler: 2, including one trapped and ringed at the Plantation
Common Rosefinch: one at Burkle

Other Sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 6 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 9 Grey Heron, 13 Golden Plover, 53 Ringed Plover, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 93 Turnstone, 8 Ruff, 7 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 36 Redshank, Puffin (still small numbers), 69 Common Gull, Woodpigeon (first of the autumn), Short-eared Owl, Swift, Kestrel, Merlin (first of the autumn), 3 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin, Swallow, Wood Warbler (one trapped and ringed at Chalet), 4 Chiffchaff (all adults), 50 Willow Warbler, 7 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Stackhoull; first of the autumn), Grasshopper Warbler (Meadow Burn), Sedge Warbler (Pund), 4 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, 3 Robin, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 105 Wheatear, flava wagtail, 77 alba wagtail (including 26 White and 4 Pied), 2 Tree Pipit, 427 Meadow Pipit, 195 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet, 351 Twite.

Other wildlife:
A fin seen just beyond the North Haven breakwater just before dusk may have been from Killer Whale.
4 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver Y

Year list: 188
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24th August

Weather: E or NE 3-4, cloudy with rain throughout, heavy at times. Visibility moderate or poor.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: the ringed adult was seen at Stackhoull, Chalet and Gully
Barred Warbler: 1CY birds at North Shirva and Lower Stoneybrek were thought to both to be the same individual, presumably the lingering bird
Marsh Harrier: a juvenile roamed the island; the 4th of the year of this increasingly regularly recorded species, although most sightings are in the spring

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 7 Wigeon, 27 Teal, 4 Storm Petrel (Good Shepherd), 9 Grey Heron, Grey Plover (a breeding plumaged adult over Meoness was the third of the year), 6 Golden Plover, 62 Ringed Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ruff, 11 Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 43 Snipe, Puffin (still a few around), Common Tern, Short-eared Owl, Swift, Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, Wood Warbler (an unringed bird at Schoolton), 3 Chiffchaff (all adults), 32 Willow Warbler, 5 Garden Warbler, 2 Grasshopper Warbler (singles at Meadow Burn and Gully; first of the year), Sedge Warbler (Pund), 4 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, 3 Robin, Pied Flycatcher (Field; first of the autumn), 2 Redstart (Vaadal and Muckle Geo o' Hoini; first of the autumn), Whinchat (Meadow Burn; first of the autumn), 110 Wheatear, Dunnock, flava wagtail, 47 alba wagtail (including 9 White and 1 Pied), Tree Pipit (Quoy; first of the autumn), 390 Meadow Pipit, 162 Rock Pipit, 3 Linnet.

Other wildlife: a large blow from a cetacean was seen just inside Fair Isle waters from the Good Shepherd, Red Admiral

Year list: 188
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23rd August

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: an adult trapped and ringed in the Plantation then lingered around the traps for the rest of the day

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 5 Wigeon, 11 Teal, Red-throated Diver, 'blue' Fulmar (South Light), 7 Grey Heron, 3 Golden Plover, 56 Ringed Plover, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 121 Turnstone, 4 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, 62 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 5 Common Tern, Kestrel (first of the autumn), 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, Wood Warbler (an unusual record concerned one found in a car at North Haven, it was ringed and released at the Obs; first of the autumn), 2 Chiffchaff (all adults), 24 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler (Pund; first of the autumn), 2 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, 76 Wheatear, Dunnock, flava wagtail (a roaming individual; first of the year), 68 alba wagtail (including 6 White and 2 Pied), 447 Meadow Pipit, 186 Rock Pipit, Linnet.

Other wildlife: Green Lacewing (one at the Obs)

Year list: 188
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22nd August

Weather: E 2-3/4, light, patchy cloud

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 'blue' Fulmar (Good Shepherd. Also, fledged Fulmar chick in Homisdale), 162 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 154 'new' birds), Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 5 Golden Plover, 53 Ringed Plover, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Ruff, 5 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 3 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff (all adults), 22 Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 2 Robin, 119 Wheatear, Dunnock, 73 alba wagtail (including 19 White and 1 Pied), 370 Meadow Pipit, 163 Rock Pipit, Linnet.

Other wildlife: Eel (Utra), Red Admiral, Silver Y

Year list: 188
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21st August

Weather: N2 becoming variable and lighter, with a light NE breeze picking up overnight.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: two juveniles on Da Water

Other Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, Wigeon, 6 Teal, 11 Cormorant, 11 Golden Plover, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Ruff, 7 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 58 Redshank, 41 Snipe, Collared Dove (first of the month), 2 Short-eared Owl, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff (all thought to be summering adults), 16 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 3 Reed Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, Dunnock, 85 alba wagtail (including 31 White and 6 Pied), 348 Meadow Pipit, 231 Rock Pipit, 2 Linnet.

Other wildlife:
Minke Whale (one off Buness; the first land-based record of the year), Risso's Dolphin (4 distantly off Skadan), 6 Harbour Porpoise (3 off Skadan and 3 off North Light).
2 Silver Y

Year list: 188

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20th August

Weather: WNW 4-5 (occasionally gusting higher), cloudy with occasional light patchy showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: still present at North Shirva
Red-necked Phalarope: juvenile on Da Water

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 7 Wigeon, 6 Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 3 Golden Plover, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, Ruff, 4 Sanderling, 21 Dunlin, 36 Purple Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 78 Redshank, 2 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, House Martin, Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Reed Warbler (first of the autumn), Robin, Dunnock, 36 alba wagtail (including 8 White and 3 Pied), 504 Meadow Pipit, 5 Linnet.

Year list: 188

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19th August

Weather: WSW3-4, cloudy at first with showers (some prolonged), but clearing to a dry afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Woodchat Shrike: a smart juvenile around Pund and the base of Hoini will be the 32nd record for Fair Isle if accepted and is the first juvenile since 2006
Barred Warbler: one at North Shirva then flew south; first of the year

Woodchat Shrike, Pund (Max Hellicar)

Other Sightings:
4 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Pintail, Sooty Shearwater (one from the Good Shepherd), 8 Storm Petrel (from the Good Shepherd), 2 Grey Heron, 3 Golden Plover, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, 3 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, House Martin (first of the month), Chiffchaff, 15 Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, Blackbird (summering female), Robin, 235 Wheatear, Dunnock, 113 alba wagtail (including 45 White and 8 Pied), 503 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, 178 Twite, Mealy Redpoll (Obs).

Year list: 188

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18th August

Weather: SSE 3-4, sunny at first but clouding over later and raining in the afternoon, heavily at times.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: 2 juveniles on Da Water
Leach's Petrel: one trapped in the early hours of the morning.

Other Sightings:
Pintail (eclipse male on Da Water), 94 Storm Petrel (trapped in the Haven overnight), Grey Heron, 7 Golden Plover, 67 Ringed Plover, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, Knot, 2 Ruff (mobile in the south then on Da Water), Sanderling, 42 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 120 Common Gull, Short-eared Owl (Da Water), 2 Carrion Crow, 11 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff (summering birds), 2 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat (Setter; first of the autumn), Blackbird (summering female), 2 Robin, 185 Wheatear, Dunnock, 80 alba wagtail, 455 Meadow Pipit, 200 Rock Pipit, 230 Twite, 2 Mealy Redpoll (Obs).

Other wildlife:
2 Red Admiral

Year list: 187

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17th August

Weather: SSE 3-4, cloudy with showers early am, but dying out to a sunny day, although cloudy over again in evening and one or two showers late on.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: two juveniles in South Harbour

Other Sightings:
5 Teal, Manx Shearwater (Good Shepherd), 2 Grey Heron, Golden Plover, 83 Ringed Plover, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 50 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 78 Common Gull, 7 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff (summering birds), Willow Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler (singles at Pund and Plantation), Blackbird (summering female), Robin, 187 Wheatear, Dunnock, 90 alba wagtails (including 36 White and 6 Pied), 436 Meadow Pipit, 170 Rock Pipit, Linnet, Mealy Redpoll (male at Obs).

Other wildlife:
4 Red Admiral, Silver Y

Year list: 187

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16th August

Weather: SW 3 increasing S 5-6, with cloud increasing through the day.

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, Red-throated Diver, Cormorant, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Golden Plover, 35 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 13 Curlew, 17 Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 32 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (Gully; first of the month), 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Arctic Tern (first sighting since 13th), 14 Black-headed Gull, 13 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (juvenile trapped in the Gully), 2 Robin,72 alba wagtails (including 12 White), 326 Meadow Pipit, Linnet.

Other wildlife:
3 Red Admiral, Silver Y

Year list: 187

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15th August

Weather: heavy rain overnight clearing my late morning, then sunny and mild in afternoon. SW3-4.

Sightings:
Red-throated Diver, 3 Grey Heron, Golden Plover, 18 Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, Greenshank, 3 Linnet,

Year list: 187

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14th August

Weather: SSE3 increasing later, cloudy with heavy rain from midday, visibility falling to moderate in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: juvenile again at Utra, although flighty

Other Sightings:
4 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, Golden Plover, 16 Black-tailed Godwit, Sanderling, 37 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Short-eared Owl (Da Water), 2 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin (first since 18th July), 6 Swallow, Robin, Dunnock, 14 White Wagtail (along with 10 Pied and 37 alba wagtails), 306 Meadow Pipit, Common Crossbill (juvenile at Schoolton).

Other wildlife:
Red Admiral (the first butterfly of the month)

Year list: 187
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13th August

Weather: moderate westerly wind, with the afternoon bceoming sunny and warm. It's about time for some easterlies really...

Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, Wigeon (male Da Water; first of the autumn), 2 Teal, Storm Petrel (162 trapped overnight, including 136 'new' birds), Grey Heron, 8 Golden Plover, 15 Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Robin.

Other wildlife:
Killer Whale: two bulls were cl;ose in off Meoness in the late afternoon before heading towards South Light

Year list: 187
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12th August

Weather: WSW 3/4, alming later, cloudy at first with sunny spells and pleasantly mild.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: a juvenile still showing very well on Utra Scrape

Other Sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 6 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 55 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 40 Golden Plover, 5 Black-tailed Godwit, 76 Turnstone, 6 Knot, 47 Dunlin, 41 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 38 Redshank, 3 Carrion Crow (the lingering pair at South Light and one on Dronger), 7 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackbird, 2 Robin, 137 Wheatear, 12 White Wagtail (along with 16 Pied and 15 alba wagtails), 180 Meadow Pipit, 143 Rock Pipit, 3 Linnet (a amle and two juveniles at Wirvie, including one food-begging juvenile, which suggests that the pair that had a failed nesting attempt in the Gully and then moved to Wirvie were successful in raising a brood from their second attempt; the first successful breeding attempt for Fair Isle), 103 Twite.

Other wildlife:
Minke Whale: one from the Good Shepherd

Year list: 187
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11th August

Weather: SW 6/7 decreasing 3/4, cloudy at first but with some sunny spells later. Rain at first with some showery weather later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope:
three juveniles on Utra Scrape

Other Sightings:

2 Greylag Goose, 6 Teal, Manx Shearwater (one off South Light), 3 Grey Heron, 6 Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Knot, Sanderling, 49 Dunlin, 56 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 34 Redshank, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, Chiffchaff, Blackbird (lingering moulting female at Obs), 5 White Wagtail.

Year list: 187
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10th August

Weather: WSW 4/5, increasing later, cloudy with occasional showers

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope:
a juvenile on Utra Scrape


Red-necked Phalarope, Utra (David Parnaby)

Other Sightings:

3 Greylag Goose, 2 Teal, 4 Storm Petrel (from the Good Shpeherd), 2 Cormorant (first record since June), 2 Grey Heron, 5 Golden Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 140 Turnstone, Knot, 53 Dunlin (including 50 from the Good. Shepherd), 41 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Robin, 4 White Wagtail.

Year list: 187
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9th August

Weather: a brisk NW wind, cloudy at first with a couple of light showers in the morning then sunny in the afternoon.

Sightings:
79 Storm Petrel (trapped in an hour overnight, including 74 'new' birds), 3 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit (juvenile), Green Sandpiper (Swey), Greenshank (Easter Lother Water), 3 Swallow (still around Barkland), Robin, White Wagtail.

Other wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise: 2 off Buness

Year list: 187
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8th August

Weather: sunny and a pleasant day with a light NW wind, increasing in the evening

Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, 231 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 183 'new' birds), Grey Heron, Short-eared Owl (one sat in a freshly mown field at Setter), 11 Swallow, Willow Warbler (juvenile, North Shirva).

Other wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise: 2 off Landberg

Year list: 187
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7th August

Weather: a fresh ENE breeze and cloud (with occasional showers) gave way to calmer winds and sunshine.

Sightings:
Teal, 206 Storm Petrel (including 172 'new' birds, trapped overnight), Grey Heron, Green Sandpiper, Willow Warbler (juvenile trapped in Plantation), Garden Warbler (Lower Stoneybrek), 2 Robin, Dunnock (adult in Gully).

Other wildlife:
Minke Whale: from the Northlink in Fair Isle waters
Harbour Porpoise: 3 from the Northlink in Fair Isle waters

Year list: 187
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6th August

Weather: SW3 calming then backing SE 2-3, gusting stronger at times, later. Largely sunny.

Sightings:
Grey Heron, 51 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Vaadal), Greenshank (Buness), 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Song Thrush (Obs), 2 Robin (Obs, including an unringed bird), Black Redstart (juvenile at the Obs), Dunnock (ringed adult in the Gully, presumably a summering bird), White Wagtail (one trapped at the Obs).

Purple Sandpipers, South Light (David Parnaby). There are two distinct peaks of autumn passage, one in July/August and another in October/November.

Other wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise: 8 off Buness in the afternoon.

Year list: 187
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5th August

Weather: NW4-5, mostly grey with light showers later, although mild with occasional sunny patches

HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose-coloured Starling: the adult was relocated at Haa and was at Quoy again later

Other sightings:
Teal, Grey Heron, Whimbrel, Ruff (juvenile male at South Light; first of the autumn), Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff (all summering birds), 2 Willow Warbler (singles at the Obs and Chalet), Robin.

Year list: 187
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4th August

Sightings:
Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, Golden Plover, 3 Knot, Dunlin, Greenshank (Utra then Field; first of the autumn), 29 Redshank, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, Willow Warbler (juvenile trapped in the Gully; first of the autumn), Robin, Dunnock (Gully)

Year list: 187
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3rd August

HIGHLIGHTS:
Leach's Petrel: one bird retrapped in the early hours of the morning.

Other Sightings:
263 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 211 'new' birds), Robin, Black Redstart (still at Obs),

Year list: 187
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2nd August

Sightings:
332 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 265 'new' birds; possibly the best ever catch on Fair Isle for a single trapping site in one night), Swift, Robin, Black Redstart (Obs).

Other wildlife:
Diamond Back Moth (one at Obs)
A good variety of jellyfish and comb-jellies were noted during seabird work in the Obs boat, with Aequorea forskalea and Neoturris pileata both being the first records of these species for Fair Isle.

Year list: 187

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1st August

HIGHLIGHTS:
Leach's Petrel: 2 trapped in the early hours of the morning.

Other Sightings:
3 Teal (Da Water), 241 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 193 'new' birds), 181 Turnstone, 2 Knot, Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 62 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Gully), 26 Redshank, Swift, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff (all summering birds), Blackbird (still at Obs), Spotted Flycatcher (Gully), Robin.

Year list: 187
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29th-31st July

HIGHLIGHTS:
Leach's Petrel: 2 caught (including one retrapped from earlier in the season) in early hours of 30th and another new birds on 31st (along with the retrap again), taking the total ringed in July to eight, a high count.

Other Sightings (counts without specific dates are the maximum for the period):
3 Teal (31st), Fulmar (fledged juvenile at Schoolton on 29th - a very early date), Storm Petrel (large amounts continued to be trapped at the Haven, with over 2000 ringed in July), Grey Heron, Oystercatcher (fledged chicks noted from 29th), Whimbrel (2 on 30th, with 4 on 31st), 100 Turnstone, 8 Knot, Sanderling, 7 Dunlin, 88 Purple Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper (29th), 2 Green Sandpiper, 29 Redshank, Kittiwake (fledged juvenile seen at South Light on 29th), 5 Black-headed Gull, 266 Common Gull (29th), Cuckoo (adult on 31st), Short-eared Owl (singles on 29th-30th, with 2 on 31st), Swift (30th), Swallow (the fledged bird and its parents still around Barkland), Chiffchaff (still 2 at Obs), Garden Warbler (an early migrant was at the Obs on 31st), Blackbird (female still around the Obs), Spotted Flycatcher (the first of the autumn was at the Obs on 31st), Robin (Obs),

Other wildlife:
KILLER WHALE: a large bull and a smaller animal were off North Light on 30th

Year list: 187
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15th-28th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
White-winged Black Tern: a stunning adult was found on Buness on 21st, but was only present briefly. The fourth island record, with the others involving adults in June 1973, May 1982 and July 2011.
TWO-BARRED CROSSBILL: a female was on Hoini on 22nd before flying south over Gorsons Geo and disappearing into the fog. The 28th record (59th individual) for the Isle and first since 2013.
Rose-coloured Starling: a fine adult found at Quoy on 24th lingered there and Shirva until 28th, often feeding on New Zealand Flax flowers. The 46th record for Fair Isle and the fourth consecutive year of occurence.
Little Gull: a juvenile hawking over Meoness on 28th dropped into South Harbour and was later seen over Da Water in the evening. Just the 32nd island record (only the second in July) and the first since January 2014.
Red-necked Phalarope: a pair at Utra on 18th.
Leach's Petrel: 2 caught on 18th, another on 25th, 3 more on 26th and one heard on 27th.

Other Sightings:
Greylag Goose (22nd-28th), Teal (female on Da Water), Red-breasted Merganser (female in North Haven on 21st), Red-throated Diver (24th), 2 Sooty Shearwater (Good Shepherd, 15th), Manx Shearwater (singles from the Good Shepherd on 15th and South Light on 16th), Storm Petrel (large numbers caught on several nights during the period and one from the Good Shepherd on 15th), Grey Heron (present from 20th, with a peak of 4 on 21st and 24th), Grey Plover (Hesti Geo, 28th; the second of the year), Golden Plover (at least one adult still present at the breeding site in the north, with one on South Light on 18th), Whimbrel (a good period of passage from 19th onwards peaked at 13 on 26th), Black-tailed Godwit (adult on 20th), Bar-tailed Godwit (adult on 24th), 96 Turnstone (28th; the peak count during the period), Knot (present from 20th onwards, peaking at 12 on 28th), Sanderling (peak of 5 on 20th), Dunlin (present throughout, peaking at 12 on 25th), Purple Sandpiper (a flock gathering at South Light from 17th peaked at 83 on 27th), Common Sandpiper (27th-28th), Green Sandpiper (27th, with 2 on 28th), 37 Redshank (15th; the peak count for the period), Arctic Skua (first fledged juvenile on 28th), Great Skua (first fledged chick on 25th), Common Tern (20th then two on 23rd), Arctic Tern (first fledged youngsters seen on 21st, although it has been generally a poor breeding season), Black-headed Gull (peak of 18 on 21st), 687 Common Gull (peak count on 21st), Collared Dove (22nd), Cuckoo (juvenile at Plantation on 26th and Quoy on 27th), Swift (up to four present almost daily), Carrion Crow (22nd-23rd), Sand Martin (18th), Swallow (a single chick fledged from Barkland on 24th), House Martin (25th), Chiffchaff (at least 5 summering birds still present), Willow Warbler (an adult from 22nd-28th), Grasshopper Warbler (one at Quoy on 27th was the earliest ever autumn occurrence and only the second ever July record), Blackbird (female lingering around the Obs), Song Thrush (18th), Robin (at least one still at the Obs and another in the south), 2 Linnet (Obs, 28th), Common Redpoll (23rd), Common Crossbill (a male at South Green on 22nd with 3 over Buness on 23rd), 2 Siskin (15th-16th).

Other wildlife:
KILLER WHALE: 6 moved north off Buness on 25th.
Harbour Porpoise: 3 off Ditfield on 25th.
Red Admiral: 2 on 21st
Silver Y: 21st

Year list: 187
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7th-14th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
GREEN WARBLER: the presumed Green Warbler was still present in the Obs on 7th.
SWINHOE'S PETREL: one trapped at Skadan in the early hours of 14th. It was the returning bird that was ringed in 2013 and seen again on the island in 2016.
Leach's Petrel: one heard and seen as it flew around the nets in the Haven on 11th- first of the year.

Swinhoe's Petrel, 14th July (Ciaran Hatsell)

Other Sightings:
Teal (female), Pintail (a female over South Harbour and Skadan on 12th), Tufted Duck (male on Goorn on 8th), 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, Golden Plover (the breeding pair and at least three chicks present), 3 Whimbrel, 22 Turnstone, Sanderling (a colour-ringed bird at Mid Geo on 13th), Dunlin (up to 3, including a pair alarm-calling at Mire of Vatnagaard on 12th, presumably indicating succesful breeding), 2 Purple Sandpiper, 23 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull (including a juvenile on 8th), Common Gull (the first fledged bird on 14th), Woodpieon, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Swift (8th), 2 Carrion Crow, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackbird, 2 Robin, Dunnock, 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs 12th, with a redpoll sp? over Schoolton on 13th), 2 Siskin (Obs, 14th).


Sanderling (with colour rings) at Mid Geo, 13th July (Andy Denton)

Other wildlife:
KILLER WHALE: a group of around ten were seen off the east coast on 8th, with presumably the same group present the next day of Meoness. Their behaviour was very different from the other group seen recently, with these animals seemingly fishing, generally staying further offshore and spending more time below the water. It continues a very good year for Killer Whale sightings from Fair Isle.

Killer Whale off Skadan, 8th July (David Parnaby)

Harbour Porpoise: 3 off Buness on 10th with 2 there on 13th.
Painted Lady: 13th
Red Admiral: singles on 10th and 12th
Magpie Moth: 3 on 13th, along with several records from the Obs moth trap
Jellies: A large wreck of Eutonina indicans (transparent button-like jellies) occurred in North Haven 11th, just the second record for Fair Isle. The same evening, there was also an occurence of cross jelly Staurophora mertensii, which is also just the second Fair Isle record.

Year list: 182
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2nd-6th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
Green/Greenish Warbler: a phylloscopus warbler trapped at the Obs just before 9pm on 4th was one of the 'Greenish-type' warblers, with the yellow colouring to the face and underparts suggesting it may be Green Warbler. It was not heard to call (which may have helped clinch the identification), but may be identified for certainty from a DNA sample. It remained until 6th, although could be elusive at times.



probable Green Warbler, Obs (David Parnaby). A selection of photos have also been posted on Facebook.

Other Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose (3rd), Teal (female), Tufted Duck (male on Da Water on 4th then north over Buness on 5th), Long-tailed Duck (female), Red-throated Diver (one circling on 4th), Storm Petrel (28 in the Haven and 10 in the Skroo on 4th, 43 in the Haven on 5th, whilst a rare land-based sighting was noted from Pietron on 4th), Fulmar (first chick, in Hesti Geo, 4th), Shag (fledged young seen at Lericum, 5th), Grey Heron (6th), 3 Lapwing, Whimbrel (3rd), 11 Turnstone (peak count), Dunlin (3rd-4th), Purple Sandpiper (one throughout on the Obs scrape), Common Sandpiper (the first of the autumn was heard in the Haven during a petrel ringing session on 4th), 12 Redshank (peak count), Razorbill (fledged chick at South Naaversgill on 5th), Guillemot (fledged chick at Lericum on 5th), Black-headed Gull, 2 Woodpigeon (4th), 2 Collared Dove (one on 5th, 2 on 6th), 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Chiffchaff, Starling (28 flew north off North Light on 5th), Blackbird (female, 6th), Spotted Flycatcher (Mast, 5th), Robin (2 throughout at Obs, 1 at Mast on 5th), Dunnock (at least one still at the Obs), Linnet (4th), Twite (fledged chicks noted from 3rd).

Other wildlife:
10 Risso's Dolphin's seen from the lounge then Ditfield as they headed south
Painted Lady (3rd)

Year list:
180
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Saturday 1st July

Sightings:
Long-tailed Duck, 2 Red-throated Diver (circling the north of the island calling), 24 Storm Petrel (11 trapped overnight in the Haven, 12 trapped at the Kirn o' Skroo and one from the Good Shepherd), Grey Heron, Golden Plover (the pair in the North seen with at least two chicks; the first chicks seen on the island since a breeding attempt in 1970. The only other breeding record since then was a pair that were suspected of nesting in 1989), Whimbrel, Purple Sandpiper (Obs scrape and Haven), 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Chiffchaff (all believed to be summering birds), Robin (at least one still at the Obs), Dunnock (one still at the Obs; Dunnocks last bred on the island in 1989 and the only records in July since then were in 2012, when a pair lingered at Schoolton), Pied Wagtail (fledged young at North Light and a pair carrying food in the North Haven), Rock Pipit (an interesting record concerned one that alighted on a yacht a couple of miles south of Fair Isle and hitched a lift to the island), 2 Linnet (pair at Restengeos), 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs).

Year list: 179
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Friday 30th June

Sightings:
Long-tailed Duck, 2 Red-throated Diver (circling the island calling), Storm Petrel (one dead in the gully having probably been predated by a cat), 2 Whimbrel, Purple Sandpiper (Obs scrape), Collared Dove, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, Blackbird (female at the Obs), Robin, 2 Linnet (pair at Wirvie), 2 Siskin (Obs).

Other wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise: one was seen in Fair Isle waters from the Good Shepherd in what has been a disappointing year for the species so far

Year list: 179
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Thursday 29th June

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: at the Plantation

Sightings:
Long-tailed Duck, Storm Petrel (one dead in the gully having probably been predated by a cat), 2 Whimbrel, Purple Sandpiper (still on the Obs scrape), Collared Dove, 2 Carrion Crow, Lesser Whitethroat (one at Lower Leogh; first sighting since 25th June), Spotted Flycatcher (one trapped in the Vaadal), Redwing (Obs), Robin, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail (one male over Gilsetter then the Gully), 2 Linnet (Meadow Burn), Redpoll sp., Siskin (Obs).

Year list: 179
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Wednesday 28th June

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: at the Obs briefly in the early afternoon

Sightings:
Long-tailed Duck, Red-throated Diver, 2 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Purple Sandpiper (Obs scrape), Collared Dove, 2 Carrion Crow, Blackbird (female Obs), Robin, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail (male singing in the Gully), 2 Linnet (in the south).

Other wildlife:
Killer Whale: at least 8 (including at least two bulls and two females with calves) came into the North Haven, where they stunned a seal then headed to South Harbour where they made a kill. A cracking encounter, with photos showing that most (possibly all) of the group were the same animals that had visited the island on 15th June, and at least two of them having visited Fair Isle on 1st November 2013.


Killer Whale '27' (identification number from the Scottish Killer Whale catalogue) with a calf. Lots more pictures (and video) are available on the FIBO Facebook page.

Year list: 179
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Tuesday 27th June

Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 20 Turnstone, 9 Redshank, 7 BLack-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, Blackbird (female at Obs), 2 Robin, Dunnock, Pied Wagtail (fledged birds at Easter Lother and near Utra).

Year list: 179
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Monday 26th June

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: a first-summer male singing at Chalet
Marsh Warbler: one trapped at Chalet

Sightings:
6 Greylag Goose, Teal (female), Mallard (8 ducklings on Da Water), Long-tailed Duck (female), Red-throated Diver (off Landberg), Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, Arctic Tern (chicks in the Buness colony), Collared Dove, 2 Robin, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail (one male over Gilsetter then the Gully).

Year list: 179
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Sunday 25th June

Sightings:
14 Greylag Goose, 3 Teal, Long-tailed Duck (female), Golden Plover, Lapwing (6 fledged chicks at Burkle, presumably from two broods at Kirki Mire), Purple Sandpiper (one on the slope between the Obs and Dumlin's Sink was an unusual record), 3 Redshank, Collared Dove, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Robin, Linnet, Redpoll sp. (Obs).




Top: Lapwing, Burkle, a newly fledged chick (David Parnaby)
Bottom: a colourful adult Rock Pipit (top bird) with a newly fledged juvenile, South Haven (David Parnaby)


Year list: 179
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Saturday 24th June

Sightings:
18 Greylag Goose, Long-tailed Duck (female), 13 Manx Shearwater (from a seawatch at South Light; the first record of the year and the third highest ever Fair Isle count!), 4 Redshank, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler (Gully), Pied Wagtail (carrying food in North Haven, indicating a successful breeding attempt), Linnet (female still incubating).

Year list: 179
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Friday 23rd June

Sightings:
Teal, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Grey Heron, 3 Dunlin, 4 Redshank (the first signs of autumn wader passage?), Collared Dove, Swift, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Chiffchaff, Dunnock, Linnet (a female with a brood patch trapped and ringed at the Plantation in the evening may have been part of the breeding pair, or possibly there are more than one pair present on the island).


Long-tailed Duck, South Harbour (Richard Cope)

Other wildlife:
Red Admiral.

Year list: 178
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Thursday 22nd June

HIGHLIGHTS:
Quail: still singing at Pund

Sightings:
Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter, Golden Plover, 2 Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl, 3 Carrion Crow, 11 Swallow (including pairs at the Water Treatment Works and the Mast), House Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, Dunnock, Linnet, 2 Redpoll sp.

Other wildlife:
11 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, Silver Y, Diamond-back Moth.

Year list: 178
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Wednesday 21st June

HIGHLIGHTS:
Glaucous Gull: a 2CY bird over the Obs before wandering round the south of the island

Sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter (male in Furse), Golden Plover, Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow (including the breeding pair at Barkland and another possible breeding pair at Skerryholm), House Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, Robin, Dunnock, 2 Linnet (the first confirmed breeding record for Fair Isle, with the long-staying pair found with a nest).

Other wildlife:
3 Red Admiral.

Year list: 178
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Tuesday 20th June

HIGHLIGHTS:
Quail: again singing at Pund

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, Common Scoter (male in Furse), Guillemot (first chicks seen at Pietron and elsewhere, a worryingly late date which suggests a poor breeding season), 13 Black-headed Gulls, Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackbird, 2 Robin, Dunnock, 2 Mealy Redpoll (Obs).

Year list: 178
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Monday 19th June

Weather: W3, occasionally 4, rain and low cloud in the morning clearing to a brighter afternoon.

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Common Scoter (male in Furse), Red-throated Diver, Cormorant (off North Light), 2 Golden Plover (a pair with a clutch of 4 eggs in the North represents a very rare breeding record for the island, with the only previous nesting attempts occuring in 1924-1926, 1970 and 1989), Whimbrel, Dunlin, 3 Woodpigeon, Turtle Dove (Obs), Swift, 4 Swallow (including one at the Mast), 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Blackbird, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, Linnet.

Year list: 178
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Sunday 18th June

Weather: W or SW 3 occasionally 4, cloudy at first then clearing later, although light rain in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: one singing at the Obs
Marsh Warbler: one singing at Schoolton in the morning was presumably the bird seen at Haa yesterday, and was therefore the same individual back there in the evening
Quail: one in the Lower Stoneybrek garden

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, Long-tailed Duck, 2 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove (Schoolton then over the School), Carrion Crow, 6 Swallow (including a bird seemingly incubating at Barkland), House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Blackbird, 2 Robin, Dunnock, 'White Wagtail' (Muckle Uri Geo), 2 Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs).

Year list: 178
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Saturday 17th June

Weather: SW or WSW 3 or 4, cloudy with light rain in the morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: one singing at Haa and Skerryholm
Quail: 2; including one still singing near Pund

Sightings:
Red-breasted Merganser, Storm Petrel (Good Shepherd), Golden Plover, Whimbrel, Collared Dove, Turtle Dove (Gilsetter), Swift, 8 Swallow, House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 White Wagtail' (Da Water), 2 Linnet.

Year list: 178
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Friday 16th June

Weather: SW or WSW 3 or 4, cloudy with light rain in the morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Woodchat Shrike: a first-summer male found at Mire o' Vatnagaard was mobile along the west cliffs. The 31st Fair Isle record.
Icterine Warbler: 2; one at the Obs and another at Schoolton
Quail: still singing near Pund




Top: Woodchat Shrike, South Naaversgill (David Parnaby)
Bottom: Icterine Warbler, Obs (David Parnaby)

Sightings:
23 Greylag Goose (flew south in the morning), Red-breasted Merganser, 5 Golden Plover, Dunlin, Common Tern (one flew south over Burkle; first of the year), 4 Collared Dove, Turtle Dove (one over the Obs then around Setter), 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 2 Blackbird, Robin, 'White Wagtail' (Da Water), 2 Linnet.

Year list: 178
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Thursday 15th June


Weather: SE veering SW 3, largely cloudy with light rain in the morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Quail: one singing at Pund

Sightings:
Wigeon (male Barkland), Teal, Red-breasted Merganser (first of the month), Great Northern Diver (a non-breeding plumaged bird off Landberg), Storm Petrel (from the Good Shepherd), Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 28 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, Great Skua (first chick seen, on Swey), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin, 9 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, 'White Wagtail' (Da Water), Tree Pipit, 2 Linnet (pair still in Gully), Common Crossbill (one over Buness).

Other wildlife:
Killer Whale: a remarkable day, with two seen off Ditfield at 0520hrs then a group of six that showed well from 0700hrs through the morning as they patrolled the east coast. In the afternoon, the number increased to at least 10 (perhaps as many as 14) and we're still going through photos to try to work out how many animals were involved. In the afternoon they spent at least 30 minutes directly under the cliffs off Buness giving amazing views. An incredible experience - there are more photos on Facebook.


3 Red Admiral, Painted Lady.

Year list: 176
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Wednesday 14th June
A rather busy day, with the last of the Guillemot plot counts conducted before breakfast then a whole-island count of Arctic Terns and Gannets, along with the regular productivity monitoring of Guillemots and Kittiwakes and a visit to Easter Lother to monitor the Razorbill colony there. Amongst the regular daily activities there were trap rounds and a few nice birds.

Weather: S2-3, largely cloudy.

HIGHLIGHTS:
RUSTIC BUNTING: a male at North Light
Quail: one at Pund

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, 7 Barnacle Goose, Wigeon (male Da Water), Teal, Oystercatcher (first chicks noted at Muckle Uri Geo and Kiln o' Skroo), Whimbrel, 32 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, Arctic Tern (a whole-island nest count produced a total of 322 occupied nests; the highest total since 2010 and 3rd highest count in the last 16 years), 23 Common Gull, 4 Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 5 Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, 4 House Martin, 7 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Blackbird (female in Haven), Robin, Dunnock, 'White Wagtail' (Da Water), Linnet.

Other wildlife:
7 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, Silver Y, Rush Veneer, White-tailed Bumblebee (Upper Leogh).

Year list: 176
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Tuesday 13th June

Weather: SSW 2/3. largely cloudy with a bit of rain in the morning

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: 2; singles at Stackhoull and Schoolton

Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, 7 Barnacle Goose, Teal, 2 Storm Petrel (from the Good Shepherd), Golden Plover, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Obs), Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Blackbird (female at Obs then Double Dyke), 2 Robin (including a 'new' bird trapped in the Gully), Dunnock, 2 Linnet, Siskin.

Year list: 176
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Monday 12th June

Weather: WNW 2-3, cloudy with a few spits of rain in the morning and low cloud over the hills.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: a pair still on Da Water.
Common Rosefinch: one singing at the Obs in the morning again
Icterine Warbler: one at Lower Leogh

Sightings:
11 Greylag Goose, 7 Barnacle Goose (including blue darvic '7C', which was ringed as a gosling near Aviemore on 11th July 2016. It was in Norway on 11th May this year before being seen on Fair Isle with another Barnacle Goose on 1st-2nd June. Where it has been in the meantime is an interesting puzzle, has anyone else in the Northern Isles had a small group of Barnacle Geese around them recently?), Teal, Storm Petrel (6 trapped in the Kirn o' Skroo, including 3 new birds, a Norwegian-ringed individual, one that was probably ringed in the Western Isles in 2012 and a bird ringed as an adult with a brood patch in the Kirn on 8th July 2006), Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, Stock Dove (Shirva), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Cuckoo (female trapped at the Plantation), Long-eared Owl (Obs), 3 Carrion Crow, 6 Swallow, 6 House Martin, 8 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Blackbird (female at Field...), Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet, Siskin.

Barnacle Geese, Stackhoull (David Parnaby)

Garden Warbler, Lower Leogh (David Parnaby)

Other wildlife:
Porpoise: 1 off Skadan (first sighting of the year)
3 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, Silver Y.

Year list: 176
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Sunday 11th June

Weather: SW becoming SE 2/3. Light rain at first then brightening before clouding over later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-necked Phalarope: 4; a pair were found on Da Water before being joined by another pair in the afternoon briefly (with one of the pairs moving up to Watery Brae on Swey). These were the first records since 2014, but the first in spring since 2005. There have only been 23 previous records of this species on the Isle (of 25 individuals), with two previous records of two birds (including a pair at Golden Water in 1968 that were noted behaving in courtship behaviour for a few days).
Honey-buzzard: a distant raptor seen travelling up the west coast and seemingly heading north off the isle was thought to be this species, and what was presumably the same bird was seen in southern Shetland later in the afernoon.
Common Rosefinch: a first-summer male singing at the Obs in the morning was later seen at Schoolton and Shirva (the third of the spring)
Icterine Warbler: 3; a tail-less bird still present, with what were thought to be seperate individuals at Lower Leogh and Burkle.


Red-necked Phalarope (pair), Da Water (Ciaran Hatsell). A distant record shot of the first pair looking quite at home on the marshy, fly-filled waters of Da Water.

Sightings:
14 Greylag Goose, 5 Teal, Pintail (a male circling Da Water before landing there briefly), 3 Red-throated Diver, Whimbrel, Dunlin, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Obs), 11 Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow, 5 House Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, 2 Dunnock, 2 Linnet.

Other wildlife: .
White-beaked Dolphin: at least 8 photographed off North Light
14 Red Admiral, 4 Painted Lady, 2 Silver Y, Scaeva pyrastri (Obs): this migratory hoverfly is a scarce migrant to Fair Isle, usually in June or July.

Year list: 176
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Saturday 10th June

Weather: E1/2 becoming SE3/4, cloudy with visibility decreasing from good to moderate

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: one (with a tail) at Lower Leogh

Sightings:
5 Teal, Red-throated Diver, Storm Petrel (10 trapped overnight at a breeding colony), 2 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, Pomarine Skua (a pale adult off the Good Shepherd in Fair Isle waters; first of the year), 137 Arctic Tern, Collared Dove, Cuckoo (Parks), Long-eared Owl (Obs), Swift, 7 Carrion Crow, 12 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Black Redstart (an immature male singing at Dumlin Sinks), Dunnock, House Sparrow (first fledged young of the year seen, at the Obs), 'White Wagtail', Meadow Pipit (fledged young in the Wirvie), 2 Linnet (including a singing male at Quoy).

Other wildlife: 4 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, Silver Y.

Year list: 174
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Friday 9th June

Weather: NW4-5 becoming SE2, cloudy throught with heavy rain overnight gradually fading out throughout the morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Blyth's Reed Warbler: one briefly at Hesti Geo before being chased off by a Rock Pipit and not relocated
Marsh Warbler: 2; birds still present in the Gully and Schoolton
Icterine Warbler: the tailless bird still at Lower Stoneybrek

Blyth's Reed Warbler, Hesti Geo (Ian Cowgill)

Sightings:
3 Greylag Goose, 3 Teal, Red-throated Diver, 3 Golden Plover (including a male on Suka Mire), Whimbrel, 149 Arctic Tern (highest count of the year), Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (Obs), Peregrine (first record of the month), 5 Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, 2 Dunnock, 'White Wagtail', Rock Pipit (first flegded young seen at Furse), 3 Linnet (including a singing male at Quoy).

Other wildlife: 4 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, White-tailed Bumblebee (one at Lower Stoneybrek)

Year list: 173
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Thursday 8th June

Weather: NW4 becoming ESE 2, cloudy throughout, with some light rain ealy on, although rather pleasant by the afternoon with excellent visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: 5; singles trapped at the Plantation and the Obs, with two at Lower Leogh and a single at Schoolton
Icterine Warbler: one at Lower Stoneybrek (which has now lost its tail)

Sightings:
6 Greylag Goose, Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, 164 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover (including one in an potential upland territory), 3 Whimbrel, 6 Sanderling (first of the month), 7 Dunlin (including one on Mire o' Vatnagaard in potential breeding territory), Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (Obs), 11 Carrion Crow, 8 Swallow (including a possible breeding pair at Barkland), 2 House Martin, 11 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat (Kenaby), Redwing, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Black Redstart (2CY male singing at the Mast), Dunnock, 3 Linnet (including a pair at the Obs apparently carrying nesting material), Redpoll sp., 3 Siskin.

Other wildlife: 13 Red Admiral, 7 Silver Y

Year list: 172
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Wednesday 7th June
A foggy start delayed proceedings then seabird monitoring was priority, but reasonable coverage of the island was still achieved, with some new migrants having clearly arrived. There was also a reasonable lepidoptera arrival, so perhaps tomorrow will see a Nightjar or something else following its prey! With the FIBOT directors' meeting this weekend, there are going to be plenty of experienced eyes scouring the island and with some easterlies in the forecast, there may yet be a last hurrah to come from this spring.

Weather: ENE2/3 beomcing a stronger (4/5) NW later. Foggy at first, then clearing but clouding again in the afternoon, when there was some drizzly rain.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: 3; one singing at Lower Leogh with others at the Obs and Schoolton.
Icterine Warbler: one at Lower Stoneybrek then Stackhoull.
Common Rosefinch: the adult male still singing (on the Hall roof).

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Dunlin, Razorbill (first chick seen at Easter Lother), Cuckoo, Long-eared Owl (at Obs), 2 Swift, 4 Carrion Crow, 2 Sand Martin, 4 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (females), Whitethroat (Brecks), 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Dunnock, 2 Linnet.

Other wildlife: 12 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 5 Silver Y

Year list: 172
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Tuesday 6th June
A wash-out of a day, with weather preventing full census.

Weather: scattered showers from early on became heavy and persistent rain from early afternoon until well into the night, with a E or SE wind.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: a fine adult male (the first 'red' Rosefinch on the Isle since 2013) was singing in the Plantation in the morning before transferring to the School, where it showed well during the rest of the day. The species has gone through several quiet springs recently and this is just the second record of the year.


Common Rosefinch, School (David Parnaby)

Sightings:
Red-throated Diver, Puffin (first individual seen carrying fish, indicating chicks have starting hatching), Cuckoo (Obs), Long-eared Owl (Obs), 4 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, Redwing, Robin, Dunnock.

Year list: 171
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Monday 5th June

Weather: SE 3/4 decreasing slightly later. Largely cloudy with light rain in the morning and heavy showers in the afternoon.

Sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, 6 Teal, Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Dunlin, Long-eared Owl (Obs), 7 Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow, House Martin, 12 Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Garden Warbler (Obs), 2 Whitethroat, Song Thrush, 5 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Black Redstart (male at the Mast), 2 Dunnock, 3 Linnet.

Other wildlife: Painted Lady

Year list: 171
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Sunday 4th June

Weather: E2/3 decreasing later. Cloudy throughout with rain and fog in the morning clearing later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: again at Lower Leogh although mobile and elusive
Common Rosefinch: seen again at Schoolton
Grey-headed Wagtail: a male flying over Furse and Roskillie

Sightings:
3 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Teal, Red-throated Diver (again circling the island calling), Grey Heron, 3 Golden Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 13 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper (one in Hoini), 137 Arctic Tern, Woodpigeon, 3 Collared Dove, Turtle Dove (at Quoy), Cuckoo (female on Buness), Long-eared Owl (still at the Obs), 4 Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (both females), 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), Dunnock, White Wagtail, Linnet.

Other wildlife: 3 Red Admiral, 2 Silver Y

Year list: 171
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Saturday 3rd June

Weather: ESE 2/3, bright and sunny at first but clouding over later with heavy rain the afternoon.

Sightings:
3 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, Teal, Red-throated Diver (one circling the island, calling), Grey Heron, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper (still in the Gully), 77 Arctic Tern (including the first eggs on Buness), 2 Woodpigeon, 5 Collared Dove, Cuckoo (singing male on the School climbing frame then touring the island), Long-eared Owl (the oiled bird still at the Obs), Swift, Kestrel, 5 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 13 Chiffchaff (including 3 new birds ringed), 4 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap (including a singing male at Skerryholm), Sedge Warbler, Ring Ouzel (one at the Raevas), 3 Blackbird (all at Field, including a singing male - perhaps a breeding attempt is on the cards), 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Robin, 2 Dunnock,'Mealy Redpoll' (plus one other redpoll).

Other wildlife: 4 Red Admiral, Painted Lady.

Year list: 171
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Friday 2nd June

Weather: W3/4, decreasing to a S2 later, low cloud and drizzle at first, clearing to a sunny afternoon when visibility increased

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: 2; a mobile individual at Lower Leogh which then moved to Midway and a more settled bird at Skerryholm
Common Rosefinch: seen briefly again at Haa
Quail: 3; one again at North Park and others at Lower Leogh and Chalet

Sightings:
3 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose (one of which is darvic ringed), Gadwall (male still), Water Rail (one flushed from the stream above Klinger's Geo), 5 Golden Plover, 3 Whimbrel, Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper (including one in the Gully again), 2 Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (the oiled bird still at the Obs), Carrion Crow, 2 Swallow (including one seen coming ni off the sea at Meoness), House Martin, 9 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, Blackbird, Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, 2 Dunnock, flava Wagtail (the same male possible hybrid Blue-headed x Grey-headed on Da Water), 2 Tree Pipit, Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll'.

Other wildlife: 4 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Silver Y, 2 Buff-tailed Bumblebee

Year list: 171
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Thursday 1st June

Weather: SE4-5 decreasing to 1-2 later, cloudy throughout and quite cool, with low cloud drifting over the hills later on and a little rain in the evening

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: a 'brown' individual at Schoolton; first of the year.
Red-backed Shrike: a male found near the School then wandered in the south.
Quail: 2; singles at South Light (presumably a newly arrived migrant as it flushed from near the wall onto the rocks by Shalstane) and Buness, with the latter presumably the one seen at the Obs later on.

Sightings:
3 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Barnacle Goose, Gadwall (male on Da Water then near Hesti Geo), 3 Teal, Goosander (a female off Hesti), 4 Storm Petrel (just after midnight in the colony at Kirn o' Skroo, including one ringed there as an adult in 2006 and another ringed at Skadan in 2014; first of the year), Gannet (the first chicks of the year were seen on Buness), 3 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 9 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper (one in the Gully), 3 Woodpigeon, 7 Collared Dove, Long-eared Owl (an oiled bird at the Obs), 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Sedge Warbler, Fair Isle Wren (fledged chicks at Furse; apparently the joint-earliest fledging date for the species), Starling (first fledged chick seen at Kenaby), 2 Blackbird, Redwing, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Whinchat (male still at Da Water), 2 Dunnock, flava Wagtail (a male that appeared to be a hybrid Blue-headed x Grey-headed), Linnet, 2 'Mealy Redpoll'.

Other wildlife: Buff-tailed Bumblebee
A Red-backed Shrike pellet, found at Chalet on 22nd May 2017, was analised by Nick Riddiford and was found to contain fragments of: one sexton beetle Nicrophorus humator, one carabid Nebrla salina and at least six Vine Weevils Otiorhynchus sulcatus, an interesting insight into the diet of a migrant.

Year list: 171