Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

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Tuesday 14th August

A relatively good day for waders, with the migration continuing. However, poor weather conditions affected visibility and census counts of small passerines.
Weather: Wind coming from the SE. A wet day, with fog and drizzle arriving at 8:00 and remaining for the entire day.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Sooty Shearwater: One seen from North Light

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Pintail (female juv on Utra), 6 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver (N. Light), 2 Storm Petrol, Sooty Shearwater (N. Light), 2 Grey Heron, 22 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 16 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 2 Curlew, 102 Turnstone, Knot, Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, 55 Purple Sandpiper, 23 Snipe, 3 Green Sandpiper, 28 Redshank, 6 Black-headed Gull, 209 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 47 Arctic Tern, 5 Guillemot, 2 Swift, 3 Carrion Crow, 31 Skylark, 16 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, 127 Wheatear, 'White Wagtail' (along with 5 Pied and 12 alba wagtails), 149 Meadow Pipit, 110 Rock Pipit, 111 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
1 Dolphin sp. was seen from the Good Shepherd

Year list: 178
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Monday 13th August
A promising day that delivered a notable scattering of migrants, with a few scarcities thrown in for good measure. The afternoon was spent counting the fledged Bonxies, for one of the last seabird jobs of the season as autumn rapidly advances...
Weather: a freshening breeze from the east, but sunny and warm with excellent visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: one at Lower Stoneybrek was the first of the year; the earliest arrival date since 2014.
Marsh Warbler: a very elusive bird was in the Bracken at Wirvie Burn; this species is scarce but relatively regular in the autumn, with just eight records in the previous six years.
Icterine Warbler: one seen briefly at Quoy then Burkle may have been the bird from two days ago at Springfield, although given the other arrivals today, a new individual is not out of the question.

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shelduck (South Light), 4 Grey Heron, 11 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Knot, Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Carrion Crow, 59 Skylark, 26 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler (a showy bird at the Kiln o' Skroo), 3 Reed Warbler (Obs, Plantation and Kenaby), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat (first of the autumn), Redwing (Gully still), 2 Song Thrush, Robin, Pied Flycatcher (Mast), 2 Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo and one flycatching off the top of the Mast), Whinchat (Wirvie Burn), 171 Wheatear, Dunnock, 7 'White Wagtail' (along with 4 Pied and 7 alba wagtails), 151 Meadow Pipit, 142 Rock Pipit, 104 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
4 Red Admiral, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock (Mopul), 10 Silver Y

Year list: 178
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Sunday 12th August
Weather: NE2-3, mostly sunny and pleasant.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose-coloured Starling: adult at North Light in the evening with a small Starling flock

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shelduck (Easter Lother Water), 3 Teal, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 4 Golden Plover, 4 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 39 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper (Buness), Green Sandpiper, 5 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 63 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), Grasshopper Warbler (Vaadal; first of the autumn), Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (Bull's Park), Song Thrush (Obs), Whinchat (Wirvie Burn; first of the autumn), 136 Wheatear, Dunnock (Obs), 8 'White Wagtail' (along with 6 Pied and 8 alba wagtails), 160 Meadow Pipit, 182 Rock Pipit, 97 Twite, Common Crossbill (Dronger).

Other Wildlife:
Minke Whale (off Meoness), Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 11 Silver Y

Year list: 177
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Saturday 11th August
Weather: SW3, after a few clouds in the morning the sun came out for most of the afternoon. Ideal swimming conditions!

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: juvenile at Springfield

Other sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, Teal, Grey Heron, Lapwing, 8 Golden Plover, 66 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 6 Sanderling, 51 Dunlin, 10 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 21 Redshank, 13 Black-headed Gull, 2 Swift, Kestrel (female, Buness), 4 Carrion Crow, 55 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Plantation), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackbird, Redwing (Gully), Song Thrush (Obs), Robin (Obs), 161 Wheatear, 2 Dunnock (Gully and Chalet), 5 'White Wagtail' (along with 5 Pied and 12 alba wagtails), 158 Meadow Pipit, 159 Rock Pipit, 91 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Silver Y

Year list: 177
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Friday 10th August
An enjoyable day of census and seabird work, with the balance of work now swinging firmly towards the former as autumn rapidly advances.
Weather: NW2/3 after a calm start. Patchy cloud, but warm in the afternoon sun.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose-coloured Starling: 2; the adult was again near Wirvie Burn, with a juvenile seen in flight over Ward Hill before dropping towards Dronger.

Other sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, 2 Pintail (female and juvenile), 3 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 4 Lapwing, 3 Golden Plover, 23 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 38 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, 2 Green Sandpiper, 31 Redshank, Greenshank, 27 Black-headed Gull, Puffin (still small numbers of chicks present in burrows), 3 Swift, 3 Carrion Crow, 61 Skylark, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (Plantation and Haa), 2 Garden Warbler, Redwing (still in Gully), Song Thrush (Gully; a different bird to the one trapped at the Obs yesterday), Robin (Obs), Pied Flycatcher (Mast), 148 Wheatear, Dunnock (Gully), 2 'White Wagtail', 119 Meadow Pipit, 109 Rock Pipit, 107 Twite, 6 Common Crossbill.

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, 10 Silver Y

Year list: 177
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Thursday 9th August
Weather: SSW4 decreasing later to a calm, clear evening with a few Perseid meteors noted for good measure.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose-coloured Starling: adult at Wirvie Burn in the afternoon, continuing the good year for this species.

Other sightings:
3 Greylag Goose (first sighting of the month), 5 Teal, 3 Golden Plover, 27 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 30 Redshank, Greenshank, Carrion Crow, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Garden Warbler, Song Thrush (Obs), Robin (Obs), Pied Flycatcher (Obs), Black Redstart (Vaadal), 2 'White Wagtail' (trapped at the Obs in the evening).

Year list: 177
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Wednesday 8th August
Weather: SSW3, mostly sunny to start but clouding over later with a few light showers later on.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Gyr Falcon: Nick Riddiford had a white-phase bird land on Malcolm's Head before heading round South Light and north past Quoy. A fascinating record, although with the number of known escaped falconer's birds around northern Scotland in recent weeks, it may struggle to gain traction with the records committee given the unseasonable date.

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Cormorant (North Haven; first sighting since 20th May), Golden Plover, 24 Turnstone, 2 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 34 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 2 Black-headed Gull, Common Tern (Mid Geo), c60 Arctic Tern, 3 Swift, 3 Carrion Crow, 8 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and North Shirva), Lesser Whitethroat (Midway; first of the autumn), Common Crossbill (over Gilly Burn).

Other Wildlife:
Minke Whale: (one feeding close in off Buness in the evening)

Year list: 177
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Tuesday 7th August
Weather: SW3 dropping later, with some cloudy patches.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female), 2 Teal, Manx Shearwater (lingering off South Light), Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Obs), 2 Garden Warbler, Robin (Obs), Dunnock (Obs), 2 Common Crossbill (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (feeding on Honeysuckle at the Obs)

Year list: 177
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Monday 6th August
Weather: SW2/3, with a cloudy start to the day and heavy rain easing through the day as poor visibility improved later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Spotted Redshank: one on Buness was presumably the bird from late July that had been lurking unseen.

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Oystercatcher (fledged chick on Buness), Lapwing, Whimbrel, 42 Turnstone, 12 Knot, 20 Sanderling, 43 Dunlin, 7 Purple Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Kittiwake (fledged chicks seen off Buness), 20 Black-headed Gull, Cuckoo (juvenile at North Shirva), 2 Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and Stackhoull), Reed Warbler (Obs).


Cuckoo, North Shirva (David Parnaby)

Other Wildlife:
3 Red Admiral, Silver Y

Year list: 177
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Sunday 5th August
Weather: an easing SW wind with cloud clearing later. Heavy rain in the morning with moderate visibility improving later.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female with large duckling still), Grey Heron, Golden Plover, 4 Black-tailed Godwit (flew south over Buness), 6 Sanderling, 8 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 3 Swift, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler (Stackhoull), Reed Warbler (Obs), Song Thrush (Obs).

Year list: 177
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Saturday 4th August
Weather: a light SW breeze, increasing later, with cloudy spells and some light rain in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: 1cy still at the Obs in the morning

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female with one large duckling), Green Sandpiper, c400 Arctic Tern (South Light), 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler (one at the Obs; first of the year), Reed Warbler (Obs), 3 Siskin.

Year list: 177
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Friday 3rd August
Weather: SW2, cloudy with light rain in afternoon, but a lovely drifty feeling to the day.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: a 1cy at the Obs in the afternoon was a very early autumn migrant

Common Rosefinch, Obs (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shelduck (over North Light), 3 Teal, 6 Golden Plover, Curlew (10 flew south), Greenshank, 31Black-headed Gull, Cuckoo (juvenile at Houll), 23 Swift, 5 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (Obs and Schoolton), Blackbird (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Haa), Red Admiral

Year list: 176
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Thursday 2nd August
Weather: S or SW 4, sunny spells but cloudy later.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female still), Teal, 5 Golden Plover, 12 Sanderling, Green Sandpiper, 21 Redshank, Greenshank, 7 Black-headed Gull, 40 Common Gull, Razorbill (one still coming into Easter Lother with fish, although most have now deserted the island), 3 Swift, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff (including a migrant juvenile).

Other Wildlife:
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Obs), 3 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, c50 Silver Y

Year list: 176
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Wednesday 1st August
Weather: SSW or SW 4, some cloud at first increasing later with good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Mute Swan: 2 flew south over Buness and were seen over Setter heading towards the airstrip before being noted heading purposefully south off Meoness. Just the 12th record (and 16th-17th individuals) and the first in August.

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 2 Ruff, 41 Sanderling, 15 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, Greenshank, 5 Black-headed Gull, 112 Common Gull, 175 Arctic Tern (South Light), 2 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow (South Light), 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff (Obs), 'White Wagtail' (juvenile near South Light).

Other Wildlife:
Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Lower Stoneybrek), Small Tortoiseshell (near South Light),

Year list: 176
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Tuesday 31st July

HIGHLIGHTS:
Spotted Redshank: one heard over Buness in the morning then flew south over Eas Brecks and was later on Da Water; the first record since 2015 and only the fifth record since 2008.
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': female again in the Chapel plantation.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shoveler (one on Utra scrape; second record of the year), 2 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Sooty Shearwater (from the Good Shepherd), 2 Whimbrel, 27 Turnstone, 10 Knot, 24 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, 14 Black-headed Gull, 205 Common Gull (including a white darvic-ringed bird from Norway, confirming the origin of the hundreds of birds that have been passing through recently), 140 Arctic Tern (South Light), Arctic Skua (a fledged chick at Taing, the only chick raised this year by this species), 2 Carrion Crow (South Light), Sand Martin (Utra), 6 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and Burkle), Garden Warbler (still at Schoolton), Robin (Obs), Dunnock (Obs), Pied Wagtail (a family party of recently-fledged youngsters at the Obs).

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, 2 Silver Y

Year list: 175
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Monday 30th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': female again at Burkle.
Wood Sandpiper: one heard in the south of the island.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Teal, Grey Heron, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 27 Turnstone, 8 Knot, 3 Ruff, 7 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 26 Redshank, 2 Greenshank (Golden Water), 13 Black-headed Gull, 808 Common Gull (although probably many more passed, as a constant southward passage of flocks was noted throughout the day), Common Tern (one at South Light; second record of the year), 109 Arctic Tern (at South Light only, with small groups also seen coming in from the North during the day), Cuckoo (juvenile at Double Dyke), 3 Swift, Kestrel (North Light), Sand Martin (Utra), Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and Schoolton), Garden Warbler (one at Schoolton; July records are not annual, although are also not that unusual), Song Thrush (Obs), Robin (Obs), 2 Pied Flycatcher (Steensi Geo and Plantation), 2 Common Crossbill.

Other Wildlife:
8 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Peacock (Quoy), 6 Silver Y, Hummingbird Hawk-moth (North Light)

Year list: 174
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Sunday 29th July
A windy day (with SE gales in the shipping forecast), with heavy rain in the afternoon starting to top up some of the pools at last! A rather autumnal feel to the birds and some good numbers of common waders around the South Light and South Harbour area.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: still present at Obs and showing well.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 3 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, 82 Turnstone, 13 Knot, 57 Sanderling, 27 Dunlin, 82 Purple Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper (Hjukni Geo; first of the autumn), 2 Green Sandpiper (Gully), 21 Redshank, Greenshank, 8 Black-headed Gull, 117 Common Gull, Great Black-backed Gull (2 fledged juveniles at Greenholm), Cuckoo (juvenile relocated to Kenaby), Swift (Gunnawark), Carrion Crow, Sand Martin (north over Skadan), 2 Swallow, Willow Warbler (Obs), 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and Setter), 2 Pied Flycatcher (singles at Steensi Geo and Quoy; just the third July record in Fair Isle history following birds on 22nd July 1963 and 10th July 1991).

Other Wildlife:
4 Red Admiral (first sighting of the month), 17 Silver Y

Year list: 174
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Saturday 28th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: still present at Obs.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 81 Oystercatcher (in the south only), 5 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 13 Dunlin, 14 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper (Gully), 21 Redshank, 16 Black-headed Gull, 413 Common Gull, Great Skua (first fledged chicks, Swey), Cuckoo (juvenile at Shirva), Willow Warbler (juvenile still at Obs), 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and Haa), Redwing (Gully), Robin (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
19 Silver Y

Year list: 174
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Friday 27th July
A gusty SE wind with heavy rain at first before drying up and the wind easing somewhat, alhough low cloud then lingered around the isle. Very warm still though. Despite the early date, there was a distinctly autumnal feel to some of the birds that turned up.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Icterine Warbler: an adult at the Obs was the first of the autumn. It is the fourth-earliest autumn arrival date (following a juvenile on 18th July 2003 and singles on 21st July 2015 and 26th July 2013).

Icterine Warbler, Obs (David Parnaby)

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shelduck (one on Da Water, just the second record of the year), Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, 4 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit (still present around Meadow Burn), 19 Turnstone, 2 Knot, Ruff (one at MuckleUri Geo), 7 Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, 25 Redshank, Greenshank (one briefly on Da Water, first of the autumn), 13 Black-headed Gull, 266 Common Gull, Kestrel (North Light), Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler (first juvenile of the autumn, trapped in the Plantation), Chiffchaff (Obs), Redwing (Gully).

Other Wildlife:
32 Silver Y

Year list: 174
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Thursday 26th July
A fresh SE wind made it feel a wee bit more autumnal, although it was still warm until the late afternoon when fog descended.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 7 Grey Heron, 86 Oystercatcher (in the south), Golden Plover, Black-tailed Godwit (a very smart adult at Burkle), 39 Turnstone, 2 Knot (South Light), 6 Sanderling, 22 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, 18 Redshank, 27 Black-headed Gull, 94 Common Gull, Woodpigeon, Carrion Crow, Swallow, Chiffchaff (Obs), Song Thrush (Obs), Black Redstart (Malcolm's Head).

Other Wildlife:
18 Silver Y

Year list: 174
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Wednesday 25th July
A fresh southerly breeze, with increasing cloud throughout the day, but good enough conditions to pay a visit to Greenholm to check on the progress of the Puffins, which are doing really rather well. It's generally not been a bad season for most of the seabirds once they got going.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 3 Red-breasted Merganser (first record of the month), 32 Turnstone, 11 Sanderling (including a colour-ringed bird in South Harbour), 12 Dunlin, 64 Purple Sandpiper (South Light), 6 Black-headed Gull, 99 Common Gull, 2 Carrion Crow (Greenholm), House Martin (first of the month).

Kittiwakes, Greenholm (David Parnaby). It was pleasing to see several large chicks, including several nests with two chicks.

Year list: 174
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Tuesday 24th July
A beautiful day, with calm seas, sunshine and enough warmth to eat dinner outside at 9pm!

HIGHLIGHTS:
Leach's Petrel: at least one calling around the nets in the early hours of the morning, the third petrel ringing session in a row to produce a record, although none have been caught yet).

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Red-throated Diver, 89 Storm Petrel (86 trapped overnight, including 78 new birds and a Norwegian control, and 3 from the Good Shepherd), Sooty Shearwater (one from the Good Shepherd), Grey Heron (one heard going over at c0100hrs), 4 Dunlin, 2 Chiffchaff (Obs), Robin (Obs).

Puffin chick ready to fledge on Buness (David Parnaby)

Other Wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise (one from Good Shepherd)

Year list: 174
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Monday 23rd July
A busy day on the transport front, with low cloud and fog delaying planes until late afternoon - at which point three arrived and there was much toing and froing of people! After the frantic evening of room changes and getting everyone where they needed to go, it was nice to be able to unwind over a Storm Petrel ringing session that was well attended by Obs guests.

Sightings:
3 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Saker (one of the escaped birds still present, where it was seen chasing Arctic Terns and Puffins over Buness), Chiffchaff (Obs), Siskin (female still at the Obs).

Other Wildlife:
Silver Y

Year list: 174
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Sunday 22nd July
A dreary start, with a fresh SW wind, but conditions brightened through the day.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 3 Teal (Easter Lother Water), Saker (an escaped bird at North Light. Apparently there were four escaped from Staffordshire and their satellite tags show that two of them arrived on Fair Isle yesterday. There is one previous record of Saker on Fair Isle, in 2003, with three other records of birds thought either to be Sakers or falconers hybrids), Song Thrush (Obs), Siskin (Obs).

Year list: 174
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Saturday 21st July
A pleasant calm day (although a bit of fog saw the afternoon flight cancelled), with light, drifty winds that saw birds (Common Gulls, Curlew, Redshank etc) moving south over the Isle, including the day's highlight.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Honey-buzzard: one drifted south over the Obs shortly before dinner (c1820) accompanied by a cloud of Arctic Terns

Other Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Teal (Da Water), Ruff (one on Da Water; first of the year and earliest autumn arrival since 2014), Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, Black-headed Gull, , Black Redstart (juvenile again at Quoy), Stonechat (male at Da Water).

Year list: 174
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Friday 20th July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female and duckling still present on Da Water), Red-throated Diver, 5 Turnstone, Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 2 Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff (Obs), Blackbird (male), Redwing (Gully), Song Thrush (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
Amongst a variety of interesting seaweeds and several jellyfish washed up on South Haven were several Buoy Barnacles Lepas fasicularis the 3rd record for Fair Isle (following records in September 1982 and August 2006) of this warm water oceanic-pelagic species (thanks to Nick Riddiford for the identification and details).

Year list: 172
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Thursday 19th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': the female remained around Burkle

Other Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Sanderling (North Haven), 6 Dunlin (including the first passage juvenile of the year), 24 Redshank, Puffin (a monitoring trip to Greenholm provided evidence of the first fledged youngsters of the year), Collared Dove (North Haven), 2 Chiffchaff (Obs and Haa), Blackbird (female Field Ditch), Song Thrush, Black Redstart (juvenile, Vaadal).

Other Wildlife:
Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Silver Y.

Year list: 172
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Wednesday 18th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': female still present at Burkle

Other Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female still present at Da Water), Teal (female Buness), Grey Heron (first of the month), Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone, Knot, Sanderling (first of the autumn), 5 Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 32 Redshank, 7 Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove (North Haven), 2 Carrion Crow, Sand Martin (Da Water), 3 Chiffchaff (birds at the Obs, Gully and Burkle), Blackbird (Obs), Redwing, Song Thrush (Obs), Robin (Burkle), 5 Siskin.

Other Wildlife:
2 Silver Y, 4 Magpie Moth.

Year list: 172
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Tuesday 17th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
Leach's Petrel: one heard and seen around the Haven during a petrel-trapping session

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 100 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight, including 88 'new' birds), Arctic Tern (first fledged bird of the year seen, at Buness), Song Thrush (Obs), Robin (a ringed bird at the Obs had presumably been summering elusively).

Year list: 171
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Monday 16th July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon (South Light), 8 Golden Plover, 9 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper (Da Water; first of the autumn), Woodpigeon (first of the month), Short-eared Owl (Boini Mire), Sand Martin (first of the month; over the Obs then South Harbour later), Chiffchaff, Blackbird (male at the Obs, first of the month), Song Thrush (Obs), Black Redstart (the juvenile relocated to Quoy), Dunnock (still at Obs), Siskin (male at Midway, first of the month).

Other Wildlife:
Magpie Moth.

Year list: 171
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Sunday 15th July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 4 Turnstone, Dunlin, Woodcock (one seen in the Gully and later trapped there was the first July record since 2009), 17 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull, Redwing, Black Redstart (a juvenile at the Obs then the Good Shepherd noost) .

Other Wildlife:
2 Silver Y, Magpie Moth.

Year list: 172
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Saturday 14th July

Rain later in the day was a novel experience, the first decent fall since sometime in late June we reckon!

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': female still at Burkle

Other Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Manx Shearwater (one from South Lighthouse), Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 20 Turnstone, Knot (first of the autumn), 6 Dunlin, 45 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush.

Year list: 172
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Friday 13th July

Sightings:

Whooper Swan, Pintail (one duckling still present), Sooty Shearwater (one from the Northlink in Fair Isle waters; first of the year), 2 Whimbrel, 3 Dunlin, Collared Dove, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Stonechat (female at Da Water; the first July occurence since 1975).

Year list: 172
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Thursday 12th July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Storm Petrel (from the Good Shepherd), Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 38 Redshank, 2 Black-headed Gull, Short-eared Owl (Field), 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff, Redwing.

Other Wildlife:
2 Painted Lady, Magpie Moth.

Year list: 171
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Wednesday 11th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
Leach's Petrel:
one heard and seen around the nets during petrel ringing

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 216 Storm Petrel (trapped in the early hours of the morning in the Haven, including 201 'new' birds), Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Dunlin, 2 Black-headed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, Willow Warbler (Schoolton), Chiffchaff, Redwing, Song Thrush (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
Dolphin sp? (one off South Light, seen breaching), Painted Lady, Magpie Moth.

Year list: 171
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Tuesday 10th July

Sightings:
'Pale-bellied Bent Goose' (one flew west over Greenholm), Whooper Swan, 181 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight in the Haven), 2 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit (still present, although relocated to Utra), Turnstone, Dunlin, 9 Redshank, 2 Black-headed Gull, Redwing, Greenfinch (male).

Other Wildlife:
5 Painted Lady, 10+ Silver Y.

Year list: 170
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Monday 9th July

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, Whooper Swan, Teal, [Water Rail one found long dead in the Arctic Tern colony on Buness], Black-tailed Godwit (still present, although relocated to Utra), 4 Turnstone, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 24 Redshank, 8 Black-headed Gull, Redwing (still around the traps), Song Thrush (Gully), Dunnock (Gully), Greenfinch (male).

Other Wildlife:
5 Painted Lady, 10+ Silver Y.

Year list: 170
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Sunday 8th July

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER':
the female was again seen at Burkle

Other Sightings:

Barnacle Goose, Whooper Swan, Pintail (female with at least one duckling), 2 Storm Petrel (visiting a beach party in the North Haven in the early hours of the morning!), 3 Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit (a tagged bird on the Meadow Burn), Dunlin, 38 Redshank, 17 Black-headed Gull (including the first fledged juvenile of the year to visit the island), Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch (male).

Other Wildlife:
4 Magpie Moth

Year list: 170
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Saturday 7th July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 24 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight in the Haven), 3 Redshank, Swift, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (still at Obs), Redwing (still around the Gully), Greenfinch (male).

Other Wildlife:
2 Magpie Moth

Year list: 170
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Friday 6th July

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon (female), Pintail (female with one duckling), 2 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver, 3 Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Turnstone, 7 Redshank, 4 Black-headed Gull, Chiffchaff, Greenfinch (male).

Other Wildlife:
Painted Lady, 2 Magpie Moth .

Year list: 170
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Thursday 5th July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Wigeon (male), Pintail (female with at least one duckling), 2 Teal, Whimbrel, 15 Curlew (migrants on the move), 5 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull, Common Gull (first fledged juvenile of the year seen, although it had probably arrived from outwith the island), Collared Dove, Kestrel (female, Meoness), 2 Carrion Crow, Chiffchaff, Redwing (still at the Gully), Spotted Flycatcher (Obs), Greenfinch (male still around traps).

Other Wildlife:
5 Painted Lady, 10+ Silver Y, Magpie Moth (the first of the year was at Pietron in the evening).

Year list: 170
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Wednesday 4th July

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon (male), Pintail (female and three ducklings still), 41 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight in the Haven), 'blue' Fulmar (one seen from the Obs boat off North Light), Bar-tailed Godwit (still present), 3 Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 7 Purple Sandpiper, 8 Redshank, 3 Collared Dove, Swallow, Chiffchaff.

Other Wildlife:
4 Harbour Porpoise (off South Harbour), 2 Painted Lady.

Year list: 170
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Tuesday 3rd July

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Wigeon, Pintail (female still with three ducklings), Teal, Manx Shearwater (three from the Good Shepherd), Bar-tailed Godwit (Meadow Burn again), Dunlin, Redshank, Razorbill (encouraging news from the Easter Lother colony where some chicks had fledged and others were well on the way), Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl (Setter), Lesser Whitethroat (Obs), Song Thrush (Wirvie Burn), Robin (Obs), Greenfinch (male still).

Year list: 170
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Monday 2nd July
Weather: a light breeze switching to the SW, still warm and sunny

HIGHLIGHTS:
RUSTIC BUNTING: a fine male was feeding around the beach and clifftop at Wirvie in the late afternoon, but was only present briefly. If accepted, it will be the 137th Rustic Bunting for Fair Isle, but the first July record
Red-backed Shrike: the male was present around the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon (male), 4 Teal, Golden Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit (still present around the Meadow Burn), 5 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 14 Redshank, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (Obs), Redwing (still around Gilsetter), Song Thrush (Wirvie Burn), Robin (Obs), Dunnock (Obs), Greenfinch (male still).

Other Wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise (Ditfield), 6 Painted Lady, 332+ Silver Y (very large numbers still around), Diamond-back Moth.

Silver Y feeding on Thrift, Wirvie Burn (David Parnaby)

Year list: 170
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Sunday 1st July
Weather: SE3-4, a bit breezier than recent days but stilol sunny, warm and pleasant.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-backed Shrike: the male was still present around the Gully

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, Whooper Swan, 5 Turnstone, 4 Dunlin, Carrion Crow, Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (the lingering bird present at the Obs), Greenfinch (male still).

Other Wildlife:
2 Painted Lady, 350+ Silver Y (a large arrival noted in the afternoon, with the total recorded across the island likely to have been several hundred more).

Year list: 169
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Saturday 30th June
Weather: SE2-3, a pleasant sunny day with just a little cloud

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-backed Shrike: a male in the Gully was presumably the bird from 27th

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 12 Storm Petrel (trapped in the Haven), Curlew (flock of 8 heading north were presumably migrants), Bar-tailed Godwit (one at Walli Burn; first of the year), Pomarine Skua (one from Good Shepherd; first of the year), Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff, Song Thrush (one again in the Restengeos), Greenfinch (male still present).

Year list: 169
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Friday 29th June
Weather: NE2-3, some cloud but mostly sunny.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Pintail (female still present on Da Water), Teal, 5 Golden Plover, 2 Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackbird (male, Easter Lother), Redwing, Robin (still present), Greenfinch (still present).

Other Wildlife:
4 Red Admiral, 8 Painted Lady

Year list: 167
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Thursday 28th June
Weather: NE3-4, cloudy, with fog then drifting in from mid-morning.

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, Golden Plover, 3 Redshank, 3 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (still singing at Chalet), Lesser Whitethroat (Gully), Redwing, Robin (one trapped in Gully), Dunnock (Obs), Greenfinch (one in the Gully then Obs continued the unusual set of June records).

Other Wildlife:
4 Red Admiral, 9 Painted Lady, 3 Silver Y

Year list: 167
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Wednesday 27th June
Weather: foggy, with just a few brighter spells, especially in the evening. A light south-easterly breeze was enough to bring in a few birds despite being rather localised.

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': the female still at Schoolton
Red-backed Shrike: a male near Pund was a nice late-spring find

Other sightings:
Canada Goose (still on Da Water), Barnacle Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan (with presumbly one of these seen flying south off South Light), Teal, Turnstone, Purple Sandpiper (South Harbour; first of the autumn), 12 Redshank, 4 Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (singing at Chalet), Lesser Whitethroat (Gully), Redwing, Dunnock (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady

Year list: 167
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Tuesday 26th June
Weather: a fine, sunny day.

Sightings:
Canada Goose (still on Da Water), 2 Whooper Swan, Teal, Great Northern Diver (from Good Shepherd), 2 Storm Petrel (from Good Shepherd), Manx Shearwater (from Good Shepherd), 8 Redshank, 4 Black-headed Gull, Collared Dove, 3 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (Gully), Blackbird, Redwing, Dunnock (Obs).

Other Wildlife:
4 Harbour Porpoise (3 from the Good Shepherd and a single off Buness)
Silver Y

Year list: 167
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Monday 25th June
Weather: SW4 decreasing 2 later, getting cloudier through afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': female still in the Schoolton area
Long-tailed Skua: an adult drifted south down the island and landed briefly on Gilsetter before carrying on its journey.

Other sightings:
Canada Goose (still on Da Water), Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal, 8 Storm Petrel (traped overnight at a breeding colony), 3 Golden Plover, 4 Turnstone, 7 Dunlin, 5 Redshank, 4 Black-headed Gull, Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove, Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (Gully), Linnet (male Chalet).

Other Wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise: 3 off Buness
4 Silver Y

Year list: 167
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Sunday 24th June
Weather: continued westerly wind.

Sightings:
Canada Goose (still on Da Water), Gryelag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Pintail (female with 7 newly hatched ducklings on Da Water; first breeding record for Fair Isle), Teal, 6 Whimbrel (a flock at the airstrip), 7 Turnstone, 8 Dunlin (including two on Ward Hill), Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull, Guillemot (a large hatching noted at the monitoring plots, suggesting there is some hope for the breeding season), Short-eared Owl (still at Wirvie), 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat (still in the Gully), Dunnock (Obs), 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs).

Year list: 167
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Saturday 23rd June
Weather: a reversal in transport fortunes today as the Good Shepherd was able to sail, but the planes couldn't make it in as a moderate westerly brought low cloud and drizzle, with fog later in the day.

Sightings:
Canada Goose (still on Da Water), Barnacle Goose, 2 Turnstone, 3 Black-headed Gull, Arctic Tern (first chicks seen on Buness), 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff, 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs), Reed Bunting (female at Hill Dyke).

Year list: 167
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Friday 22nd June
Weather: blustery westerly wind, and rather cloudy with showers in the morning easing throughout the day. There was again too much swell for the Good Shepherd but planes did make it to and from Shetland.

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': the female still at Schoolton

Other sightings:
Canada Goose (still on Da Water), Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Oystercatcher (first chicks, at Kirn o' Skroo), 2 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 4 Black-headed Gull, Arctic Skua (first chick, at Mopul), Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl (Wirvie), 3 Carrion Crow, 2 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (Schoolton), Redwing, 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs), Reed Bunting (female at Hill Dyke).

Year list: 167
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Thursday 21st June
Weather: strong NW wind, heavy showers in the morning, slightly more pleasant in the afternoon, although not a good enough day for either planes or the Good Shepherd

Sightings:
Canada Goose (one still on Da Water), 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, 3 Turnstone, 3 Collared Dove, Kestrel, Short-eared Owl (Wirvie), 2 Carrion Crow, Lesser Whitethroat, Redwing, 'Mealy Redpoll' (Obs).

Year list: 167
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Wednesday 20th June
Weather: a calmer day with a light NW wind, although freshening through the day

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': still present around the Schoolton and Burkle area
Marsh Warbler: still present at Obs

Other sightings:
Canada Goose (one on Da Water), Barnacle Goose, 6 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal, Tufted Duck (female in South Harbour), Storm Petrel (Good Shepherd), Manx Shearwater (Good Shepherd), Whimbrel, Dunlin, Snipe (2 fledged chicks in the Obs garden), 4 Redshank, 4 Black-headed Gull, Guillemot (first chicks finally seen, at Easter Lother and Pietron), 3 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (Schoolton), Lesser Whitethroat, Fair Isle Wren (first fledged youngsters seen, in Furse and South Restensgeo), Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Dunnock, Greenfinch, 3 Common Crossbill (singles at North Light, Hoini and Guidicum).

Other Wildlife:
Minke Whale (from Good Shepherd), Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady, 20+ Silver Y

Year list: 167
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Tuesday 19th June
Weather: strong WSW wind, cloudy and rather unpleasant day

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': female still in the south of the island
Marsh Harrier : 2CY male still present around Boini Mire
Marsh Warbler: the lingering bird still at Obs

Other sightings:
2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, Manx Shearwater (South Light), 2 Dunlin, 6 Redshank, 8 Black-headed Gull, 3 Collared Dove, 2 Swallow, 3 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Dunnock.

Year list: 167
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Monday 18th June
Weather: WSW 5/6, mostly cloudy with a little rain.

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': still present around Schoolton
Marsh Harrier : 2CY male found in the south of the island then roamed as far north as Gilsetter
Marsh Warbler: one still at Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Manx Shearwater (South Light), Dunlin, 2 Redshank, 15 Black-headed Gull, Arctic Tern (the first 2CY bird of the year was at South Light), 3 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler (Schoolton and Obs).

Other Wildlife:
2 Silver Y

Year list: 167
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Sunday 17th June
Weather: NE2 becoming SW3/4, cloudy at first with poor visibility and fog in the morning but clearing in the afternoon with a bit of sunshine.

HIGHLIGHTS:
'EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER': still present, seen at the Chapel Plantation
Hobby: one at the Obs at 7am, which was perched on the garden fence before flying north towards Roskillie
Marsh Warbler: one still present at the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, 86 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, Ringed Plover (fledged chick near Swarzi), Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, Redshank, 11 Black-headed Gull, 4 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (Burkle), 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Common Crossbill (singles at North Light, Hoini and Guidicum).

Other Wildlife:
3 Red Admiral, 3 Painted Lady, 50+ Silver Y (a large arrival)

Year list: 167
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Saturday 16th June
Weather: a complete contrast in the weather, with a SE 2/3 wind and a largely pleasant day, with cloud and sunny spells

HIGHLIGHTS:
Serin: a female found between Kristal Kame and North Light by Richard as he was on his way back from Guillemot plot counts was very flighty and elusive, although thankfully was rather vocal. It was seen a few times in flight, and a couple of times briefly on the ground, around North Light often loosely associating with Twite, before disappearing less than 40 minutes after it was found. After a brief sighting at Easter Lother, it again vanished. Just the 4th record for Fair Isle, and the first since 1964, it was also only the 10th record for Scotland.
Marsh Warbler: one still at the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 7 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Teal (2 males and a female), 2 Manx Shearwater (from the Good Shepherd), Golden Plover, 3 Dunlin, 2 Collared Dove (displaying at the Obs), Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, House Martin, 5 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (Schoolton), Redwing (Bull's Park then the Plantation), Black Redstart (North Light), Dunnock (a new bird trapped at the Obs), Common Crossbill (male at North Light).

Other Wildlife:
Painted Lady, c20 Silver Y, 3 Diamond-back Moth

Year list: 167
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Friday 15th June
Weather: Strong WSW wind easing and backing SW. Heavy rain in early hours and heavy showers until late morning, after which sunny and dry.

HIGHLIGHTS:
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: female still at Burkle
Marsh Warbler: one still present at the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal (male and female), 2 Manx Shearwater (South Light), Whimbrel, Sanderling (first of the month), 3 Dunlin, 8 Black-headed Gull, 15 Lesser Black-backed Gull (on Meoness only), 3 Collared Dove, Cuckoo (School), Kestrel, Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, Wheatear (first fledged young of the year, at Malcolm’s Head), Dunnock (Obs).

Year list: 166
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Thursday 14th June
A day that was not much good for anything other than a catch up with the office work.
Weather: Gale force SW then WSW winds, with gusts up to severe gale force, with heavy showers, some prolonged and some sunny spells.

Sightings:
2 Canada Goose (flew north over the Obs at around 0800hrs), Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal (male and female), 2b (off South Light), 13 Manx Shearwater (off South Light), Sparrowhawk (Plantation), 14 Turnstone, Collared Dove, 3 Carrion Crow, Dunnock (Obs).

Year list: 166
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Wednesday 13th June
A change in the weather at last! Not necessarily a good one, but it’s been well forecast and some rain will do the island some good.
Weather: S 2 or 3 becoming SW 5-6 later. Cloudy throughout, with rain from later in the evening, becoming heavy overnight.

HIGHLIGHTS:
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: the lingering bird still present
Marsh Warbler: 3; the two still lingering at the Obs and one still singing at Schoolton

Other sightings:
Canada Goose (one in the afternoon on Da Water then circling the island; first of the year. A ‘large’ bird, it was presumed to be of British origins), Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Teal (male and 2 females), Eider (3 ducklings in South Haven were the first of the year), Red-throated Diver, c10 Storm Petrel (at the Kirn o’ Skroo in the early hours of the morning; first record of the year), Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow (including one on Dronger apparently paired with Hooded Crow), 7 Raven (a family party at Millens Houllan was thought to be the Gunnawark family on the move), 5 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, Pied Wagtail (fledged youngsters at the Obs), ‘Mealy Redpoll’, 7 Common Crossbill (4 males and 3 females in Guidicum), Siskin.

Year list: 166
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Tuesday 12th June
Weather: NW 3 or 4, cloudy with some more light drops of rain, although it still hasn’t really got going.

HIGHLIGHTS:
BLACK KITE: still present
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: the female still present
Marsh Warbler: one still singing at the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal (female), Dunlin, Redshank, Arctic Tern (190 occupied nests found, 188 on Buness and 2 on Brecks), Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove, 2 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, ‘Mealy Redpoll’, Siskin.

Year list: 164
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Monday 11th June
A few new migrants (mostly ones associated with earlier spring migration) as spring migration is now slowly winding down.
Weather: N or NW, cloudy at first but brightening up later with just a few light drops of rain again. The island has been dry for a remarkably long time now.

HIGHLIGHTS:
BLACK KITE: still present
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: still present in the Burkle and Schoolton area
Marsh Warbler: 4; two at both the Obs and Schoolton (with one singing at each site)


Black Kite (right) and Arctic Skua, Airstrip (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 4 Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal (female), Sparrowhawk (a male at the Mast was an unusual record for the time of year), 12 Lapwing (in a flock at Pund, suggesting a post-breeding gathering), 2 Whimbrel, 4 Redshank, Common Tern (one in North Haven; first of the year), Woodpigeon, 4 Collared Dove, Kestrel (one in the North), Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, Willow Warbler (Plantation), 8 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler (singing at the Obs), Blackbird (male caught in Double Dyke), Robin (Gully), Dunnock (Obs), Grey Wagtail (Gully), Meadow Pipit (first fledged youngsters seen), Greenfinch (male still present), 2 ‘Mealy Redpoll’.

Year list: 164
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Sunday 10th June
Weather: NE2/3 becoming NW later, cloudy at first, although sunny later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
BLACK KITE: still wandering around the Isle
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: reappeared at Burkle after a few days lurking unseen somewhere
Marsh Warbler: 4; 2 lingering at the Obs with singles at Shirva and Stackhoull

Other sightings:
Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Pintail (female again on Da Water), Teal (female), Red-throated Diver, Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, Redshank, Razorbill (first chicks seen, in North and South Ramnigeo), Short-eared Owl, 3 Swift, 2 Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, Willow Warbler (singing in the Gully), 3 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat (School), Dunnock (Obs), Greenfinch (a singing male at Obs and Plantation was an unusual summer record), 2 ‘Mealy Redpoll’.

Other Wildlife:
5 Silver Y

Year list: 163
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Saturday 9th June
A very familiar feel to the birds, the weather and the general look of the island!
Weather: NE3, cloudy but dry.

HIGHLIGHTS:
BLACK KITE: still present
Marsh Warbler: one still singing at the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal (female), 2 Red-throated Diver, 4 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 3 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, 5 Chiffchaff, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher (male in the Gully still), Dunnock (Obs), ‘Mealy Redpoll’ (Schoolton), Siskin.

Year list: 163
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Friday 8th June
Weather: NE3, cloudy throughout, although it remained dry despite a few attempts at spitting rain.

HIGHLIGHTS:
BLACK KITE: still present and wandering around the Isle
Marsh Warbler: one singing at the Obs

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Teal (female), 2 Red-breasted Merganser, Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Dunlin, 2 Collared Dove, Carrion Crow, 5 Swallow, 4 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird, Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher (male in the Gully), 2 Dunnock, ‘Mealy Redpoll’ (Schoolton).

Year list: 163
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Thursday 7th June
A nice enough day for some mist-netting, trap rounds and seabird work. There were a few new migrants and an unexpected present for Susannah’s birthday sent from North Ronaldsay in the afternoon!
Weather: Light NE or E wind, with some cloud at first, although mostly clearing later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
BLACK KITE: one reported leaving North Ronaldsay after lunch was found near the Plantation at around 1630hrs. It is the bird that has been present on Orkney since at least March (and probably November) and, although it was reported once as an escape, this appears to be based entirely on plumage wear. Whilst it is, no doubt, a rather battered individual, it is a 2CY bird, which would be expected to have worn wing and tail feathers at this time of year. Pictures on the internet show how worn birds can be by late spring (although admittedly, this one is perhaps even more so than the examples online). It is certainly unringed and shows no obvious signs of captivity. Although its appearance is unseasonal, it appears to be a integrade between the nominate and lineatus subspecies (i.e. an ‘Eastern Black Kite’), so actually, wintering in Scotland would not be unusual for a vagrant that had arrived in Scotland in late-autumn.
Marsh Harrier: a female over Gilsetter then returned south at around 1250hrs
Marsh Warbler: 3; 2 still at the Obs and one still at Lower Leogh


Black Kite, Tarryfields (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
Barnacle Goose, Greylag Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Pintail (female on Da Water), Teal (female), Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron (a wandering bird), 3 Whimbrel, 3 Knot, Dunlin, Woodcock (a late bird in the Wirvie Burn), 14 Common Gull, Bonxie (first chick seen; on Vaasetter), Collared Dove, 2 Cuckoo (one around the traps and another in the south), Short-eared Owl, 3 Carrion Crow, 15 Swallow, 6 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing (Plantation), Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Dunnock (Obs and Schoolton), ‘Mealy Redpoll’.

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, 9 Silver Y, Narrow-winged Pug (one at Gilsetter)

Year list: 163
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Wednesday 6th June
Weather: Still light NE winds and mostly cloudy.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: 3; 2 still at the Obs and one at Lower Leogh (where there was possibly a second)

Other sightings:
2 Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon (2 males and a female, Da Water), Teal (female), Red-throated Diver, Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Dunlin, Redshank, Cuckoo (Obs), Short-eared Owl, 4 Carrion Crow, Skylark (the first fledged youngster seen at Dumlin Sinks), 8 Swallow, Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird, Fieldfare (Houll), Redwing (Schoolton), Whinchat (Meadow Burn), House Sparrow (first fledged young, at North Shirva), Grey Wagtail (male, Gully), Rock Pipit (first fledged chicks, on Lerness), ‘Mealy Redpoll’ (Schoolton).

Other Wildlife:
2 Painted Lady, Diamond back Moth

Year list: 162
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Tuesday 5th June
It was too windy for most of the seabird work (and there was too much swell for the Good Shepherd to sail) that we’re falling behind on, although an end to the fog was helpful for getting through some of it.
Weather: NE 4/5, with patchy cloud but dry with decent visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: still present at Burkle and Schoolton
Hobby: what was presumably the same bird from yesterday was on the cliffs at South Green then running around on Utra scrape feeding, presumably on insects
Red-backed Shrike: male still in the Meadow Burn
Icterine Warbler: the Schoolton bird still present
Marsh Warbler: one still at the Obs

Other sightings:
5 Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 3 Whimbrel, Dunlin, 8 Black-headed Gull, Puffin (first chicks noted on a monitoring visit to Greenholm), Cuckoo (male singing at the Obs), Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Blackbird, Dunnock (Obs), Grey Wagtail (Gully), Linnet (female).

Other Wildlife:
6 Silver Y

Year list: 162
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Monday 4th June
The fog cleared faster than was expected, so there were flights, although it remained cloudy. A full census was possible (the whole island was visible for the first time this month!).
Weather: NE2/3, although still cloudy with some attempted spits of rain but good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose-coloured Starling: 3; the ringed bird was still around Gilsetter, with the two still present on Lerness. The highest ever count for Fair Isle
EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: seen briefly at Schoolton
Hobby: a very tired-looking bird was on the beach at Hjukni Geo, with what was presumed to be the same bird over the airstrip later
Red-backed Shrike: male at Meadow Burn
Icterine Warbler: still present at Schoolton
Marsh Warbler: 3; one trapped in the Gully, a new (unringed) bird at the Obs and one at Meadow Burn
Quail: one was heard at Quoy (just the third record of the year)

Other sightings:
6 Barnacle Goose (the lingering flock of 5 plus one on Buness), 2 Whooper Swan, Teal (female), Shag (the first chicks of the year were seen), 100 Oystercatcher, 8 Lapwing, 22 Ringed Plover, 5 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew, 2 Black-tailed Godwit (Meadow Burn area), 6 Turnstone, 5 Dunlin, Great Black-backed Gull (first chicks of the year, on Greenholm), Stock Dove, 3 Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Cuckoo (still present), 2 Short-eared Owl (airstrip), 8 Carrion Crow (along with 5 Hooded Crows with them that may have been migrants), 47 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Starling (the first fledged youngsters seen), 2 Blackbird, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin (Schoolton), 2 Pied Flycatcher, 38 Wheatear, Dunnock (Obs), ‘White Wagtail’, 4 Pied Wagtail, 35 Meadow Pipit, 77 Rock Pipit, 27 Twite, Linnet (male).

Other Wildlife:
2 Painted Lady, 11 Silver Y

Year list: 162
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Sunday 3rd June
The seabird work is taking a bit of a hit, with it being impossible to see most of the seabirds in continued fog!
Weather: more fog, with a NW or W wind, force 2/3.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Rose-coloured Starling: one trapped in the Plantation in the evening
Red-backed Shrike: female at the Vaadal
Icterine Warbler: still at Schoolton
Marsh Warbler: 2; singles at Pund and the Obs


Rose-coloured Starling, Plantation (Ian Andrews)

Other sightings:
5 Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 4 Teal (3 males and a female), Water Rail (one in the Vaadal was a late record), 3 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 11 Dunlin (including a singing bird on Swey), Purple Sandpiper, Woodpigeon, 2 Collared Dove, Cuckoo (still present in the same area), 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, House Martin, 3 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 3 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Blackbird, 4 Pied Flycatcher, Dunnock (Obs), Linnet.

Other Wildlife:
Painted Lady, Netted Pug (one attracted to Obs lights in the evening), White-tailed Bumblee (one at Lower Stoneybrek).

Year list: 162
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Saturday 2nd June
Weather: Another day of fog with just light winds.

HIGHLIGHTS:
‘EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: still present, although somewhat elusive
Rose-coloured Starling: 2 together on Lerness
Red-backed Shrike: 2; female at the Obs and male at Malcolm’s Head
Icterine Warbler: 2; one still in the Burkle/Schoolton area and one at Meadow Burn
Marsh Warbler: still at the Obs

Other sightings:
5 Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, 2 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 6 Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper (one flew south over Chalet), 2 Collared Dove, Cuckoo (female around Malcolm’s Head and Utra), Short-eared Owl (still present), Kestrel, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin (Kenaby), 4 Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart (still at School), 2 Redstart (females at Ward Hill and Muckle Uri Geo), Dunnock (Obs), ‘White Wagtail’ (South Light).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral

Year list: 162
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Friday 1st June

Weather: Foggy with poor visibility for most of the day, although a light SW wind brought some brighter patches.

HIGHLIGHTS:
‘EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER’: a female at Lower Stoneybrek was trapped to confirm the subspecific identification
THRUSH NIGHTINGALE: one still present around the Gully and Hyon Dyke
Marsh Warbler: 4; 2 at Haa with singles at Burkle and the Obs
Icterine Warbler: one still at Schoolton
Red-backed Shrike: female still at the Mast
Bluethroat: two males still present
‘Grey-headed Wagtail’: male at the upper Wirvie Burn


'Eastern Subalpine Warbler', Lower Stoneybrek (Ian Andrews)

Other sightings:
2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal, 2 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 5 Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Stock Dove (still present), Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl (Wirvie Burn still), Kestrel, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 3 Whitethroat, 4 Blackbird, 4 Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart (School), Whinchat (Boini Mire).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 49 Silver Y, 27 Diamond back Moth

Year list: 162