Fair Isle Bird Observatory & Guesthouse

Latest sightings



Sunday 21st October
Weather: SW or WSW 6 increasing 7, cloudy at first with persistent rain from mid-morning until late-afternoon with some sunny spells later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: one still present at Meadow Burn

Other sightings:
3 Barnacle Goose, 69 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, 8 Whooper Swan (Golden Water), 20 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Long-tailed Duck, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (1CY female trapped in Vaadal), Hen Harrier, Water Rail, 32 Golden Plover, 5 Jack Snipe, 64 Snipe, Long-eared Owl (trapped in Vaadal in morning), Short-eared Owl (near Pund), 2 Merlin, Peregrine, 10 Jackdaw, 127 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 5 Goldcrest, 65 Blackbird, 31 Fieldfare, 293 Redwing, 45 Song Thrush, 16 Robin, Stonechat (female at Aesterhoull), 2 Wheatear, 90 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, 11 Brambling, 2 Reed Bunting, 11 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 196
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Saturday 20th October
Weather: S4-5, cloudy with a spell of rain during the morning

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: 2 at Meadow Burn later moved into the crofts

Other sightings:
3 Barnacle Goose, 107 Greylag Goose, 3 Pink-footed Goose, 9 Whooper Swan, 18 Wigeon, 4 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck, Red-breasted Merganser, Sparrowhawk, 2 Hen Harrier, 2 Water Rail, Moorhen (juvenile caught and ringed at Meadow Burn), 42 Golden Plover, 5 Jack Snipe, 61 Snipe, 2 Merlin, Peregrine (adult female), 10 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 100 Skylark, Chiffchaff, 11 Blackcap, 8 Goldcrest, 47 Blackbird, 33 Fieldfare, 269 Redwing, 52 Song Thrush, 23 Robin, Wheatear, Dunnock, 69 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 13 Brambling, Common Crossbill, 3 Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting.

Year list: 196
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Friday 19th October
Weather: SW5-6, cloudy at first with some heavy rain from mid-morning until lunchtime.

Sightings:
26 Barnacle Goose, 205 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 46 Whooper Swan, Shelduck, 17 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Tufted Duck (Easter Lother Water), 3 Long-tailed Duck, 2 Grey Heron, Hen Harrier, 30 Golden Plover, 6 Jack Snipe, 74 Snipe, 3 Long-eared Owl, Short-eared Owl, Kestrel (male), 3 Merlin, 10 Jackdaw, 2 Carrion Crow, 89 Skylark, Chiffchaff, 6 Blackcap, 9 Goldcrest, Ring Ouzel, 84 Blackbird, 79 Fieldfare, 629 Redwing, 54 Song Thrush, 20 Robin, Grey Wagtail, 72 Meadow Pipit, 6 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, Reed Bunting, 19 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 196
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Thursday 18th October
Very much the 'day of the Redwing' with a hefty passage of Icelandic birds that saw over 150 ringed (that's more than the annual total in over half of the years in the Observatory's history!), with wildfowl passage also in evidence.
Weather: Veering between SW amd W 3/4, 5 at times, mostly cloudy with a couple of light showers

HIGHLIGHTS:
Red-breasted Flycatcher: a showy 1CY bird at Swarzie Geo; just the second of the autumn
Little Gull: the 1CY bird was seen over Meoness

Other sightings:
33 Barnacle Goose, 380 Greylag Goose, 51 Whooper Swan (although a similar total to yesterday, both days involved birds passing through the Isle rather than lingering), Shelduck, 17 Wigeon, 5 Teal, Long-tailed Duck (male, Pietron), 2 Grey Heron, 2 Sparrowhawk (including a smart adult male trapped in the Vaadal just before dinner), 2 Hen Harrier, 68 Golden Plover, 8 Jack Snipe, 110 Snipe, 10 Black-headed Gull, 8 Common Gull, 3 Long-eared Owl (two at the Obs in the morning may have been responsible for later sightings at Field Ditch, School and Shirva, whilst another was on the cliffs near North Light), 3 Merlin, 11 Jackdaw, 3 Rook, Carrion Crow, 117 Skylark, Chiffchaff, 10 Blackcap (mostly at the Obs), 13 Goldcrest, 104 Blackbird, 49 Fieldfare, 2674 Redwing, 79 Song Thrush, 48 Robin, 5 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 102 Meadow Pipit, 14 Chaffinch, 79 Brambling, 4 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting, 12 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 196
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Wednesday 17th October
The year list received the biggest fillip since 8th September, with three species added. None were the big national rarities that were hoped for, but there was a major Fair Isle bird amongst them. There was a general clear-out of thrushes, but still plenty of birds to sift through. With lighter winds tomorrow, there may be more things to be picked out yet...
Weather: SW becoming more westerly, 4-6, a couple of nasty showers but otherwise dry, and sunny at times

HIGHLIGHTS:
Mediterranean Gull: a 1CY bird off Kroga Geo; just the third Fair Isle record (subject to acceptance) following a 2CY on 25th October 1995 and an adult on 2nd July 2016. It lingered for some time, allowing several people to get a Fair Isle tick.
Olive-backed Pipit: after a possible that flew out of Easter Lother yesterday, another possible was seen as it flew south past South Ramnegeo this morning, it proved to be third time lucky when what was presumably the same bird was found on th ecliffs at Finnequoy. The second of the year and 112th Fair Isle record (subject to acceptance).
Shorelark: one was at the base of Hoini in the afternoon; a species going through a slight resurgence in records, this represents the third consecutive year of occurrence
Little Gull: the 34th record for Fair Isle, a 1CY bird was found feeding off Kroga with the Mediterranean Gull!

Shorelark, between Pund and Hoini (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
2 Barnacle Goose, 172 Greylag Goose, 19 Pink-footed Goose, 54 Whooper Swan, Shelduck, 14 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck (females), 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk, Hen Harrier, 40 Golden Plover, 4 Woodcock, 8 Jack Snipe, 58 Snipe, 16 Black-headed Gull, 22 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, 2 Long-eared Owl (Gully and Klinger's Geo), 3 Short-eared Owl, Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 8 Jackdaw, 4 Carrion Crow, 127 Skylark, 3 Chiffchaff, 7 Blackcap, 27 Goldcrest (highest count of the autumn), 3 Ring Ouzel, 124 Blackbird, 92 Fieldfare, 663 Redwing, 163 Song Thrush, 49 Robin (highest count of the autumn), Redstart (Furse), Whinchat, Stonechat (still around Stackhoull), 4 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 121 Meadow Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 71 Brambling, 'Mealy Redpoll', Common Crossbill (female over Furse), 2 Yellowhammer, 3 Reed Bunting, 22 Snow Bunting.

Greylag Geese, off Dronger (David Parnaby)

Year list: 196
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Tuesday 16th October
All about the thrushes today as large numbers arrived, particularly along the west cliffs. There were a few other new birds, although there was an interesting arrival late on in the day, which gives a bit more hope for tomorrow despite the westerly forecast.
Weather: SSE 5-7, cloudy with occasional showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Waxwing: one over Field; first of the year

Other sightings:
3 Barnacle Goose, 83 Greylag Goose, 32 Pink-footed Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, Shelduck, 9 Wigeon, 14 Teal, 2 Long-tailed Duck (males), 2 Great Northern Diver, Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk, Hen Harrier, Water Rail (Lower Stoneybrek), Moorhen, 40 Golden Plover, Sanderling, 17 Purple Sandpiper, Woodcock, 7 Jack Snipe, 95 Snipe, Arctic Skua (1CY off South Light; first record of the month), 107 Rock Dove, 3 Long-eared Owl (Plantation, Buness and South Naaversgill), 2 Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin, Peregrine, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow, 121 Skylark, Chiffchaff, 12 Blackcap, 16 Goldcrest (comfortably the highest count of the autumn, with some having seemingly arrived in the afternoon), 2 Ring Ouzel, 145 Blackbird, 365 Fieldfare (highest count of the autumn), 2935 Redwing (highest count of the autumn), 143 Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher (Hjukni Geo), 29 Robin (including several 'new' birds in the afternoon), 2 Redstart (in the North in the afternoon), Whinchat, Stonechat, 3 Wheatear, 169 Meadow Pipit, 12 Chaffinch, 107 Brambling (including a flock of 70+ that has been feeding on Greenholm and High Holm for the last few days), 'Mealy Redpoll', Yellowhammer, Reed Bunting, 16 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 193
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Monday 15th October
The forecast wasn't especially promising, but an increase in the number of warblers around kept hopes up. Most of them were concentrated around the Obs, where the nets were again fairly productive in the morning. All the days planes made it in and out, so we had a bit of a turnover of guests as a few more folk arrived hoping for the big end of season rarity...
Weather: SSW 3/4, increasing 4/5 for a while before easing again later on. Cloudy but some sunny spells and no rain.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: 5; four between the Obs (where two were trapped) and Bull's Park, with another at Walli Burn

Other sightings:
3 Barnacle Goose, 23 Greylag Goose, Shelduck (one touring the south of the Isle), 11 Wigeon, 12 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Hen Harrier, Water Rail (one seen being carried off by a Carrion Crow), Moorhen, 46 Golden Plover, Woodcock, 4 Jack Snipe, 125 Snipe, Long-eared Owl (one at School, with presumably the same bird in the Gully in the evening), 5 Short-eared Owl, 4 Merlin (including a group of three seen heading out to sea off South Light), Peregrine, 9 Jackdaw, 3 Carrion Crow (including a presumed new migrant with a flock of Hoodies in the North), 151 Skylark, 4 Chiffchaff, 13 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest, 68 Blackbird, 34 Fieldfare, 692 Redwing, 156 Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher (1CY in Hjukni Geo), 16 Robin, 3 Whinchat, Stonechat (Sschoolton then Lower Stoneybrek), 5 Wheatear, 3 Dunnock, 3 Grey Wagtail, 221 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit (Obs), 14 Chaffinch, 63 Brambling, Linnet, 'Mealy Redpoll' (two caught at the Obs), 'North-western Redpoll' (one at the Plantation), 4 Siskin, 5 Yellowhammer, 10 Reed Bunting, 18 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife: Hummingbird Hawk-moth (one at Easter Lother is the latest ever Fair Isle record by 5 days and an unusual autumn occurrence)

Year list: 192
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Sunday 14th October
A quieter day than hoped for, although there were still a few new birds around, including over 30 Bramblings caught at the Obs in the evening which included a Norwegian-ringed bird.
Weather: NW becoming SW 2-3, although there was a little light rain early on, this cleared and there was sunshine later on.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: one at Barkland

Other sightings:
60 Barnacle Goose, 107 Greylag Goose, 8 Pink-footed Goose, 20 Whooper Swan (a few small groups moving south), 33 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 9 Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver, 2 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 2 Sparrowhawk (male and female), Hen Harrier (ringtail still present), 2 Water Rail (one trapped in the Gully and another by the Double Dyke), 46 Golden Plover, 4 Dunlin, 5 Woodcock, 11 Jack Snipe, 165 Snipe, 39 Common Gull, 4 Woodpigeon, Long-eared Owl (one showed well at Upper Leogh), 3 Short-eared Owl, 3 Merlin, 27 Jackdaw, 243 Skylark, 2 Chiffchaff, 8 Blackcap, 5 Ring Ouzel, 138 Blackbird, 66 Fieldfare, 1139 Redwing, 149 Song Thrush, 27 Robin, 3 Whinchat (including a presumed new migrant in North Haven), 11 Wheatear, 3 Dunnock, 194 Meadow Pipit, 26 Chaffinch, 208 Brambling, 133 Twite, 2 Linnet, 2 Lesser Redpoll (Setter), 4 Common Crossbill, 2 Siskin, 2 Yellowhammer, 5 Reed Bunting, 31 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife: Large Wainscot (the second of the year was found in the Obs)

Year list: 192
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Saturday 13th October
A brilliant day, with much better weather for seeing what was around, and it resulted in a top-drawer rarity. There was a feeling of more birds arriving later in the afternoon, so tomorrow could also be interesting...
Weather: the wind started in the south and went round to the north via the east and stayed fairly calm throughout at about 2-3. Cloudy throughout with light rain from 1400hrs that became heavier a couple of hours later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
WHITE'S THRUSH: the fourth in the last six years (and 16th Fair Isle record subject to acceptance) was found at Wester Lother before relocating to the Lower Station where it showed off its bobbing and shimmies to a small but happy crowd. The fourth record in a row to occur in the North census area (although the previous one to that was in South-west and before that there were five in a row in South-east).
Olive-backed Pipit: one discovered late in the afternoon opposite Stackhoull; first of the year and 111th Fair Isle record (subject to acceptance)
Yellow-browed Warbler: one at Easter Lother

Other sightings:
210 Barnacle Goose, 126 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 27 Wigeon, 30 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, Great Northern Diver, 4 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, Sparrowhawk (1CY male), Hen Harrier (ringtail still present at the Obs), Water Rail (Vaadal), 2 Moorhen, 42 Golden Plover, 269 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin, 2 Woodcock, 5 Jack Snipe, 132 Snipe, 60 Redshank, 421 Common Gull (a pronounced southerly passage throughout the day), Short-eared Owl, Merlin, 26 Jackdaw (first of the autumn and by far the highest count since 2012), 179 Skylark, Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 15 Blackcap, 6 Goldcrest (highest count of the autumn), 8 Ring Ouzel (including 2 trapped and ringed at the Obs), 168 Blackbird (highest count of the autumn), 56 Fieldfare, 739 Redwing, 191 Song Thrush (highest count of the autumn), 36 Robin (highest count of the autumn), Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, 6 Dunnock (the first autumn migrants), Grey Wagtail, 272 Meadow Pipit, 121 Rock Pipit, 31 Chaffinch (highest count of the autumn), 161 Brambling, 2 Linnet, 2 Redpoll sp?, 3 Siskin, 4 Yellowhammer, 11 Reed Bunting (highest count of the autumn), 2 Lapland Bunting, 22 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife: Silver Y

Year list: 192
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Friday 12th October
Birds! More than yesterday, although with a lack of many highlights. This was presumably down to the weather conditions, with strong winds likely keeping many birds hidden down the cliffs (which were not always easy to see down with a 50mph wind at your back!) and those that were on the island top difficult to see as they sought shelter (or blew away!).
Weather: SE7-8, cloudy with a couple of showers in the morning and heavy rain from c1630hrs but decent visibility for most of the day.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Hawfinch: one flew south over South Naaversgill and was then seen over Gunnawark

Other sightings:
77 Barnacle Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 7 Wigeon, 24 Teal, Long-tailed Duck (North Haven), Red-breasted Merganser, 'blue' Fulmar (off Buness), 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sparrowhawk (1CY male), Hen Harrier (a ringtail around Dronger and Ward Hill), Bar-tailed Godwit (South Light), 2 Dunlin, Woodcock, 6 Jack Snipe, 68 Snipe, 72 Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult), Woodpigeon, 2 Long-eared Owl (Shirva and Vaadal then Gunnawark; first of the autumn), 5 Short-eared Owl, Merlin, Peregrine, 108 Skylark, 4 Chiffchaff, 18 Blackcap (highest count of the autumn so far), 5 Goldcrest (highest count of the autumn so far), 8 Ring Ouzel (highest count of the autumn so far), 108 Blackbird (highest count of the autumn so far), 63 Fieldfare (highest count of the autumn so far), 1609 Redwing (highest count of the autumn so far), 164 Song Thrush (highest count of the autumn so far), 28 Robin (highest count of the autumn so far), Whinchat, Stonechat (female Suka Mire; first record since July), 5 Wheatear, 144 Meadow Pipit, 23 Chaffinch (highest count of the autumn so far), 284 Brambling (highest count of the autumn so far), 2 Siskin, Yellowhammer (Upper Stoneybrek; first of the autumn), 7 Reed Bunting (highest count of the autumn so far), 10 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Thursday 11th October
Wa'hay, birds! OK, so nohing yet in the way of rarities, and the counts weren't huge and the weather was a hinderance to birding, but there were birds at last and a real feeling that there could be some good stuff to be found when the cloud clears and the wind drops a bit.
Weather: SE 5-6, increasing 7-8, cloudy with low cloud on the hills throughout and some drizzly rain in the morning and more persistent rain in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: 2; one at Meadow Burn and another at Easter Lother

Other sightings:
5 Barnacle Goose, 10 Greylag Goose, 13 Wigeon, Pintail, 11 Teal, Goldeneye, 5 Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (female at Chalet that then roosted at the Plantation; just the second of the autumn), Moorhen (Chalet; first of the autumn), 289 Turnstone, Sanderling, Dunlin, 2 Woodock (North Raeva and Guidicum; highest count of the autumn so far), 6 Jack Snipe, 65 Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull (1CY), Short-eared Owl (North Light), 2 Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 176 Skylark, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap (joint highest count of the autumn so far), 4 Goldcrest (highest count of the autumn so far), Ring Ouzel (Hoini; first of the autumn), 19 Blackbird (highest count of the autumn so far), 16 Fieldfare (highest count of the autumn so far), 147 Redwing, 17 Song Thrush (highest count of the autumn so far), 8 Robin (highest count of the autumn so far), Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, 188 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 20 Brambling (highest count of the autumn so far), 2 Siskin, 4 Reed Bunting, Lapland Bunting (Shirva area), 5 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Wednesday 10th October
A nice day's weather, rather summery in fact, but sadly not many birds took advantage of the conditions to move and there were only a couple of new species seen. The quiet afternoon meant that the Plantation roof (which had taken a hammering in the gales earlier in the month) got an extensive rebuilding - hopefully this time tomorrow we will be celebrating all the birds it has caught as the much longed-for south-easterlies finally arrive...
Weather: SW3, sunny and rather warm.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Richard's Pipit: one flushed from near Steensi Geo flew towards Leogh but could not be relocated
Yellow-browed Warbler: 2; singles at Burkle and South Naaversgill

Other sightings:
5 Barnacle Goose, 7 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver (off Meoness), Grey Heron, Cormorant, Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, Woodock (Easter Lother), 2 Jack Snipe, 62 Snipe, c1300 Great Black-backed Gull (an impressive count considering the rather calm conditions; such large gatherings are usually associated with stormy weather), 2 Merlin, Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, 156 Skylark, Swallow, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 5 Blackbird, 8 Fieldfare, 91 Redwing, 3 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 242 Meadow Pipit, 89 Rock Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 122 Twite, 2 Linnet, Common Crossbill (Easter Lother then probably the same bird south over Hoini), 10 Goldfinch (a flock at School; the joint third-highest count for the Isle), 9 Siskin, Reed Bunting, 12 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Shetland Bee: 2 still on the wing

Year list: 190
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Tuesday 9th October
A few more birds, although not many. The plane flew again and the Good Shepherd sailed with the last of the sheep for the year (and a new freezer, tumble driers and beer and food order for the Obs on the way back in!). Although there are finally south-easterlies in the forecast (starting later on tomorrow), we'll be honest, we're worried about the fog that is forecast for Thursday - potentially devastating weather for our chances of seeing birds (and for them finding us). Surely after what feels like a month of constant westerlies we don't deserve that?!
Weather: W3, cloudy with persistent rain early on then clearing to a reasonable day with a few lighter showers later on.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: one at Burkle

Other sightings:
18 Barnacle Goose, 175 Greylag Goose, 9 Pink-footed Goose, 19 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver, 2 'blue' Fulmar (singles off Buness and Meoness), 3 Grey Heron, 35 Golden Plover, 214 Turnstone, Sanderling, 4 Dunlin, 10 Jack Snipe, 95 Snipe, Woodpigeon, 2 Merlin, Peregrine, 3 Carrion Crow, 21 Hooded Crow, Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, 7 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 115 Redwing, Song Thrush, 3 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 3 Chaffinch, 8 Brambling, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, Reed Bunting, 9 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin: 6 moved slowly past South Light in the afternoon.

Year list: 190
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Monday 8th October
A better day of weather, with all planes flying, some wildfowl passage and one or two new migrants, although the birding was mostly still rather slow going. Census was postponed to the afternoon after a morning spent rounding up the hill sheep - always a fun day! The moth trapped at the Obs window late in the evening was probably the rarest sighting of the day and, interestingly, it was exactly five years since the last record (which was also found at an Obs window). The following day there was Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Short-toed Lark and Little Bunting found on the Isle - we'd certainly settle for those tomorrow!
Weather: SW3/4, cloudy with occasional showers.

Sightings:
82 Barnacle Goose, 47 Greylag Goose, 76 Pink-footed Goose, 7 Whooper swan (the party of 4 adults was present in the morning and there was then a pair and a juvenile in the afternoon), 6 Wigeon, 7 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Lapwing, 31 Golden Plover, Sanderling, 6 Jack Snipe, 85 Snipe, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Woodpigeon, 2 Merlin, Peregrine (adult), 5 Carrion Crow, Hooded Crow (a flock of 18 in the south of the Isle, with 3 Carrion Crows and a hybrid, showed there was some migrants of this species around), 215 Skylark, 2 Swallow, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackbird, 11 Fieldfare, 157 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Whinchat, 4 Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, 2 White Wagtail, 213 Meadow Pipit, 2 Chaffinch, 4 Brambling, 60 Twite, 2 Linnet, Lesser Redpoll, 2 Siskin, Reed Bunting (Field Ditch; first of the autumn), 22 Snow Bunting.

Jack Snipe, Obs (David Parnaby). With three square miles of essentially Jack Snipe-coloured island to aim for, quite why this one decided to pitch up in the Obs compound (just below the research office window) is anyone's guess.

Other Wildlife:
Large Wainscot: attracted to the Obs windows in the evening; just the 10th or 11th Fair Isle record, although only the fourth year in which the species has occured, with previous records in 1992 (3), 2006 (5 or 6) and 8th October 2013.

Year list: 190
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Sunday 7th October
A stinker of a day weather-wise that put paid to any real chance of birding. All our hope is now in the easterlies forecast from Wednesday afternoon onwards...
Weather: S 4/5 first thing, but increasing 7/8 later. Cloudy throughout with heavy rain from just after 9am until well after dark.

Sightings:
5 Greylag Goose, 4 Whooper Swan (all adults), 8 Wigeon, Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Lapwing, 2 Golden Plover, 3 Jack Snipe, 23 Common Gull, 2 Merlin, Carrion Crow, 2 Swallow, Blackcap (male at Obs), 2 Blackbird, 7 Fieldfare, 2 Wheatear, 2 Chaffinch, Brambling, 5 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Saturday 6th October
A much better day of weather, with the Good Shepherd completing its final lamb run and planes moving everyone who was due to travel (and shifting those who had been waiting since Thursday). Some species had obviously taken advantage of the conditions to move out, whilst there were only a few new arrivals other than an obvious, rather noisy, increase in geese.
Weather: NW3-4, sunny spells with just an occasional shower.

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 168 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, Wigeon, 3 Teal, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Great Northern Diver, 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Lapwing, 32 Golden Plover, 7 Jack Snipe, 49 Snipe, Woodpigeon, Short-eared Owl, 2 Merlin, 2 Rook, 2 Carrion Crow, 175 Skylark, Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 69 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Robin, 3 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, 285 Meadow Pipit, 5 Chaffinch, Brambling, 112 Twite, Lesser Redpoll (Chalet; first of the autumn), 2 Siskin, 47 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin: 2 off South Light.

Year list: 190
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Friday 5th October
No planes, but a reasonable day saw a few birds on the move.
Weather: SW5-6, cloudy with sunny spells and just occasional showers.

Sightings:
6 Barnacle Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 10 Whooper Swan (the lingering 6 plus a new group of 4, including one juvenile), 7 Wigeon, 5 Teal, Scaup (the lingering bird was found dead), Long-tailed Duck (Furse; first of the autumn), 2 Red-breasted Merganser (one of which was caught and killed by a Bonxie), 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 32 Golden Plover, 218 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, Woodcock (one at School; first record since July), 5 Jack Snipe, 66 Snipe, Short-eared Owl, 3 Merlin, Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, 275 Skylark, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Blackcap, 3 Blackbird, 2 Fieldfare, 260 Redwing (all Icelandic birds), Song Thrush, Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 228 Meadow Pipit, 3 Chaffinch, 82 Twite, 2 'North-western Common Redpoll', Siskin, Lapland Bunting, 20 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Thursday 4th October
Back to rubbish winds and a slightly soggy afternoon, with little in the way of movement or excitement on the bird front, but thankfully some pre-breakfast cetacean action livened things up a bit.
Weather: SW4-6, cloudy with drizzly rain for much of the afternoon.

Sightings:
Barnacle Goose, 6 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Whooper Swan, 9 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Scaup (still present on the Obs scrape), Goldeneye (first of the autumn), 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 'blue' Fulmar (Buness), 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 26 Golden Plover, Sanderling, 8 Jack Snipe, 67 Snipe, 2 Woodpigeon, 2 Merlin, 2 Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, 218 Skylark, Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, 3 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 53 Redwing, Song Thrush, Black Redstart, 2 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 2 Grey Wagtail, 306 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit (Linni Geo), 4 Chaffinch, Brambling (Haven), 64 Twite, 'North-western Common Redpoll', 3 Siskin, Lapland Bunting, 9 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Killer Whale: a group of 5-6 individuals first seen off the North end of Buness at about 8am then powered up past North Light and out to the west.

The distant, but unmistakeable, fin of a bull Killer Whale off North Light (David Parnaby)

Year list: 190
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Wednesday 3rd October
At last, birds! By no means a huge fall, but it was great to be out and about with a bit of hope again.
Weather: W1 becoming SE or E 4/5 later, cloudy with constant drizzly rain from midday.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Yellow-browed Warbler: one at Field then Chalet and Barkland
Common Rosefinch: presumably the lingering bird was seen again at Leogh

Other sightings:
25 Barnacle Goose, 3 Greylag Goose, 37 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Whooper Swan, 32 Wigeon, 11 Teal, Scaup (still present), 27 Red-breasted Merganser (including a flock of 19 that flew down the island; a record count for the island), 5 Red-throated Diver, 'blue' Fulmar, 7 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 4 Lapwing, 25 Golden Plover, 3 Sanderling, 14 Jack Snipe, 58 Snipe, 20 Common Gull, 8 Bonxie (not many left now), Puffin (one from Buness), Woodpigeon, 3 Merlin, Peregrine, 3 Carrion Crow, 321 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Blackbird, Fieldfare, 72 Redwing (all Icelandic birds, with all of the trapped birds showing good fat reserves and being a good weight), 3 Song Thrush, Black Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, Dunnock, 3 Grey Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 470 Meadow Pipit, 9 Chaffinch, 71 Twite, 3 Linnet, 'North-western Common Redpoll', 2 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting, 41 Snow Bunting.


Red-breasted Mergansers heading south over Schoolton (David Parnaby); in itself, this would have been a record-breaking flock but another 8 were also around the Isle to smash the previous record.

Year list: 190
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Tuesday 2nd October
Weather: WNW 7-8 (occasionally 9), cloudy with some horrible stinging rain.

Sightings:
7 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 6 Whooper Swan, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal, Scaup (still on the Obs scrape and Haven), Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 24 Golden Plover, 224 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, Dunlin, Jack Snipe, 3 Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 2 Swallow, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, White Wagtail, Chaffinch, Lapland Bunting, 6 Snow Bunting.

Snipe, South Restensgeo (David Parnaby)

Year list: 190
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Monday 1st October
Weather: W4-5, partially cloudy with a few showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one still present

Other sightings:
40 Greylag Goose, 7 Pink-footed Goose, 16 Whooper Swan (including two family parties containing 3 and 4 cygnets respectively, whilst the other group were seen too distantly to age), 4 Wigeon, Teal, Scaup (still present), Red-breasted Merganser, 2 'blue' Fulmar, 3 Cormorant, 4 Lapwing, 28 Golden Plover, 4 Sanderling, Jack Snipe, Kestrel, 3 Merlin, Carrion Crow, 196 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, Black Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 3 Wheatear, White Wagtail, 306 Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, 59 Twite, Linnet, 'North-western Common Redpoll', 2 Lapland Bunting, 23 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Sunday 30th September
A less horrible day than yesterday. The westerly theme continued but, despite this day in history having turned up Savannah Sparrow, Blackpoll Warbler, and Grey-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes, there was nothing American to be found. A White-crowned Sparrow on Foula was a positive sign that there's a chance of something from across the Atlantic, so we'll keep trying, surely we've got to get something eventually... The guests currently at the Obs certainly deserve it, they're all still putting in the miles and staying cheery in, it has to be said, sometimes difficult circumstances. Ah well, there's always tomorrow...
Weather: SW6-7, becoming NW7-8 later. Showers, visibility good.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one still in the Quoy area

Other sightings:
14 Greylag Goose, 24 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Wigeon, 11 Teal, Tufted Duck (the male had moved to the Gully), Scaup (still in North Haven and on scrape), Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 21 Golden Plover, 3 Sanderling, Kestrel, 2 Merlin, Peregrine, Carrion Crow, 217 Skylark, Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Song Thrush, Robin, Black Redstart (Jivy Geo), 3 Whinchat, 6 Wheatear, Dunnock, 3 White Wagtail, 392 Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch (South Ramnigeo), 136 Twite, 2 Linnet, 2 'North-western Common Redpoll', 2 Lapland Bunting, 18 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Saturday 29th September
A pretty horrible day of weather, with some vicious showers and not many birds to show for it. Sunderland managed not to spoil the Warden's birthday by losing (the last year that Sunderland drew at Coventry in the league was also the year that there was Savannah Sparrow and Siberian Rubythroat on the Isle in October, whilst other pointless statistics include the fact that the last time Sunderland drew on the 29th September was in 1979, a month in which 'westerly winds and rain predominated' but which saw the following month produce 'the largest thrush movements ever recorded on the island' with the 14th October seeing the Isle 'seething' with birds including 65,000 Redwings, 2,000 Fieldfares and 300 Blackbirds').
Weather: SW7-8, showers throughout, with some very heavy in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one still present

Other sightings:
11 Greylag Goose, 2 Wigeon, 17 Teal, Tufted Duck (male in South Haven), Scaup (still on Obs scrape), Red-breasted Merganser, Slavonian Grebe (off Buness), Grey Heron, Cormorant, 4 Golden Plover, 323 Turnstone, 5 Sanderling, Jack Snipe, Arctic Skua, Merlin, Peregrine, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, 3 Blackcap, Black Redstart (Gully), 3 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, Dunnock, White Wagtail, 'North-western Common Redpoll', Siskin, 3 Lapland Bunting, 7 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Friday 28th September
Just one or two birds with a north-westerly flavour, including a duck that made its first appearance on the Isle since 2014 (the last year we had an American passerine in the autumn if you're looking for omens/grasping at straws...).
Weather: SW4/5, mostly cloudy with a few showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Ortolan Bunting: still present around Gilsetter, although still generally not showing well.
Common Rosefinch: one still present around Leogh

Other sightings:
85 Greylag Goose, 11 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Wigeon, 5 Teal, Scaup (a 1CY off Buness moved round into North Haven before making it onto the Obs scrape), 'blue' Fulmar (Buness), 2 Slavonian Grebe (off Buness; first of the autumn), 2 Grey Heron, 28 Golden Plover, Knot, 7 Sanderling, Merlin, Peregrine, 3 Carrion Crow, 151 Skylark, Swallow, 4 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, 2 Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, 4 Whinchat, 5 Wheatear, Dunnock, 5 White Wagtail, 348 Meadow Pipit, 4 'North-western Common Redpoll', Siskin, 3 Lapland Bunting, 15 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 190
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Thursday 27th September
A day of two halves, one very wet, the second windy and wet! Not much change on the birding front either unfortunately, but we'll keep looking...
Weather: WSW 4-5, increasing 6-7 later. Rain at first clearing to showers (often heavy) later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Ortolan Bunting: still present in the Gilsetter area and generally flighty and elusive, although most folk managed decent (albeit often distant) views.
Common Rosefinch: 2; one at South Ramnigeo may have been the Bull's Park bird, with another still in the Quoy area

Other sightings:
2 Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, 4 Wigeon, 16 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, 'blue' Fulmar (Buness), Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 2 Sanderling, Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 203 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, 2 Black Redstart (Hjukni and Kirn o' Skroo), 4 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, Dunnock, 2 White Wagtail, 454 Meadow Pipit, Linnet, 2 'North-western Common Redpoll', Goldfinch, 3 Siskin, 2 Lapland Bunting (near Obs), 4 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 189
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Wednesday 26th September
The forecast at the start of the week suggested that Tuesday and Wednesday would be write-offs in terms of transport and possibly birding, with strong winds set to sweep the Isle. However, that turned out to be far from the case, with planes on both days and a reasonable, albeit slightly blustery, day today. There were a couple of new birds, with at least one from the NW and, given that there's been a couple of Red-eyed Vireos on Iceland in the last two days, maybe there's still hope. Tomorrow morning looks set to be wet, although the afternoon should give us the chance to see whether anything new has come in.
Weather: W 5-6 freshening a bit later on, just a couple of showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Ortolan Bunting: after a couple of days in which it had obviously remained hidden, the Ortolan reappeared around the Ringing Hut marsh, although it was flighty and elusive as it roamed as far as Tarryfield
Common Rosefinch: 2; singles still at Klinger's Geo and in the Leogh area
Corncrake: one at Meadow Burn and Quoy was presumably the same as one seen near Busta in the afternoon. Although being typically elusive for most of the time, several people did manage to catch up with it

Other sightings:
12 Barnacle Goose (went south over the Isle in the morning), 5 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 20 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, 4 'blue' Fulmar (Buness), Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, Lapwing, 36 Golden Plover, 255 Turnstone, Knot, 8 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 196 Skylark, Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, 3 Redwing, 3 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, 7 White Wagtail, 466 Meadow Pipit, 2 Linnet, Common Redpoll (a North-western bird at Buness then the Obs), Goldfinch, 8 Siskin, Lapland Bunting (over Chalet), 10 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise: two off Buness

Year list: 189
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Tuesday 25th September
A rather quiet day for new arrivals as westerly winds continued to dominate. A plane was an unexpected bonus, although strong winds prevented the Good Shepherd IV from sailing (although it made it to Grutness yesterday, so food supplies are fine!). A bit tough going on the birding front at the moment to be honest, but it's Fair Isle in late-September, so you have to keep the faith!
Weather: SW4 increasing 6/7 later, with rain from late-afternoon onwards.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: 3; the ringed bird still in Bull's Park, with unringed birds at Klinger's Geo and the Schoolton/Taft/Leogh area

Other sightings:
14 Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, 3 Wigeon, 8 Teal, Tufted Duck (male still), Great Northern Diver (off Buness), 'blue' Fulmar, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, Lapwing, 36 Golden Plover, 207 Turnstone, 4 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 149 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, 2 Whinchat, 9 Wheatear, Dunnock, 7 White Wagtail, 412 Meadow Pipit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, 11 Siskin, Lapland Bunting (Setter), 18 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 189
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Monday 24th September
A calmer day at last and there were a few drifty birds on the move - slim pickings, but some pickings at least!
Weather: SW3-4, sunny wth occasional heavy showers drifting through.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Richard's Pipit: one near the Mast in the afternoon
Common Rosefinch: 3; one at Bull's Park was later joined by another in the Plantation, with one at Sma' Trinket and Klinger's Geo

Other sightings:
13 Greylag Goose, 2 Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 6 Teal, Tufted Duck (a male touring the Island; first of the autumn [and a useful addition to the kitchen window list]), 'blue' Fulmar (off Mopul), Manx Shearwater (off Buness), Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, Lapwing, 36 Golden Plover, 3 Sanderling, Lesser Black-backed Gull (adult), 3 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 260 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 7 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, Robin, 3 Black Redstart (2 in Kirn o' Skroo and one at Hoini), 4 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, 7 White Wagtail, 580 Meadow Pipit, 7 Chaffinch, 156 Twite, Linnet, Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, Lapland Bunting (Setter), 20 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin: at least two were off Buness in the afternoon

Year list: 189
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Sunday 23rd September
The westerlies continue, with very few migrants (although a decent new scarcity amongst the couple that did arrive).
Weather: WNW 4-5, cloudy patches with occasional showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Ortolan Bunting: one found near the Plantation on morning trap round roamed in the area between there and Setter. Two in an autumn is the best showing in this season since 2008 for this declining species (which, in recent years, has failed to appear on the island at all in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014 and 2017).
Common Rosefinch: one still around Bull's Park
Iceland Gull: a 1CY on Greenholm was a relatively early record

Other sightings:
2 Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler, 2 Wigeon, 14 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Red-throated Diver, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 35 Golden Plover, Ruff, 5 Sanderling, Jack Snipe, 2 Kestrel, Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 372 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 4 Blackcap, Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, 5 Whinchat, 11 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail, 3 White Wagtail, 534 Meadow Pipit, 124 Twite, Goldfinch, 14 Siskin, Lapland Bunting (Setter), 8 Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin: around 6 were seen off Buness and in Ditfield

Year list: 189
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Saturday 22nd September
A fairly similar day in most respects, with just a couple of new birds in (and no transport due to the wind).
Weather: WNW 5/6 increasing later, sunny spells and occasional heavy showers with good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one at Bull's Park was later trapped in the Plantation

Other sightings:
8 Greylag Goose, 5 Pink-footed Goose, Shoveler (Da Water), 6 Wigeon, 16 Teal, Red-throated Diver, 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 44 Golden Plover, Ruff, 6 Sanderling, Jack Snipe (Upper Leogh), Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 314 Skylark, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 2 Blackbird, 3 Song Thrush, Robin, 4 Whinchat, 10 Wheatear, 8 White Wagtail, 480 Meadow Pipit, 139 Twite, 2 Linnet, Goldfinch (Upper Leogh), 15 Siskin, Lapland Bunting (Setter), Snow Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Killer Whale: a male seen briefly a couple of times off the east coast
Shetland Bee: one still on the wing

Year list: 189
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Friday 21st September
A plane made it in for the morning flight, but with conditions deteriorating slightly, that was it for the day. There were few new birds, although an arrival of Skylarks was interesting given the weather - where have they come from?
Weather: NW5/6, cloudy with occasional showers but good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one at Bull's Park

Other sightings:
6 Greylag Goose (first record of the month), 9 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Wigeon, 16 Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, Great Northern Diver (past South Light), 'blue' Fulmar (one drifted past Meoness then South Light), 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 53 Golden Plover, 7 Knot, 2 Ruff, 6 Sanderling, Woodpigeon, Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 482 Skylark (including several seen coming in off the sea along the south coast), 3 Swallow, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 5 Blackcap, Lesser Whitethroat (Haa), Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, 3 Whinchat, 13 Wheatear, Dunnock (Gully), Grey Wagtail, 7 White Wagtail, 648 Meadow Pipit, 89 Twite, Linnet (first of the month), 14 Siskin, 3 Snow Bunting.

Year list: 189
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Thursday 20th September
Another very windy day, although a plane made it in late in the afternoon as conditions improved. A couple of new birds, and a calm night gives just a smidgtilla of hope that there may be a few more things tomorrow, although with the wind set to strengthen from the north then north-west we might have a new flavour of arrivals soon.
Weather: SW8 decreasing to 4/5 later, when it became more WNW. Cloudy with some heavy showers, although the sun broke through later.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: 2; one at the Obs and another still at Burkle

Other sightings:
80 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Wigeon, 16 Teal, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 2 Knot, 2 Ruff, 9 Sanderling, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Arctic Skua, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 4 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), 6 Blackcap, Blackbird, Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 4 Whinchat, Dunnock (Gully), Tree Pipit, Goldfinch (one in Gilsetter; first of the autumn), 4 Siskin.

Year list: 189
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Wednesday 19th September
Not a nice day, census was truncated to get round the main areas before the worst of the weather came in and, despite a few hints from the early trap round that there were maybe a few birds to be found, it was rather quiet for new arrivals.
Weather: SSE becoming SW 7/8, heavy rain from midday onwards with poor visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Blyth's Reed Warbler: still present at the Obs
Common Rosefinch: one at the Obs was presumably one of the two present at Schoolton in the afternoon.

Other sightings:
7 Pink-footed Goose, 7 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Sooty Shearwater (Buness), Grey Heron, Cormorant, 6 Knot, 9 Sanderling, 7 Arctic Skua (past Buness), 4 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, 3 House Martin, 2 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), 5 Blackcap, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Fieldfare, 2 Song Thrush, Robin, 4 Whinchat, Grey Wagtail (first record of the month), 13 Siskin (first record since 4th August).

Year list: 189
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Tuesday 18th September
A change in the weather, but not a 'grab a Mars Bar on your way out 'cos there's so many birds you're not coming back until its dark' kind of change unfortunately. The wind dropped, but rain made the birding difficult at times. Still, there were clearly a handful of birds in, with a trap round just before dinner producing a rarity. There's not been much good weather this autumn, but when there has been even the hint of decent conditions there have been birds, just imagine what it will be like when we get the easterlies...
Weather: SW1, increasing slightly, cloudy with rain all morning and rain most of the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: still present around Midway
Blyth's Reed Warbler: one trapped in the Gully in the evening; third of the autumn
Barred Warbler: 2; one still in the south and a new bird trapped in the Plantation in the evening

Blyth's Reed Warbler, Obs (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
71 Pink-footed Goose, 4 Wigeon, 5 Teal, 2 Storm Petrel (from the Good Shepherd), Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, 12 Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 9 Sanderling, Jack Snipe, 63 Snipe,4 Puffin (from the Good Shepherd), 2 Kestrel, 3 Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 104 Skylark, Swallow, 8 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler (Wirvie Burn and Walli Burn), Reed Warbler (Obs), 10 Blackcap (highest count of the autumn so far), Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird (including a 1CY in Hesswalls), Fieldfare (first of the autumn), 3 Song Thrush, 2 Spotted Flycatcher (Buness and South Ramnigeo), Robin, Black Redstart (Boini Mire), 3 Whinchat, 22 Wheatear, Dunnock (Gully), 11 'White Wagtail', 900 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit (Boini Mire),Chaffinch (female in Sma' Trinket Geo), 121 Twite, 2 Lapland Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Risso's Dolphin: at least 6 moved slowly south of the Rippack
2 Green Lacewing

Year list: 189
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Monday 17th September
A slightly better day of weather, but still not much doing in teh way of new arrivals. Still, there were maybe a couple of new migrants in and news of Little Bunting on Unst and Bluethroat on Skerries showed that some stuff was battling through the weather, so there's still hope. All it takes is one bird...
Weather: SW4-5, cloudy with rain fairly constantly throughout the afternoon when visibility decreased.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: still present at North Shirva
Barred Warbler: one still around, at Vaila's Trees

Other sightings:
89 Pink-footed Goose, 7 Wigeon, 4 Teal, Red-throated Diver (South Light), 2 Cormorant, 45 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 6 Sanderling, Jack Snipe, 26 Snipe,Woodpigeon, 3 Kestrel, 3 Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 103 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 2 House Martin, 7 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (still in Wirvie Burn), Reed Warbler, 5 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Robin, 4 Whinchat, 17 Wheatear, 194 House Sparrow (the largest count since 1992), 17 'White Wagtail', 994 Meadow Pipit, 2 Lapland Bunting (Sheep Cru and Burn of Vatstrass).

Year list: 189
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Sunday 16th September
Windy.
Weather: SE6-7 becoming SW or WSW 7-8 for a while before easing. Showers in morning.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: still present at Shirva, although elusive
Barred Warbler: one at Upper Stoneybrek

Other sightings:
95 Pink-footed Goose, 5 Wigeon, 8 Teal, Grey Heron, 5 Cormorant, 30 Golden Plover, 199 Turnstone, 6 Knot, 7 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin, 46 Snipe,Common Sandpiper, 47 Redshank, 4 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 91 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Redwing, Robin, 3 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, 4 'White Wagtail', 984 Meadow Pipit, Lapland Bunting (Sheep Cru).

Year list: 189
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Saturday 15th September
Planes, a Good Shepherd run and some sunny weather. Not a bad day all-in-all, with everyone getting to where they needed to go (including the children on their school trip) and a restocking of the Obs food supplies. The birds were pretty quiet unfortunately and there's no doubt that the next few days are not forecast to be classic conditions, but it's the second half of September on Fair Isle, so anything is possible...
Weather: W or SW 3-5, generally sunny with a few (slightly wintry) showers

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: still present at Shirva before relocating to Midway
Barred Warbler: three still present
Yellow-browed Warbler: one still elusively in the Obs garden

Other sightings:
8 Pink-footed Goose, 11 Wigeon, Teal, 2 Cormorant, 36 Golden Plover, 6 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 45 Snipe, Short-eared Owl (Wirvie), 3 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 137 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 11 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, Redwing, Robin, Pied Flycatcher (Furse), 4 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, 19 'White Wagtail', 1644 Meadow Pipit, 166 Twite, 5 Lapland Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
Silver Y (one that was swiftly predated by a Barred Warbler!)

Year list: 189
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Friday 14th September
Another day with no transport, although the weather on Fair Isle wasn't too bad in the end, so at least it was a pleasant day to explore the island some more for those who were stuck!
Weather: still westerly wind, although calmer than recent days. Fewer showers, with a sunny afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: still at Shirva
Richard's Pipit: again present, near Ditfield
Barred Warbler: three still present
Common Rosefinch: two in the south
Great Spotted Woodpecker: the 1CY still present

Other sightings:
30 Barnacle Goose (headed south in the morning; first of the autumn), 6 Pink-footed Goose, Whooper Swan (just three days after the long-staying bird was found dead, the first of the autumn was seen), 6 Wigeon, 2 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 2 Cormorant, Hen Harrier, 37 Golden Plover, 9 Knot, 2 Sanderling, Jack Snipe, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, 3 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, Peregrine (adult female), 4 Carrion Crow, 85 Skylark, Sand Martin, 2 Swallow, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Redwing, Robin, Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 41 Wheatear, 25 'White Wagtail', 2034 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 110 Rock Pipit, 177 Twite, 2 Lapland Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
A c30cm Eel in the Vaadal

Year list: 189
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Thursday 13th September
A surprise couple of planes made it in during the morning before conditions worsened again and birding was similar to recent days .
Weather: the weather continued in a similar vein, with strong westerly winds and heavy showers

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: one at Shirva was presumably a lingering bird from earlier in the week
Richard's Pipit: again around the Gully
Yellow-browed Warbler: one in the south
Barred Warbler: one still present
Common Rosefinch: one still
Great Spotted Woodpecker: the 1CY still present

Other sightings:
440 Pink-footed Goose, 6 Wigeon, Teal, 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Hen Harrier, 32 Golden Plover, 163 Turnstone, Knot, Ruff, Sanderling, 12 Purple Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, 2 Common Sandpiper, Swift, 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin,4 Carrion Crow, 35 Skylark, Swallow, 6 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, Grasshopper Warbler (Wirvie Burn), 3 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Redwing, Robin, 2 Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 15 Wheatear, 11 'White Wagtail', 969 Meadow Pipit, 201 Twite.

Year list: 189
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Wednesday 12th September
Very little in the way of new birds - it feels like it will be an American wader or nothing out there at the minute! Who knows though, maybe there's an even bigger surprise lurking out there somewhere. No planes or ferry again today, but the food (and beer) stocks are holding up at least.
Weather: W6-7, sunny spells and scattered showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
PALLID HARRIER: the 1CY still present
Yellow-browed Warbler: one still at the Obs
Barred Warbler: at least two still present (at Quoy/Burkle and Stackhoull)
Common Rosefinch: two still present in the south
Great Spotted Woodpecker: the 1CY still roaming the Meadow Burn area

Other sightings:
81 Pink-footed Goose (the first of the autumn involved a couple of flocks heading south late in the day), 10 Wigeon, 20 Teal, Sooty Shearwater (South Light), 4 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, Hen Harrier, 27 Golden Plover, 5 Knot, Ruff, Sanderling, Little Stint (juvenile again on Easter Lother Water), Swift (Obs), 3 Kestrel, Merlin, Peregrine (adult female; first of the month), 4 Carrion Crow, 92 Skylark, 3 Swallow, House Martin, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 4 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), Redstart, 4 Whinchat, 33 Wheatear (mostly 'Greenland' birds), 16 'White Wagtail', 367 Meadow Pipit, Brambling, 213 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
Brindled Ochre in the Obs

Year list: 189
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Tuesday 11th September
A difficult day with the weather not being very conducive for migrants yet, remarkably, amongst the few that appeared was another top-class rare. Day two of no transport however.
Weather: SW4 rapidly becoming W7/8, with heavy showers becoming more frequent as the day progressed. Visibility generally good although dropping during the squalls.

HIGHLIGHTS:
LANCEOLATED WARBLER: one trapped in the Vaadal Heligoland trap after being seen to fly out of the willows around the reservoir and into the ditch between the trap and the Plantation. A 1CY carrying no fat (and virtually the same weight as the earlier bird), it may well have been freshly arrived. The 97th record for Fair Isle (if accepted) and the joint sixth-earliest (including this year's previous bird).
PALLID HARRIER: the 1CY still present and roaming the south
Richard's Pipit: one at Pund in the morning was later at Johnny Arcus's Park and, what was presumably the same bird, was caught at the Gully in the evening (the 15th to be ringed on Fair Isle).
Yellow-browed Warbler: an unringed bird at the Obs
Barred Warbler: 3; two at Burkle and one at Schoolton
Common Rosefinch: one still around Schoolton
Great Spotted Woodpecker: the 1CY took to carrying out work on the footbridge over the Meadow Burn

Lanceolated Warbler, Obs (Tom Gale)

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan (the long-staying bird was sadly found dead), 5 Wigeon, 10 Teal, 6 Grey Heron, 4 Cormorant, Hen Harrier (still present), 7 Golden Plover, 152 Turnstone, Knot, Ruff, 2 Sanderling, 4 Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, Short-eared Owl (Furse), Swift (still over the Obs), 2 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 31 Skylark, 3 Swallow, House Martin, 11 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 4 Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Pied Flycatcher, 2 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, flava Wagtail (one at the Walli Burn), 13 'White Wagtail', 328 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Brambling, 168 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
Dolphin sp.: one briefly off South Light

Year list: 189
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Monday 10th September
The start of some westerly based winds that will make the birding no doubt slow up a bit. There were certainly few new arrivals today, although still a fantastic set of birds present in conditions that were difficult at times.
Weather: SW or WSW 5-6, heavy rain early on and showers throughout the day.

HIGHLIGHTS:
PALLID HARRIER: the 1CY still present, although generally elusive
ARCTIC WARBLER: one still in South Raeva
Blyth's Reed Warbler: 2; after sightings in the previous days at Schoolton and Springfield, both were seen today at the same time, confirming the presence of two birds rather than a roaming individual
Yellow-browed Warbler: 2; singles at the Obs and Meadow Burn
Barred Warbler: 4; singles at the Obs, Burkle, Kenaby and Stackhoull
Common Rosefinch: 3; singles at Plantation, Schoolton and Skadan
Great Spotted Woodpecker: the 1CY still present and roaming the south

Other sightings:

Whooper Swan, 5 Wigeon, 13 Teal, 3 Red-throated Diver, Sooty Shearwater (South Light), 5 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Hen Harrier (at least one still present), Water Rail (one found dead in Field Ditch), 3 Golden Plover, 89 Turnstone, 7 Knot, 2 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, Little Stint (juvenile still at Easter Lother then North Haven), Jack Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 20 Razorbill (South Light), Swift, 4 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 50 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 15 Willow Warbler, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, 7 Whinchat, 18 Wheatear, flava Wagtail (one at the Obs in the morning and Walli Burn in the afternoon), 12 'White Wagtail', 294 Meadow Pipit, Brambling, 107 Twite.

Year list: 189
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Sunday 9th September
Weather: SE3 becoming SW4, cloudy with persistent rain from mid-morning until late afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
PALLID HARRIER: 1CY still roaming in the south
ARCTIC WARBLER: 2; one still in South Raeva and another at Field then Pund
Blyth's Reed Warbler: one at Schoolton was presumably yesterday's bird relocating
Richard's Pipit: one in Gilsetter then Pund; second earliest ever record for Fair Isle after one on 8th September 1968
Yellow-browed Warbler: 5
Barred Warbler: 3
Common Rosefinch: 2 at the Obs, including one trapped and ringed
Wryneck: one trapped at the Plantation later relocated to Setter
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1CY still present in south

Other sightings:

Whooper Swan, 4 Wigeon, 8 Teal, 7 Grey Heron, 8 Cormorant, Hen Harrier (1CY still present), 6 Golden Plover, 5 Knot, 3 Ruff, 2 Sanderling, Little Stint (juvenile at Easter Lother Water), 2 Jack Snipe (singles in Gilsetter and Vaadal stream; first of the autumn), 49 Snipe, Common Sandpiper (Gully), Greenshank (first since 13th August), Woodpigeon, 3 Kestrel, Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 57 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 22 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (Obs), Reed Warbler, 7 Blackcap, 5 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing, 2 Song Thrush, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin, 5 Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart (Easter Lother), 6 Redstart, 8 Whinchat, 32 Wheatear, Dunnock, flava Wagtail (one at Haa was probably the one that then flew over the traps; first of the autumn), 9 'White Wagtail', 428 Meadow Pipit, Brambling, 240 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
Silver Y, 3 Diamondback Moth

Year list: 189
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Saturday 8th September
Another great day's birding, with a new rare or two, good numbers of scarcities and a pleasant selection of common migrants.
Weather: W3, cloudy throughout with some low cloud over the hills and becoming increasingly murky in the afternoon, when fog dominated.

HIGHLIGHTS:
PALLID HARRIER: a 1CY male first seen over Da Water spent the afternoon touring the classic harrier 'hot-spots' of Boini Mire, Walli Burn and Da Water, giving good views at times. There are five previous records for Fair Isle; May 1931, Aug 2011, Sep 2011, Sep 2014 (also found on 8th) and Sep 2015.
ARCTIC WARBLER: 2; singles at Chalet (then Pund and Setter) and South Raeva were assumed to be birds relocating from yesterday.
Blyth's Reed Warbler: a very elusive bird at Springfield
Yellow-browed Warbler: 3 (Obs, Meadow Burn and Walli Burn)
Marsh Warbler: one still present at the Meadow Burn
Barred Warbler: 3; probably all lingering birds
Common Rosefinch: 3; presumed to all be lingering birds
Wryneck: one flew from Bull's Park to Setter
Great Spotted Woodpecker: 1CY at Schoolton then Springfield; first record since 2015

Pallid Harrier in the mist over Boini Mire (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:

Whooper Swan, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 'blue' Fulmar (one off the Good Shepherd), 12 Grey Heron, 8 Cormorant, Hen Harrier (1CY still present), Water Rail (Field Ditch; first of the autumn), 7 Golden Plover, 5 Knot, 3 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, Little Stint (juvenile on Da Water; first of the year), Common Sandpiper (Hjukni Geo), Cuckoo, Swift, 3 Kestrel, Merlin, 6 Carrion Crow, 56 Skylark, Sand Martin, 28 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler (Skerryholm), Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, 9 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Goldcrest, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush (Chalet), 4 Spotted Flycatcher, Robin (Obs), 3 Redstart, 6 Whinchat, 24 Wheatear, Dunnock, 17 'White Wagtail', 428 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, 2 Brambling, 221 Twite, Common Crossbill.

Other Wildlife:
Dolphin sp? (one seen off Buness), Red Admiral, 3 Silver Y, Convolvulus Hawk-moth (Lowey Stoneybrek)

Year list: 188
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Friday 7th September
Another really good day, with birds building through the day again. It's not been a big fall in terms of numbers (although several species had built up today), but there's been good variety and some showy rarities and scarcities that have kept everyone happy - along with the air of anticipation that is a big part of the enjoyment of birding. The weather was better than forecast and it looks like tomorrow shoudl be a calm and promising day as well. After that, it looks like some strong westerlies, but we're heading into the second week of September, so anything is possible now...
Weather: A variable day, with a light E wind freshening a little from the NE later. Heavy pre-dawn rain gave way to a bit of early drizzle, then it was generally a dry morning, with some more patchy drizzle in the afternoon. Visibility dropped a little at times, but it was generally good (although only good enough for one flight).

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: 3 (three); one remained in the Muckle Jarm's Geo/Shalstane area, with one found at Shirva assumed to be yesterday's School bird relocating. Another was then found at Leogh which, after initially being assumed to be the same bird, was eventually watched simultaneously with the Shirva individual. The first time three have been recorded together on Fair Isle.
Yellow-browed Warbler: 2; singles at Da Water and Pund.
Marsh Warbler: one still present at Meadow Burn
Barred Warbler: 7; widely scattered individuals, including one on Dronger and two at Chalet.
Common Rosefinch: 5; including at least one newly arrived bird (on Dronger)
Wryneck: 2; a showy bird at the Obs and another on top of Hoini
Hobby: a 1CY headed north over Gunnawark; first autumn record since 2000
Corncrake: the remains of a bird (possibly a raptor kill) were found between Da Water and Klinger's Geo

Yellow-browed Warbler, Pund (David Parnaby)

Hobby, Gunnawark (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:

Whooper Swan, 10 Wigeon, 22 Teal, 9 Grey Heron, Cormorant, Hen Harrier (a 1CY, probably male, was on Hoini then Meoness; first of the autumn), 2 Lapwing (first of the month), 12 Golden Plover, 72 Turnstone, 6 Knot, 6 Ruff, 3 Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 64 Snipe, 55 Redshank, 57 Common Gull, Cuckoo (one at Utra in the morning then near the Kirk later), Swift, 4 Kestrel, Merlin, 5 Carrion Crow, 42 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 19 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler (Hjukni Geo), Sedge Warbler, 4 Reed Warbler, 3 Blackcap, 6 Garden Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroat, Goldcrest, 2 Blackbird, Redwing (one at South Harbour then Midway was the first migrant of the autumn), Song Thrush (a migrant at South Light), 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin (including a migrant on Hoini), 5 Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, 3 Whinchat, 21 Wheatear, Dunnock, 16 'White Wagtail', 461 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit, Brambling (one at Schoolton; first of the autumn and an early arrival date), 182 Twite, Common Crossbill (one north over the Plantation with presumably the same bird later over the Kirk), Lapland Bunting.

Other Wildlife:
3 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, 2 Silver Y, 7 Diamondback Moth, 6 Green Lacewing, White-tailed Bumblebee (Obs).

Year list: 185
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Thursday 6th September
A slow builder of a day, with cetaceans taking up a chunk of the middle of it, but when the rain swept through, it was obvious there were more birds about. A number of highlights were picked out amongst the slowly increasing common migrants and surely there will be more birds tomorrow, although the strong easterly winds forecast will make birding difficult.
Weather: a very mixed day, with an almost flat calm start before a light NW breeze developed, which freshened from the NE. The sunny start was interrupted by heavy rain (and poor visibility) from around 1.30pm until 3pm, after which the weather improved again although the wind was a bit stronger.

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: 2, with singles recorded at the School and Hesti Geo simultaneously. Both appeared to be 1CY with fresh plumage and well marked greater-coverts, making them different from yesterday's individual. A remarkable run of records and the first multiple occurence on the Isle since 1994.
Yellow-browed Warbler: one at Meadow Burn, the earliest Fair Isle record (beating the previous earliest of 9th September 2015, a year in which a minimum of 207 individuals went on to be recorded on Fair Isle...).
Ortolan Bunting: one at Da Water in the evening, the first record since 2016
Marsh Warbler: one in Meadow Burn
Barred Warbler: 4, including new birds trapped in the Gully and at the Obs and an unringed bird at Chalet (taking the total so far this autumn to an minimum of 18 individuals)
Common Rosefinch: 4; including birds trapped in the Gully and at the Obs
Wryneck: one at Houll
Corncrake: one at Pund

Arctic Warbler, School (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Wigeon, 7 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Red-throated Diver, 5 Grey Heron, 16 Golden Plover, Swift, 2 Kestrel, 4 Carrion Crow, 69 Skylark, 4 Swallow, 21 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Wood Warbler (South Raeva), 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, 3 Garden Warbler, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher (Obs), Robin, 11 Pied Flycatcher (highest count of the autumn so far), 2 Redstart (first of the autumn), 4 Whinchat, 25 Wheatear, 11 'White Wagtail', 426 Meadow Pipit, 187 Twite, Lapland Bunting (Klinger's Geo).

Other Wildlife:
Long-finned Pilot Whale: c60 moved south past North Light. Having been alerted to their presence off Sumburgh Head at around 0815hrs by the crew of the Good Shepherd, it was around 11am when they appeared and were in view for around two hours as the widely dispersed group slowly made their way past the island. The first record from land since 1999.
Risso's Dolphin: 8 moved west close-in past the happy whale-watchers!
Red Admiral, 4 Painted Lady.


Long-finned Pilot Whale, North Light (David Parnaby)

Year list: 185
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Wednesday 5th September
The forecast was looking like there could be birds in through the day, but the main highlight was actually found quite early on. Although this was not a large fall, nobody is complaining - it feels like autumn has got going now and there could be more in the next few days...
Weather: SE3, cloudy at first then clearing, with heavy rain arriving from around 2230hrs.

HIGHLIGHTS:
LANCEOLATED WARBLER: one trapped in the Gully just after breakfast. The 96th record for Fair Isle (if accepted). The first record since 2016 (after 2017 became the first blank year since 2009, prior to which it was all the way back to 1995 to find a no show) and the second-earliest record following one (also trapped in the Gully) on 4th September 2000.
ARCTIC WARBLER: a very showy individual frequented the angelicas at Stackhoull
Icterine Warbler: one in the Gully
Barred Warbler: 2; singles at Stackhoull and the Gully
Common Rosefinch: 5; a minimum count, given teh number of small, mobile flocks on the island
Corncrake: one at Meadow Burn


Top: Lanceolated Warbler, Obs (Tom Gale)
Bottom: Arctic Warbler, Stackhoull (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon, 9 Teal, 2 Red-breasted Merganser, 11 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 9 Golden Plover, Swift, Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 62 Skylark, 7 Swallow, 15 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, Whitethroat, Blackbird, 2 Song Thrush, Robin, 9 Pied Flycatcher (highest count of the autumn so far), Whinchat, 22 Wheatear, Dunnock, 11 'White Wagtail', 523 Meadow Pipit, 196 Twite.

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

Year list: 183
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Tuesday 4th September

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: 3; singles at Stackhoull, Burkle and Chalet
Common Rosefinch: 4; three around Schoolton/Quoy with another around Setter and the Plantation
Hawfinch: one briefly at Schoolton in the afternoon

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 7 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, Sparrowhawk (a female high south over the island; first of the autumn), 9 Golden Plover, Collared Dove, 2 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 46 Skylark, 17 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat (one lingering around the traps was caught at Chalet, where it was found to be wearing a Danish ring. The only previous ringing movements of this species involving Fair Isle were one to Orkney and one from Shetland), Blackbird, Redwing, Robin, Pied Flycatcher (Stackhoull), 2 Whinchat, 35 Wheatear, Dunnock, 37 'White Wagtail', 410 Meadow Pipit.

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, Painted Lady.

Year list: 182
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Monday 3rd September
Weather: NW2, light cloud.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Greenish Warbler: one at the Kirk and School Brae was presumably yesterday's bird moving up to the island top
Barred Warbler: an unringed bird at Burkle
Common Rosefinch: 5 (minimum), with one at Bull's Park and four at Schoolton. Sightings at other locations may have referred to some of the same birds.

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 10 Teal, 40 Storm Petrel (trapped in the Haven in 80 minutes from 2200hrs), 5 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 10 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, Black-tailed Godwit (over Kenaby), 5 Knot, Sanderling, Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Skua, Short-eared Owl (Gully), 2 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow, 65 Skylark, 10 Swallow, 12 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Sedge Warbler, 3 Reed Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, 3 Whinchat, 60 Wheatear, Dunnock, 19 'White Wagtail', 390 Meadow Pipit.

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Diamond-back Moth (one in Stormie ringing shed), Hawkmoth sp? (seen flying over the moth trap at c2330hrs).

Year list: 182
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Sunday 2nd September
Much better weather, but after promising winds overnight there were few new birds in.
Weather: light SE winds overnight gradually freshened from the south and then west. Largely sunny with good visibility and just a few wisps of low cloud occasionally dropping over the hills.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Greenish Warbler: one still in North Raeva
Wryneck: one at Setter in the afternoon
Barred Warbler: one occasioannly showing well at Stackhoull
Common Rosefinch: 4; two still in the south, with one ringed at the Obs and an unringed bird at Wirvie

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 6 Teal, 79 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight in the Haven), Sooty Shearwater (off South Light), 4 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 6 Golden Plover, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Knot, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern, Short-eared Owl (Furse), 4 Kestrel, Merlin, 7 Carrion Crow, 35 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 11 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (Obs), Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing, Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), Whinchat (Meadow Burn), 26 Wheatear, 15 'White Wagtail', 426 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, Lapland Bunting (Rippack).

Other Wildlife:
Green Lacewing (Obs), Red Admiral, 2 Painted Lady, 2 Silver Y. In the moth trap overnight, a Pink-barred Sallow was a first for Fair Isle.

Year list: 182
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Saturday 1st September
A poor day weather-wise and still only marginal conditions for new arrivals, but there were still a few more birds in.
Weather: S3-4, largely cloudy, with drizzly rain in the morning and poor visibility, although brightening later (not enough for planes though unfortunately as low cloud lingered at Tingwall).

HIGHLIGHTS:
Greenish Warbler: one in the Raevas was thought from photographs to be a different individual from yesterday's bird at Guidicum

Greenish Warbler, North Raeva (Tom Gale)
Red-breasted Flycatcher: an adult male in North Raeva (a favoured spot for this species) was sometimes seen in the same binocular view as the Greenish Warbler.

Red-breasted Flycatcher, North Raeva (Tom Gale)
Red-backed Shrike: a 1CY at Lower Stoneybrek (first of the autumn)
Barred Warbler: 5; sightings were again widespread and included a retrapped bird around the traps and two caught at Burkle.
Common Rosefinch: 3 still present
Marsh Warbler: one at the Obs in the morning

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 4 Teal, Sooty Shearwater (Good Shepherd), 5 Grey Heron, 13 Golden Plover, 4 Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern, 5 Arctic Skua, 35 Guillemot (from the Good Shepherd), Collared Dove, Swift, 3 Kestrel, Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 30 Skylark, Swallow, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler (Obs, Gully and Meadow Burn), Blackcap (one at Schoolton was later trapped at Burkle; first of the autumn), 2 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Goldcrest (Wester Lother; first of the autumn), Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, 2 Pied Flycatcher, Whinchat (Meadow Burn), 32 Wheatear, Dunnock, 7 'White Wagtail', 474 Meadow Pipit, 162 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
2 Harbour Porpoise (from the Good Shepherd), Minke Whale (from the Good Shepherd), Silver Y.

Year list: 182
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Friday 31st August
At last! Some east in the wind. It was fairly marginal, but it delivered birds. Not huge numbers, but a very pleasing scatter of scarcities (and the best day for additions to the year list since 14th May!).
Weather: a very light SW first thing in the morning, with a freshening SSE building up to F5 by the afternoon. Light, patchy cloud and excellent visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Greenish Warbler: one on the cliffs at Guidicum in the afternoon. First of the year and, if accepted, 55th record of Greenish Warbler for Fair Isle

Greenish Warbler on the mighty cliffs of Guidicum. Rare birds on the cliffs are one of the more exciting aspects of birding for many people. (David Parnaby)
Wryneck: one at Houll then moved to Schoolton where it showed well. First of the year after the first blank spring for this species since 2010 (with the last year none were recorded in spring prior to that being back in 1998).

Wryneck, Schoolton (David Parnaby)
Corncrake: one at Pund was the first of the year after the second consecutive spring with no records.
Icterine Warbler: 2; singles at Hoini and the Furse (the latter a pale, greyish-toned individual)

Icterine Warbler, Furse (David Parnaby)
Barred Warbler: 7; with sightings at Furse, Obs, Plantation (two trapped there), Setter, Chalet, Stackhoull, Shirva, Burkle, Chapel Plantation and Haa. there were certainly plenty of opportunities to see a Barred Warbler today! Timings of sightings (as well as two being trapped) confirmed the presence of seven individuals, although there were possibly more.
Common Rosefinch: 3; two around the Skadan and South Harbour area with another at Bul's Park and Setter
Lapland Bunting: one calling as it circled over Bull's Park was the first of the autumn

Lapland Bunting, Bull's Park (David Parnaby)
Leach's Petrel: 2; one trapped overnight (a bird ringed elsewhere - the first control of this species for Fair Isle), with another calling around the nets.

Other sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 6 Teal, 168 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight; 155 new and 13 recaptures), Grey Heron, Cormorant, 12 Oystercatcher, 13 Golden Plover, 8 Ringed Plover, 12 Curlew, 46 Turnstone, 8 Dunlin, 30 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 15 Redshank, 28 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Skua, Collared Dove, Swift, Kestrel, Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 56 Skylark, 5 Swallow, 19 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler (Obs and Chalet, with an unstreaked acro at Wester Lother), 7 Garden Warbler (highest count of the autumn so far), Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Blackbird (male still at Guidicum, possibly a summering bird), Redwing (the summering bird was caught at the Obs in the morning, a wing-length of 129mm confirmed it is an Icelandic bird), Song Thrush (summering bird still at Obs), Robin (Obs), 3 Pied Flycatcher (highest count of the autumn so far), Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), Whinchat (Quoy), 38 Wheatear, Dunnock, 15 'White Wagtail', 549 Meadow Pipit, 107 Rock Pipit, 189 Twite, 2 Linnet.

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, 7 Painted Lady, Peacock (Easter Lother), 3 Silver Y.

Year list: 182
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Thursday 30th August
Weather: W2/3 decreasing in the evening, patchy cloud with some rain early on

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: one still at the Obs
Barred Warbler: 3

Other sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 6 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 8 Oystercatcher, 9 Golden Plover, 15 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 10 Curlew, 88 Turnstone, 2 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, 5 Purple Sandpiper, 37 Redshank, Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern, 4 Arctic Skua, Collared Dove, 4 Swift, Merlin, 5 Carrion Crow, 51 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Reed Warbler, Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Robin, BLack Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), 68 Wheatear, Dunnock, 21'White Wagtail', 570 Meadow Pipit, 151 Rock Pipit, 194 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
5 Red Admiral, 6 Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Silver Y.

Year list: 179
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Wednesday 29th August
Weather: S4, becoming W4-5, cloudy with occasional showers

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: the ringed bird still at the Obs
Barred Warbler: 2; one still at Chalet/Setter and what was probably another individual at Burkle

Other sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 24 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 48 Oystercatcher (including 22 past South Light), Lapwing, 28 Golden Plover (including flocks passing Buness), 17 Ringed Plover, 10 Curlew, 120 Turnstone, 9 Knot, Sanderling, 13 Dunlin, 23 Purple Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, 56 Redshank, 34 Common Gull, 2 Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern, Arctic Skua, 2 Collared Dove, 3 Swift, Kestrel, Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 49 Skylark, 2 Swallow, 8 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Redwing, Robin (Pund), 43 Wheatear, Tree Sparrow (Field; first of the autumn), 21'White Wagtail', 654 Meadow Pipit, 123 Rock Pipit, Chaffinch (North Haven; first of the autumn), 115 Twite, 2 Linnet.

Other Wildlife:
3 Red Admiral, 5 Painted Lady, 3 Silver Y.

Year list: 179
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Tuesday 28th August
Weather: S4-5, cloudy

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: 2; one still at the Obs and a new bird at Wirvie Burn
Barred Warbler: 4; probably all lingering birds from the previous day, although one or two mobile individuals made things a little trickier to work out

Other sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 6 Teal, 112 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight; 102 new birds and ten recaptures, including one with a Danish ring, presumably from the Faeroes), 3 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 12 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 9 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 104 Turnstone, 2 Knot, 12 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 36 Redshank, 112 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Back Gull, 2 Collared Dove, 2 Swift, Kestrel, Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 58 Skylark, 6 Swallow, 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, 35 Wheatear, Dunnock, 5 'White Wagtail' (along with 1 Pied and 5 alba wagtails), 717 Meadow Pipit, 2 Tree Pipit, 123 Rock Pipit, 178 Twite, Redpoll sp? (still around the Obs and traps).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, Painted Lady.

Year list: 179
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Monday 27th August
Weather: a fairly calm start, with the wind freshening from the NE then NW before dying off again in the late evening

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: one trapped and ringed at the Obs
Barred Warbler: 4; one again at Meadow Burn, with new arrivals at Obs, Gully and Haa/Springfield
Common Rosefinch: one briefly at Schoolton then later at Leogh

Marsh Warbler, Obs (David Parnaby)

Other sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 2 Teal, 2 Grey Heron, 20 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover, 24 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 57 Turnstone, Sanderling, 16 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 31 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Skua (most have now left, but one was still in the North), Razorbill, Collared Dove, Short-eared Owl (Da Water), Swift, 2 Kestrel, Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 62 Skylark, Sand Martin, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher (Buness), Robin, Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), 41 Wheatear, Dunnock, 20 'White Wagtail' (along with 3 Pied and 2 alba wagtails), 818 Meadow Pipit, Tree Pipit (first of the autumn), 137 Rock Pipit, 126 Twite, Redpoll sp? (still around the Obs and traps).

Other Wildlife:
7 Red Admiral, 4 Painted Lady, Silver Y.

Year list: 179
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Sunday 26th August
Weather: SSE5, 6/8 cloud cover, with rain late on in the evening.

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, Teal, Manx Shearwater (South Light), 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant, 8 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, 6 Golden Plover, 20 Ringed Plover, 148 Turnstone, 3 Knot, Sanderling, 14 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern, Collared Dove, 2 Swift, Kestrel, Merlin, 4 Carrion Crow, 41 Skylark, 12 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Blackbird, Robin, 2 Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), 38 Wheatear, Dunnock, 19 'White Wagtail' (along with 1 Pied and 6 alba wagtails), 848 Meadow Pipit, 127 Rock Pipit, 179 Twite, Redpoll sp? (still around the Obs and traps).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, Painted Lady, 2 Silver Y.

Year list: 179
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Saturday 25th August
Weather: NNW5-6

Sightings:
Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 5 Teal, Grey Heron, Cormorant, 15 Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Golden Plover, 16 Ringed Plover, 73 Turnstone, 2 Knot, Sanderling, 9 Dunlin, 36 Redshank, 2 Lesser Black-Back Gull, 2 Swift, Merlin, 5 Carrion Crow, 80 Skylark, 8 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 3 Garden Warbler, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, Black Redstart (Hjukni Geo), 40 Wheatear, 26 'White Wagtail' (along with 2 Pied and 4 alba wagtails), 916 Meadow Pipit, 90 Rock Pipit, 115 Twite, Redpoll sp? (still around the traps).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral.

Year list: 179
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Friday 24th August
Weather: W4-5, patchy cloud with occasional showers.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: one still at Meadow Burn

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 12 Teal, Grey Heron, 19 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 28 Ringed Plover, Whimbrel, 3 Curlew, 73 Turnstone, 2 Knot, Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 3 Lesser Black-Back Gull, Puffin (one still coming in with fish), 2 Collared Dove, Swift, Merlin, 3 Carrion Crow, 98 Skylark, 22 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (still at Houll), Grasshopper Warbler (Da Water), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Blackbird, Redwing (still in the Gully), Spotted Flycatcher, Robin, Black Redstart, 62 Wheatear, Dunnock, Grey Wagtail (one in the Gully; first of the autumn), 28 'White Wagtail' (along with 4 Pied and 4 alba wagtails), 1030 Meadow Pipit, 149 Rock Pipit, 84 Twite, 2 Linnet, Redpoll sp? (still around the traps).

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, Painted Lady.

Year list: 179
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Thursday 23rd August
Weather: SW4 veering WSW and easing slightly. Rain until around 0930hrs then some sunny spells, with visibility improving.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: 3; a new bird at Klinger's Geo then the School and singles still lingering at Meadow Burn and Chalet

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 16 Teal, Sooty Shearwater (South Light), 2 Grey Heron, Cormorant (juvenile, South Harbour), 23 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 16 Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, 97 Turnstone, 3 Knot, Ruff, Sanderling, 29 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 22 Redshank, 7 Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern (South Light), Short-eared Owl (Da Water; first record since 16th July), Swift, Merlin, 5 Carrion Crow, 85 Skylark, 39 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Sedge Warbler (Houll), 2 Reed Warbler (Obs and Chalet), 2 Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Blackbird (a lingering female at Shirva and one still at the Obs), Redwing (Gully), 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Robin (the summering bird at the Obs and a new migrant on Dronger), 3 Black Redstart, 89 Wheatear, 53 'White Wagtail' (along with 3 Pied and 8 alba wagtails), 879 Meadow Pipit, 174 Rock Pipit, 151 Twite, Redpoll sp? (still around the traps).

Other Wildlife:
Harbour Porpoise (one off Buness; first record from land since 4th July),6 Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Silver Y.

Year list: 179
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Wednesday 22nd August
Weather: SW4, cloudy at first then a bit brighter but a few showers in the afternoon.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: 2; one at the Meadow Burn and another showy bird at Chalet

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Wigeon, 20 Teal, 3 Grey Heron, 23 Oystercatcher, 10 Golden Plover, 30 Ringed Plover, 7 Curlew, 53 Turnstone, 2 Knot, 3 Sanderling, 38 Dunlin, Purple Sandpiper, 28 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 28 Redshank, Lesser Black-Back Gull, 2 Swift, Merlin (first of the autumn), 5 Carrion Crow, 79 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 35 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), 2 Garden Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroat, Redwing (Gully), 2 Black Redstart (Hjukni Geo and South Raeva), 124 Wheatear, Dunnock (the summering bird trapped in the Plantation), 37 'White Wagtail' (along with 4 Pied and 26 alba wagtails), 704 Meadow Pipit, 183 Rock Pipit, 101 Twite, Redpoll sp? (again in flight over Gilsetter).

Other Wildlife:
2 Painted Lady, Red Admiral, Eel (one in the Vaadal).

Year list: 179
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Tuesday 21st August
Weather: A reasonable morning, with a freshening SE wind in the afternoon bringing some heavy showers, with the weather going on to become a strong SW wind with rain overnight.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Common Rosefinch: one seen coming in off the sea at South Light early in the morning

Other sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, 12 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver, 157 Storm Petrel (trapped overnight), Grey Heron, Cormorant (South Harbour), 18 Oystercatcher, 7 Golden Plover, 24 Ringed Plover, 4 Curlew, Knot, Sanderling, 34 Dunlin, 9 Purple Sandpiper, 31 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 18 Redshank, 7 Black-headed Gull, 61 Common Gull, Lesser Black-Back Gull, Arctic Tern (from Good Shepherd), Guillemot (several adults and juveniles heard from the Northlink as it passed offshore from Fair Isle at c0330hrs!), Razorbill, Puffin (a few still present, with one seen carrying fish), Swift, Peregrine, 6 Carrion Crow, 61 Skylark, 3 Swallow, 9 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackbird, Redwing (still in the Gully), Pied Flycatcher (one at the Mast), 111 Wheatear, 47 'White Wagtail' (along with 6 Pied and 24 alba wagtails), 887 Meadow Pipit, 135 Rock Pipit, 181 Twite, Redpoll sp? (Gilsetter), Common Crossbill (Steensi Geo)

Other Wildlife:
2 Minke Whale (from the Good Shepherd around six miles north of Fair Isle), Painted Lady

Year list: 179
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Monday 20th August
Weather: W2, largely cloudy with a few showers in the morning but good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: still present at Burkle.

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, 3 Teal, Fulmar (first fledged youngsters seen), Cormorant (South Harbour), 17 Oystercatcher, 10 Golden Plover, 14 Ringed Plover, 5 Curlew, 5 Knot, 2 Sanderling, 33 Dunlin, 22 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 12 Redshank, 8 Black-headed Gull, 16 Common Gull, 5 Lesser Black-Back Gull, 2 Arctic Tern, 5 Carrion Crow, 10 Swallow, 14 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Observatory), Garden Warbler, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Robin, 93 Wheatear, Dunnock (still in Gully), 43 'White Wagtail' (along with 2 Pied and 12 alba wagtails), 867 Meadow Pipit, 202 Rock Pipit, 90 Twite, Common Crossbill (Kirn o' Skroo).

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

Year list: 179
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Sunday 19th August
Weather: NW1-2 with patchy cloud, but remaining dry with good visibility.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Barred Warbler: one at Burkle, second of the year.

Other sightings:
2 Greylag Goose, Whooper Swan, Wigeon, 2 Pintail, 4 Teal, Cormorant (South Harbour), 25 Oystercatcher, 24 Golden Plover, 26 Ringed Plover, 5 Curlew, Black-tailed Godwit (South Harbour), 24 Knot, Ruff, 6 Sanderling, 25 Dunlin, 14 Purple Sandpiper, 21 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 17 Black-headed Gull, 39 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-Back Gull, 20 Arctic Tern, 2 Swift, 3 Carrion Crow, 3 Swallow, 19 Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Observatory), 2 Garden Warbler, Blackbird, Redwing, Song Thrush, Spotted Flycatcher (Hesti Geo; first since 5th July), Robin, 2 Black Redstart, 158 Wheatear, Dunnock, 39 'White Wagtail' (along with 6 Pied and 18 alba wagtails), 282 Meadow Pipit, 204 Rock Pipit, 108 Twite, 2 Common Crossbill (North Light and North Raeva)..

Other Wildlife:
9 Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock (Plantation), Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Wirvie), 4 Silver Y.

Year list: 179
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Saturday 18th August
Strong winds prevented census taking place in the morning and resulted in a lighter coverage in the afternoon, but nonetheless some decent wader counts were made.
Weather: Very windy from the SW with gusts of Force 7-8, rain in the morning becoming frequent blustery showers in the afternoon.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Wigeon (S. Harbour), 3 Teal, Manx Shearwater (S. Light), 2 Grey Heron, 11 Oystercatcher, 3 Golden Plover, 28 Ringed Plover, 3 Curlew, 158 Turnstone, 7 Knot, Ruff (Da Water), 10 Sanderling, 49 Dunlin, 10 Purple Sandpiper, 15 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 50 Redshank, 26 Black-headed Gull, 56 Common Gull, 28 Lesser Black-Back Gull, 6 Arctic Tern, 2 Swift, 4 Carrion Crow, 7 Swallow, 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Observatory), 2 Blackbird, Song Thrush, Robin, 6 'White Wagtail' (along with 6 Pied and 10 alba wagtails)

Other Wildlife:
Red Admiral, Painted Lady

Year list: 179
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Friday 17th August
Weather: SW wind with a speed of 4-5, a mild and pleasant day. Showers in the evening with good visibility.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shelduck, Teal, Sooty Shearwater (South Light), Manx Shearwater (South Light), Grey Heron, 20 Oystercatcher, 4 Golden Plover, 17 Ringed Plover, 59 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 2 Ruff (on Da Water and Utra), 2 Sanderling 43 Dunlin, 4 Purple Sandpiper, 30 Snipe, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, 54 Redshank, 30 Black-headed Gull, 64 Common Gull, 42 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 10 Arctic Tern, 4 Swift, Peregrine (Ward Hill), 4 Carrion Crow, 56 Skylark, Swallow, House Martin, 18 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Black Redstart, Whinchat (Pund), 115 Wheatear, Dunnock, 6 'White Wagtail' (along with 2 Pied and 13 alba wagtails), 172 Meadow Pipit, 125 Rock Pipit, 90 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
9 Red Admiral, 3 Silver Y

Year list: 179
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Thursday 16th August
An exciting start to the day was followed in a similar fashion to the previous few days with a a good selection of warblers and waders.
Weather: Wind in the SW, rain showers in the late afternoon with good visibility

HIGHLIGHTS:
ARCTIC WARBLER: One present in the gully showed well throughout the day. The first of the year and (if accepted) the 93rd Fair Isle record, with the second consecutive year with an August appearance.

Arctic Warbler, Gully (Tom Gale)

Other sightings:
Whooper Swan, Shelduck, 2 Sooty Shearwater (singles from the Good Shepherd and Buness), Grey Heron, 14 Oystercatcher, 2 Golden Plover, 23 Ringed Plover, 21 Turnstone, 3 Knot, 1 Ruff (Da Water), Sanderling, 42 Dunlin, 9 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 37 Redshank, 7 Black-headed Gull, 87 Common Gull, 4 Lesser Black-Back Gull, 5 Swift, Kestral, 3 Carrion Crow, 54 Skylark, 17 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler, 6 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Redwing, Song Thrush, Black Redstart (Kirn o' Skroo), 115 Wheatear, 7 'White Wagtail' (along with 5 Pied and 4 alba wagtails), 110 Meadow Pipit, 118 Rock Pipit, 129 Twite, Common Crossbill (Gully).

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, 16 Silver Y

Year list: 179
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Wednesday 15th August
Weather: Visibility mostly good, with rain from 15:00-18:00

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, Teal, 4 Grey Heron, 18 Oystercatcher, 37 Golden Plover, 6 Ringed Plover, Curlew, 43 Turnstone, Knot, 2 Sanderling, 40 Dunlin, 2 Purple Sandpiper, 19 Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 40 Redshank, 6 Black-headed Gull, 127 Common Gull, 6 Lesser Black-backed Gull, 38 Arctic Tern, 3 Swift, Peregrine (Buness; first sighting since 11th May), Carrion Crow, 54 Skylark, 20 Willow Warbler, 4 Chiffchaff, Reed Warbler (Obs), 3 Garden Warbler, Whitethroat, Black Redstart (Mast), 130 Wheatear, 6 'White Wagtail' (along with 7 Pied and 12 alba wagtails), 148 Meadow Pipit, 172 Rock Pipit, 152 Twite.

Other Wildlife:
2 Red Admiral, 3 Silver Y, 1 Many-plumed Moth in the Obs Bar

Year list: 178
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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.

Sightings:
Whooper Swan, 2 Pintail (female and fledged juvenile on Utra), 6 Teal, 2 Red-throated Diver (North Light), 2 Storm Petrel (Good Shepherd), Sooty Shearwater (from North 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:
Dolphin sp.: one from the Good Shepherd not far from Mopul

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, 2 Ruff (Utra), 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.

Wood Warbler, Kiln o' Skroo (Tom Gale)

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).


Common Crossbill, Dronger (Tom Gale)

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: the adult was again near Wirvie Burn

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: still present in the Obs garden

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.
Marsh Warbler: still in the Obs garden

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.

HIGHLIGHTS:
Marsh Warbler: still present at the Obs

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
Marsh Warbler: still at the Obs

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), 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
Marsh Warbler: one at the Obs

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, Reed Warbler (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 still 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.

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), 2 Storm Petrel (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