Sunday, 8 May 2011


A howling south-easterly (gusting to the top end of gale force 8 according to Dave Wheeler's stats) saw difficult birding conditions, but new birds coming in. The sheltered cliffs and geos of the North End were where many of the migrants chose to rest and they provided some classic Fair Isle birding as flocks of warblers roamed the rock faces. Highlights on my section of census included three new birds for the Fair Isle year list: Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and Cuckoo. There is a wonderful sense of anticipation that when the conditions improve slightly, there will be plenty more to be found...

In 'other news', my parents made it in on Saturday and Grace has just had a party (it was her second birthday yesterday) with some of the other island kids. There was lots of dancing, games, fruit and chocolate and there is a generally happy family all round.

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