Friday, 8 June 2012

More Migrants.

Still lingering on the island, despite never being settled, most people have managed decent views of the Crane.
The winds stayed largely in the North-east and a few birds trickled in, although it was clear that conditions later on during Friday had become more favourable for migrants arriving. A small fall was liberally scattered with scarcities with the best being a female-type Golden Oriole in Troila Geo although, unfortunately, it lingered for only a couple of minutes before heading out the geo never to be seen again. Other picks from the bunch of migrants today included two Icterine Warblers, a female Red-backed Shrike, a female Grey-headed Wagtail (with another flyover flava wag) and Black Redstart. Other signs of the arrival included a Reed Warbler (trapped in the Gully), 6 Spotted Flycatcher, Pied Flycatcher, 6 Garden Warbler (the highest count of the spring!), 5 Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Redstart, Whinchat, Tree Pipit, 2 Kestrel, Swift and 17 House Martin.
You aint seen me, right?
Yesterday a Marsh Warbler was at Lower Stoneybrek and there was a Woodcock, 3 Woodpigeon and a Merlin. Lingering birds included the Crane (7th - 8th), Lapland Bunting (to 7th) and up to four Ring Ouzel in Kirn of Scroo, which arrived on 5th.
The regular Fair Isle Thursday was a full house and we were treated to French tunes by some musicians who were visiting Fair Isle by yacht from Brittany, some excellent singing from an RSPB researcher and some Appalacian dancing by Hatty, as well as the usual excellent performance from various Fair Isle musicians.

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