... always look for birds when you're driving on Fair Isle.
16th June (pm)
Two posts in a day, I'm spoiling you! The fog never fully lifted, but whilst I was driving round the island checking the sea state and visibility in the south, it became apparent there were a few birds were new in. A cursory glance at a few gardens picked up Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Willow Warblers, Blackcap and Siskin, before a female Red-backed Shrike flew in front of the van near the School. Nice. By this point, I was almost running late for lunch (never a good idea on a Sunday) and was wondering whether I should stop for a quick check in the Field ditch, as the cover there often attracts late spring migrants. My decision was made when I saw a pale looking warbler perched in the front of Charlie's Trees (the small patch of small roadside willows between Setter and Field). Brakes hastily applied, bins grabbed and there, sat in front of me, was a Paddyfield Warbler. Very nice.
Sadly lunch wasn't pork chops (which would have invited some 'Daddy or chips/Paddy or chops' type pun) and despite it being Father's Day, I couldn't even come up with a related Paddy/Daddy pun - feel free to add yours as a comment if you can think of anything!
Maybe there'll be more birds later today, this spring doesn't seem to want to come to an end just yet.