As we reach the fever pitch of late September on Fair Isle, the westerly winds continue to dominate and birding has yet to really pick up, although the continued arrival of a few new scarcities has kept things going. We’ve now moved dinner back an hour to make the most of the declining daylight hours (we do everything possible to increase the chance of finding good birds at this time of year!) and it looks like the weather may possibly be going to break in our favour after Monday, which has added a real air of anticipation to the Obs.
|Will it still be saying that come Tuesday morning...|
|The Easter Lother Red-breasted Flycatcher riding the surf.|
|The Yellow-browed Warbler preferred the drier clifftop at Easter Lother.|
The calmer conditions of the 22nd caught out a few folk who had expected heavy rain and strong westerlies, so had perhaps overindulged a bit at the previous night’s Pirate Party, although even those who weren’t feeling a touch groggy failed to find much in the way of new birds. Presumed lingering scarcities included 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Barred Warbler, 3 Common Rosefinch, Red-backed Shrike and Great Spotted Woodpecker whilst there were still 156 Snow and 8 Lapland Bunting around the island.
|The largest flocks of Snow Bunting have tended to be around North Light, where over 200 were counted earlier in the week.|
|Cap'ns Log at the Pirate Party (thanks to Mati Ventrillon for the photo). 'Any Greylaaaaag?'|