|The Atlantic swell beating against the west cliffs in the last couple of days has been impressive.|
Red-backed Shrike at the Haa may have been a new bird, with the Obs individual still present in the early morning at least, there were Great Spotted Woodpecker sightings from several locations around the island, 2 Jack Snipe were present, a Spotted Flycatcher at the North Light was new and there were higher counts of Swallows (7) and Skylark (119) amongst a few other common bits and bobs.
Pink-footed Geese, 5 Greylag, and 8 Lapland Bunting (whilst a Common Redpoll could have come from either direction), but the star of the show was certainly the Snow Bunting (or Snaa ful in Shetland), which increased from 7 on 16th to 127 on 17th. There were several small flocks, but it seemed like there were ones and twos scattered across a lot of the island, creating an enjoyable census in the North (where all bar 12 of them were recorded).
|This is what you want to see on Fair Isle in mid-September - birders staring intently into a ditch a few feet in front of them!|
|Today it was a Jack Snipe, tomorrow who knows...|