Saturday 30 April 2011

As the wind swung round to the NE yesterday it seemed to stop birds in their tracks who decided that the final push north was just not worth it and several migrants dropped in. The North cliffs in particular seemed to concentrate birds and the pick of the bunch was a fine male Subalpine Warbler. Also around were Black Redstart, Stonechat and higher numbers of Willow Warblers than usual, whilst the unraced female Subalpine Warbler was again at Lower Stoneybrek (see the sightings page for full details).
Flighty and often distant, this smart male Subalp shows the restricted red on the throat and short fat moustache of the eastern subspecies albistriata.
It's not just birds on Fair Isle of course and I finished an evening wander carrying home a small abandoned lamb, which is now being looked after down the island.
Sadly, none of the wardens were able to watch the royal wedding, but we might have done if we'd realised that Skerryholm were serving Champagne to visitors (Carrie and Lindsey kept that one quiet until they got back!).
With new birds still arriving yesterday evening, there will hopefully be more to report today...

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