Monday, 19 September 2011

18th September

Just to give you a flavour of a day on Fair Isle, these were some of the highlights from yesterday’s log:

Great Snipe, Citrine Wagtail, Melodious Warbler, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, Great Grey Shrike, Wryneck, Little Bunting, Short-toed Lark, 4 Common Rosefinch, Curlew Sandpiper, 4 Jack Snipe, 3 Short-eared Owl, 2 Tree Pipit, 12 Whinchat, 4 Fieldfare, 3 Redwing, 4 Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 5 Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Garden Warbler, 40 Blackcap, 21 Willow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher, Brambling and 41 Lapland Bunting.
The best birding in the country? Well, it’s certainly up there, and its some of the best and most enjoyable birding I’ve experienced – and I’ve been around a bit!
Aside from the rarities, scarcities and numbers of passage migrants, there are usually a few other species around the island that are of interest, such as these Snow Buntings on Ward Hill. Others in recent days have included up to 36 Whooper Swans, a few Pink-footed Geese and a few passage waders.

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