We’ve had everything except snow in the last few days, with a beautiful calm evening on Wednesday followed by a strengthening easterly wind that picked up to gale force before delivering a deluge of rain on Thursday night. Yesterday saw a morning of fog before the sun came out and today the visibility is again poor as the fog has descended, although it's expected to burn off later.
In amongst all that, the news came down from Shetland of Arctic and Great Reed Warbler being found, so surely we would have something here as well… Yesterday saw a check of the island produce a small selection of migrants, presumably all lingering ones (Spotted Flycatcher, Woodpigeon, Whitethroat, a few Chiffchaff etc), but today proved that it’s never wise to write off the spring on Fair Isle. Jason's early morning trap round produced three birds: a Starling, a Marsh Warbler (in the Gully) then, saving the best to last, a Paddyfield Warbler in the Plantation.
|The 19th Paddyfield Warbler for Fair Isle (where Britain's first was found in 1925) but only the 5th in spring. As with many rare birds, Fair Isle enjoys a superb reputation for this species, having recorded more than any other county in the UK.
|This morning's Marsh Warbler, a typical late spring migrant on Fair Isle, was the third to be ringed here this year.