Sunday 12 August 2012

Easterlies come good.

Fair Isle: southeasterly 5 or 6, occasionally 7 later.
And so it goes on. The weather has continued in a similar vein and, as would be expected, more birds are arriving. A very enjoyable day’s birding saw the North cliffs sheltering most of the migrants, with the feeling that we could be building towards some even better stuff; the forecast suggests the wind will stay in the east until next weekend. If you want to join us for the chance of some decent birds then there are still a few spaces available at our 25% discount offer, so you could cash in on some good birding for £45 a night full board.
A common enough migrant, but a Collared Dove on the cliffs of Dronger looked somewhat incongruous.
The rarest bird in local terms was the juvenile Marsh Harrier that went north over the island. Several species made their autumn debuts today, with a Barred Warbler in the Plantation the best of them; others included Pied Flycatcher (5), Spotted Flycatcher, Garden Warbler (2), Grasshopper Warbler, Spotted Flycatcher, Whinchat and Crossbill.
Finding four Pied Flycatchers feeding at the bottom of Wester Lother (in a 'flock' alongside 2 Willow Warblers, 2 White Wagtails and a family of Fair Isle Wrens!) was an exciting sign that there was a fall in progress. This one was on the clifftop at Guidicum.
Amongst the other migrants, the four Wood Warblers deserve a special mention (yesterday's bird lingering at the Obs, with three more on the West cliffs including two together at Guidicum) with totals of other species including 17 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, one Blackcap, one Collared Dove and 3 Swift. Waders included 2 Ruff, 10 Dunlin, 3 Green Sandpiper, and a Greenshank, whilst there were 3 Teal and 4 Shelducks.
A Ruff and Dunlin share Easter Lother Water with a couple of Bonxies.

Scanning the cliffs at Dronger for migrants led to the discovery of this Fair Isle Wren feeding chicks behind the rock it is shown sat on here. Britain's rarest bird seems to be having a good breeding season.
Ok then, here's a Fair Isle picture quiz for you to finish the blog post for today. Which Actor (who sadly passed away a couple of years ago) is represented by the following pictures of today's sightings:

Answers on the blog tomorrow!

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