Saturday 18 August 2012

Saturday sightings.

Another day of mixed weather, with blazing sunshine giving way to fog brought in on a SE breeze, which blew away in the evening as a fresher SW wind developed.
Highlights were a new Barred Warbler and a lingering Wryneck, whilst good numbers of migrants remained scattered across the island. Warblers were well represented with 102 Willow Warbler, 6 Chiffchaff, 14 Garden Warbler, 5 Reed Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Lesser Whitethroat and a Grasshopper Warbler logged.
The first Goldcrest of the autumn appeared in Grey Geo and other migrants included 2 Fieldfare, 5 Whinchat, 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Siskin, Kestrel, 6 Swift and a Woodpigeon.
Despite the rest of the island enjoying sunshine at the time, several migrants (including this Willow Warbler and Pied Flycatcher) preferred the fog-shrouded remains of the WW2 radar station on top of Ward Hill. It really is worth checking everywhere for birds of Fair Isle!
A few waders are also on the move, with the more interesting records including a juvenile Little Stint (on the Sprittery Hole), Ruff, Green Sandpiper, 9 Common Sandpiper, 11 Sanderling and 15 Dunlin.
A change of wind direction can often be a good thing on Fair Isle, so it will be interesting to see whether the recent good run of birds is topped by one more rarity tomorrow. After that, there seems to be a good chance of the winds going back to the east by next weekend - and with September rapidly approaching, things could get really exciting!

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