Fair Isle 2016. A big day out.

A very successful 10 days on Fair Isle this year with a truly unforgettable day on the 2nd October where there seemed to be a new bird turning up every 30 minutes. A relentless SW wind had given way to relatively settled conditions allowing for, what some Fair Isle stalwarts claimed, the most amazing days birding they’d had on the island.


A shy skulking Lanceolated Warbler at Midway. This shot taken as the bird momentarily sat on a windowsill.

The fall of birds on 2nd October included my 2nd Lanceolated Warbler of the trip, Pechora Pipit, Red-flanked Bluetail, Radde’s Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Red breasted Flycatcher, 1/2 Barred Warbler, Bluethroat and a supporting cast of some 72 Yellow browed Warblers.


A Yellow-browed in classic Fair Isle cover!


Red breasted Flycatcher at Stackoull.


Typically lazy looking Barred Warbler at Burkle.


A Red flanked Bluetail dwarfed in the huge black canyon of Dog Geo. Fred Fearn and I had this bird to ourselves, laying face down, watching it flick about in the geo below. At 6pm I thought this was a perfect end to an unreal day, not realising we’d be watching a newly discovered Lanceolated Warbler as the sun went down 30 minutes later.


Another completely out of habitat bird. Pechora Pipit trading the damp Russian tundra for the outcrops of Kroga Geo on Fair Isle. This shot taken on the 5th after the bird had settled.

Other Standout birds of the trip included Great Snipe and a Paddyfield Warbler found by Paul Cook and I on the 28th September.


A couple of poor shots of the Paddyfield Warbler moments after we discovered it.


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