Monday, October 07, 2013

Red Eyed Vireo! First for Fair Isle.

David Parnaby is all smiles after finding Fair Isle's first Red-Eyed Vireo - Vireo olivaceas
Island Ticks for everyone!
Fair Isle has so many first for Britain's, but we are about the last to get Red-eyed Vireo, probably the most common North American passerines or birds to make appearances in the UK.
Cliffs at Easter Loder

This is why I don't have a photo of the bird...
I did see the bird with my binoculars and scope, but my best views were in another birder's more powerful scope. It was then I could really tell it was a Red Eyed Vireo. David found the bird much closer near the top, but it slowly moved away and down the unassailable cliff faces.

Warning edgy birders!

Yellow Browed Warbler

Too funny!
With Britain's 5th Thick-billed Warbler on the Shetland mainland most birdwatchers left Fair Isle on Saturday. Even my son Henry & Logan saw it! but for those of us still on the island, Fair Isle's first Vireo and yet another Lanceolated Warbler (3rd of the Autumn) were just what we needed to put some smiles on our faces.

Tony - Martin - Richard - Clare - Alan - Judd
After a good 5 days of birding, (including a rare Sykes's Warbler) Fair Isle's Shetland Wildlife tour group left Fair Isle to see the Thick-billed Warbler found bye the other mainland Shetland Wildlife tour group guide.
This weekend we said good bye to our beloved Ranger Teresa.
All the birders and guests will be gone by the end of the month until next May. 

OMG! Look at me? I think I scare more than the birds away...

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