check out this link...
National Geographic Top 10 Islands.
Fair Isle is number 5 on the list.
|Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi|
|Roadside Lapland Bunting|
|Redpoll in Driveway|
|Female - Blackcap|
|Can I log into my Facebook?|
Inquisitive Lesser Whitethroat at my window.
|South Harbour Shags|
|Jellyfish invasion in the North Haven Henry found 2 species we still have to research.|
If you can help with the ID please let us know?
|I had another major lifer tick this week! The Big Five Oh!|
|Magnolia Warbler Dendroica Magnolia|
2nd record for Britain!
1st for Fair Isle & Shetland
I must say AWESOME!
Thank you to visiting birdwatcher & photographer Steve Arlow
for the use of his photos as you can see from my photo below...
My record shot is rubbish in comparison.
|The finder of the Magnolia Warbler Asst. Warden Jason Moss of the Fair Isle Bird Observatory spreads the news!|
|Nice one Jason!|
Walking away as the Sun set in the West, I couldn't help think that the small bird's home was somewhere far beyond the horizon as is my family and the home of my birth. America, the promised land with stunning colourful warblers. With strong South Westerly wind whipped up by hurricanes most of September the Fair Isle Birders have all had little hope for anything else but such a bird as Magnolia Warbler. We did have to wait until the winds turned from West to East? For weeks now I personally have been publicly saying "I hoping for any North American bird besides a wader." A Black-Throated Blue Warbler was my dream, but Magnolia is dream come true! We did have a few "Yank Waders" I hate it when people use that phase Yank or American Wader, North American is so much better. Truth be known this bird is most likely from Canada and should be heading to Florida. I like the phrase New World Warbler... I hope Jason enjoys his little new world for years to come!
Blyth's Reed Warbler Acrocephalus dumetorum
After a unsuccessful 7am. start in my own Auld Haa garden to try and relocate the Booted Warbler seen the day before. The phone rang a few times yesterday with news of rare birds...
Blyth's Reed Warbler at Schoolton,
Lanceolated Warbler caught & ringged at Da Water,
Arctic Warbler still at Pund,
But it was only the news of Magnolia Warbler that got me out of the house and running.
|Highlights of the Shetland Wildlife Autumn Birding Tour visit to Fair Isle.|
|Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos|
seen on the Meoness croftland viewable from the Auld Haa 3 of the 4 days of the tour.
|Plenty of common birds were seen like these Willow Warblers.|
This young Razorbill was found in the tall grass along the road in calm conditions.
This happens from time to time so I picked it up and let it go in the South Harbour.
Very feisty bird and it did nip at me several times, and swam away seeming quite healthy.
Always a delight for everyone to see a bird up close and to help it on it's way.
|That Auk-ward moment...|
|A private viewing inside of the South Lighthouse.|
Arranged with the Fair Isle Lighthouse Society.
|View from top of the South Lighthouse.|
|Bonus! The group had great show of the Northern Lights!|
Originally thought to be a Lanceolated Warbler? possibly even more interesting as the measurements and other details may hopefully find it of an rare eastern race of Grasshopper Warbler?
Other bird highlights seen...
Barred Warbler & Rosefinch are nice birds to see.
Well done the group leader Jon Dunn, he was the first to find & identify the Citrine Wagtail by name while we all were watching the Arctic Warbler.
|Viewing the Arctic Warbler!|
Then having the thrill of seeing it caught & ringed...
|Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis|
"coinciding with the Aurora Borealis"
|& of course waiting for the plane... the Fair Isle experience ended with a stunning rainbow...|