Friday, 17 August 2012

Fair Isle 2! The migrants just keep coming....

So here is my second update from Fair Isle, and what a few days it has been. My species list continues to grow, with the arrival of Common and Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, Reed Warbler, Redstart, Winchat, Spotted Flycatcher, Little Stint and Common Sandpiper. There have also been some rather special arrivals as well. The first were in the form of two Citrine Wagtails, which we were able to locate fairly easily in murky conditions after they were spotted on the morning census! The next special arrival came in the form of a Wryneck, with at least two present yesterday, one being in the observatory garden! Unfortunately, I could only get fairly poor record shots through the glass so as not to scare it away from the small crowd that had gathered (and its sideways)!!

Wryneck Jynx torquilla  
Another bird that has arrived and been seen in small numbers in the last few days is the Barred Warbler. This larger warbler breeds in eastern Europe and central Asia, and migrates to Arabia and east Africa, so the individuals that end up on Fair Isle are somewhat lost! There are only about 150 of these birds that pass through the UK each year, so to see one is rare, but to catch and ring two is quite remarkable!

Barred Warbler, Sylvia nisoria

Barred Warbler, Sylvia nisoria

Other birds of note that were trapped and rung in the last few days include a smart (for autumn) male Redstart and juvenile Ringed Plover!

Common Redstart, Phoenicurus phoenicurus

Ringed Plover, Charadrius hiaticula


  1. First icterine warbler and now booted warbler .. were there two of the latter or just a repeat shot to make me twice as envious ?

    Keep blogging .. I'm getting on a plane now !

  2. I hate to tell you this, but we actually had three Barrys; there is one missing!

    I have a twin room, I'll prepare the other bed for you!

  3. Hi ya .. I realised only this morning that I had written booted .. when I'd mean't Barry's .. in my defence I had been talking to Paul about booted at work that day .. the two obviously melded in my head .. typo thicko !

    Spare bed .. would if I could ! Next time eh ? Ha ha