Sunday 26 September 2010

Farewell to Fair Isle

We've had a glorious final day on the Isle today - the wind has finally dropped off, and gone round to the north east, and it's been relatively warm and sunny.

The only significant new bird was found late on, a Subalpine Warbler in the roses at Lower Leogh - it showed pretty well, although was very active and mobile.

Earlier on, we'd been up to the North Light again, to capture some better photos of the Buff-bellied Pipit. It was much more cooperative in better conditions, and hopefully the images will look as good full size as they do on the back of the camera.

Aside from that, we've seen a couple of Barred Warblers, Garden Warbler, a few Brambling, 3 Purple and 1 Curlew Sandpiper and a Merlin. I'll be up early tomorrow to squeeze in a couple of final hours birding before we fly off at 9.30am.

The new obs and all the staff have been absolutely fantastic - we're both very keen to return and see a few more of the Fair Isle specialities.

But first, a certain Zoothera thrush needs to be relocated tomorrow... Fingers crossed again!

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