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Fair Isle - 2012: Page 1
Better than last year due to the class birds being found with the biggy being Britains second Magnolia Warbler on the West Cliffs for a couple of hours. Good numbers of Yellow-browed Warblers were seen, two Lanceolated Warblers, several Little Buntings and a flocks of Bramblings amongst those species list above. Jolly good fun. One of my highlights was to find a good bird in the form of an Arctic Warbler at Boini Mire, a little personal triumph for the effort put in during the trip. Good rares were being seen right up till the last knockings.

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Little Bunting
Yellow-browed Warblers
Magnolia Warbler
Willow Warbler
Spotted Flycatcher
Olive-backed Pipit
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Paddyfield Warbler
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Lanceolated Warbler
Arctic Warbler
Pink-footed Goose
Red-backed Shrike
Arctic Warbler
Barred Warbler
Olive-backed Pipit
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Lesser Whitethroat
Fulmars - Dronger, Fair Isle, September 2012
A lot of Fulmars were still around the cliffs this year. Strong winds coming up the cliffs at Dronger meant that many Fulmars were simply hanging in the wind, perfect for photography.
Pink-footed Goose - Malcolms Head/Lower Leogh, Fair Isle, September 2012
Three Pink-footed Geese were present on the island for a few days
Eider - South Harbour and The Havens, Fair Isle, September 2012
Fairly sizeable flocks were present at either end of the island with most of the drakes being in the north.
Great Skua - Fair Isle, September 2012
Over 50 Bonxies were still on the island with several juveniles not yet seaworthy.
Red-backed Shrike - Obs, Fair Isle, September 2012
This bird lingered for at least a week being seen also around the Obs and at the Gully
Whinchat - Schoolton, Fair Isle, September 2012
Fairly widespread in the first few days of the trip before dropping off in numbers after the 25th.
Olive-backed Pipit - Auld Haa, Fair Isle, September 2012
Despite seeing a fair number of these birds now around the UK its still a good bird to see and this was the first of two found during the week. More images of this bird can be seen by clicking here.
Olive-backed Pipit - Pund/Setter, Fair Isle, September 2012
The second of the two birds was typically mobile. More images of this bird here.
Spotted Flycatcher - Quoy, Fair Isle, September 2012
Only a handful were seen, this was the only one I tried to get shots of
Paddyfield Warbler - Boini Mire, Fair Isle 27th September 2012
This bird had originally been found at Setter before relocating to Stackhoull Stores and the Boini Mire area. Although it would show at close range the fact it was deep in cover acting like a locustella warbler meant images were difficult to obtain however I did end up improving on earlier efforts. More images will be uploaded over the next few days of so. More here.
Blyth's Reed Warbler - Schoolton, Fair Isle 22nd September 2012
An incredibly elusive bird in the Schoolton garden, pretty good for Blyth's Reed.
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Buff-bellied Pipit
Buff-bellied Pipit - Furse, Fair Isle, September 2012
Always distant on the shelter cliffs at Furse
Blyth's Reed Warbler - Bird Obs, Fair Isle, September 2012
Flew into the Obs Lounge through an open door
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