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Fair Isle - Spring & Autumn 2016: Page 1
So I decided to have a couple of visits to the isle this year, a late spring trip and much of the autumn.

I had 10 days in spring from the 19th May and whilst there was no large falls of birds there was plenty to keep me more than happy with a fine total of 14 island ticks which was topped off by the amazing Black-browed Albatross.

In autumn I arrived on the 23rd September, always get itchy about arriving any later than this date. There were some great birds about for the latter part of September but it was also a little slow at times due to the winds but on 2nd October we experienced Super Sunday, a stunning bird filled day that had so many rares and common migrants alike. This autumn I tended to not go back to the Obs for lunch, though on very quiet days I did, and stayed out birding.

I was able to stay on the island till 25th October as I had agreed with work that I could take some unpaid leave to see me through the autumn. This resulted in some excellent rares and seeing the transition again from late September to late October and cherry on the cake Siberian Accentor, after much annoyance that they seemed to be everywhere else but here.

Like the spring I managed 14 Fair Isle ticks with two of those being UK / World Lifers. Can't be bad.

Time will only tell now whether I can repeat these extended visits in the future as I will no longer be employed at my current place but if I can do it I most certainly will.
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This years island images
Slavonian Grebe
Black-browed Albatross
Gannet
Fulmar
Shag

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Barnacle Goose
Pink-footed Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
White-fronted Goose
Wigeon

Tufted Duck
Goldeneye
Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Common Scoter
Water Rail
Oystercatcher
Golden Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Sanderling
Wood Sandpiper
Turnstone
Whimbrel
Black-tailed Godwit
Jack Snipe
Great & Arctic Skuas                
Kittiwake
Arctic Tern
Black Guilemot
Razorbill
Puffin
Hoopoe
Short-eared Owl
Grey-headed Wagtail
Meadow Pipit
Pechora Pipit
Olive -backed Pipits
Shorelark
Short-toed Lark
Siberian Stonechats
Wheatear
Bluethroats
Red-flanked Bluetails
Siberian Accentors
Blackcap
Lanceolated Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Paddyfield Warbler
Raddes Warbler
Dusky Warbler
Chiffchaff
Willow Warbler
Yellow-browed Warbler
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Spotted Flycatcher
Collared Flycatcher
Blue Tit
Red-backed Shrike
Woodchat Shrikes
Great Grey Shrikes
Waxwing
Hawfinch
Northern Bullfinch
Brambling
Siskin
Mealy Redpoll
Twite
Common Rosefinch
Lapland Bunting
Pine Bunting
Yellowhammer
Pine Bunting
Little Bunting
Rustic Bunting
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