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.