It was rather quiet on Fair Isle this autumn though the undoubted highlight was the Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler at Gilsetter on our last full day. Migrants were generally scarce but there was a fair arrival of Redwings towards the end of the week and Yellow-browed Warblers were amongst the commoner warbler species seen. Several good showy and long staying birds were present such as the Melodious Warbler however the Baird's Sandpiper was rather to brief.
Due to a mishap, my hard drive crashed, I lost all of my mastercopy images so the edits here are not the complete set that could have been done.
Only seen on the 24th this bird ranged widely around the island and was often tricky for other birders to catch up with. As it was wide ranging I was unable to get close to get any decent images.
Rose-coloured Starling, North Light, Fair Isle, 28th September 2011
A rather elusive and unapproachable bird, was generally on it's own and not with the starling flock present. North Light on a windy day is not a great place to be especially if the only draw is a juvvie Rosy Starling. More of this bird here
Citrine Wagtail, Fair Isle, September 2011
This fine juvenile remained faithful to the same fields at Barkland and the garden of Chalet during our stay. For more images of this bird click here
Melodious Warbler, Shirva, Fair Isle, September 2011
A confiding and long staying bird in the gardens at Shirva, by far the best UK Melodious Warbler I've seen. To see more images of this super bird click here
Chiffchaff, Auld Haa, Fair Isle, 28th September 2011
The garden of Auld Haa Croft held at least one Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff with this Chiffy being often very confiding.
Willow Warbler, Shirva, Fair Isle, 24th September 2011
Note the bright leg colour compared with the Chiffchaff above. It did seem that many of the Willow Warblers seen had very pale legs with this bird perching up nicely in an Umbellifer.
Yellow-browed Warbler, Fair Isle, September 2011
Okay so not overly rare but it's not often I get the chance to get shots like this. Numerous birds were seen including one in the hand just as we arrived. For more Yellow-broweds click here.
Siberian Chiffchaff, Pund, Fair Isle, 1st October 2011
I found this bird at the derelict croft of Pund where despite showing very well initially it became elusvie once I got the camera out. It then flew towards the south where I relocated it at Shirva. Note the black bill, pale greyish colour lacking green tones, the black legs and the pale wing-bar. Poor shot of a nice bird.
Little Bunting, Walli Burn, Fair Isle, 30th September 2011
This bird eluded me during my trip until the last full day when it showed well in the Walli Burn near Auld Haa. ore here