Overall this years trip didn't live up to the wall to wall rares of last year, indeed the second week was near,y rare free despite prolonged and at times severe South Easterlies. The highlight was without doubt the truly stunning and memorable White's Thrush that put on a show near the generator behind the Obs before breakfast whilst the day also produced Upland Sandpiper, found by myself with Will Miles, a Lanceolated Warbler and a magnificent Hornemann's Arctic Redpoll. There was a major influx of Yellow-browed Warblers with 40+ logged on one day along on the island and I saw at least 30 of these or so it felt, they were everywhere.
Another popular bird was the Sykes's Warbler that settled at the Shop where it often showed very close at times.
Due to the lack of rarities for a large part of the trip I resorted to taking photos of species such as Bramblings, Tree Sparrow, Starling, Great Skua's, Gannets and Fulmars, all of which were just as entertaining.
As in past years large numbers of Fulmars were present around the cliffs and were often very approachable though with the strong winds around the cliffs the flying birds were a challenge.
Gannet - West Cliffs, Fair Isle, September 2013
The Gannet colonies were still rather populated at the end of the month. The weather on the day I walked round the cliffs was hard work thus the images here are not as good as I would have liked.
Pink-footed Goose - Fair Isle, September 2013
Roving flocks of Pinkies were seen on several dates during late September, some around 50-70 strong, whilst the odd small flock and singletons would pitch down for a short while, these birds in the fields between Midway and Upper Leogh.