The first record from land since 1999.
The wind dropped, but rain made the birding difficult at times.
The highest ever count for Fair Isle eastern subalpine warbler : seen briefly at Schoolton Hobby : a very tired-looking bird was on the beach at Hjukni Geo, with what was presumed to be the same bird over the airstrip later Red-backed Shrike : male.Patchy cloud, but warm in the afternoon sun.Year list: 171 Monday 16th July Sightings: Whooper Swan, 3 Wigeon (South Light 8 Golden Plover, 9 Dunlin, Green Sandpiper (Da Water; first of the autumn Woodpigeon (first of the month Short-eared Owl (Boini Mire Sand Martin (first of the month; over the Obs then.There were obviously a few birds about and, when the news finally came through that there was no chance of a plane, there was only an hour or so to rush around as much of the island as possible.Highlights: 'eastern subalpine warbler' : female still at Burkle Other Sightings: Whooper Swan, Manx Shearwater (one from South Lighthouse Lapwing, 5 Golden Plover, Whimbrel, 20 Turnstone, Knot (first of the autumn 6 Dunlin, 45 Redshank, 3 Black-headed Gull, 2 Carrion Crow, Swallow, 2 Chiffchaff, Song.Year list: 190 Monday 8th October A better day of weather, with all planes flying, some wildfowl passage and one or two new migrants, although the birding was mostly still rather slow going.Highlights: black kite : still present eastern subalpine warbler : still present in the Burkle and Schoolton area Marsh Warbler : 4; two at both the Obs and Schoolton (with one singing at each site) Black Kite (right) and Arctic Skua, Airstrip (David Parnaby) Other.Common Rosefinch: 3; two around the Skadan and South Harbour area with another at Bul's Park and Setter Lapland Bunting: one calling as it circled over Bull's Park was the first of the autumn Lapland Bunting, Bull's Park (David Parnaby) Leach's Petrel: 2; one trapped.Day two of no transport however.Sightings: 7 Greylag Goose, Pink-footed Goose, 6 Whooper Swan, 4 Wigeon, 7 Teal, Scaup (still on the Obs scrape and Haven Red-breasted Merganser, Grey Heron, 3 Cormorant, 3 Lapwing, 24 Golden Plover, 224 Turnstone, 2 Sanderling, Dunlin, Jack Snipe, 3 Merlin, 2 Carrion Crow,.
Year list: 189 Sunday 9th September Weather: SE3 becoming SW4, cloudy with persistent rain from mid-morning until late afternoon.
Weather: Very windy from the SW with gusts of Force 7-8, rain in the morning becoming frequent blustery showers in the afternoon.
Year list: 190 Sunday 7th October A stinker of a day weather-wise that put paid to any real chance of birding.There were a few other new birds, although there was an interesting arrival late on in the day, which gives a bit more hope for tomorrow despite the westerly forecast.The westerly theme continued but, despite this day in history having turned up Savannah Sparrow, Blackpoll Warbler, and Grey-cheeked and Swainson's Thrushes, there was nothing American to be found.Other Wildlife: Harbour Porpoise (one off Buness; first record from land since 4th July 6 Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Silver.Sightings: 2 Canada Goose (flew north over the Obs at around 0800hrs Barnacle Goose, 2 Whooper Swan, 2 Teal (male and female 2 Storm Petrel (off South Light 13 Manx Shearwater (off South Light Sparrowhawk (Plantation 14 Turnstone, Collared Dove, 3 Carrion Crow, Dunnock (Obs).Year list: 198 Sunday 28th October A day full of promise and boy did it deliver!Year list: 167 Monday 18th June Weather: WSW 5/6, mostly cloudy with a little rain.A plane was an unexpected medjetassist aarp discount bonus, although strong winds prevented the Good Shepherd IV from sailing (although it made it to Grutness yesterday, so food supplies are fine!).