Monday, 6 October 2008

Fair Isle - Day 8 in The Puffinn Household

A day of south-easterly winds and south-eastern fuckwits.
The winds were from the south-east today, but unfortunately so were the birders. Mark and Paul found a Citrine Wagtail which gave everyone the run around. Mark and I also relocated the Richard's Pipit, but just as we were about to get great scope views of it on the deck, some clueless fuckwits with posh London accents just bowled straight up to it and booted it - thanks boys, it only took us 2 hours to find it!
Other than that, not much on the rarity front to report. There was a nice Short-eared Owl flying around near the Store, plus a few common migrants, but not as many as we hoped on the south-easterlies.
I also found an exhausted Meadow Pipit near The Puffinn, so I took it back and stuck it in a cardboard box in a warm room for a few hours until it had time to recover, then let it go in the gardens of one of the crofts where it started to feed actively. Good luck fella!
Oh, well, let's hope tomorrow will bring some birds. It's still forecast for south-easterlies over the next 24 hours, but the wind speed it still quite high, so rare-finding might prove a challenge. Let's hope the newbies on the island will learn some fieldcraft overnight, but I won't hold my breath.

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