Like I’ve Hardly Been Away: Fair Isle, Shetland, 24th-27th May 2022

It is 19 years since I was last on Fair Isle, day-tripping by plane with Brian Marshall and dipping on both Siberian Rubythroat and Savannah Sparrow, which departed overnight. It is 35 years since I last stayed on Fair Isle, flying in for a few days from North Ronaldsay on a short-lived Loganair service connecting … Continue reading Like I’ve Hardly Been Away: Fair Isle, Shetland, 24th-27th May 2022

Bird Flu Over the Bonxie Nests: Unst, Shetland, 15th-23rd May 2022

My first visit to the year to Hermaness was not until 15th May. Although we had been back for two weeks since our April trip, I had been delaying my visit, knowing what was ahead of me. It started well enough, with my first Puffins of the year. Puffins Next, to the Neap to examine … Continue reading Bird Flu Over the Bonxie Nests: Unst, Shetland, 15th-23rd May 2022

Almond and Esk: Lothian, 28th April to 2nd May 2022

We stayed with Margaret's brother Ken and sister-in-law Helen on our first night in Edinburgh and, the following morning, they took us (and their two spaniels) to a regular dog-walking haunt at Cammo. We had been there the night before as well, in a quick stroll around the park itself, but this time we followed … Continue reading Almond and Esk: Lothian, 28th April to 2nd May 2022