Shetland's track record for attracting rare and scarce migrant birds every Autumn is second to none. Our track record for getting you to see them, is unrivalled. We are already extremely busy for Autumn 2010 with a total of five trips running. All of our three 'new-style Fair Isle' holidays have sold out and to meet demand, we've created a second Autumn Gold trip to run from 25 September - 2 October. We currently have just one vacancy on this trip and two vacancies on the 2 - 9 October departure, so book now if you'd like to join us! To whet your appetite, we've summed up our 2009 trips:
"We had another superb autumn and once again our series of trips coincided with the best weather and the best birds! Although Fair Isle Bird Observatory was closed for re-building, we operated two trips to Fair Isle (staying in the fantastic guest houses at the Auld Haa and South Lighthouse) and also ran two weeks based here in Shetland. So, four magical bird-filled weeks! Heading the cast was Britain's third-ever Taiga Flycatcher which turned up on Fetlar. Originally identified as a Red-breasted Flycatcher, the bird was fortunately re-identified by others and hung around long enough for both Autumn Gold groups to see this eastern gem. Hot on the flycatcher's heels for sheer rarity value was a stunning Veery that graced Whalsay. This diminutive North American thrush was a real skulker, but thanks to the friendliness of the local residents - and Shetland Wildlife guides getting the news first - we were rewarded with superb views. Like the flycatcher, it also hung around to allow both Autumn Gold groups to see this very special bird.
Other great birds included Blackpoll Warbler, River Warbler, Blyth's Reed Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail, Western Bonelli's Warbler, three Arctic Warblers, two Olive-backed Pipits, two Pechora Pipits, a couple of Short-toed Larks, a Siberian Stonechat, three Hornemann's Arctic Redpolls, Rustic Bunting, three Little Buntings, Spotted Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Surf Scoter, American Golden Plover and Ring-necked Duck! We hardly needed a supporting cast but other goodies included a couple of Richard's Pipits, Bluethroat, Barred, Yellow-browed and Marsh Warblers, Red-breasted Flycatcher, plenty of Snow and Lapland Buntings plus several Common Rosefinches".
So, join us in 2010 and discover the reason why we have run more Shetland-based holidays for birders since 1992 than any other company & why we remain their No. 1 Choice.