Without doubt the best two days of the year weather wise as the island was baked in wall to wall sunshine on both dates. A well appreciated adult Black Tern on the beach at Nouster with a flock of 80 non-breeding Arctic Terns for a few hours on 24th was the highlight and becomes just the thirteenth island record but only the second since 2003. There was also a singing Quail nearby in the fields between there and Holland gardens, which was still present the next day. Also on 24th, a cracking, pink Mealy Redpoll was at Holland with singles of Collared Dove and Chiffchaff also thought to be new. Despite news of a few migrants on nearby Fair Isle, the 25th was a little quite for us with just a late Tree Pipit at Cruesbreck the only certain newcomer. A Marsh Warbler at Holland gardens may have been a lingering bird meanwhile the first Painted Lady butterfly of the year on the west coast may hint at the possibility of more arrivals in the forthcoming easterly winds?