After nearly 3 weeks away i finally made it home last night, thankfully (note to employers, don't employ people in precarious relationships?) A hectic work load south meant no birding, but a visit to the Birdfair on Saturday was a worthy day out. I was joined by Tom McKinney (cheers for the entrée libre) for a day of hedonistic birding guff! Met up with Brydon on site who was successfully marketing Shetland Nature to the masses. Managed to meet some rather nice folk along the way also? Martin Garner of Frontiers in Birding fame was sporting a rather snazzy Shetland Nature t-shirt as was Phil on the Rebecca Nason stand and a debt of gratitude was paid to Killian Mullarney, more about that later. Anyway no sooner am i back i am out on patch, hoping to play catch up on the past few weeks. That didn't quite happen though, a Willow Warbler and 5 Bar-tailed Godwits was about as good as it got.