7th July. After two life changing months of fatherhood it was time for a short, sharp dose of my previous life and the yearly pilgrimage to Skomer. Even though the trip felt very different this year with my new responsibilities it was still the usual buzz of excitement getting on the Dale Princess, rounding the headland and seeing the campian covered cliffs of Skomer once more. A Gannet flew nice and close on the journey over and stuck out beautifully against the pure blue sky. Once on land the usual Auk greeting in North Haven soon dispersed as I climbed the path to the farmhouse. I headed anti-clockwise to have some time to myself, seeing Reed Bunting and Sedge Warbler along the way and then a family party of Chough flew over. Herring Gulls, Lesser Black Backed Gulls and Greater Black Backed Gulls as usual were ever present and a few Rock Pipit held their distance past the Garland Stone. Having lunch at my usual spot on the West of the island overlooking Skokholm, Grassholm and a shoal of feeding porpoise I then headed back to the Wick and the Puffin and Fulmar show! From there it was back to the Mew Stone and then to the hide at South Pool where I saw Pied Wagtail, and young Meadow Pipit and Shelduck amongst the Gull flock. As always time caught me up and it was back to North Haven but I managed a flight shot of a Lesser Black Backed Gull before departing and snapped the usual Guillemot and Razorbill on the steps before embarking back on the boat. Another perfect Skomer day done and back to my new lifestyle but boy did I need that fix!!!