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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Gone a little Quiet

Richard's Pipit at Trewince

  With the strong easterlies continuing throughout the week you would expect something of note would of turned up. However, it hasn't happened yet and the only new birds to arrive included 2 Wryneck on Gugh and St Martins, a Snow Bunting at Little porth and a sprinkling of Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest. A Golden Oriole was seen to fly from Watermill towards Helvear and the RED-EYED VIREO is still present and showing well on St Agnes.

  Two days ago I relocated the airfield Richard's Pipit at Trewince feeding with up to 60 Meadow Pipit and a single Yellow Wagtail There was also a vocal Yellow-browed Warbler In the pine belt.
  Today I had a quick look around the Newford fields and was rewarded with a Yellow-browed Warbler and my first Firecrest of the year. up to 4 Blackcap, 7 Goldcrest, 3 Chiffchaff and a single Pied Flycatcher were nearby

Richard's Pipit

Yellow-browed Warbler at Newford Other Yellow-browed Warbler seen today included single on St Agnes and Bryher. On the latter island there were also 2 Redstart, 1 Golden Plover, 3 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatcher and 2 Whinchat

Pied Flycatcher at Trenowth

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Sunday, 27 September 2015

12th DEWICK'S PLUSIA for Scilly

12th Scilly record of DEWICK'S PLUSIA was trapped overnight on the 26th at Pelistry Farm

   First thing this morning, Graham Gorden let me know that he found the first Richard's Pipit of the year on the cricket pitch, St Agnes. Not long after that, Simon Colenutt text to say he just had a Short-toed Lark on the golf course followed by Andrew Gardener texting with a Lapland Bunting on Peninnis Head. With the stiff SE breeze throughout the day, it felt good! However, it turned out to be hard work and all day I slogged around St Mary's for just a few common migrants. This included 100+Meadow Pipit, 4 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Chiffchaff and singles of Yellow Wagtail and Willow Warbler. Siskin were heard overhead in singles all over the shop. It wasn't to late afternoon that it approved and with Ritchie we both went looking for Graham's Richard's Pipit which had made the short flight from St Agnes to St Mary's airfield. We flushed it in the Salkee fields and it flew back onto the airfield where everyone else caught up with it. It disappeared again and while a few of us went searching for it we stumbled upon 3 Lapland Bunting near to the terminal building. A single Skylark also present was the first of the autumn.

  Also seen on St Mary's today was an early Redwing over Star Castle, up to 6 Firecrest and new Yellow-browed Warbler included singles at Shooters Pool, Lower Moors and pelistry. The highlight of the day for the one lucky person who saw it, was a mega and first for Scilly, SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY  in off at Porthloo beach! No sign of the Red-eyed Vireo on St Agnes, but ther were 5 Yellow Wagtail and a single Turtle Dove.

The 3 Lapland Bunting as usual put on a good show at the airfield

Record shot of a very flighty Richard's Pipit on the airfield

i saw over 100 meadow Pipit today


I saw up to 4 Whinchat

Ralf Parks trapped the DEWICK'S PLUSIA A vagrant from the near Continent where it very common.

It had a snooze for a few minutes

Yesterday morning a call from Ritchie got me running up to golf course to see a juvenile Dotterel. It later on in the afternoon that I returned and had the plover down to a few meters from John Headon and I. Also yesterday was a report of a Red-breasted Flycatcher at watermill.

The golf course Dotterel is clearly a different bird to the juvenile (above) that was at Porth Hellick Down later moving to the airfield last week

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Friday, 25 September 2015


RED-EYED VIREO giving crippling views at the  west end of Periglis

  After the last few days and the lack of birders on the islands, I didn't really expect another American passerine to turn up. Just before 10.00, Bob Dawson went and discovered a RED-EYED VIREO in Tamarrisk at the back of the churchyard at Periglis, St Agnes. It was 14.30 that Will Scott and I with other birders saw it showing well in a Bramble field just beyond the church. and what a cracking bird it was! Except for a quick look for the Yellow-browed Warbler just around the corner in the Troy Town fields, I stayed with the bird till dusk when I returned home on the supper boat. During this time the vireo showed off as it fed and flycatched just a few meters in front of us. On one occasion I thought it was goin to land on my head and when Robin joined me, it perched very briefly 10ft away out in the open!

I fallen for Red-eyed Vireo since I saw my first one on The lizard, Cornwall '91

The vireo landed a few meters in front of us on those stack of branches briefly

The area where the vireo favored 

There were also up to 3 chiffchaff, 2 Willlow Warbler, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and a Yellow Wagtail flew over in the area. will had a Firecrest near the tennis Courts.

this Migrant Hawker was the thing we saw of interest when we got off the boat by the quay

Looking out from Periglis towards Annet this evening

The GLOSSY IBIS was still on the Tresco Great Pool and the 3 juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper were still at Porth Hellick, st Mary's

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