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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Bramblings all over the shop!

In total I observed some 80 Brambling today and Mick Scott had over Longstones this morning 50+ with a single Hawfinch.

  At 7.30, I was having me Poached egg and toast and I could hear Brambling outside. I opened the door and heard a Firecrest followed by more Brambling overhead with 5 also in me garden. It was obvious there was an arrival of birds as small numbers of Chaffinch, Siskin, including a flock of 25, and Redwing were all moving through from the SW heading NW. The largest flock of Brambling were 8 out of the 25+ that moved through.. A male Black Redstart and Pied Wagtail were in the Star Castle garden.  Throughout the morning I was doing taxis and everytime I got out of me wagon, I heard Brambling!
  I dropped off Higgo at Porth Hellick and had a few minutes at Higher Moors and heard 2 Bullfinch. At the Dump Clump there were 10 Brambling, 2 Firecrest, 15+Chiffchsff, a vocal Bullfinch and a single Siberian Chiffchaff. 

Meadow Pipit

Little Egret

10 Brambling were at the Dump Clump with smaller numbers overhead

  In the afternoon I found myself at Porth Hellick and got over 20+Brambling, 1 Firecrest20+Chiffchaff, 2 Woodcock, the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff and heard a Yellow-browed Warbler. I could hear a Great-spotted Woodpecker drumming and successfully tracked it down where I could see it was a male. More than likely the individual that Graham Cunsdale found nearly 2 weeks ago at Trenowth. After seeing the woodpecker, Higgio called to say that he just had a 1st winter Little Gull over town heading towards Porthcressa. I raced to the latter site and all I could find were Black-headed Gull with a first site record for me, Greenshank.
  After doin some more taxis I made my ways down to Lower Moors and there were another 25+Brambling20+Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 15 Redwing and 2 Blackcap. A male Bullfinch may have been the bird I had earlier at the Dump Clump.

A site record for me was this Greenshank at Little Porth with Oystercatcher.

All together I had 5 Siberian Chiffchaff including this one at Lower Moors

A pair of Teal were on the pool while the 6 at Porth hellick were still present

This very confiding female Brambling was at Porthloo and on occasions it joined the Sanderling on the beach. There were also the 3 Common Gull on the beach. Throughout the day I constantly heard Brambling. I also got a call from tony, 'I've got a Brambling on me nuts!' Oh no, Joe last week and now Tony with finches on their nuts! Like Joe I said, I'll give it miss mate.

Studio version from the beautiful album: everybody loves a winner.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Around Scilly with Joe!

The 2 Spoonbill were still hanging out on Green Island

  At 09.30 on a bright sunny calm morning, Higgo and I joined Lewis Johnson and Joe Pender on the Sapphire for a trip around the islands. Twenty minutes on St Agnes and the only bird of note was a Woodcock, flushed by Bella. Off Samson there were 100s of gulls including the same 3 Common Gull I saw at Porthloo two days ago. They were feeding with 50+Black-headed and 3 Mediterranean Gull. The 2 Spoonbill were hanging out with the gulls on Green Island and approaching Bryher there were the 3 Whooper Swan from October just off Church Quay. On the opposite side feeding in the west fields of Tresco, were the 6 Pink-footed Geese. Just coming out of Tresco Channel into The Roads and there were 4 Bar-tailed Godwit and a immature Long-tailed Duck. In The Roads, Joe spotted the Juvenile Surf Scoter but it spotted us first and flew strongly towards Guthers. A steam out towards Round Island and we got good views of a female Eider. Just off Higher Quay, St Martins, there was a single Adult Mediterranean Gull and as we passed Bar Point, St Mary's, we finished off with 2 female Common Scoter before arriving home at St Mary's quay some four hours later, 13.30.

Thanks Joe for a great few hours on you boat!

What a cracking day to go for a boat trip around Scilly

Adult Kittiwake

We over 20 Great Northern Diver altogether

Looking towards Samson and Tresco from St Agnes

2 Spoonbill showing well

Cromwell's Castle off Tresco

An adult and 2 juvenile Whooper Swan were off Church Quay, Bryher

Just across the road from the swans were the 6 Pink-footed Geese on Tresco

Then Joe spotted the Surf Scoter but the scoter spotted us first along ways off and was gone!

Looking towards Round Island lighthouse

A steam towards Round Island lighthouse and we bumped into this female Eider

4 Mediterranean Gull were seen with 3 off Samson and this adult off St Martins

And an ideal way to end off with 2 female Common Scoter off Bar Point, St Martins

  On dry land, I had a bite to eat at Little Porth where there was the Black Redstart and then made my ways to Newford Duckpond and got one of the Yellow-browed Warbler. At Porth Hellick, there were 10+Brambling, 2 Siskin and a single lesser Redpoll,  Firecrest and 2 vocal Siberian Chiffchaff. On the pool there were 6 Teal.

Yellow-browed Warbler at Newford duckpond


There were 2 Siberian Chiffchaff calling to each other at Porth Hellick

  Elsewhere on St Mary's by other observers, there was a Short-eared Owl on the Garrison and at Longstones there were single Mistle Thrush, Hawfinch, Bullfinch and 3 Brambling

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