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Monday, 25 September 2017

2 Bee-eater on St Mary's

The Wryneck was showing a lot better than yesterday at Trench Lane in the warm evening sunlight

  The 2 Bee-eater that were seen on Tresco yesterday were relocated mid-morning at Mcfarlands Down. They flew off and proved very mobile across St Mary's throughout the rest of the morning/It was just after 13.00 when I finally connected with them over Normandy. They were only there briefly before they flew off calling, high south towards Porth Hellick. Ten minutes later I got a text from Paul Stancliff who had them over Seven stones, St Martins.

This was the best I could do of the 2 Bee-eater over Normandy/ Thanks to everyone who contacted me about where the birds were.

  This morning the Wryneck had been seen in front of the hide at Lower Moors. After work I made my ways down there and found it on the wall of the sheds at the end of Trench Lane like yesterday. Martin Goodey was the only one to turn up and we both got cracking views of the stunner!


I have never taken so many photos of a Wryneck

Meadow Pipit



This Common Frog was at Lower Moors

This evening sunset

The American Golden Plover was still on the beach at Porth Hellick with the 3 Little Stint on the pool. On St Agnes both the Red-eyed Vireo and Bee-eater were still proving elusive and news came out from Saturday of an adult Rose-coloured Starling at Fraggle Rock, Bryher. 

This is the Common Rosefinch from a few days ago on St Agnes that Chris and Juliet Rose took

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Sunday, 24 September 2017

Red-eyed Vireo on St Agnes

The long staying American Golden Plover was still commuting with the airfield and Porth hellick Beach 

  Just after 12.00 this afternoon, Lewis Thomas text to say he just had 2 Bee-eater over the tennis courts, Bryher. Only minutes later Graham Gorden text with Bee-eater and Red-eyed Vireo on St Agnes seen by other birders!! At last things were looking up and all I had seen of note were the American Golden Plover at Porth Hellick Beach and the 3 Little Stint on the pool with a single Wigeon.
  Late afternoon and Darren Mason contacted me to say he had a Icterine Warbler at the junction of Peacehaven, Watermill. I had to do with my only Reed Warbler of the day instead. Try again tomorrow if it's still there.   At Porthloo there were 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 5 Dunlin. In the evening I had a Wryneck showing well at Trench Lane, assumed to be the individual found yesterday in front of the ISBG hide just up road at Lower Moors and the first birder to twitch it, was Paul Stancliff!

  Also on St Mary's there were single Wood Warbler at Higher Moors and Newford. The latter site also had a Redstart with another at Trewince. On St Agnes both the Red-eyed Vireo and Bee-eater were briefly seen on and off throughout the day and there was a Wryneck on Gugh. The 2 Bee-eater on Bryher ended up at Borough Farm, Tresco. Nearby there were Lesser  Whitethroat, Pied Flycatcher and Wood Sandpiper was still on the Abbey Pool. A Ring Ouzel and the Curlew Sandpiper were on Bryher

There were still 3 Little Stint at Porth Hellick Pool

One Snipe starts preening and the others follow


Up to 100 Swallow and 30 House Martin were in the area

Altogether I saw up to 15+Chiffchaff

2 Spotted Flycatcher were at Twerince

There was a small influx of Clouded Yellow. I saw 5 including this one at Trewince

Small Tortoiseshell 

Ringed Plover


I ain't observed a Wryneck showing off like this one for a few years now. It was performing well on the sheds at the end of Trench Lane for a good twenty minutes in the warm evening light.

Sunset this evening from Porthloo

  The 19th I found a Curlew Sandpiper feeding with the 2 Little Stint and Semipalmated Sandpiper. On the 21st there was a fall of Wheatear with over 200 airfield/Giants Castle area. I managed to see 140+ with another 50 on the golf course.

The Semipalmated Sandpiper hanging out with the little Stint was last seen on the 21st

The Curlew Sandpiper was always distant at Porth Hellick

American Golden Plover at the airfield

Common Sandpiper

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