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Sunday, 18 September 2016

3 Common Rosefinch on Bryher

One of the 3 Common Rosefinch in the weedy fields at Fraggle Rock, Bryher

  Another very good day. Made my ways to Tresco this morning and went looking for the Woodchat Shrike around the Abbey Pool that Paul St Perrier found two days ago. I saw it very briefly flying away from an Elm and then bumped into Kevin Cade. He also saw it briefly and we both decided to split and try and relocate it but not before we got the Little Stint on the abbey Pool. After a while I returned to the pool. Over the sound of a helicopter nearby, I thought I heard a Citrine Wagtail call on the far side of the pool. I called Kevin and just be before he arrived, a got a Lesser Whitethroat in the ferns. Then I heard the wagtail again distantly, twice but Kevin didn't hear it. I was happy that it was a Citrine Wagtail and thinking Higgo was on his beloved Bryher I gave him a call. After working overnight he was still in bed! For the next hour I walked slowly around the pool in search of the wagtail with no success and that was the same on the Great Pool.

This Juvenile Little Stint at Tresco Abbey Pool, was the first I've seen in four years!

Lesser Whitethroat at abbey Pool

  The tide was at it's lowest and like 100's of others we walked across from Tresco to Bryher. Just as I steeped onto the latter island, news came on that a Citrine Wagtail had been seen flying from Church Quay towards Fraggle Rock! Great stuff!! I informed Higgo and he was on his ways as he needed it for Bryher. Another search in the area and nothin. So I went looking for the Common Rosaefinch at Fraggle Rock that's been there for the last few days. I immediately found it feeding on Fat Hen and only a few meters away was another one! I took a photo of one of the birds and when I looked at the pic on the back of me camera, I could see two in the same frame! The other was slightly obscured by the Fat Hen. I thought it must be the individual that was feeding nearby. It wasn't as that it was still there. 3 Common Rosefinch feeding together! Suddenly they all got up and off high and out of sight. I called Kevin and when he arrived there were two rosefinches on view. Shortly afterwards Seth and Higgo arrived but there were still only two birds. Higgo went looking for the wagtail but I stuck around and observed the rosefinches because I ain't seen one in years!


2 of the 3 Common Rosefinch feeding on Fat Hen

  Yesterday, when I had time during work, I kicked the Terwince fields and had 2 Whinchat, 2 Blackcap, 1 Redstart, 1 sedge warbler, 1 Chiffchaff, 4 willow Watbler 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whitethroat, and 1 Wryneck  At Porthloo Rocky Robin had relocated the 10 pale-bellied Brent Geese that have been off St Martins for over a week. At Peninnis the Red-backed Shrike was joined by another juvenile (16th) in the same fields and managed to catch up with them with the Wryneck but dipped out on the Common Rosefinch. On the airfield I got the Buff-breasted Sandpiper with 2 Golden Plover.

one of 2 juvenile Red-backed Shrike at Peninnis

The Wryneck was still hanging out in the Trewince fields

Still good numbers of Whinchat around

Up to 3 Dunlin at Porth Hellick


There were two families of five pale-bellied Brent Geese at Porthloo 

There were also 2 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach

The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was flighty on the airfield

  Two nights ago there had been a  Convolvulus Hawk Moth phenomenon on St Agnes with some 40 moths feeding on Ginger Lillies at Covean Cottage! A few of us found out where there were Ginger Lillies on St Mary's and last night I made my ways to Carnwethers and Rocky Robin tried out Trenowth. So at 20.00 I walked into the guest house and found that they were just about to have their dinner. Louise, the owner, asked if I wanted to join them. 'What you hav'n?' I wasn't ready for this 'Jam sandwiches!' Really!! 'I rather have jam on toast' In the end I had chips from the chip van. well I guess they ain't goin to come from a plumbers van. Ideal! Talking about music and getting stuck into food,  I forgot what I came for. Anyways, Louise lead us into her garden and we walked from lilly to liily and immediately found one buzzing around. I called Robin who was watching 8 at Trenowth but we had now 2+hawkmoths. He decided to join us despite me telling him that the chips have all gone and you will have to make do with jam sandwiches! 2+Convolvulus Hawkmoths was the best that we could do for the next hour. At the same time 4 were on St Martins and 2 were on Bryher but that Covean Cottage on St Agnes attracted a total of 25!  

The small crowd observing Convolvulus Hawk Moth at Carn Withers

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

2 Lesser Yellowlegs on scilly

Yesterday this Black-necked Grebe was found by Mark Baker at Old Town Bay. Today it moved to Porthcressa Bay

  Today turned out to be one hell of a day! In fact it's probably one of the best September falls that Scilly has observed. The SSE blow and heavy rain overnight paid off! It all started early this morning with Paul Buxton calling me with a Barred Warbler on the Garrison. This was shortly followed by Mark Anderson telling me he had in two fields of Penninis, a Red-backed Shrike, Wryneck, Lapland Bunting and Common Rosefinch! Then Paul St Perrier text with Red-backed Shrike at Popplestone, Bryher. It had only gone 09.00 when Paul Buxton followed up with an Icterine Warbler also on the Garrison. I called Graham Gorden on St Agnes and told him to get his butt out in the field! He did and immediately came back the best bird of the day, Citrine Wagtail on Porthcoose. The wagtail soon found the Big Pool and joined up with the juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs that Graham found on the 12th. This was the last day that the Porth Hellick Lesser Yellowlegs was seen making this the first time that there have been 2 Lesser Yellowlegs observed on Scilly at the same time!

I managed to catch up with the juvenile Red-backed Shrike on Peninnis but dipped out on everything else that was also up there in the thirty minutes that I had. Also had a Pied Flycatcher and Whitethroat 

  Throughout today, texts and calls were hitting me all the time and on Penninis there were 2 Common Rosefinch,, 1 Red-backed Shrike, 2 Wryneck and 2 Lapland Bunting. On the Garrison there were 1 Melodious, 2 1cterine, 1 Barred Warbler and a single Common Rosefinch. Another of the latter species was at Telegraph and on the golf course there was an Ortolan Bunting with a Nightingale at Newford Duckpond. The third Buff-breasted Sandpiper of the autumn was discovered with the Dotterel on the 12th, was still present, absent the plover. At least 3 more Wryneck were seen and a Lesser Whitethroat was at Porth Hellick

One of the 2 Icterine Warbler that Paul Buxton found on the Garrison

Ren had 2 Garden Warbler on the Garrison but all I could find was this individual. He also had over 15 Blackcap 

I had up to 3 pied Flycatcher and 8 spotted Flycatcher on the Garrison

  On St Agnes there were Citrine Wagtail, Lesser Yellowlegs, Common Rosefinch, Lapland Bunting and just before dark, Graham went and found a Short-toed Lark in the Broweth Fields. Only a Red-backed Shrike was on Bryher with 10 Whinchat. Yesterday Paul St Perrier had a Spotted Crake on the Tresco Great Pool with a Great-spotted Woodpecker nearby.

1st winter Citrine Wagtail, Big Pool, St Agnes

  With these scarcities came good numbers of common migrants and a look in Trenowth fields produced single Redstart, Pied and 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit, 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 1 Wryneck, 3 Lapwing and 2 Whinchat. Of the latter species I saw 6 in the Standing stones field with 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Whitethroat and Kingfisher. Early evening I went looking for of Pauls Icterine Warblers on the Dead Pine walk, Garrison and found it showing off in the ferns. also had 8 Spotted and 3 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Garden Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 7 Willow Warbler, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap and 2 Whinchat. 

With so much goin on, it would of been a great day to have off work.

At least 10 Tree Pipit were on St Mary's.

This Redstart at Trenowth was the only one I saw. 

Over 20 Whinchat were on St Mary's. I managed to see 10 including this one at Trenowth with an out of focus Wryneck. another 10 were on Bryher

I saw up to 20 Willow Warbler

A few of us got the third Buff-breasted Sandpiper of the autumn on the airfield just before dark

Also good numbers of Vestal Moth. I kicked at least 10 out of the grass in different areas

 This Black-necked Grebe came in close at Old Town Bay yesterday in the heavy rain

Also yesterday this Yellow Wagtail was at Porth Hellick and 15 White Wagtail were at Porthloo

Two days ago, Nigel Hudson found this juvenile Red-backed Shrike in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors

The Lesser Yellowlegs continued to perform well at Porth Hellick until the 12th


The Cliff Swallow at Porth Hellick was last seen by Myself, Higgo and Martin Goodey on the evening of the 11th

Lets have some more from PJ Harvey with Desert Sessions