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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Pallid Swift on St Mary's and Tresco

This Pallas's Warbler at Deep Point showed superbly throughout the day

   T-shirt weather today and mid-morning I got both the Olive-backed and Tree Pipit at Normandy. I had a bit of time before returning to work and as I got out of me wagon at Porth Hellick I immediately heard a Dusky Warbler nearby and a Yellow-browed Warbler above me head. I jumped over the gate and ran across the field to where it was calling. It was still vocal but could I see the damn thing. was it Jim's bird he ringed yesterday just round corner or was a new bird? It was on private land and I called Will 'Greedy' Scott. By the time he arrived the warbler had shut up. however, after I left for work, Will relocated it on the loop trail and it had a ring on it.

Where the Olive-backed Pipit went the Tree Pipit followed

  I returned to Porth Hellick and this time when I got out of me wagon, this time I heard the Great-spotted Woodpecker in the pines at Porth Hellick House. I was talking to Paul Gale who told me that when he heard news of the Hen Harrier earlier on over Porth Hellick, he went into the hide but couldn't see it. I said, try opening the slats. You might have a better chance of seeing it then. Then Martin Goodey came on the radio 'Pallas's still at Deep Point' During the twenty minutes that I was at the latter site, the Pallas's Warbler was always on show performing superbly at close range.
  I also had 7 Yellow-browed Warbler with singles at Deep Point, Newford, Porth Hellick, Porthloo Lane with 3 at Lower Moors where I also had 2 Firecrest and a single Willow Warbler.

  Elsewhere today, the Pallid Swift had moved over to Tresco where there were also 2 Little Bunting. On St Mary's, 2 more Olive-backed Pipit were discovered at Old Town and on Peninnis the Snow Bunting and Wryneck were still present. An Osprey did a tour around the islands.

what a bird!

There were 2 Black Redstart at the airport

The first Dusky Warbler of the autumn was found yesterday in a net at Porth Hellick with another bird later in the day on Tresco

  With the gale force ESE and overnight rain yesterday, it wasn't really a surprise when 2 Olive-backed Pipit, 2 Dusky Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Hawfinch and 4 Pallas's Warbler turned up today with good numbers of Blackcap. Thrown in was a Pallid Swift.

  I started the day at Newford and got 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 5 Woodcock, 10+Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat. While walking around, Niall Machin text me that he had found a Pallas's Warbler at Rocky Hills chalets. The first of four on St Mary's. At Porth Hellick Jim had trapped a Dusky Warbler and I got there in time before he released it. I also briefly saw the Reed Bunting nearby and 3 Swallow overhead.

Lesser Whitethroat at Newford

The second time I've seen Dusky Warbler in the hand

  Later in the afternoon at Trenowth, a Woodlark flew east and a quick look in the fields found the lark in sub-song at close range in a private field. I'm goin to change Will 'Greedy Blyth's' Scott (After finding 3 Blyth's Pipit) to just Will 'Greedy' Scott! In the space of two hours he first found a Pallas's Warbler at Salkee, followed by a Olive-backed Pipit at Normandy and in pine belt at Porth Hellick Down, another Pallas's Warbler! Out of all three I saw the pipit in company with a Tree Pipit. While we were there, news broke that there was also a Olive-backed Pipit on Tresco with a Little Bunting and a Pallid Swift was up at Telegraph. We chased the damn swift around the island until it was pinned down over Trewince/Rocky Hills high up with 2 House Martin.
  Throughout the day, there were also seemed to be more thrushes in and I observed a small group fly in off the sea at the east end of the St Mary's, mid-afternoon.

The Woodlark showed well at Trenowth

This Tree Pipit was hanging out with the OBP at Normandy

When I picked up John Gale and co from Newford to twitch Olive-backed Pipit, he had just found a Pallas's Warbler 

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Sunday, 23 October 2016


If accepted this will 3rd winter AMERICAN HERRING GULL at the dump this afternoon

  I wasn't thinking about a yank today while getting blown all over the shop by the gale force easterlies. However, that's what happened. I always scan the gulls when passing the dump and on this occasion, one gull on the roof looked to me a very good candidate for an American Herring Gull. But it's been easterlies for weeks! I fired of some shots then called Rocky Robin as I had just spoken to him and he's got a car. I was telling him about the gull when the damn thing got up. I had to get flight shots and in my haste all the settings were wrong. It flew off north towards Porth Mellon. I ran like the devil but there was no sign of it anywhere after ten minutes of searching the area. As Nigel Hudson lived just up road, I continued running. I needed to see the flight shots and although they looked good on the back of the camera, I needed to see them on the computer. The pics looked even better on his PC and we needed to send the pics off to the gull experts. That we did and it was only until after dark that Peter Adriaens replied with 'This bird looks perfect for a 3rd-cycle ('3rd-year') AMERICAN HERRING GULL! Not an easily clinched plumage in a European context! This one checks all the right boxes though' Magic Stuff!!

  When I left Nigel's, any birders I saw I showed the pics to and I called a few of the locals. I didn't put the news out as a possible because all the crap mistakes I've made in the past. Although I'm not a good birder, I knew this was more than likely goin to be a Smiths and on this occasion,  it was!

Cheers to Peter Adriaens, Mashuq Ahmad, Chris Batty and Nigel Hudson


  Before all this happpened, at 08.30, I made my ways up to the Trewince fields and got 100 Chaffinch, 150+Redwing, 50+Fieldfare and 2 Mistle Thrush. There were 2 Black Redstart at Porthloo and 3 Whinchat at the golf course. Up to 16 Snipe and a single Woodcock were in the Standing Stones field.
  Three hours later Rocky Robin went up to Trewince to get the Mistle Thrush and told me there were hundreds of Chaffinch up there. At 15.00 I returned I there were now at 250 Chaffinch in the area but when a Kestrel flew over, over 600 Chaffinch flew into the pine belt with 2 Brambling, although I'm sure there were more. With them were now 350+Redwing, 150+Fieldfare, 29 Skylark, 8 Pied Wagtail and overhead, a single House Martin.

There were 2 Mistle Thrush at Trewince. Other birds were at Sunnyside, Parting Carn and the Garrison.

I had over 500 Redwing today with 350 at Trewince

and over 300 Fieldfare

The Trewince fields were covered with 600+Chaffinch

2 black Redstart were at Porthloo

3 Whinchat were on the golf course

  Other good news is that yesterdays Siberian Stonechat that Mark Halliday found at Maypole, has been re-identified as Scillies second CASPIAN STONECHAT

I saw this cat while in California at Hotel Cafe just off Sunset Strip

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Siberian Stonechat at Maypole

Siberian Stonechat showing well at Maypole found by Mark Halliday

  There were more winter thrushes first thing this morning than yesterday over me digs. Dots high up in the sky heading NE turned out to be 40+Fieldare and 25+Redwing. A quick look along the Dead Pine Walk and there were single Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Swallow. At the same time, I missed out on a Short-eared Owl over the football field by another birder and at Longstones a Richard's Pipit flew over.
  Inbetween working, a look at Newford produced 3 Grey Wagtail4 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and the Pied Flycatcher. Thrushes were on the move with the largest flock, 150+Redwing and 100+Fieldfare. 

100's of winter thrushes arrived today with a flock of 300 dropping out of the sky on St Agnes. Altogether I saw up to 250+Redwing and 200+Fieldfare

  Graham Gorden text me with news that two birders had a PALLIED HARRIER performing well over Browarth, St Agnes, before flying out over The Roads towards Tresco/St Mary's. With the easterlies, everyone was expecting more birds to hit Scilly. By mid-morning there was no sign of any of yesterdays Red-flanked Bluetails but the Little Bunting was still on Tresco.

  At 12.20 I got a call from Mark Halliday telling me that he had just found a Siberian Stonechat at Maypole. It was nearly an hour later when I arrived with Higgo and Chesney and found the stonechat showing at some distance at the other end of the field. However, five minutes later it was only a few meters away from us but soon returned to the far corner. I made my ways back to work and returned again later in the afternoon and observed it a lot longer at close range.

The only other Siberian Stonechat that I've ever seen is a bird on Peninnis found by John Chapple over ten years ago I think?

I went to tell Nigel Hudson about the stonechat and found himself and Jim messing around with the Pale-legged or Sakhalin Leaf Warbler that was found dead yesterday on St Agnes. It weighed in at over 9 grams. Took with my iPhone.

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