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Sunday, 16 September 2018

3rd Citrine Wagtail this autumn!

This Juvenile Citrine Wagtail was found by Robin Mawer and Mike Spicer at Porth Hellick, 14th and was the third in a month on Scilly. This morning it showed superbly in front of both hides.

  Besides the Juvenile Citrine Wagtail at Porth Hellick, the only other bird of note this morning was a Kingfisher. As it was too rough with the strong SW, I thought it would be safer to leave the kayak behind and take the boat to Tresco instead. On the latter island from the Swarovski Hide I spotted the juvenile Baird's Sandpiper feeding distantly on Simpson's Field with 17 Dunlin. I was just about to leave the hide when other observers told me that the flock are coming our ways. They flew in and landed on the weed a lot closer. From the David Hunt Hide the Wood sandpiper that arrived last week was in the SE corner. On the Abbey Pool there were still the Knot and Black-tailed Godwit but no sign of yesterdays 2 Pectoral Sandpiper

Juvenile Citrine Wagtail at Porth Hellick

This is the first time a Kingfisher has posed for me longer enough to focus my camera on it. Last week Jim trapped a Kingfisher that had been ringed in France. This is only the third French recovery from the UK!!

The juvenile Baird's Sandpiper feeding with Dunlin from the Swarovski Hide on the Tresco Great Pool

This Wood Sandpiper was always distant in the SE of the Great pool

  A stroll along the nearby beaches produced over 100 Sanderling, 80+Ringed Plover, 22 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone and a single Whimbrel. At the same time as I was counting the waders, other observers had a flyby Hobby at the other end of the island. I only had an hour left before heading home and so I returned to the Abbey Pool where there were a Whinchat and female Merlin nearby. In with some 70 Black-headed Gull were an adult Mediterranean and 2nd winter Common Gull and scanning the shore I relocated the Baird's Sandpiper and managed to get some crippling views as it fed with a single Dunlin.
  Twenty minutes later I was on the boat and news came out of a Pectoral and Baird's Sandpiper on the Big Pool, Bryher. Could this be a different Baird's to the individual on Tresco?? Also on Bryher today there was a Wryneck at Stoney Porth and on St Agnes there was a possible Red-footed Falcon that passed the lighthouse and this morning 2 Crane flew south over the campsite following hot on the heels on the 14th of the Crane that Paul St Piere observed over Bryher just before dark. The next morning he had it on the Great Pool but at 09.30 there was no sign of it. We know where it went to as in the last few days it's been spending it's time between Drift and Hayle in Cornwall!

The juvenile baird's Sandpiper showed off on the Abbey Pool

2nd winter Common Gull

Adult Common Gull

  Two days ago, 14th, I kicked a Grasshopper Warbler in the Standing Stones where on the 12th there were also 6 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a single Tree Pipit. On the airfield there were up to 65 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat and two days ago I had my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year at Bishop View.

I lay down meters from these 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the airfield in the evening light. As they were almost on top of me, they split and went either side of me and continued feeding!!

Scott on the golf course getting a taste of his first close encounter of Buff-breasted Sandpipers on Scilly which were last seen on the 14th.

Also the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was last seen at porth Hellick on the morning of the 14th

Up to 4 Whinchat were at Lower Moors yesterday with 6 there 14th.

Tree Pipit

Spotted Flycatcher

There are still over 100 Swallow roosting at Porth Hellick

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Monday, 10 September 2018

2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the airfield

From one yesterday to 2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper that I stumbled across this evening on the airfield.

  09.30 this morning, Scott Reid found a possible Booted Warbler at the start of the pine belt opposite the gateway into Carn Friars. A few of us arrived shortly afterwards but after nearly an hour I had to get back to work and there was no sign of it. A single Grey, Yellow and 2 White Wagtail came in off the sea while searching for the warbler and nearby I had single Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher and 7 Willow Warbler.
  As Higgo and I returned to me wagon we passed the hides at Porth Hellick and was told by Trevor and Julie that they had just found a juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the Seaward Hide. Sure enough, there it was showing superbly and there were also 2 Grey Wagtail. At the same time, Paul St Piere put the news out to say that yesterdays Pectoral and Baird's Sandpiper were still on Tresco Abbey Pool. He also had a Wryneck by the tennis courts and a Wood Sandpiper on the Great Pool.

Juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper just arrived at Porth Hellick with yesterdays individual still present on Tresco

Up to 7 willow Warbler were at Carn Friars

   Later in the day, Bill Pender, Joe Pender's uncle, told me that he had Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the SE end of the golf  at 11.30 this morning! Bill has probably seen more Buffies than all of us put together on the golf course. It was now nearly 16,00 and I had a quick look and only saw 8 White Wagtail and 70+Meadow Pipit. I guessed that the sandpiper has probably returned to the airfield, if it is yesterdays bird.  After work I found myself on the airfield and on the north runway near to the hangers were not one but 2 juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper. No surprise there really and looking at the weather coming in, they will probably increase in the next few days.
  I joined Nigel Bray at Porth Hellick and still the Pectoral Sandpiper was directly in front of the hide. An impressive 100+White Wagtail came into roost with 70+Swallow and a single Sand Martin. 

  On Bryher Will Wagstaff found a Wryneck near to the tennis courts.


The light was spot on!! If you lye down, Buff-breasted Sandpipers will walk all over you and this is what these two juveniles did!! One came at arms length away from me!!  

Over 100 White Wagtail roosted at Porth Hellick

It was almost dark when I took this photo of the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the Sussex Hide

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