My daughter Tean singing the Fleetwood Mac's song 'SONGBIRD' from the album Rumours
Robin told me that there was a Black-throated Diver off Carn Movel. So at about 10.00 I was standing at the latter site and found the bird had moved over towards Crow Bar. Just off Samson there were the 7 imm/fem Common Scoters, 4 Great Northern Divers and off Pentle Bay, Tresco, 11 Little Egrets. One of yesterdays Mistle Thrushes flew over towards the pig fields.
Yesterdays weather was still with us with bright warm sunshine. However when that breeze got up a little, you could feel a nip in the air. As I arrived at Porth Hellick, Will was just leaving and told me that he had heard the CETTI'S WARBLER down the path towards the hides. While we were talking a Linnet flew overhead. I went in seach of the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS and found one around the loop trail, showing very well at close range feeding in the sun with a Chiffchaff. I met Robin near the hides and in the field next to the boardwalk was an impressive 51 Fieldfares. There were also more Redwings in, but most of the Skylarks seemed to have moved on. The Pochard was still on the pool and the fem Wigeon had returned from Lower Moors. An adult male Merlin was a new arrival and we flushed 2 Jack Snipe at the ringing station and over 30 Snipe were in the fields of which 8 were on the beach. Robin decided to go and have a look off Star Castle while I continued on and made my way towards Carn Friars. Here I found that the Mistle Thrush had been joined by another bird in the horse paddocks and nearby, I could hear the fem Great Spotted Woodpecker and found her near the ringing station. Back at the crossroads, I joined Martin and Joe who had seen 2 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFFS and a Firecrest. While I was there a Brambling flew NW and the imm male Sparrowhawk went through.
1 SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, 1 fem Great Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Jack Snipe, 1 ad male Merlin, 1 Pochard, fem Wigeon, 1 Grey Plover, 1 Brambling, 1 Siskin, 1 Linnet, 1 Sparrowhawk, 2 Redshanks, 4 Greenshanks, 5 Coots, 6 Goldcrests, 9 Woodcocks, 9 Chiffchaffs, 17 Teal, 30+Lapwings, 30+Snipe, 51 Fieldfare and 80+Redwings.
A classic SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Porth Hellick crossroads
While this bird looks cold looking and the light could play apart in this, so will have to go down as a Eastern 'type' Chiffchaff
SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF at Porth Hellick. Note again how the bird can look different in certain light
This SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF almost landed on my head until I moved!
During this footage at Porth Hellick, you can hear a Dunnock call three times in the background, which sounds similar to the SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF call. It's not until the forth call that you ca hear this SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF and then I filmed some nice twigs.