Porth Hellick this evening
Over 30 Robins were in the campsite area on the Garrison
Arrived at Porth Hellick just after 07.00 and the first bird I see of note, is the immature female Marsh Harrier flying away towards Salkee. This was quickly followed by my first Willow Warbler of the year with a single singing on the loop trail and another in between the two hides. A migrating Whimbrel was heard in the bay and a look at Carn Friars found a stunning summer plumage male Brambling feeding with 25+Chaffinch in the horse paddock. There were also 2 imm/fem Black Redstart, 5 Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap. Over 20 Robin were at Porth Hellick/Carn Friars. A call from work saw me leaving sooner than I'd liked.
Later in the day, I found that Robins were still in good numbers on the Garrison with over 30 birds just in the campsite area! There was also 4 Blackcap, 2 White and 4 Pied Wagtail, 2 Chiffchaff, an immature male Sparrowhawk and female Kestrel. At the Woolpack, 3 male Black Redstart, 10+Meadow Pipit and a male Wheatear.
Meadow Pipit, Wheatear and Robin, all seen in the campsite area, Garrison. These Robins were never easy to get close to!
I decided to check areas for Black Redstart where I didn't have time to look yesterday. As a result, there were 11 at Pelistry, inclunding 6 on the beach and 7 at the stables. Also, a single Chiffchaff and over 30 Meadow Pipit were put up by a male Kestrel.
An hour after I left Carn Friars this morning, Jim trapped a WHITE-SPOTTED BLUETHROAT at Porth Hellick, only the forth Scilly record!! If it wasn't for that call from work, then I would of gone to see how he was getting on and maybe I would of been there when he caught it! So, this evening, Robin, Ritchie and I tried our luck. However, there was no sign of it. Instead, there were 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Snipe, 2 pairs of Teal and the female Pochard all on the pool. 5 Sand Martin arrived and ended up roosting in the reeds. Ritchie and I saw the immature female Marsh Harrier briefly and 12 Golden Plover, 3 White and 2 Pied Wagtail on the beach.
A nice male Grey Wagtail at Porth Hellickat Porth Hellick Martin Goodey
A pair of Shelduck at Porth Hellick
Martin took this shot from the Sussex hide of us all looking for the Bluethroat . From the left, Ritchie, great camo gear, Robin, which strand of grass? and myself, it's in the bottom of the top of the bush! A?