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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

ORTOLAN BUNTING at the Golf Course

1st winter ORTOLAN BUNTING  

  Another good day and it all started on the Garrison early this morning. In the strong eastlies I had only seen 3 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff. However, when I arrived at Morning Point, there was a cracking juvenile Yellow-legged gull on the water. No doubt one of the five that Gray has seen on St Agnes in the last few weeks. After a few minutes it flew off into Porthcressa Bay with 2 juv/1st winter Mediteranean Gull.

Juvenile yellow-legged Gull at morning point 

  Mid-morning and had half an hour to spare. I checked Porthloo and found 2 different juv/1st winter Mediterranean Gull with the 2nd winter at Porthloo. 2 Dunlin and 15+Pied Wagtail were also on the beach. I could not find one White Wagtail, but on the Golf Course, there were 2 White Wagtail with a single Wheatear and a Swift flew south. I scanned through a small group of Linnets on the 7th fairway and feeding with them was a smart ORTOLAN BUNTING! It was then flushed by a local golfer and I lost it. With in minutes, Robin, Ritchie and Martin started help me seach for it. After ten minutes I had to make a move and headed towards me wagon parked in the car park. In my path I spotted the bunting and beckoned the others over.


1st winter ORTOLAN BUNTING at the Golf Course 

2nd winter Mediterranean Gull at Porthloo  

  In the afternoon while doing taxi's, a Yellow Wagtail flew over Porth Hellick Crossroads and a Tree Pipit was on wires at Parting Carn. While dropping some folks off at the vets, I could see the juvenile WOODCHAT SHRIKE on a post at a distant. At 19.00 I was watching the BEE-EATER at very close range on telephone wires at Maypole and the resident Buzzard and male Peregrine flew overhead with 2 Raven.

We are so lucky to see and hear this little beauty on an almost daily basis  

The Buzzard ruddying it's tail over Maypole 

  Gray also had a good day on St Agnes. First he had a female type ORTOLAN BUNTING briefly on the cricket pitch mid-morning and it flew off at 10.30. So it could of easily flew to St Mary's as I found the GC bird at 11.45. He also found a 1st winter CITRINE WAGTAIL this evening on the Big Pool and talking to him, and as we suspected, it proved to be a different individual to that I discovered on Tresco over a week ago, 21/8.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Spider - just catching up on a few days as have been busy - some superb birds arriving on Scilly and that Bee-Eater is still looking stunning - great photos from you & Martin. All we're getting in Perranuthnoe are Swallows & Martins by the hundred ! Sue