some of the 40 Blackcap hidden in the hedge with a single Whitethroat at Newford
All day yesterday it was blowing a NW gale force 9, with driving rain. All the migrants that arrived in the last few days would of stayed put in the safety of the islands and from the steps of work, sitting in me waggon this morning, there were 5 Willow Warbler and a single male Blackcap. Others were flicking around in the garden. I took some guests up to the top of the island to take some pics. I had twenty minutes to kill before I picked them back up again. At Newford Duckpond there were only 2 birds on view. However, a look in the horse paddock found Willow Warblers dancing all over the shop and every few steps that I took as started walking through the field, they were flying off into the nearby hedge in 5's and 10's. Over 50 Meadow Pipit were also flushed and in one corner a flock of 40 Blackcap got up! I continued to walk around and came to where I had started. I finally came up with 150+Willow Warbler, 60-70 Blackcap, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Wheatear and heard 2 Grasshopper Warbler and my first Cuckoo of the year! A female Merlin also flew over. I had to leave, before the guys arrived to experience this very rare unique opportunity of all these birds feeding together.
Willow Warblers were flying out from the field in small numbers.
Robin, Tony and Ritchie did a lot better than me and managed to see, 2-300 Willow Warbler, 100+Blackcap and 3 Lesser Whitethroat at Newford!
Later in the afternoon I tried Maypole and just in two small fields I flushed 10+ Blackcap and 50+Willow Warbler. At home I tried the back fields at Content and concentrated on the east side of a long grassed field were 60+Blackcap, 45+Willow Warbler and 1 Sedge Warbler. Late afternoon, it started to rain and brought down 26 swift to feed low over Hugh Town.
2 Sand Martin were hawking over Porthloo Duckpond
Whitethroat at Trenowth
Higgo returned to Bryher and Robin made a visit to tresco in the afternoon.
10 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER
5-600 WILLOW WARBLER
1 MALE RING OUZEL
12 HOUSE MARTIN
6 SAND MARTIN
6 GRASSHOPPER WARBLER
200 WILLOW WARBLER
1 SPOTTED FLYCATCHER
1 YELLOW WAGTAIL
50 WILLOW WARBLER
6 YELLOW WAGTAIL
2 BLACK-TAILED GODWIT
This doesn't give an idea of how bad the weather was yesterday with a NW gale force 9
Looking from Bar Point
'Ghost Ship' by Bonobo