Possible Iberian Chiffchaff at the Garrison?
Yesterday, in the late afternoon sun, I had my first walk around the Garrison in two weeks! Approaching the Elms next to the tennis courts, I could see a Chiffchaff feeding. I had already had 4 Chiffchaffs and a female Blackcap. However, when I put my bins on this chiff, I immediately noted the pale base to the bill and the long off white supercilium.In certain light it appeared more yellow before the eye. A quick look at the legs, and yes, they were plum coloured! The breast and throat seemed pale. The rest of the bird looked like a Chiffchaff. I never heard it and after taking a few pics, it flew off towards the dead pine walk, where I lost it. I informed other birders and a few that saw the pics of the bird, agreed that it look good for a possible Iberian Chiffchaff. Unfortunately, unless heard, then it's one that got away.
Today, Fran Hicks discovered a singing male GREENISH WARBLER in his fields at Cove Vean. Only the second Scilly June record.
In this side on shot, it appears to have a long primary projection.
Note in all the above images the bird shows a pale base to the bill and plum coloured legs. The two bottom images shows yellow soles. I know that Chiffchaff can show this, but if you combine all the other characteristics on this bird, is this a good feature? The male at Lower Moors in April, also showed yellow soles.
Any opinions on the this bird are most welcome
Last week this False Black Widow turned up in my room. Only my third one I've seen on Scilly
Up to 7 Black-tailed Godwit were at Porth Hellick last week.
Also at Porth Hellick, this male Mute Swan was having a stretch
This male Linnet was on the Garrison
There were a family of 4 juvenile Stonechat on Samson being fed by this male
This Shag took a liking to the coastal path at Bar
Wooden Shjips perform "Flight" live in the KEXP studio. Recorded 8/27/2011. Wooden Shjips (pronounced 'ships') is a space rock/psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, USA. Their sound has been described as experimental, minimalist, drone rock, and "spacey psychedelic rock". They have been compared to Suicide, Loop, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, Soft Machine and Guru Guru. They are currently signed to Holy Mountain records, whose artist roster also includes Six Organs of Admittance, Om, Mammatus and Daniel Higgs. Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson also plays in a side project, Moon Duo, formed in 2009 with Sanae Yamada. They have so far released one EP (Killing Time, 2009 [Sacred Bones]) and three albums (Escape, 2010 [Woodsist]; Mazes, 2011 [Sacred Bones]; and Circles, 2012 [Sacred Bones]).