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Friday, 19 September 2014

Booted Warbler at Peninnis Head

Booted Warbler showed at very close range in the closing light

  I have had two cracking days. Yesterday morning, we were all so lucky to see a Corncrake in the hand after being trapped at Porth Hellick. Returning back to wagon, we had a quick look from the hides and got the 2 Curlew Sandpiper that turned up the day before. A quick look at Lower Moors produced a single Ruff and on the lane bordering the Standing Field, I flushed a Wryneck. Probably the bird that Big Al found 10 year ago! Also found yesterday, was a Red-breasted Flycatcher at Newford. As it was reported showing well, I gave it go and saw the bird on and off always into the sunlight. An hour off in the afternoon and I went to look at the Content area. I had a Firecrest on arrival, followed by Spotted and 4 Pied Flycatcher. However, this one large field was alive with birds and I only kicked half of the field. I got 25-30 Willow, 6 Sedge Warbler, 7 Whitethroat, 5 Chiff and Blackcap. The day before I had a single Turtle Dove in the same field. Later on at The Garrison, just along the Dead Pine Walk, there were 7 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatcher, 13 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and a single Whinchat. 

Corncrake trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. 

Over 40 birds were ringed at Porth Hellick. Mainly Willow and Sedge Warbler and this Whitethroat

How I did not see the Red-breasted Flycatcher at Newford. This bird was found by Chris and Juliet Moore who also took this pic

Up to 7 Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Pied Flycatcher were on the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison

This morning started in the same way as yesterday. A call at 07.45 found me at Porth Hellick 15 minutes later with a Melodious Warbler in my face. I then headed for the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and got the Wryneck with 8 Sedge, 10+Willow Warbler, 5 Chiffchaff and a single Whitethroat. Mark Anderson called to say that he had a Barred Warbler in the Peninnis Allotments. Despite three visits I never conected, but had to be content with 2 Mediterranean Gull and an Osprey that disappeared into the fog. On my third visit, news brake of a Booted warbler on Peninnis! It was an hour later when I arrived and the bird was feeding quite actively feeding on the west slope of Peninnis. An hour later, a few of us sat down and waited for the warbler to come to us and as a result it did at very close range. A Yellow Wagtail and 30+Meadow Pipit also flew over.  Keith peplow gets off the boat from Penzance, got the Barred Warbler, continued towards Peninnis Head and found the Booted warbler!

Before this Melodious Warbler was trapped at Porth Hellick, Jim got a Grasshopper Warbler

Wryneck at the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors

Up to 8 Sedge Warbler were also in the field

Willow Warblers are all over the shop at the moment

All the pics of the Booted Warbler were taken in fog and fading light

Alela Diane Menig (born April 20, 1983), known as Alela Diane, is an American singer-songwriter. from Portland, OregonShe toured the U.S. both solo and with Tom Brosseau, and opened for Iron & WineAkron/FamilyThe Decemberists, and Vashti Bunyan. She also toured extensively in Europe (UK, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany) in March, April and May 2008. 

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