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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Melodious Warbler trapped at Porth Hellick

Melodious Warbler re-trapped at Porth Hellick.

   From 07.00-10.30 this morning at Porth Hellick/Carn Friers area, it proved to be hard work with not much going on. Even the nets were empty. However, kicking the iris fields at mid-day produced 45+Sedge Warbler and 7 Whinchat. Leaving Porth Hellick, I had a quick look at the quarry next to the road and got 15 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 2 Chiffchaff and a single Garden Warbler. A walk down Higher Moors and Blackcaps were flying in front of me from all over the shop with up to at least 45+ birds. I had not seen one Blackcap before all of this and it was pretty obvious that these birds had just arrived. A single Yellow and tailless Grey Wagtail also flew over.
  A call found me back at the ringing station to have a better look at the Melodious Warbler that was re-trapped after going missing for three days. As it was released, Mark Anderson found a vocal Reed Bunting that had just come in and the ringing had increased. There were also 3 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit on the pool

It was good to see the Melodious Warbler in better light

Flying away after being released

This could be the only Reed Bunting I see on Scilly this year 

2 Curlew Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit on the pool There were also up to 6 Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Blak-tailed Godwit and a single Little Stint on St Agnes. Another 2 Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint, 6 Black-tailed Godwit and the Spotted Redshank and Spotted Crake were on Tresco.

Up to 45 Sedge Warbler and 7 Whinchat were at Porth Hellick

  As there were so many Blackcap around, Mark and I decided to kick the at Content and as a result we got 50+ Blackcap, including 24 in one tiny bush, 3 Garden, 4 Sedge, 10 Willow Warbler, 30+Chiffchaff, 1 Whitethroat and a Wryneck. Also overhead we had all four falcons. A female Merlin giving a Peregrine some jip, Kestrel and Hobby. Yesterday I kicked these same fields and only had 5 Blackcap!
  A look at the Standing Stones field and there were 4 Whinchat, 1 Whitethroat and 10 Chiffchaff.

While at Content, I said to Mark that this looks good for Wryneck and with in seconds of saying that, I said, 'There's one!' As it flew up from in front of us. Another 6 Wrynecks were also seen today.

There are 6 Blackcap, with a single female, and a Garden Warbler in this pic 

Seconds later 2 more female Blackcap appear. With others dotted around, I had a total of over a 130 Blackcap. Others seen included 40 at Longstones and 15 in one bush in the Standing Stones field

I had up to 70 Chiffchaff in different areas with only 20+Willow Warbler. 

We had all four falcons over Contact, including this juvenile Hobby. While on St Agnes there were Honey Buzzard and Osprey.

This Ruff has been at Lower Moors for the last 6 days. Anoth 6 Ruff were on Tresco.

There were 5 Golden Plover on the airfield, including this pale individual and my first Skylark of te autumn. 

Both Nirvana and Mark Lanegan did a fine cover on this Lead belly song.

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