12th Scilly record of DEWICK'S PLUSIA was trapped overnight on the 26th at Pelistry Farm
First thing this morning, Graham Gorden let me know that he found the first Richard's Pipit of the year on the cricket pitch, St Agnes. Not long after that, Simon Colenutt text to say he just had a Short-toed Lark on the golf course followed by Andrew Gardener texting with a Lapland Bunting on Peninnis Head. With the stiff SE breeze throughout the day, it felt good! However, it turned out to be hard work and all day I slogged around St Mary's for just a few common migrants. This included 100+Meadow Pipit, 4 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Chiffchaff and singles of Yellow Wagtail and Willow Warbler. Siskin were heard overhead in singles all over the shop. It wasn't to late afternoon that it approved and with Ritchie we both went looking for Graham's Richard's Pipit which had made the short flight from St Agnes to St Mary's airfield. We flushed it in the Salkee fields and it flew back onto the airfield where everyone else caught up with it. It disappeared again and while a few of us went searching for it we stumbled upon 3 Lapland Bunting near to the terminal building. A single Skylark also present was the first of the autumn.
Also seen on St Mary's today was an early Redwing over Star Castle, up to 6 Firecrest and new Yellow-browed Warbler included singles at Shooters Pool, Lower Moors and pelistry. The highlight of the day for the one lucky person who saw it, was a mega and first for Scilly, SWALLOWTAIL BUTTERFLY in off at Porthloo beach! No sign of the Red-eyed Vireo on St Agnes, but ther were 5 Yellow Wagtail and a single Turtle Dove.
The 3 Lapland Bunting as usual put on a good show at the airfield
Record shot of a very flighty Richard's Pipit on the airfield
i saw over 100 meadow Pipit today
I saw up to 4 Whinchat
Ralf Parks trapped the DEWICK'S PLUSIA A vagrant from the near Continent where it very common.
It had a snooze for a few minutes
Yesterday morning a call from Ritchie got me running up to golf course to see a juvenile Dotterel. It later on in the afternoon that I returned and had the plover down to a few meters from John Headon and I. Also yesterday was a report of a Red-breasted Flycatcher at watermill.
The golf course Dotterel is clearly a different bird to the juvenile (above) that was at Porth Hellick Down later moving to the airfield last week
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