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Monday, 14 September 2015

2 Pectoral Sandpiper at Porth Hellick

2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper confronting each other at Porth Hellick

 With the very strong SE yesterday, the trees were blowing all over the shop making birding difficult. Most of the birds from the day before had moved out with only pockets of Wheatears. However, on the golf course I got over 50 White Wagtail and 15 Siskin flew south. Another 4 Siskin were on The Garrison where I saw my only Spotted Flycatcher of the day.
  Porth Hellick was the place to be and after getting cracking views of the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the Sussex Hide, 925 and I made are way to the seaward hide and could see that the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper in front of us was a brighter individual and thought that this must the bird that joined the other pec briefly yesterday. Although it could be the other way around. This was confirmed when a birder, who was in the hide when we arrived, told us that it had been present for the last 20 minutes. A few minutes later, both birds were together fighting just below us! The Tresco juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper, that turned up two weeks ago, was still present on the Great Pool throughout the day. So there are 3 Pectoral Sandpiper altogether! Robin came into the hide and said, why are those 2 Canada Geese fighting? We only had brief flight views of the Deep Point Quarry Wryneck and later news came out that was a new bird at Telegraph.
  A Red-veined Darter was at the Big Pool, St Agnes and hopefully the first of many.

The 2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers were entertaining to watch as they were sizing each other up

Including the adult that was at Porth Hellick in August, so far we've had 4 pectoral Sandpiper on Scilly.

Only a handful of Greenshank, 1 Common Sandpiper and Sand Martin, 2 Green sandpiper and Snipe at Porth Hellick

 Today the only new birds reported were 2 Yellow-browed Warbler. One at Telegraph Sunken Garden with another in Holy Vale. Nearby the Higher Moors bird was still present and the Wryneck at Deep Point was joined by another individual. The 2 Pectoral sandpipers were showing well at Porth Hellick and on St Agnes the Barred Warbler was still in the Chapel Fields

The only birds of note that I saw was, an adult and 1st winter Mediterranean Gull were feeding with over 80 Black-headed Gull at Porthloo.

Oystercatchers and 6 whimbrel were also on the beach and a male Merlin flew west

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