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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Blair's Mocha trapped at Pelistry

Pied Flycatcher at Newford

  Yesterday at first light, a few of us had gathered at the south end of the airfield, but despite extensive searching in the area throughout the day, there was no sign of the Isabelline Wheatear but the Short-toed Lark was still present. However, I managed to see the mobile Snow Bunting on Giants Castle with a single wheatear and nearby with Will Scott and Chesney, we observed 3 Yellow Wagtail feeding with 120+Meadow Pipit in the Salakee fields. Of the latter species, there was an obvious increase and in total I had over 600 birds. On the golf course 2 Crossbill flew south and there were also 2 Wheatear. 2 more Wheatear were on the east side of the Garrison with over 200 Meadow Pipit.  At sandy Lanes I found the flock of Stock Doves I had four days go and counted 34 altogether. While coming away from the doves, it came over on the radio 'Serin over Holy Vale towards Longstones' Seconds later I could hear to the south of me, but could I see the damn thing.

Up to 3 Yellow Wagtail were at Salakee including this interesting individual 


Meadow Pipits seemed to all over the shop and the bottom pic was part of the 200+ on the Garrison. Over 800 were seen on St Mary's.

This Vestal and top, Blair's Mocha were both trapped overnight at Pelstry. The Mocha was a new species for me and is scarce on the islands

   This morning it was overcast with the SE still blowing and new birds were in including Richard's Pipit, Wryneck and Little Bunting on St Agnes, Another Little Bunting was also on Tresco and on St Mary's there were over 15 Yellow-browed Warbler seen with 4 on the Garrison. A Hawfinch flew over Newford and an Osprey was over Tresco Great Pool.
  After hearing the male Great-spotted Woodpecker a few times over the last week, I managed to catch up with it at newford Duckpond. In the fields nearby there 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest, 10 Chiffchaff, 2 House Martin and 1 Pied Flycatcher. A male Ring Ouzel flew from the NW into Content.
  Will Scott contacted me to tell me that he heard and briefly saw a medium sized pipit at Tremelthen that was almost certain a BLYTH'S PIPIT. We searched the fields in the area and got 4 Yellow Wagtail with 80+Meadow Pipit, but there was no sign of the pipit. Mid-afternoon and a Richard's Pipit was reported flying over Porthloo towards Telegraph. I went to look at the Trewince fields for it and got 11 Skylark. 20.00 I heard my first Redwing of the autunm fly over town.

Record shot of the male Great spotted Woodpecker at Newford Duckpond

More Chiffchaff in today


This is the Isabelline Wheatear that Ren found on Bryher on the 29/10/98. It's never been accepted but you can clearly see that's it's a Isabelline. We've both ticked it off after just getting cracking views of Rose-brested Grosebeak and Pied-billed Grebe nearby. The Three days before we twitched St Agnes to see our first American Robin! 

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