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Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Pink-footed Goose

This Pink-footed Goose stayed very briefly at the airfield

  First thing this morning I was at pelistry and observed over 40 Redwing fly NW. 5 Brambling with 70-80 Chaffinch at Watermill, were my my first of the autumn and nearby there was a vocal Yellow-browed Warbler in the Cove. I managed to see just one of the 2 Hawfinch at green Lane and there was a Black Redstart at the farm . At Newford both the Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler were still present with the Great-spotted Woodpecker. Just up road at Trenowth there were 5 Firecrest, 2 woodcock and 40+siskin. 

5 Brambling were at watermill with 70-80 Chaffinch

Siberian Chiffchaff at Newford

Up to 5 Firecrest were at Trenowth

Over 40 Siskin were at Trenowth

  After visiting the airport throughout the rest of day running taxis, mid-afternoon I was talking to Martin Goodey about the Pink-footed Goose that he saw yesterday over the island, when I said 'Hold on, I think I've got it' Sure enough the goose was front on heading my way and came down at the NW end of the airfield close the me wagon that I was sitting in. I quickly took some pics, as I could see that it was edgy with all the activity goin on. After a few minutes it was back up in the air and flew out east. also on the airfield were a single Wheatear, the 2 Black Redstart and a mobile flock of 40-45 Skylark.

Flying over town

This Pink-footed Goose spent a few minutes on the airfield before being flushed

  The last hour of the day I found myself at Higher Moors and immediately got the Northern Willow Warbler that I had here over a week ago. There was also the Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Firecrest25+Chiffchaff and 15+Goldcrest. 
  Across the road at the entrance of Porth Hellick, I could hear another Yellow-browed Warbler and saw another 3 Firecrest, but only 15 Chiffchaff. There were also 2 swallow and the Lapwing  overhead.

The Northern Willow Warbler and Siberian Chiffchaff were still at Higher Moors and taken in the fading light, Yellow-browed Warbler.

I saw over 50 Chiffchaff including this individual that appeared to have an eye missing

Altogether I saw 11 Firecrest today

False Black Widow Spiders can be found anywhere on St Mary's. This female was at Porthcressa Petrol Station.

  Two days ago there were up to 4 Palla's Warbler on Scilly with singles on Bryher and Trenowth, St Mary's. On St Agnes there were 2 other birds with a Dusky Warbler discovered. The following day, Agnes produced a Radda's Warbler at Troy Town. Today, the Radda's, Dusky and only 1 Palla's Warbler were still present with the Bryher individual still at South Hill Cottage. On Gugh, there was a flyover Serin and Chesney had a Woodlark NE over The Garrison, St Mary's.  

Another amazing artist under the radar. Hoping to go and see him live real soon. 


  1. Normally only see the pink feet miles up in the sky, in big echelons! Great photos

  2. Thanks Simon. Whenever I make winter visits to Norfolk, one thing I look forward to is the skies full of Pink-feets.