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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

1st DUSKY THRUSH for Scilly

Mega find by Mark Telfer who got this record shot of a DUSKY THRUSH briefly at Peninnis

  It went crazy this morning when a DUSKY THRUSH was found on Peninnis! Unfortunately it flew off and was never seen again. However, at any opportunity during work, I was in the field checking out every Redwing. I also had a quick look at the Tree and Olive-backed Pipit at Normandy with Graham Gorden.
  At 15.00 I took the rest of the afternoon off and kicked every field in the Pelistry/Green and Maypole Farm area. I got at least 40+Redwing, 1 Siskin, 1 Woodcock, male Merlin and 1 Black Redstart. Walking along the edge of a bulb field at Green Farm, a Olive-backed Pipit got up in front of me and very briefly landed on a branch before flying through down into the next field. Nice one but some fifty minutes later I flushed another Olive-backed Pipit out of a clover field with 60+Meadow Pipit at Maypole Farm! Magic stuff! This one showed a lot better before it too flew into the next field. I got a text from Graham saying that he had a Hawfinch at Newford Duckpond. Then while talking to Will 'greedy' Scott on the phone, he interrupted '2 Spoonbills flying over Trewince flying towards Parting Carn!' I scanned from the riding stable and all I could see were 6 Swallow and 2 House Martin. I had already seen a single Spoonbill earlier on Green Island from Star Castle that Rocky Robin pointed out.

Olive-backed Pipit at Normandy

And both the Tree and Olive-backed Pipit together

I found 2 Olive-backed Pipit today, including this one at ,Maypole Farm, out of the five on St Mary's at the moment with a possible on Gugh. There have so far been 6 Olive-backed Pipit this autumn

The OBP was hanging out with 60+Meadow Pipit

  Also seen on St Mary's today were 2 Dusky, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler and a single Siberian Chiffchaff at Porth Hellick. 2 Woodlark were at sandy Lanes. On St Agnes there was another Dusky Warbler, Little Bunting and a possible Olive-backed Pipit on Gugh.

Mandolin Orange are an Americana/folk duo based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.The group was formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and consists of the group's songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar). Mandolin Orange has produced five albums of songwiter Marlin's original works bearing the stamp of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel and pop, all mingled in a unique melange perhaps best described simply as modern American roots music. Their music is characterized by strong, tight harmonies and virtuoso musicianship. In the last three years, the group has toured to general acclaim throughout the U.S and Europe, including appearances at Austin City Limits, South-by-Southwest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Pickathon, and Merlefest.
They signed to Yep Roc Records in 2013[1] and have produced three albums under their umbrella, This Side Of Jordan, Such Jubilee and Blindfaller (September 2016).

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