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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Barred Warbler trapped at Porth Hellick

Adult Barred Warbler trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick 

  First thing this morning I observed from my digs, 35+Chaffinch30+Redwing and 3 Fieldfare heading high east into the northerly breeze from the Garrison. There were also 5 Blackcap and a vocal Yellow-browed Warbler.
  Mid-morning and Jim almond called for a lift up to Watermill for the Woodlark. I was just making my ways up that way and there it was in the same ploughed field it's been in for the last three days. Nearby at Newford my first Brambling flew over with small groups of Chaffinch. Also present were 15+Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Woodcock, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler and the Pied Flycatcher. This was cut shot when Ralf came on the radio with news that Jim has trapped a Barred Warbler at Porth Hellick! I've always wanted to see one of these stunning sylvias in the hand. At the latter site there was a Yellow-browed Warbler and on the loop trail I had 3 of the latter species and 1 Reed Warbler, 10+Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrest. Later at Tolmans I saw my first female Merlin of the autumn.

I saw over 35 Chiffchaff today

and 9 Yellow-browed Warbler

I ain't seen a Woodlark in 6 years and this individual kept it's distance opposite Watermill Cottage

Star of the show was this cracking Adult Barred Warbler Just before this Jim also trapped the female Great-spotted Woodpecker that was discovered last week.

Thoughout the day Redwings could be heard with smaller numbers of Chaffinch

There are now 2 Black-necked Grebe spending time in the St Mary's harbour

A record shot of the Short-toed Lark at the airfield just before dark

  Also seen today were a Serin and Carn Vean, a Richard's Pipit. On Peninnis there were up to 4 Ring Ouzel and the Wryneck and snow bunting with a Lapland Bunting at Giants Castle. A Little Bunting was on St Martins

Nimmo asked me if he could start up his strimmer next to the field where the Woodlark was as he was afraid that he might flush it with he noise? Tony and Ritchie had never seen a Woodlark before and on the otherside of the field they were peeping over the wall. I thought, man, Nimmo's going to make it fly and they ain't seen it. So I said 'Go ahead!'

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