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Saturday, 22 October 2016

Siberian Stonechat at Maypole

Siberian Stonechat showing well at Maypole found by Mark Halliday

  There were more winter thrushes first thing this morning than yesterday over me digs. Dots high up in the sky heading NE turned out to be 40+Fieldare and 25+Redwing. A quick look along the Dead Pine Walk and there were single Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Swallow. At the same time, I missed out on a Short-eared Owl over the football field by another birder and at Longstones a Richard's Pipit flew over.
  Inbetween working, a look at Newford produced 3 Grey Wagtail4 Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest and the Pied Flycatcher. Thrushes were on the move with the largest flock, 150+Redwing and 100+Fieldfare. 

100's of winter thrushes arrived today with a flock of 300 dropping out of the sky on St Agnes. Altogether I saw up to 250+Redwing and 200+Fieldfare

  Graham Gorden text me with news that two birders had a PALLIED HARRIER performing well over Browarth, St Agnes, before flying out over The Roads towards Tresco/St Mary's. With the easterlies, everyone was expecting more birds to hit Scilly. By mid-morning there was no sign of any of yesterdays Red-flanked Bluetails but the Little Bunting was still on Tresco.

  At 12.20 I got a call from Mark Halliday telling me that he had just found a Siberian Stonechat at Maypole. It was nearly an hour later when I arrived with Higgo and Chesney and found the stonechat showing at some distance at the other end of the field. However, five minutes later it was only a few meters away from us but soon returned to the far corner. I made my ways back to work and returned again later in the afternoon and observed it a lot longer at close range.

The only other Siberian Stonechat that I've ever seen is a bird on Peninnis found by John Chapple over ten years ago I think?

I went to tell Nigel Hudson about the stonechat and found himself and Jim messing around with the Pale-legged or Sakhalin Leaf Warbler that was found dead yesterday on St Agnes. It weighed in at over 9 grams. Took with my iPhone.

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