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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Bullfinch at Maypole

Found this female Bullfinch at Maypole yesterday. It been three years ago since I've seen one on Scilly and today 2 Bullfinch were on Tresco coinciding with the 29 birds that were at Porthgwarra., Cornwall. Many of which were reported flying out to sea. 

  Yesterday morning I was observing winter thrushes arriving in off the sea from south to north at Pelistry. In total I had over 300 Redwing with 30 Fieldfare in thirty minutes. very small numbers of Chaffinch and Siskin were also moving through with Bramblings also heard. I cracked on towards Maypole where I thought I could hear a Bullfinch. Then on the wires, still calling, was a female Bullfinch! The finch flew off into the Borough Farm fields where it continued to call and showed a lot better. I also got a Whinchat at Trewince.

First thing yesterday morning looking from Pelistry you could see Cornwall as clear as a bell!

Redwing and Fieldfare in off the sea

The last Bullfinch I saw on Scilly was three years ago on Tresco.

  I returned to work and shortly afterwards I was back out again. This time I teamed up with Graham and at Content there were a single Yellow-browed Warbler and Firecrest. We moved onto Lower Moors and while I was taking pics of Bramblings, there was a shout from Graham who was in the next field. I knew he had somethin and rushed out from under the trees and made my ways towards him. He had heard an Olive-backed Pipit nearby but despite us kicking fields there was no sign of it. We had to make do with 5 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Firecrest, 4 swallow and 5 Brambling. 
  Over Peninnis we had 3 Hawfinch going towards the Garrison. While doin taxes to the airport earlier on, I flushed a Hawfinch from the side of the road driving up Airport Lane. I mean I was driving the wagon not the Hawfinch! As we were close by, we had a quick look and found it searching for fallen berries in a field bordering the road. Another Hawfinch flew overhead. Just up road, we at Parting Carn, and this time we both heard a Olive-backed Pipit call! We made our ways to where we thought we heard it and again, no sign after kicking 100s of fields! Very frusting! 


This Firecrest was a show off at Content

However, the Yellow-browed Warbler in the same Elms as the Firecrest, didn't show all that well.

Hawfinch at Airport Lane

There were up to 4 Swallow at Lower Moors

  This morning in the grey northly, Graham and I had a 1st winter Common Gull at Porthcressa. At the airport, Graham went looking for the OBP we had yesterday and I kicked the airfield where I got 2 Golden Plover and a single Whinchat. At Salkee we were together again, we don't like being apart, and booted a Short-eared Owl out of one of the fields. The Spotted Flycatcher was still in the area and at Porth Hellick there were 2 Yellow-browed Warbler 1 Lesser Redpoll, 5 Brambling, 10+Chiffchaff and 3 firecrest. I went off on me own and at the beach, the Water Pipit was showing well and 3 Brambling flew in off the sea. Just around the corner, I got the 2 Reed Bunting on the track up to Porth Hellick Down. I did Carn Friars fields and found a flock of  20+Brambling with 100 Chaffinch.  

Short-eared Owl at Salkee

By far this is the latest Spotted Flycatcher that I recorded on Scilly

Water Pipit still at Porth Hellick

Jim had already trapped 17 Siskin at Porth Hellick when I turned up

  Mid-afternoon and I got a call from Martin Goodey about the Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint and possible Siberian Oystercatcher at Porthloo. I got to the latter site and both Ren and Martin put me on the Curlew Sandpiper but there was no sign of the stint. 2 Whimbrel and 135 Sanderling were also on the shoreline. Later another call, this time from Ren, about 6 Brambling in the Sunnyside fields. When I got there, there were some 30 Brambling with over 40 Siskin500 Chaffinch and 3 Skylark. In the evening sun at Rose Hill I was hoping to see the 2 Red-breasted Flycatcher but instead got a single Yellow-browed Warbler with 2 more at Lower moors. Throughout the day, Brambling could be heard in the sky and there were small numbers of Redwing in most fields or flying overhead.

Possible Siberian Oystercatcher

And a Oystercatcher for comparison

The Siberian taking on the Mediterranean!

Then the Med Gull turned on an Oystercatcher.


1st winter Meditterranean Gull

2 whimbrel were nearby on the rocks.

I finished the day off with 3 Yellow-browed Warbler

A lesser known band that you will not find on Wiki but a cracking song from Dusted

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