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Monday, 30 October 2017

Olive-backed Pipit at Lower Moors

Found this Olive-backed Pipit at the entrance of the Standing Stones Field. More than likely the bird that Graham Gordon heard two days ago a few fields away.

 This morning in the bright sunshine, I was at Porth Hellick and there were 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Lapwing, 2 Reed Bunting, 15+Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and overhead in small numbers, Fieldfare, Redwing, Chaffinch and Brambling. I was returning to work when Graham called to say he had just had a Olive-backed Pipit low over Star Castle. We kicked in the area where he thought it might of come down and the only pipit we got were over 25 Meadow Pipit.

These 3 Lesser Redpoll were at Higher Moors

Up to 25+Meadow Pipit were on the Garrison

  The Hawfinch, like two days agoI was still flushing from the side of the road at Airport Lane as I drove to and from the airport. At 13.10 I was on the track next to the gate into the Standing Stones Field watching 2 Yellow-browed Warbler when to my left I heard only an Olive-backed Pipit. It sounded very close and I made my ways into the field. After ten minutes, it flew up from where I had just walked through, calling, onto the wires. Here it showed very well before disappearing back into the undergrowth a few meters away from me. I let it be and called everyone as I returned to work. After an hour i returned to the field to find everyone had gone. However, Graham and I kicked the fields in the area. Graham got onto a bird in a hedge and when it came out in the open, we were both totally baffled to what it was!! It flew across the field into some low branches and we noted that it was tailless! It proved very elusive keeping low but very briefly it came into the open and was identified as a Grasshopper Warbler!!

At last I had seen an OBP after only hearing one two ago at Parting Carn.

I saw over 200 Redwing and 40 Fieldfare scattered around St Mary's

   Other birds seen elsewhere on St Mary's by other observers included single Hawfinch over the Garrison with the individual still at Telegraph, only 1 Red-breasted Flycatcher at Rose Hill and a total of 8 Yellow-browed Warber.
   On St Agnes there were 5 Yellow-browed Warbler and single Spotted Flycatcher and Wheatear.

   Tresco, the Surf Scoter was in the channel and 2 Yellow-browed Warbler were on the island.

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