This Juvenile Citrine Wagtail was found by Robin Mawer and Mike Spicer at Porth Hellick, 14th and was the third in a month on Scilly. This morning it showed superbly in front of both hides.
Besides the Juvenile Citrine Wagtail at Porth Hellick, the only other bird of note this morning was a Kingfisher. As it was too rough with the strong SW, I thought it would be safer to leave the kayak behind and take the boat to Tresco instead. On the latter island from the Swarovski Hide I spotted the juvenile Baird's Sandpiper feeding distantly on Simpson's Field with 17 Dunlin. I was just about to leave the hide when other observers told me that the flock are coming our ways. They flew in and landed on the weed a lot closer. From the David Hunt Hide the Wood sandpiper that arrived last week was in the SE corner. On the Abbey Pool there were still the Knot and Black-tailed Godwit but no sign of yesterdays 2 Pectoral Sandpiper
Juvenile Citrine Wagtail at Porth Hellick
This is the first time a Kingfisher has posed for me longer enough to focus my camera on it. Last week Jim trapped a Kingfisher that had been ringed in France. This is only the third French recovery from the UK!!
The juvenile Baird's Sandpiper feeding with Dunlin from the Swarovski Hide on the Tresco Great Pool
This Wood Sandpiper was always distant in the SE of the Great pool
A stroll along the nearby beaches produced over 100 Sanderling, 80+Ringed Plover, 22 Dunlin, 8 Turnstone and a single Whimbrel. At the same time as I was counting the waders, other observers had a flyby Hobby at the other end of the island. I only had an hour left before heading home and so I returned to the Abbey Pool where there were a Whinchat and female Merlin nearby. In with some 70 Black-headed Gull were an adult Mediterranean and 2nd winter Common Gull and scanning the shore I relocated the Baird's Sandpiper and managed to get some crippling views as it fed with a single Dunlin.
Twenty minutes later I was on the boat and news came out of a Pectoral and Baird's Sandpiper on the Big Pool, Bryher. Could this be a different Baird's to the individual on Tresco?? Also on Bryher today there was a Wryneck at Stoney Porth and on St Agnes there was a possible Red-footed Falcon that passed the lighthouse and this morning 2 Crane flew south over the campsite following hot on the heels on the 14th of the Crane that Paul St Piere observed over Bryher just before dark. The next morning he had it on the Great Pool but at 09.30 there was no sign of it. We know where it went to as in the last few days it's been spending it's time between Drift and Hayle in Cornwall!
The juvenile baird's Sandpiper showed off on the Abbey Pool
2nd winter Common Gull
Adult Common Gull
Two days ago, 14th, I kicked a Grasshopper Warbler in the Standing Stones where on the 12th there were also 6 Whinchat, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a single Tree Pipit. On the airfield there were up to 65 Wheatear and 2 Whinchat and two days ago I had my first Lesser Whitethroat of the year at Bishop View.
I lay down meters from these 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the airfield in the evening light. As they were almost on top of me, they split and went either side of me and continued feeding!!
Scott on the golf course getting a taste of his first close encounter of Buff-breasted Sandpipers on Scilly which were last seen on the 14th.
Also the juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper was last seen at porth Hellick on the morning of the 14th
Up to 4 Whinchat were at Lower Moors yesterday with 6 there 14th.
There are still over 100 Swallow roosting at Porth Hellick