And I got to see 3 Little Bunting today including this individual at Porth Mellon
This morning felt promising and it turned out to be a good day for scarcities and in total I saw 9 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Richard's Pipit, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff, 3 Little Bunting and the rarest being a Cetti's Warbler . However, it was the sea that got my attention first thing as I walked down the south runway on the airfield. I could see lots of Gannets diving very close in and raising my bins there were Common Dolphins. There was something a lot larger and on closer inspection revealed a Minke Whale hunting with them. Near to the terminal building I was joined by James Lidster, who had just had a Little Bunting over Trench Lane, and I put him on the Richard's Pipit that I found on the airfield yesterday. Or, could this be the bird that Jim had two days ago over Pungies Lane? There were also 5 Skylark and a Lapwing at the NE end of the airfield. We split and I made my ways to Lower Moors. At Trench Lane, the 2 Yellow-browed Warbler were still around but there was no sign of the 'Eastern' Lesser Whitethroat. I was just listening to a Yellow-browed Warbler at the ISBG hide when Jim Askin put out on the Scilly Bird News WhatsApp group, that he had trapped a Little Bunting! With Brad Dallas, from Southfork, Texas, Cornwall, we picked up Big Al and got to see our first Little Bunting in the hand. Jim also ringed 3 Yellow-browed Warbler this morning but later on, the individual that I saw at nearby Carn friars was unringed. I also flushed my first Woodcock of the autumn and returning to Porth Hellick, a Siberian Chiffchaff was found in the Sallows next to the Seaward Hide and showed well. At the same time, the Cetti's Warbler was singing on and off and a female Merlin flew overhead.
The mist first thing this morning looking towards town and the airport from Star Castle
The sun just rising from the east
The Minke Whale and 30+Common Dolphin were working together in gathering up the mackerel
And it payed off as you can see from this image as the whale goes for the plunge
To give you an idea of how close to shore the certations were off the south end of the airfield
The Lapwing at the NE end of the airfield before flying off NE
Jim trapped and ringed this Little Bunting at Porth Hellick. On release it seemed to come down at the east end of the beach but was never seen again
My first Siberian Chiffchaff of the autumn was next to the Seaward Hide at Porth hellick
Also had this Common Darter at Porth Hellick
At about 15.00 it turned cloudy and in the next hour, small numbers of Chaffinch were dropping in and at Pelistry I decided to kick the last weedy field on the left of Pelistry Lane before you hit the beach. Over 100 Chaffinch got up and I could hear a ticking bunting. The flock were flying to my right while to my left on it's own was a Little Bunting! It circled before settling in a Sallow out of sight. A few minutes later it circled again and then flew off west towards the farm. After seeing a Black Redstart at Borough Farm and at Yellow-browed Warbler at Parting Carn, I returned to the airfield at 17.30. I had only been on there for ten minutes, when James Lidster came on WhatsApp group that he had a Dusky Warbler in between the two hides at Lower Moors. I turned around and heard Richard's Pipit. On the tarmac in front of the terminal building were 2 Richard's Pipit together and a Black Redstart. I then raced down to Lower Moors and joined the small crowd and we managed to hear the Dusky Warbler on and off near the hides on the main track in the fading light with a Yellow-browed Warbler calling just behind us.
This Little Bunting performed really well at close range at Porth Mellon on it's second day
Altogether I had up to 9 Yellow-browed Warbler including this one at Porth Hellick where there were 4 seen by other observers in the area
As the drizzle was approaching, Chaffinch started dropping in small numbers including over 100 at Pelistry
2 Richard's Pipit on the airfield. The Richard's Pipit at the airfield this morning was joined by, I guess, the individual that was also seen this morning on the football pitch, garrison, before flying off NW
This GREY-CHEEKED THRUSH is proving to be elusive at Cove Vean, St Agnes and a handful of birders have seen it now in it's forth day! However, Steve Rowe managed to get this record shot just before dark this evening
Sunrise yesterday morning looking east from Peninnis where I had 150 Chaffinch come in off the sea and a Yellow-browed Warbler next to the millstone
I took these photos of the Richard's Pipit at the NE end of the airfield from me wagon yesterday when taking some guests to their private plane
This Red Kite distantly from Lower Moors over Sunnyside was the second individual this year after one turned up in spring
Mid-after at Harry's Walls I had a Reed Bunting and while watching a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Elms, I could hear another one down below at Rose Hill. The Red Kite made a low pass heading towards Longstones with 3 Carrion Crow giving it some jipp.
There had been a Little Bunting in the roadside weedy field at Porth Mellon and I had been driving passed it all day and at 18.00, I decided to pop in and have a look. I did see it perched in some Elms briefly before returning to the field. Just around the corner were 2 Black Redstart at Bayview Terrience in the evening light.
Yellow-browed Warbler at Harry's Wall
I had 2 Humming-bird Hawkmoth including this individual at Rose Hill
Little Bunting at Porth Mellon
There were 2 Black Redstart at Bayview Terrience
Two days ago there was a arrival of winter thrushes. Over Higher Moors I had 230 Redwing, including a flock of 70, 25 Fieldfare, 13 Skylark, 8 Siskin and 30+Chaffinch in an hour from 08.30. There were also 4 Yellow-browed Warbler in the area. Later in the day, Will Scott had a Red-throated Pipit over Longstones. A few hours later, It or another was over the Big Pool, St Agnes. Just before dark I was on the airfield when I heard a Red-throated Pipit drop in. It was too dark to even look for it and with my mobile on record, I walked forward. It wasn't long before it was up and I managed to see it fly off SE and got a recording of it's wings as it flew passed me!