The 'Eastern' Lesser whitethroat that has been at the Standing Stones Field for over a week is of possibly the race of Blythi.
So today Adam Hutt was very interested in seeing the whitethroat and we found it with in a few minutes in it's large favoured Sallow. We played both halimondendri and blythi and this time it was blythi that it responded to. Adam also noted that it pointed more towards blythi by the poorly defined ear coverts, partly white supercilium, brown near the crown and sandy upperparts. However, to be 100 percent, we needed a photo of a spread tail and I'll have to leave that to another day. There was also a Yellow-browed Warbler in the same Sallow. Adam had not seen the 2 Richard's Pipit that were near to the hangers on the airfield still and they were still there when I took him up to see them. Earlier I also had a Black Redstart nearby.
Possible race of blythi Lesser Whitethroat
This pale Kestrel switched our attention from kicking the down when we first saw it distantly in the pines but after seeing the dark claws we returned to searching for the nightjar sp.
Here are the record shots that Michael took of the Nightjar species when it was flying away from him after he flushed it off Giants Castle. Looks very interesting and note the pale marking on the wing and there will be a few of us out tomorrow giving it our best shot in trying to relocate it.
Yesterday I was given the day off from 09.00. It proved to be hard work and highlights included 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Porth Hellick and nearby on the loop trail there were 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, a 'Northern type' Willow Warbler and the Cetti's Warbler. By mid-morning there was a small arrival of winter thrushes and Chaffinch and while at Carn Friars a female Brambling dropped in. While watching the 2 Siberian Chiffchaff calling to each other, a Redpoll flew over three times in thirty minutes and appeared to be on the large side. Later on, Steve Williams staying on St Agnes also had a large Repoll flyover but there was no sign of the Grey-cheeked Thrush at Cove Vean on the latter island.
A 'Northern type' Willow Warbler was at Porth Hellick loop trial
There was a small arrival of winter thrushes mid-morning including 100+Fieldfare with the largest flock over 60 and 40+Redwing.
This Reed Bunting was feeding with 20+Greenfinch at Holy Vale
There were 2 Siberian Chiffchaff calling to each other at Porth Hellick
2 Black Redstart were at the airport including a single at the terminal building and this individual performing very well at the hangers
In the morning two days ago, this Dusky Warbler showing very well at Lower Moors. However, by the evening, Rik Adinson went and found another together with James Lidsters individual near to the hides and today both birds were still present.
I saw up to 7 Yellow-browed Warbler yesterday including this one at Content
Only my second Scilly Great White Egret spent all day in the shallows at Pendrathen
Great White Egret has become annual in the last few years on Scilly with all being flyover. So it's a relief that it looks like this individual might be settling down after being first found on Tresco Great Pool three days ago. It wouldn't surprise me if another arrives and joins this one.
This 'Northern Willow Warbler was at Lower Moors until dusk when I took this photos
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