Two days ago another possible Wilson's Snipe was at Lower Moors in the evening but there has been no sign of it since then.
At 07.40, I drove out of my drive and almost ran over a Merlin that was sitting at the side of the track on it's kill!! It was that crazy female that is not afraid of humans. I was late for my taxi and quickly snapped off some shots before picking up guests. Later in the morning, Nigel Hudson and I kicked the Standing Stones Field and got 3+Reed Bunting and 4+Whinchat. Later in the afternoon I had an hour off and there were good numbers of Chiffchaff feeding out in the warm sun at the airport end of Lower Moors. There were also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Tree Pipit, 30+Chiffchaff and 2 Yellow Wagtail.
Unfortunately the light was dark as this female Merlin fed on the Song Thrush under the pines just outside my home and the sun was just coming up. It's possible that the Song Thrush that the Merlin has killed could be one of the individuals that comes in my digs and hangs out with me!
There were possibly 4 Reed Bunting in the Standing Stones Field
Only a handful of Goldcrest in Lower Moors
2 Sparrowhawk flew over Lower Moors
4 Wheatear were on the airfield
While I was in the tower, this Black Redstart hit a plane as it came into land but was released shortly afterwards. Up to 6 Black Redstart arrived on scilly today
Two days ago at 17.00, news came out that there was greyish snipe at Lower Moors. As I was nearby I thought I would go and have a look. Other observers thought it was just a Common Snipe and when I was asked what I thought I said that I thought it looked good for a Wilson's Snipe. James Lidster was asking for photos of the snipe to be sent over on the WhatsApp group. I obliged and sent over some snaps saying that it looks good and thought that it could be the same possible Wilson's. The light was dull but Jim came back on the Scilly Bird News WhatsApp group and thought that it was also a Common Snipe. Everyone moved on and I had a few minutes to get to football. An hour later I opened my mobile and it was packed with WhatsApp messages on the Group. There were more better photos put on the group shortly afterwards, including a underwing shot, and this time Jim came back with the snipe in question looks good for a Wilson Snipe and it's a different bird from the individual last week! Ideal!! But we still need to get upperwing and spread tail shots.
The second possible Wilson's Snipe at Lower Moors in less than a week. Last weeks individual has not been seen again since it was first seen.
Three days ago on Sunday, Paul Stancliffe and I went birding on St Mary's all day with the only break being a cracking roost cooked by Mary and his lovely wife, Abbey. The first half of the day, Elliot Mudd joined us and shortly after 08.00, Paul had relocated the Buff-breasted Sandpiper in the Salkee fields viewed from the eastern runway on the airfield. We made our ways into the field where we also had a Firecrest, 2 Reed Bunting fly through with a Ring Ouzel flying north. The day before I had at Porth Hellick 2 Yellow-browed Warbler but we couldn't find them and instead went to look at the Barred Warbler that was found also yesterday. The Barred Warbler was showing very well in the Sallows just to the left of the gate as you go out onto the beach and Skylarks were flying in off the sea in small numbers with a total of over 20 in an hour. Nearby, we flushed a Jack Snipe at Carn Friars and then made our ways to Lower moors, dropping off Elliot in town. Learning on the gate we scanned and had two buntings on the distant brush. One was clearly a Reed Bunting but the other we thought looked good for a Little Bunting. The buntings both disappeared in the brush and when we ventured in for a closer look all we had were 4 Whinchat and 2 Yellow Wagtail overhead but we couldn't find the buntings and with the very distant brief views we observed we were happy that it was a Little Bunting and put the news out. However, we had to go as we were late for dinner.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Salkee
This male Ring Ouzel flying north over the airfield was my first of the year
There were at least 10 Wheatear on the airfield
This Barred Warbler showed well at Porth Hellick
This Raven was pushed off by the 2 resident Carrion Crow at Porth Hellick
On the 5th, a Scilly record of 6 Cattle Egret showed up on Tresco Great Pool. The following morning one of these birds split and in the rain was looking sorry for itself on the football pitch, Garrison, St Mary's. Just before the egrets were found on Tresco, Graham Gordon had a Glossy Ibis over St Agnes before flying NW towards Annet with a Peregrine close behind.
Throughout the day the Cattle Egret was seen mainly in the NE of Mary's and while I was at Porth Hellick watching 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, news came on that the egret was in the cattle field at the Higher Moors end of Holy Vale. From here I had cracking views before it flew off towards Porth Hellick.
On Porthloo Beach I had an interesting Oystercatcher with brown underparts.