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Thursday, 25 April 2019

4 Subalpine Warblers, including an EASTERN, hit Scilly!!

This cracking male Golden Oriole showed well briefly before flying towards Jac-a-bar

 This morning Will Scott found a Wood Warbler at Carreg Dhu Gardens. By the time Jo and I got there, it was 13.00 and by this time, a pair Pied Flycaycher and a Garden Warbler had also been found and we managed to see all four birds. At 15.00, I was at Trenowth searching for Golden Oriole as a single was seen yesterday on Tresco. In an hour I had seen a Garden Warbler, female Pied Flycatcher and 2 Tree Pipit. I wanted to stay longer and have a look at the male Pied Flycatcher found earlier in Jac-a-bar but a call from the boss to get back to work changed all that. As a result while returning back to me wagon, I observed a male Golden Oriole fly out in front of me and briefly perch in a Hawthorn before flying towards Jac-a-bar. Ideal!!

This Wood Warbler showed well in the large Sycomore in Carreg Dhu Gardens but the dull light made it difficult for taking photos

A Garden Warbler shared the same Sycomore

There were also a pair of Pied Flycatcher in the garden

There were 2 Tree Pipit at Trenowth


And also a Garden Warbler and this female Pied Flaycatcher

I managed to catch the male Golden Oriole as it was flying away from me

  After work, we heaed to the airfield to have a look at the 3 Golden Plover that turned up earlier but discovered that there weere now 5 Golden Plover at the south end. We didn't manage to see the female Ring Ouzel nearby but did see it two days ago. At Porth Hellick the Reed and Sedge Warblers could be heard and the Cetti's Warbler also made it's presence as gave burst of song all over the shop
   Also seen today of note were a single Turtle Dove and Osprey and the 2 Cattle Egret on Tresco.

Up to 5 Golden Plover were at the airfield

Only a handful of Swallow knocking around today

This Wood Pigeon having a stretch in the evening sun

  On the 18th April, Will Scott found a female Subalpine Warbler, probable Western, in fields south behind Garreg Dhu Gardens. I managed to get it the following day when Wayne Collingham discovered the third Scilly male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER on Bryher. Wayne had gone over to twitch the Woodcaht Shrike, Nightengale and male SpanishxGrey-headed Wagtail that Paul St Perrie found earlier on in the morning in the space of thirty minutes! The next day while Jason Moss was lookng at the roosting Night Heron in the Standingstones Field, he found a male Woodchat Shrike in the same field! It was until the 22nd that Doug Page went and discovered the forth Subalp in eight days on Scilly including the dead individual found on St Agnes. Doug's was a probable male Western Subalpine Warbler on Wingletang, east of Punchbowl, St Agnes. The following day, Jason Moss scored again with a male Ortolan Bunting on Gugh

Probable female Subalpine Warbler behind Garreg Dhu Gardens (18-19th)

Male Woodchat Shrike at Standingstones Field (20th-21st)

This Rook flew high north over the Standingstones Field on the 20th while I was observing the Woodchat early in the morning, 

Up to 3 Ring Ouzel were together at Trenowth 22nd while there was also a male on the golf course

The over-wintering ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD was last seen on the 9th April on St Martins. Photoby Steve Williams

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