The last few days have seen a large fall of spring migrants to the islands and today I saw 18 Whitethroat on Bryher including this individual
We all first saw the owl sat on the highest point of Bryher like a white beacon as we approached New Grimbsy, Tresco. Shortly afterwards we were a lot closer and for the next three hours the bird was first flushed by a low flying helicopter and then by walkers. Fortunately the bird only made brief flights to aniother part of the down. I guess it didn't help by it always trying to settle next to the paths. It was odd observing a Snowy Owl while Wheatear fed close by and Swallow flew overhead!
Trying to get good pics was hard work with the heat haze causing problems
both gulls and crows were giving it some jip
Hopefully it will stick around for a while and make a visit to St Mary's
Chris Ridgard went to put this on his tripod until someone told him that it was a coffee flask! I said, how do you know it's a coffee flask? He could have tea or soup in it!
This is Martin Goodey's third Snowy Owl for Scilly
And here's the main man, Mr Nigel Wheatley, who first saw the Snowy Owl from his house at St Just, Cornwall. The day before he found a Gyr Falcon in the same area!!
I got 2 Garden Warbler
I had up to 18 Whitethroat including 3 birds feeding together with 2 Blackcap and 3 Willow Warbler on the ground.
3 female Redstart
Over 60 Wheatear
My first Pied Flycatcher of the year was at Trewince and showed off a large primary patch than usual
Male Merlin at Content
The 2 juvenile Iceland gull were still on the golf course but we only saw one.
I had over 35 Blackcap and 50 Willow Warbler at Porth Hellick
With only 15+Chiffchaff
The first Hobby of the year was at Normandy, 21st but I caught up with it two days later over Pelistry.
This Lesser Whitethroat was my first of the year, 22nd and was one of the three that Ritchie found on Porth Helliick Pine belt feeding together. So far there have been at 10 individual seen on Scilly and could prove to be one of the best years on the islands for this species.
On the 21st I had my first Ring Ouzels of the year including a single male at the golf course and 2 males at Salkee.
Sunset from last week looking towards Samson from Bants Carn
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