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Sunday 30 October 2016

Large numbers of Chaffinch still hanging out

Olive-backed Pipit at Old Town

  The ESE continue to bring good numbers of migrants in and a walk from Peninnis to Trewince resulted in 110+Skylark, 400+redwing, 150+Fieldfare, 1400+Chaffinch, 7 Firecrest, 8 Yellow-browed Warbler and 14 Black Redstart. Larks, thrushes and finches were flying in throughout the morning. The highlight was the Olive-backed Pipit at Old Town and the Rook at Trewince.

This wall and field were covered in Chaffinch

I saw over 1400 Chaffinch today including this flock of  500 at Trewince. 2 Sparrowhawk were never far away.

Up to 7 Firecrest were seen including 5 at Porthloo where I also had 8 yellow-browed Warbler

Altogether I had 14 Black Redstart with 7 at Carn Leah, 5 at Trewince and 2 at Porthcressa

This is part of the flock of 60+Skylark over Porthloo

Finally caught up with the Rook at Trewince

There is only a single Olive-backed Pipit at Old Town now. At Normandy both the Tree and Olive-backed Pipit were still present. A Woodlark flew over the latter site and a Snow Bunting was at Tolls Hill

  On Tresco a Rustic Bunting was discovered by Andy Holden at Borough Farm where there were also the Olive-backed Pipit, Little Bunting and 4 Yellow-browed Warbler.
  The 3 little Bunting were still at Browarth, St Agnes.

  Yesterday was a better day as I found a Serin and Water Pipit at Salkee, got 4 Siberian Chiffchaff, the Dusky Warbler and Great-spotted Woodpecker at Porth Hellick. the possible Eastern Wagtail was still at the stables and I smashed my personal record of Yellow-browed Warbler with a total of 22 Yellow-browed Warbler. Including the birds I saw today, in two days I would have seen 30 yellow-browed Warbler and I ain't got one picture.

I had 4 Siberian Chiffchaff, including this one at Lower Moors where I also had 6 Yellow-browed Warbler and a single Firecrest

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Friday 28 October 2016

Possible ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN on Scilly?

Another possible! A grey and white wagtail at the riding stables, Pelistry, showing a pale base to bill and long hide claw. Possible Eastern Wagtail!?

  Today was spent chasing yesterday's possible ASIAN HOUSE MARTIN. At Porth Hellick this morning a few of us had gathered and were scrutinising the 13 Swallow and 4 House Martin. However, it was differcult as they stayed high up in the dismoral light.

  Yesterday afternoon at 15.30, I got a call from Niall Machin descibing a odd looking House Martin. It was feeding with 4 other House Martin at Inisidgen. His discription was dusky underparts, palish white small rump, squarish tail and apperared smaller than the other martins. Also it appeared to have dark arm pits. They had flown off when we arrived. I alerted other birders and put the news out and as a result Will 'Greedy' Scott relocated more hirundines over Holy Vale. Out the 3 House Martins above, I immediatley got on to one that appeared to have a square tail and put Martin Goodey onto it but they flew off to join the other hirundines further down the valley. Later news came out that it was briefly over Salkee Farm.

  Roll on to this morning and we couldn't pick it out at Porth Hellick. An hour later, Higgo relocated at the site where it was originally found by Niall. This is where most birders caught up with it but by now, I was back at work and by the mid-afternoon it had moved on. When I could, I went searching for it without any success. Birders described the martin as Niall did when he first called me about the bird. However, some were not so sure. Ideally we need the thing to down lower and in better light with some good pics.

Like this one! This is the martin in question if you can make anything out of this shot?

  Yesterday evening Graham Gorden and I bumped into David Wilson at Shooters Pool and he showed us a pic of what looked good as a possible Eastern Wagtail at the riding stables. While talking we had 2 Jack Snipe, 1 Siberian Chiffchaff and Lesser Whitethroat. 
  So after hearing the Dusky Warbler at Porth Hellick this morning, we made our ways to the stables and almost trude on the wagtail hidden in the grass. At close range it showed very well with 3 Black Redstart. It showed a long hide claw and a pale base to the lower mandible. Like I've said before, I'm not any good at describing calls. The call sounded like Yellow Wagtail but not so thin and shorter in note. Maybe a weak rasp at the end. Does anyone understand where I'm coming from?
  I returned to work and Graham texts me with 100's of Chaffinch flying over and at Longstones Will had over 6-700 with a single Woodlark. It was obvious that there was a large arrival of Chaffinches and when I arrived at the stables to drop off Martin Elliot, some 1300 Chaffinch streamed through, ESE in ten minutes including a flock of 750! They continued to move through, but me, back to work.
  There was a new Pallas's Warbler at Newford Duckpond with 5-10 Yellow-browed Warbler. There was only one of the latter species yesterday at the pond. I couldn't find the pallas's but every bird I looked at was a Yellow-browed Warbler with a total of 6+ in the same hedge with a Siberian Chiffchaff and 4 Chiffchaff. I had another Yellow-browed deeper in the fields with another 4 at Porth Hellick with 2 Jack Snipe on the pool.

Note extensive pale base to the lower mandible 

And long hide claw

Eastern 'type' wagtail hanging out with 8 Pied Wagtail

There were up to 3 Black Redstart at the stables with another two at Star Castle. There was an increase of Black Redstarts today

Mid-day and 1000's of Chaffinch hit Scilly today

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Wednesday 26 October 2016

1st DUSKY THRUSH for Scilly

Mega find by Mark Telfer who got this record shot of a DUSKY THRUSH briefly at Peninnis

  It went crazy this morning when a DUSKY THRUSH was found on Peninnis! Unfortunately it flew off and was never seen again. However, at any opportunity during work, I was in the field checking out every Redwing. I also had a quick look at the Tree and Olive-backed Pipit at Normandy with Graham Gorden.
  At 15.00 I took the rest of the afternoon off and kicked every field in the Pelistry/Green and Maypole Farm area. I got at least 40+Redwing, 1 Siskin, 1 Woodcock, male Merlin and 1 Black Redstart. Walking along the edge of a bulb field at Green Farm, a Olive-backed Pipit got up in front of me and very briefly landed on a branch before flying through down into the next field. Nice one but some fifty minutes later I flushed another Olive-backed Pipit out of a clover field with 60+Meadow Pipit at Maypole Farm! Magic stuff! This one showed a lot better before it too flew into the next field. I got a text from Graham saying that he had a Hawfinch at Newford Duckpond. Then while talking to Will 'greedy' Scott on the phone, he interrupted '2 Spoonbills flying over Trewince flying towards Parting Carn!' I scanned from the riding stable and all I could see were 6 Swallow and 2 House Martin. I had already seen a single Spoonbill earlier on Green Island from Star Castle that Rocky Robin pointed out.

Olive-backed Pipit at Normandy

And both the Tree and Olive-backed Pipit together

I found 2 Olive-backed Pipit today, including this one at ,Maypole Farm, out of the five on St Mary's at the moment with a possible on Gugh. There have so far been 6 Olive-backed Pipit this autumn

The OBP was hanging out with 60+Meadow Pipit

  Also seen on St Mary's today were 2 Dusky, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler and a single Siberian Chiffchaff at Porth Hellick. 2 Woodlark were at sandy Lanes. On St Agnes there was another Dusky Warbler, Little Bunting and a possible Olive-backed Pipit on Gugh.

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Tuesday 25 October 2016

Pallid Swift on St Mary's and Tresco

This Pallas's Warbler at Deep Point showed superbly throughout the day

   T-shirt weather today and mid-morning I got both the Olive-backed and Tree Pipit at Normandy. I had a bit of time before returning to work and as I got out of me wagon at Porth Hellick I immediately heard a Dusky Warbler nearby and a Yellow-browed Warbler above me head. I jumped over the gate and ran across the field to where it was calling. It was still vocal but could I see the damn thing. was it Jim's bird he ringed yesterday just round corner or was a new bird? It was on private land and I called Will 'Greedy' Scott. By the time he arrived the warbler had shut up. however, after I left for work, Will relocated it on the loop trail and it had a ring on it.

Where the Olive-backed Pipit went the Tree Pipit followed

  I returned to Porth Hellick and this time when I got out of me wagon, this time I heard the Great-spotted Woodpecker in the pines at Porth Hellick House. I was talking to Paul Gale who told me that when he heard news of the Hen Harrier earlier on over Porth Hellick, he went into the hide but couldn't see it. I said, try opening the slats. You might have a better chance of seeing it then. Then Martin Goodey came on the radio 'Pallas's still at Deep Point' During the twenty minutes that I was at the latter site, the Pallas's Warbler was always on show performing superbly at close range.
  I also had 7 Yellow-browed Warbler with singles at Deep Point, Newford, Porth Hellick, Porthloo Lane with 3 at Lower Moors where I also had 2 Firecrest and a single Willow Warbler.

  Elsewhere today, the Pallid Swift had moved over to Tresco where there were also 2 Little Bunting. On St Mary's, 2 more Olive-backed Pipit were discovered at Old Town and on Peninnis the Snow Bunting and Wryneck were still present. An Osprey did a tour around the islands.

what a bird!

There were 2 Black Redstart at the airport

The first Dusky Warbler of the autumn was found yesterday in a net at Porth Hellick with another bird later in the day on Tresco

  With the gale force ESE and overnight rain yesterday, it wasn't really a surprise when 2 Olive-backed Pipit, 2 Dusky Warbler, 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, 1 Hawfinch and 4 Pallas's Warbler turned up today with good numbers of Blackcap. Thrown in was a Pallid Swift.

  I started the day at Newford and got 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 1 Firecrest, 5 Woodcock, 10+Chiffchaff and a Lesser Whitethroat. While walking around, Niall Machin text me that he had found a Pallas's Warbler at Rocky Hills chalets. The first of four on St Mary's. At Porth Hellick Jim had trapped a Dusky Warbler and I got there in time before he released it. I also briefly saw the Reed Bunting nearby and 3 Swallow overhead.

Lesser Whitethroat at Newford

The second time I've seen Dusky Warbler in the hand

  Later in the afternoon at Trenowth, a Woodlark flew east and a quick look in the fields found the lark in sub-song at close range in a private field. I'm goin to change Will 'Greedy Blyth's' Scott (After finding 3 Blyth's Pipit) to just Will 'Greedy' Scott! In the space of two hours he first found a Pallas's Warbler at Salkee, followed by a Olive-backed Pipit at Normandy and in pine belt at Porth Hellick Down, another Pallas's Warbler! Out of all three I saw the pipit in company with a Tree Pipit. While we were there, news broke that there was also a Olive-backed Pipit on Tresco with a Little Bunting and a Pallid Swift was up at Telegraph. We chased the damn swift around the island until it was pinned down over Trewince/Rocky Hills high up with 2 House Martin.
  Throughout the day, there were also seemed to be more thrushes in and I observed a small group fly in off the sea at the east end of the St Mary's, mid-afternoon.

The Woodlark showed well at Trenowth

This Tree Pipit was hanging out with the OBP at Normandy

When I picked up John Gale and co from Newford to twitch Olive-backed Pipit, he had just found a Pallas's Warbler 

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