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Sunday 30 September 2018

Possible OAK NYCTEOLINE MOTH would be a first for Scilly!

A possible OAK NYCTEOLINE that Ralph Parks trapped two nights ago at Pelistry Farm would be a first for Scilly! However, the rearer Southern Nycteoline has not been ruled out and as Oak Nycteoline is a resident on the mainland, the Southern Nycteoline would be a mega for the UK.

  In the last two days there has been an increase in common migrants with a few not so common migrants slipping in. It was my day off and so I tried to get out in the field today and just outside from my home were 3 Spotted Flycatcher on the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison. After feeding 'Dave' the gull, I made my ways to the airfield and walking across I could see there was less numbers of Wheatear with singles numbers compared to over 40 Wheatear yesterday. However, the Skylark, 3 Whinchat and 80+Meadow Pipit were still present. I met Will Scott up there and just missed out on a Lapland Bunting fly out NE towards Porth Hellick.

I just had ten minutes to do the Dead Pine Walk and had 3 Spotted Flycatcher 

Skylark at the airfield

Over 20 Goldfinch were also at the airfield

  I left Will at the airfield and at Lower Moors I had a quick look at the Jack Snipe that was found yesterday. Nearby at the Standing Stones field I got 2 Siskin, 50+Meadow Pipit and 6 Whinchat. 4 Yellow Wagtail were seen yesterday in the Belted Galloway field next to Old Town Inn and there following the cows, were the 4 wagtails. The birds were at close range and as I was taking pics of one of them, I heard one of the wagtails give a eastern flava call. Observing the wagtails feeding, the only one that I could see that looked different from the rest was an individual showing a paler blue head and oliver back but that was it. I continued to bird in the area and in total got 20+Chiffchaff and 10+Blackcap. 

This male Siskin was my first of the year only only to be joined by a female.

There were up to 6 Whinchat in the Standing Stone field with the Siskin.

Yellow Wagtails

This interesting flave wagtail, showing a paler blue head and nape compared to the other 3 Yellow Wagtail it was feeding with, got my attention when I heard it giving a rasping call. 

    Overnight Mick Scott trapped a Death's Head Hawkmoth at Longstone and Ralph Parks had it on show at Pelistry Farm. More interesting to me and others was the possible OAK NYCTEOLINE that Ralph himself trapped two nights ago at the farm and would be a first for Scilly! However, the rearer Southern Nycteoline has not been ruled out and as Oak Nycteoline is a resident on the mainland, the Southern would be a mega for the UK.
  After seeing the moths I had 2 Tree Pipit with 150+Meadow Pipit at Content and 5 Yellow Wagtail at Pungies Lanes. When observing the flavas, I could hear that rasping call again but again it proved difficult to pick out when observing all five flavas.

Death's Head Hawkmoth trapped overnight at Longstones

There were 2 Tree Pipit with over 150 Meadow Pipit at Content.

Yellow Wagtail??


This striking male Pied Wagtail was also feeding with the Yellow Wagtail

On Bryher the Tawny Pipit was still present at Great Popplestones Pic by Rik Addison. A Common Rosefinch was also on latter island. Also today there were Yellow-browed Warbler, Wryneck and Common Rosefinch on St Agnes. On St Mary's there was a Firecrest and Yellow-browed Warbler at Longstones and a report of another Yellow-browed Warbler at the campsite. 

 Yesterday afternoon, I got out of me wagon at Telegraph Road to scan the fields, when I heard a Lapland Bunting overhead but couldn't see it. It was heading NW towards the Golf Course and ten minutes later I found it near to the stone wall at the latter site with Meadow Pipits. Unfortunately it was flushed by golfers and only a few birders managed to see before it flew off NE.
  Driving up airport lane I flushed a Redstart off the road and a quick look at the Standing Stones Field produced 1 Whitethroat, 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchat, 7 Blackcap and 40+House Martin with 200+Swallow. 

I was lucky to get this shot of the adult Lapland Bunting at the golf course before it was flushed off by golfers

I had a total of 15 Wheatear in the golf course area with another 40+on the airfield

Up to 60+Linnet were in the Telegraph area

One of my favorite artists, out of the other 1000+, Sharon Van Etten.

Friday 28 September 2018

Tawny Pipit on airfield

The 1st winter Tawny Pipit showed exceptionally well yesterday evening 

  Today, following my execution yesterday (see my last post) I came back to life today!! As Trevor Davis found it a struggle to walk along the coastal path to get to the south end of the airfield where the Tawny Pipit has been favouring, I picked himself and his wife Julie shortly after the airport had closed so that we could walk across towards the south runway. However, driving towards the hangers  I flushed the pipit off the road in front of us. Fortunately the pipit immediately came back down and started to feed in a patchy area of gravel and weeds by the side of the road. The bird was only meters away in the evening light from us, showing off, as we used me wagon as a hide. This was short lived as people walked by and the pipit flew onto the airfield nearby.

  Earlier on in the morning I had 4 Spotted Flycatcher on the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison with 4 Whinchat in Standing Stones, Lower Moors.


Trevor and Julie Davis couldn't of asked for a better view of the Tawny Pipit at the side of the road at the NE end of the airfield.

  This morning I drove up the road towards the hangers and found the Tawny Pipit still in the same area where we had yesterday only to watch it fly off towards the south end of the airfield. It wasn't until 13.00 that I got a text from Rik Addison telling me that the pipit was in a field opposite the terminal building. I picked up Paul Buxton in town, who had just arrived off the Scillonian, and raced up to the airport to find the pipit showing well in a small patchy paddock. A few minutes later a helicopter almost landed on it but it wasn't long before it returned to the paddock and was admired by a small crowd. Again it flew off and later in the evening Graham and I observed it back on the airfield. I also had a single Yellow Wagtail over

  A Ortolan Bunting flew over the quay towards the golf course, while the Peninnis individual was still present, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still at Newford and new Common Rosefinch included one on Peninnis and Bryher with the individual on St Agnes thought to be the bird on Gugh. A Turtle Dove and Wryneck were also on St Agnes and a Lapland Bunting was on St Martins.

The Tawny Pipit showed well in the paddock but nothing like the day before. The bottom pic was taken this evening on the airfield

Small numbers of Chaffinch starting to arrive

A Linnet with a patchy white head has been hanging out around the Porthloo

  On Penninis the Ortolan Bunting was showing at arm's length on the coastal path. There was also a Ortolan Bunting and Wryneck St Agnes. Only the Pectoral Sandpiper was of note on Tresco. The juvenile Spoonbill that arrived yesterday was still on Green Island and on Bryher the Tawny Pipit was showing at close range at Great Popplestone

Only 24 views on YT!! No More California, Leatherbag from their 2006 LP
Nowhere Left To Run Leatherbag was a rock band from Austin, Texas formed in 2005 by songwriter Randy Reynolds after moving from Houston.[1][2] The band's name comes from a passage in the James Joyce novel, Finnegans Wake.
The Austin Chronicle's critic wrote, in reviewing the album Nowhere Left to Run, "There's no denying Leatherbag's talent".[3] In discussing the band's album Love and HarmNPRcritic David Brown described the sound as "a frenetic garage-rock charge reined in by melodies that early Wilco would be proud to call its own".[4]
In August 2010 the band edited their own Wikipedia page.[5]
The band performed at The 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival. They were showcased on the web series, ACL presents Satellite Sets and were also an official performer at SXSW 2010. After much deliberation, Leatherbag changed names to 'No Future' following a short tour of the South in late March 2012.