Monday, 14 October 2013

Scillies Day 17 (Monday 14th Oct)


An early morning start today in an effort to try and see the Grey-cheeked Thrush at first light.  Two and a half hours later and Eleanor had managed a fleeting glimpse as the bird flew through Old Town churchyard just after 9am.  Despite two more visitations during the day, we failed to connect with the bird as did the majority of waiting birders!

Jack Snipe continue to pop up at Lower Moors, probably six birds being present today.  Several Yellow-browed Warblers adorn elms and sycamores around the island, their far-carrying 'sueeet' call often the first indication of their presence.  Good numbers of Goldcrests again today and winter thrushes continue to roam the islands in pursuit of autumn fruit and invertebrates.  Wheatears and Swallows are still present in reasonable numbers and there was a small increase in Stonechats today with a couple of Black Redstarts to add to the mix.  Merlin, Peregrine, Short-eared Owl and Ring Ouzel continued the theme and the hedges and trees still support good numbers of Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps.


Eleanor and Neil


Old Town Churchyard

A more typical view
of a Jack Snipe, and if
you are lucky the sight
you see just before
flushing one up!

I know it's only
a Starling but I
couldn't resist those
colours and markings!
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