Thursday, 3 October 2013

Scillies Day 3 (Monday 30th Sept)


Dull and drizzly today with some rain.  Eleanor took the dogs for an excursion around the east side of the island and saw good birds in the shape of Wryneck, Lapland Bunting, Redstart and Little Gull.  I was a great deal more sedentary but notched up a fabulous Yellow-browed Warbler, one of the first to arrive here this autumn.

We joined forces again for lunch and explored other sites on the island.  One or two first winter Mediterranean Gull(s) were about, Sandwich Terns were in excess of twenty and the White Wagtails numbered a good hundred birds and included a single Yellow Wagtail.  Still plenty of flycatchers and chats were present in suitable habitat and 3 Ravens roamed the island.

Butterflies enjoyed the sunny periods and included Red Admiral, Comma, Small Copper, Peacock and Speckled Wood.

The rain set in during the afternoon so Eleanor returned to the chalet with the dogs and I went and sat in the hides at Lower Moors.  After the rain had passed there was plenty of pre-dusk activity with the male Bluethroat hopping about and good numbers of freshwater Eels active in the shallows.  White Wagtails and Swallows came in to the marsh to roost and a Greenshank flew in and posed in front of the hides.


Neil M

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