Monday, 7 October 2013

Scillies Day 6 (3rd Oct)


The forecast was for heavy rain all day but this didn't materialise until dusk so another full day out in the field on St Marys!

Lower Moors is proving a hotspot on the island this year and today we saw Purple Heron, Bluethroat and 2 Jack Snipe from the hides there.  Other birds of note on the island included Firecrest, Pied Flycatcher, Lapland Bunting and still plenty of chats.  Off-shore, Common Scoter were located and the shallow waters continued to attract Sandwich Tern and Mediterranean Gull.  Nearly all the 'alba' wagtails were White Wagtails and small numbers of Yellow and Grey Wagtails persisted.

The rocky shorelines and sandy beaches provided a safe haven for Whimbrel and other more common waders and a couple of Golden Plovers arrived on the airfield.

Insects from more southern climes included plenty of Clouded Yellows and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth.


E & N

Turtle Dove

Purple Heron


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