Monday, 7 October 2013

Scillies Day 8 (5th Oct)


Well after a week on St Marys we felt it was time for a day on another island.  So after notching up Yellow-browed Warbler, Mediterranean Gull, Purple Heron and Common Scoter we took a boat trip to the small island of St Agnes.  En-route Sandwich Terns showed well and a solitary Black Tern was espied.

A sunny and warm St Agnes was full of warblers, wagtails and chats and we quickly located Firecrest, Pied Flycatcher and a variety of common warblers.  We were fortunate to find a juvenile Barred Warbler and managed to hang on to it so that all the island birders saw it too.  A Red-breasted Flycatcher showed nearby and then it was time for a coffee break in the recently extended Coastguards CafĂ©.  Whilst supping and munching in their birder-friendly garden we saw Ring Ouzel, Lapland Bunting and Whinchat.  A Hummingbird Hawk-moth showed well feeding on some late-blooming flowers.

We wandered around Wingletang and Covean in the afternoon, pipits, wagtails and Wheatears dominating the passerines.  Butterflies included Clouded Yellow, Red Admiral, Peacock, Small Copper and Speckled Wood.

Back then to St Marys and after arriving at St Marys quay it was a rapid walk up to Newford Duck Pond where we managed to see an Arctic Warbler which had been found earlier in the day.


Eleanor and Neil

Hummingbird Hawk-moth


Alternative profile
of a Clouded Yellow!

Sandwich Tern
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