Monday, 7 October 2013

Scillies Day 9 (6th Oct)


A full day on St Marys again, with almost constant sunshine and particularly warm temperatures - almost idyllic birding weather.  Again the birds didn't disappoint with three different Wrynecks (two in the same bush), the Arctic Warbler again (hiding in the depths of a sallow), a Ring Ouzel, two Yellow-browed Warblers, a Red-breasted Flycatcher, a Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3-4 Lapland Buntings, a Short-toed Lark on the airfield, a Spotted Crake at Shooters Pool, the Purple Heron in flight and a supporting cast which included several Peregrines, lots of chats and wagtails, hirundines and warblers, a male Lesser Redpoll, Kingfisher and further waves of butterflies including extraordinary numbers of Clouded Yellows.  No outstanding rarities but birding in the UK doesn't get much better than this!

E & N

Song Thrush.  The Scillies
provides excellent opportunities
to photograph common birds.

The canopy-loving
Arctic Warbler

Sun-kissed Meadow Pipit!

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