Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Birds from the East


The last few days has seen quite an arrival of birds to the Isles of Scilly, the majority from the east or north-east. We have spent most of our time on St Mary's but did pop over to St Agnes yesterday (Monday) to see a Red-flanked Bluetail that had been located on Sunday. Fortunate sightings for us have included a Red-eyed Vireo on Saturday afternoon, presumably the same Red-throated Pipit, a Short-toed Lark, brief views of an Arctic Warbler and better views of a Dusky Warbler at the same location. 

Firecrests remain in good numbers but actually there aren't that many Yellow-browed Warblers on the islands and the big numbers witnessed on the Northern Isles and mainland haven't really hit here.

As the autumn deepened so the birds change and there are now quite a few Black Redstarts and Redwings on the islands.

There are still plenty of butterflies on the wing, with a late rush of Painted Ladies, a few Clouded Yellows and still lots of Speckled Woods, Small Coppers, Red Admirals and Peacocks.

Common birds in good numbers here include Meadow Pipit, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Blackcap, Song Thrush, and Robin and presumably are a combination of residents and migrants. Scarcer migrants include Tree Pipit, Redpoll, Siskin, Lapland Bunting, Skylark, Wheatear and there are still a few Spotted and Pied Flycatchers around.


Neil M

Black Redstart



Red-flanked Bluetail


Ringed Plovers and Turnstones

Jack Snipe at dusk

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