Friday, 16 October 2015

Last blast on the Scillies!


Our trip to the magical Scilly Isles is almost over, and the last week in particular has been a good one for interesting and rare migrants. Recent sightings include a Hudsonian Whimbrel from the west and several birds from the east including another Red-throated Pipit, the Blyth's Pipit finally pinned down and showing well and an elusive Siberian Stonechat. Other good migrants we manage to connect with include Hawfinch, an influx of Jack Snipe, Snow Bunting, lots of Chiffchaffs including some candidates for Siberian Chiffchaff, more Yellow-browed Warblers and Firecrests, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Short-toed Lark, large numbers of common thrushes and finches, a Spoonbill, a Little Bunting and more Black Redstarts.

All these birds remain on high alert though as raptors patrol the islands including Peregrine, Merlin, Kestrel, Sparrowhawk and this week singles of Hen Harrier and Osprey...


Neil M

Song Thrush

Jack Snipe

Black Redstarts.
The lower bird was photographed
on a sunny golden evening on Porthloo
Beach, St Mary's


Juvenile male Peregrine

Red-breasted Flycatcher
The island of Bryher
Potential Siberian Chiffchaff
(not heard to call)

Yellow-browed Warbler

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