Wednesday, 5 October 2016

The Isles of Scilly


On Monday Eleanor and I sailed from Penzance in Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly, a favourite location of ours.

A rough crossing provided views of several Great Skuas and a Grey Phalarope plus more common sea-birds and brief views of Harbour Porpoise and Common Dolphin.

With strong easterly/south-easterly winds the islands held plenty of migrants and our first afternoon wander ensured we saw a Red-breasted Flycatcher, a Red-backed Shrike and the first of many Yellow-browed Warblers.

Yesterday (Tuesday) and the wind strengthened even more. A wander up to the airfield on St Mary's was productive with side by side views of Buff-breasted Sandpiper, American Golden Plover and a cracking male Lapland Bunting. More Yellow-browed Warblers and two Cattle Egrets in the afternoon were the pick of the later in the day birds.

Today (Wednesday) and the quality birds kept coming with a confiding Little Bunting, another Red-breasted Flycatcher, the Cattle Egrets, AGP and Buff-breast again plus Lapland Bunting, Wryneck, Redstart and Black Redstart, Hobby, Jack Snipe and plenty of Firecrests and Yellow-browed Warblers...

And the weather forecast suggest more avian influences from the east during the next several days...


Neil M

Song Thrush. Still a common
bird on the Isles of Scilly.

Large Red Underwing moth.

Grey Wagtail.

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