Friday, 26 August 2016

More White-rumped

Another trip up to Amble and after a long wait I managed some better shots of the White-rumped Sandpiper when it came close in bright sunshine.

White-rumped Sandpiper

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Thursday, 25 August 2016


The White-rumped Sandpiper at Amble Braid did the decent thing and hung around for me to get back from Cornwall. Some cracking views as the tide started to drop. Flushed by a Sparrowhawk before returning to feed with Dunlin.

White-rumped Sandpiper

With Dunlin

Before this I stopped at Lynemouth Flash where there were 2 Curlew Sandpiper. Cresswell held 14 Little Egret, 6 Greenshank and a Ruff.

On the way back south I stopped at Cresswell north car park, but the Wood Warbler that Dave E hed seen earlier was keeping its head down in the drizzle. While here two Little Stint flew over with a flock of around 20 Dunlin. No sign of the Black Tern at QE11, but a Ruff did buzz the lake.

This evening a Greenshank dropped in at Shibdon. Hopefully a start for a run of waders here.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Pelican and Whimbrel

It would have been rude not to, so another night in Penzance was booked and I made my way on public transport to Point Quay. By 10.45 I was overlooking the very nice Restronguet Creek towards a very distant, large white blob. Through the scope this turned into the Dalmatian Pelican, pretty inactive while I was there, but impressive none the less due to its immense size.

Dalmatian Pelican- looking wild
My luck was in, as a birder (John) turned up and after briefly viewing the Pelican he offered a lift to Perranuthnoe for the Hudsonian Whimbrel. Unfortunately for John the three hours we spent scrambling over rocks failed to turn up the rare Whimbrel. Not long after he left a birder picked up a Whimbrel on a distant, rocky island. After another hour the bird flew a bit closer to reveal the tell-tale dark rump and underwing. The Hudsonian was in the bag! A seven mile walk back to the digs in the baking sun followed.

Hudsonian Whimbrel

A couple of very bad and distant flight shots show the dark underwing, tail and rump.

St Michael's Mount

Monday, 22 August 2016

Icky and out

Last day on Scilly today. The morning was spent with the Icterine Warbler on the Garrison, that occasionally showed very well. There was time to dip a Wryneck before getting the boat. The voyage back to Penzance wasn't overly exciting, but we did manage a Cory's, 2 Sooty, a Balearic and 140 Manx Shearwater along with 2 Storm Petrel. Just time before dark to dip the Hudsonian Whimbrel.

Icterine Warbler

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Last pelagic

My final pelagic of the trip today. Not the hoped for mega, but still an excellent day. With a lighter wind the sea wasn't as rough so we headed further out. Despite 150+ Storm Petrel joining the slick, a Wilson's surprisingly failed to show. Plenty else though with a Long-tailed Skua, 3 Bonxie along with 3 Cory's, 2 Great and 3 Sooty Shearwater. Three Blue Shark were caught and tagged, while a few Common Dolphin showed briefly. The Yellow-legged Gull again joined the flock to follow us home.

Cory's Shearwater

Sooty Shearwater

Great Shearwater

Long-tailed Skua
Storm Petrel

Yellow-legged Gull

Blue Shark

A brilliant weekend.

Saturday, 20 August 2016


Slightly fewer of us braved the wild sea again today. The target of the weekend was Wilson's Petrel and today we managed four of them. Lured into the slick from the chum, we eventually managed some cracking views and at one point two in view together. I'm still having trouble getting the camera onto the birds from the rolling deck, so hoping for better photos tomorrow if the sea is a bit less bumpy.

Wilson's Petrel
You can just make out the yellow webs

Storm and Wilson's Petrel
Drifting with the chum also brought in plenty of Storm Petrel. Again a nightmare to photograph!

Storm Petrel

More big Shearwater with 20+ Cory's and 6 Great. One Great, dragged in by the gull flock gave stunning close views.

Great Shearwater
Cory's Shearwater

To cap the day off a Yellow-legged Gull joined the flock as we headed for home.

Yellow-legged Gull

A stunning day! More tomorrow.