Monday, 14 October 2013

Not Pretty or Pink

Started the day at a deserted Shooters Pool. The Spotted Crake showed briefly while there were also 2 Jack Snipe, Grey Wagtail, Water Rail and Reed Warbler.

With the thrush safely in the bag yesterday, I was determined to get across to St. Agnes and jumped on the boat. A swift stroll from the quay and the Short-toed Lark was quickly bagged as it fed with Meadow Pipits.
Short-toed Lark
The next target was the Rose-coloured Starling. A frustrating couple of hours checking every Starling on the island was brightened by cracking views of a Pied Flycatcher and a distant Ring Ouzel.
Pied Flycatcher
Our lack of success was explained when the Starling was found feeding on its own on rocks below the cliffs. Great views out in the open. 4  Blackcap were also feeding in a sheltered bush here.
Rose-coloured Starling
A wander further along the coast gave distant views of 3-4 Common Dolphin and 2 super close Snow Bunting.
A last look at the Lark and a sit in the sun to wait for the boat as 3 Raven idled over Gugh,


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