Wednesday, 15 October 2014

More Scilly Wandering

The wild weather blew through early this morning, but sadly didn't drop a load of new birds. With fabulous weather again we covered the southern half of St Mary's.

As the tail of the storm went through gull numbers built up in Porthcressa Bay and contained an adult Mediterranean and a second winter Common.

Mediterranean Gull
Up on to the Garrison via the pastie shop and a Ring Ouzel was picked up in a tamarisk, but didn't give good views,

Stunning view of Ring Ouzel
Fleeting glimpses of a Yellow-browed Warbler were followed by a cracking flyby from a young Peregrine and good views of a Wryneck.

Back on the Lower Broom Platform a Red-breasted Flycatcher was showing well by the path.

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Up by the health centre the Barred Warbler gave brief views before we carried on to a very quiet Peninnis Head where there were just 3 Wheatear. Dropping down to Old Town Bay and a Little Egret and a Greenshank were feeding at the water's edge.

Little Egret
Old Town Church was good for a Prickly Stick Insect, while 2 Holly Blue flitted around the ivy and a Firecrest zipped about.

Prickly Stick Insect
Back in Porthcressa and cracking male Black Redstart flitted between roofs and the beach where it fed alongside a Wheatear and Pied Wagtails.

Black Redstart
The last stop for the day was Lower Moors where a Jack Snipe was finally feeding out in the open.

Jack Snipe

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