Thursday, 9 October 2014

Plastic Squirrel, Rosefinch and Dotterel

A disaster of a day yesterday. The day was spent on Tresco in high winds and horizontal rain and hail. Very little was seen, the highlights being two 'plastic' Red Squirrel and a Pochard to add to my Scilly list. The camera didn't come out of the bag all day.

Today has been much better. Started on the Garrison where there were 1 Yellow-browed Warbler, 4 Blackcap and 10+ Goldcrest. A very heavy shower as we got off the boat at Tresco was the last of the day's rain. The walk up the island gave a Yellow-browed Warbler and a soaring Peregrine before the first of the day's targets, Common Rosefinch, was acquired at Borough Farm. A real bogey bird this, having dipped several and this one gave great views feeding with Chaffinch and House Sparrow.

Common Rosefinch
At the far north of the island the Dotterel was quickly found and this gave cracking close views.

Another look at the Rosefinch followed, but the feeding flock had moved further up the field. There were 2 Grey Wagtail here and a close Rat.

Brown Rat
Back on St Mary's I had a quick look for the Blyth's Pipit without any luck, so will try again tomorrow.

Old Grimsby, Tresco

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