Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Scilly Light

The Sillonian crossing this morning went smoothly, although the sea was a little lumpy. Not many birds, but I did pick up 4 Balearic, 1 Sooty and 1 Manx Shearwater. A distant bird that sheared up on W shaped wings has been gnawing at me all day, but the view was too fleeting to be sure. One that got away.

On St Mary's I walked up to the top of the island, passing a Hummingbird Hawkmoth along the way. By Green Lane the Rose-coloured Starling was showing well, though distantly, in a field of cattle. A Clouded Yellow zipped through.

Rose-coloured Starling
Checking hedges and fields as I walked south yielded little, but a Lesser Whitethroat showed well opposite the entrance to Tremelethen Farm.

Lesser Whitethroat
Up onto Peninnis and the Barred Warbler showed pretty well after a short wait.

Barred Warbler
Out onto the headland and a Snow Bunting was showing superbly well, coming within a couple of feet.

Snow Bunting
A call in at Lower Moors failed to produce a Jack Snipe, but a Water Rail did scuttle round the back of the pond.

Water Rail

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