Thursday, 15 October 2015


After the pre-breakfast Mediterranean Gull we headed up to the Garrison. A steady stream of Redwing were dropping in and a Yellow-browed Warbler was by the football pitch. A distant Great Northern Diver was visible from the Star Castle.

A boat over to Bryher and the Hooded Crow was seen above Samson Hill. We pushed on and got excellent views of the Red-breasted Flycatcher, feeding along a hedge.

Hooded Crow
Red-breasted Flycatcher

A two hour vigil at Popplestone failed to turn up the Melodious Warbler, but we did have a fly-over Mistle Thrush and a helicopter flushed 20+ Fieldfare.

A mad dash up a hill got us distant views of a ring-tailed Hen Harrier over Tresco being harassed by Carrion Crows and two Raven. We also managed a Whinchat by the pitch and putt course.

The boat back to St Mary's gave an Osprey over Tresco, a Mediterranean Gull and a fly-over Shelduck.

News filtered through of a possible Siberian Stonechat at Content. By the time we arrived the bird had been confirmed, but just flown. A quick jog to Pungies Lane and the bird was in the field we had the Richard's Pipit yesterday. A bit distant and fading light, but the following awful shot shows the black under-wing coverts.

Siberian Stonechat


  1. Took a while to get going Rob but some cracking birds the last few days, hope a mega turns up to finish the trip off nicely.

    1. A mega today, but plenty time yet for more.