Friday, 16 October 2015

Hudsonian Whimbrel

News of the Hudsonian Whimbrel on Tresco broke too late to get a boat last night, so I skipped the full English and was on the quay just after 8 this morning. Once on Tresco it was a swift march to Gimble Porth where the bird was staked out for us. Happily feeding at the top of the beach, it took over an hour of willing from the crowd for it to take flight and show the rump and under-wing. Cracking bird.

Hudsonian Whimbrel

A Buzzard over the fields behind was a Scilly tick and the it was down to the Great Pool to mop up for the trip list. As well as Coot and Mute Swan the stars here were Pintail, Garganey, Reed Bunting, 2 Little Grebe and 2 Pink-footed Geese. The walk back to the quay gave a Firecrest amongst a load of Goldcrest.

Back on St Mary's it was up to Peninnis where the Blyth's Pipit was giving a great show in the sun.

Blyth's Pipit

Just time for a bask in the sun. A cracking day.

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