Monday, 19 October 2015

Olive-backed Pipit

A couple of Black Redstart at Porth Loo then on through the golf course this morning. We were just dipping a Lapwing at Pungies Lane when news came through of an Olive-backed Pipit on St Martin's. A speedy march got us to the quay with seconds to spare and a short walk on the other side got us to Little Arthur Farm where the pipit was showing well in a bulb field. A corking bird, even brighter than the Sunderland bird last October. Hanging on until most of the crowd had gone paid off, as the bird flew closer for photos. Ticks are visible on either side of the head.

Olive-backed Pipit

While watching the pipit loads of thrushes were streaming over with a few Skylark. Not much else was seen on the island other than a Silver Y Moth and very showy Yellow-browed Warbler. A distant Grey Plover was a Scilly tick for me.

Silver Y
Yellow-browed Warbler

From the boat back to St Mary's the Osprey was seen over Tresco. On St Mary's a walk up to the air field gave a couple of Clouded Yellow and the Short-toed Lark was viewed from the wind-sock feeding with 2 Skylark.

Clouded Yellow
Almost back to the digs and a Humming-bird Hawkmoth was flying down the street.

Humming-bird Hawkmoth


  1. Hi Rob,

    Great shots of the Little Arthur OBP!

    I was lucky enough to find this bird. Would you mind if I put a link to your photos in my submission to the Isles of Scilly Bird Group?

    James Walsh

  2. No problem. Excellent find. Cheers.