Wednesday, 14 October 2015


Started pre-breakfast on Porthcressa Beach with the first winter Mediterranean Gull, then after a full English it was back up to Peninnis. The Blyth's Pipit gave fantastic scope views, feeding in relatively short grass. A bit far for photos, but you can see what it is.

Blyth's Pipit

Phone scoped
Blyth's Pipit crowd
The next pipit of the day was a Red-throated Pipit that was loosely associating with Meadow Pipits. We only managed to catch it several times in flight as it called overhead as it zipped between fields. A Merlin also made a dash through here.

At Lower Moors we had a brief glimpse of a Little Bunting in the Standing Stone Field. Of three Jack Snipe the following one was showing superbly.

Jack Snipe

A walk up through the middle of the island produced loads of butterflies under the blazing sun, including the first Clouded Yellows of the trip.

Painted Lady
Small Copper
We had just got on the Golf Course when the radio announced two Richard's Pipits in flight. Luckily in the right place we picked them up in flight over Pungies Lane. A dash back and we picked up further views of one in flight and briefly on the ground.

A walk up to Innesidgen gave us distant views of a flying Great Northern Diver. Heading home we passed through the golf course where a Short-eared Owl flushed from the gorse, giving cracking views against a blue sky. Also here were two Golden Plover.

Short-eared Owl

Last stop was Porthloo for a couple of Black Redstart.

Black Redstart

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