Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Highlights of 2015 (Part 3)

From arriving on Scilly at the end of September until the end of the year.

Red-eyed Vireo- St Agnes, Scilly. Gave me the run-around before popping up next to me. Top of my most wanted list.

Convolvulus Hawk-moth- St Agnes, Scilly. Trapped in our garden. Enormous!

Small Copper (form Schmidtii)- St Agnes, Scilly. Stunning and well twitched.

Red-flanked Bluetail- St Agnes, Scilly. A mad dash from the boat to beat the crowds.

Radde's Warbler- St Mary's, Scilly. Thanks to a local for the lift and to Andy for the photo.

Short-eared owl- St Mary's, Scilly. Flushed from the golf course.

Jack Snipe- St Mary's, Scilly. This is how they show on Scilly!

Blyth's Pipit- St Mary's, Scilly. An excellent catch-up after not going for the Yorkshire bird.

Hudsonian Whimbrel- Tresco, Scilly. Cracking bird, that posed for the camera.

Clouded Yellow- St Mary's, Scilly. Always good to see.

Yellow-browed Warbler- St Martin's, Scilly. Not many on Scilly this year.

Olive-backed Pipit- St Martin's, Scilly. Gave cracking views once the crowds had gone.

Short-toed Lark- St Mary's, Scilly. A birthday find for me.

Richard's Pipit- St Mary's, Scilly. Showing well on the air field.

Minke Whale- St Mary's, Scilly. Whale tick!

Ortolan Bunting- St Martin's, Scilly. Another big gap in my list filled. Eventually showed down to a few feet.

Common Dolphin- Scillonian. Goodbye to Scilly for the year.

Ferruginous Duck- Washington WT. Looking wild!

Arctic Warbler- Marsden. It's not over till it's over.

Long-billed Dowitcher- Cresswell. Close, but in near darkness.

Crag Martin- Chesterfield. Wow! A great pull-back after dipping in Yorkshire in 2014

Surf Scoter- Hartlepool. In a howling gale.

Waxwing- Team Valley. One of five to give a late addition to the Gateshead year list.

Short-eared Owl- Cresswell. Gave cracking views.

Egyptian Goose- Ladyburn Lake. Still rare up here.

Glaucous Gull, Whitburn. If only it all came this close!

Also loads of seawatching from Whitburn, with some cracking birds, too distant for photos. The day of the record-breaking 17 Great Northern Divers was superb.

A canny year.

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