Tuesday, 27 September 2016


The day started superbly with a showy Melodious Warbler on the Garrison. Found yesterday while I was at the other end of the island and not showing when I checked in the heavy rain. Pleased to have finally caught up with one. Photos would have been a bit better, but it was still quite dark in the last of the morning's drizzle.

Melodious Warbler.
While waiting for the boat I popped down for the Black-necked Grebe that is still patrolling the shallows of Porthcressa.

Black-necked Grebe

The weather improved rapidly and sunny by the time we docked at St Agnes. Straight over to the Garrison where I had brief views of both Vireo, but lacking patience to wait long for a photo I headed off around the island. I returned several times, but was always just missing one showing well.

The Lesser Yellowlegs, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint were still on the Big Pool.

Lesser Yellowlegs

At St Warna Cove a Red-backed Shrike was butchering a Wren. Excellent, but distant views and just phonescoped shots.

Red-backed Shrike
No sign of the Red-breasted Flycatcher in the garden it was in on Sunday, but a Redstart was in the next-door garden. A Pied Flycatcher was a regular around the school house.


Pied Flycatcher
Waiting for the last boat of the day meant that there were just a few of us left to witness the amazing sight of two Red-eyed Vireo chasing each other through the elms.

Red-eyed Vireo

That was a good day!

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