Sunday, 25 September 2016

REVing up

An excellent day started before breakfast with superb, close views of the Black-necked Grebe at Porthcressa. Also here briefly was a Grey Plover, only the second I've had on Scilly. A Peregrine dropped in and lifted a House Sparrow from a garden wall.

Black-necked Grebe
Grey Plover
After breakfast a walk around the Garrison gave loads of Goldcrest, 2 Spotted and a Pied Flycatcher. Promising, but I'd arranged to meet Graham on St Agnes, so it was over the choppy sea I went.

The Big Pool was the first port of call where the Lesser Yellowlegs, Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint showed well, if a little distantly. A quick cuppa then Browarth where Graham picked up a Grey Phalarope dropping onto the sea. Decent scope views, but too far for a photo. Not much further and we stumbled over a Wryneck.

A few more fields then a coffee at the café. We'd just supped up when news came through of a Red-eyed Vireo at the Parsonage. Some great pishing from Graham summoned up the bird and we managed brief views in the elm-tops. Also here was a Pied Flycatcher.

A Red-eyed Vireo's arse
On from here to find a Red-breasted Flycatcher, which we did eventually, but probably not the one we had been looking for.

Red-breasted Flycatcher
Another brief view of the Vireo then back down to the Big Pool for some stunning close views of the waders.

Curlew Sandpiper
Little Stint
Lesser Yellowlegs

A male Peregrine then shot over, luckily avoiding any of the waders.

An excellent day!

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