Friday, 21 October 2016


With nothing happening this morning I shamelessly twitched a Mandarin on St Agnes. On view on arrival, it was looking good until it moved and flashed a plastic ring.

Mandarin-out on parole.
With little more than a Yellow-browed Warbler I was heading for the early boat when I bumped into a birder who'd just thought he'd had a Red-flanked Bluetail. A few minute wait and a bird popped up showing its orange flanks and as it flicked away a blue tail, bingo! Elusive for a while, it eventually gave itself up and showed well on a few occasions.

Red-flanked Bluetail
While the Bluetail was being found a warbler that had been found dead in the lighthouse garden was being identified- a Pale-legged/Sakhalin Leaf Warbler. Probably the rarest bird to be seen this autumn was now in Graham's fridge. How near...

Pale-legged/Sakhalin Leaf Warbler
Firecrest and Siberian Chiffchaff were seen on the walk back for the boat.

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