Sunday, 2 October 2016

Man o' war

A blue sky, light wind and blazing sun meant few new migrants were likely today, so I headed over to Bryher. An influx of Portuguese man o' war had been reported and we saw five of these between St Mary's and Bryher, a tick for me.

Portuguese man o' war
The Common Rosefinch was picked up immediately, but difficult to photograph as it fed at the back of a field.

Common Rosefinch
A stroll over to Great Pool, past a couple of Whinchat, gave 3 Lapland Bunting, feeding in thick grass at the water's edge.

Lapland Bunting
Great to be walking around in the sun, but little else was seen, other than a Spotted Flycatcher on the way back to the quay. 5 Mediterranean Gull and a few Little Egret were in the channel between Bryher and Tresco.

Spotted Flycatcher
On St Mary's I saw the Red-backed Shrike on the Garrison before getting the boat and again on my return, when it showed a bit better, but still distantly.

Red-backed Shrike
A walk up to the airfield was in vain, as there was no sign of the waders, but a big increase to over 30 Wheatear indicates birds have been arriving through the day.

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