Friday, 7 October 2016

Spotted Crake

Great birding on the Garrison this morning, with Redwing pouring in along with two Ring Ouzel. The sheltered side along the Dead Pine Walk held loads of Robin along with several Chiffchaff, 2 Reed Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat, several Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher and the Red-backed Shrike. An excellent distant flypast was a juvenile Pomarine Skua, my first for Scilly.

Ring Ouzel
Ring Ouzel
Lesser Whitethroat
On from here to the airfield, where we managed a Ruff, but no sign of the Red-throated Pipit. Dropping down to Porthellick where we counted 7 Jack Snipe and stumbled across a juvenile Spotted Crake, feeding out in the open. Numerous Yellow-browed Warbler were seen and heard.

Spotted Crake (phone scoped )
A few more sites, then back to the Garrison, where the Red-backed Shrike was showing well. Heading back down we walked into the Turtle Dove that has been avoiding me for the last few days.

Red-backed Shrike
Turtle Dove

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