Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Scilly - 8.10.13

The Hooded Crow and Fraggle Rock!
With news at the log that there were a few good birds on Bryher the 4 of us decided to pay a visit in the hope that some may have stuck. The first place we visited was the vine café as the boat we had got was the early one I'd missed out on my morning cuppa! Suitably refreshed we then wandered around the Hell Bay Hotel in the hope of yesterdays RC Starling but views weren't forthcoming. We then headed to Great Porth and surrounding beaches where 2 female Common Scoter, 2 Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel were seen closely followed by the 2 Little Stint and a nice juv Curlew Sandpiper. As we left news over the radio said that the RC Starling was on the hotel roof but before we could get on it the flock flew off. I did however manage to catch it in flight a couple of times. Where we were stood was a good spot as just behind us the Hooded Crow was showing well. News then broke of a bird at the base of Samson Hill so we made our way there and after a 10 minute wait my third Red-Breasted Flycatcher in three days showed briefly! No sooner had we seen that news then broke of a Common Rosefinch behind the Fraggle Rock bar. Annoyingly we missed it by minutes but did have a Whinchat and a fly over Skylark. Not a bad day but not exactly setting the world alight either.

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