Sunday, 28 December 2014

Scilly - 16.10.14

Having only spent a couple of hours on St.Agnes on the first day we decided to spend the day there today. Before the boat left we paid our daily visit to Porthcressa but only saw a Wheatear for our troubles. Up on the Garrison the one Yellow-Browed Warbler that was left in the Sycamore was showing well.

Short-Toed Lark

Ring Ouzel

Grey Plover

Over on aggy we eventually found Castella Down and in a field with some cows we saw our second Short-Toed Lark of the trip though this one was somewhat closer. Personally I think STL is a very ugly bird! News of a Grey Plover saw us heading back towards the quay as somehow I'd not connected with one all year! As we passed the campsite a bird flew up from the grass and onto some rocks. It was a male Ring Ouzel! It showed well before flying into fields but soon returned to the campsite fields but unfortunately it was flushed by a birder in a bright blue coat who thought he wasn't close enough to it stood where he was. Twat! A stop off near the lighthouse for a Short-Toed Lark proved to be a waste of time as the bird turned out to be a soggy Skylark! Down at the Fruit Cages I connected with my 8th Yellow-Browed Warbler of the trip as it fed just above our heads. My 9th YBW of the trip followed soon after with a bird along Barnaby Lane that was in close proximity to a Firecrest. Myself and Steve then headed out onto Wingletang for a spot of seawatching off of Horse Point. Steve found the only notable bird with a Great Skua flying past which was another silly year tick for me. With only an hour or so until the boat back we walked back towards the quay only to hear that the Grey Plover was back on view so a mad dash back to the campsite and finally I connected with it!

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