Thursday, 17 October 2013

Scilly - my turn

Firstly a few comments about today...

I stuck to my mantra and stayed in the village...well for most of the day! A combination of sitting and short walks. No luck with anything "special" but I enjoyed it just the same on a fantastic clear and sunny October day.

The best I could manage was a male Blackcap with a supporting cast of Goldcrests, Chiffchaffs and winter thrushes.

This is were the rare warbler should have been...

Late afternoon I did weaken and had a ride down to Kilnsea to see the Whooper Swans near Long Bank...

...always worth seeing. Superb birds.

On the way back home a BIG bonus came in the form of four Mealy Redpolls (H.97) seen near Out Newton.'s here!

We set of tomorrow for a week on Scilly. The lad's coming over to look after the big man. We're on the first plane over on Saturday morning...always best to maximise the time I feel!

I've probably made a similar statement before but for me it's the only place to go. Always a great selection of birds to see and always the chance of a BIG 1.

A few other reasons why I go...birds I have been "fortunate" enough to see...

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Sora (Porzana carolina)
Cream-coloured Courser (Cursorius cursor)
White-rumped Sandpiper (Calidris fuscicollis)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Tryngites subruficollis)
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago gallinago delicata)
Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda)
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes)
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria)
Spotted Sandpiper (Tringa macularia [hypoleucos])
Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor)
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica)
Short-toed Lark (Calandrella brachydactyla [cinerea])
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)
Richard's Pipit (Anthus richardi [novaeseelandiae])
Blyth's Pipit (Anthus godlewskii [campestris])
Tawny Pipit (Anthus campestris)
Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni)
Red-throated Pipit (Anthus cervinus)
Buff-bellied Pipit (Anthus rubescens [spinoletta])
Citrine Wagtail (Motacilla citreola)
Bluethroat (red-spotted) (Luscinia svecica svecica)
Isabelline Wheatear (Oenanthe isabellina)
Grey-cheeked Thrush (Catharus minimus)
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)
Aquatic Warbler (Acrocephalus paludicola)
Blyth's Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum)
Booted Warbler (Hippolais caligata)
Melodious Warbler (Hippolais polyglotta)
Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata)
Subalpine Warbler (Sylvia cantillans)
Pallas's Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus)
Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus)
Radde's Warbler (Phylloscopus schwarzi)
Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus)
Red-breasted Flycatcher (Ficedula parva)
European Penduline Tit (Remiz pendulinus)
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia)
Blackpoll Warbler (Dendroica striata)
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapillus)
Northern Waterthrush (Seiurus noveboracensis)
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

I WOULD like to go to Shetland/Fair Isle one day...

Wish me luck...updates if possible?

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