24th October 2021
This Olive-backed Pipit in the Nowhere fields at Old Town performed well briefly and was seen by many through out the day
Yesterday, Scott Reid had a vocal pipit over the school field flying towards the Standing Stones field and thought that it was probably an Olive-backed Pipit. Later on in the afternoon, on my way home from my last taxi at the airport, I stopped off at the latter field and heard a pipit call twice and like Scott, strongly suspected that it was an OBP. But could I find the bloody thing before dark? First thing this morning, after enjoying 2 Grey Wagtail from my window, in a SW breeze, I was kicking the Old Town fields, south of the beach and the church yard fields in search for of the OBP. Siskin, Chaffinch with the odd Brambling were moving west in small numbers and there were 2 Siberian Chiffchaff, one singing, at Trench Lane. It was while trudging through the Nowhere fields that at last, after an hour, I stumbled up on the Olive-backed Pipit. It flew into the Elms and showed well in the sun and was seen on and off throughout the day by other birders.
Siskin were feeding in the Standing Stone field while overhead there were small numbers moving through
Olive-backed Pipit at Nowhere fields
Siskin and Chaffinch were still moving through when I reached the airfield where I had the single Whinchat and Black Redstart at the car park. I was approaching the turning circle, when I heard what sounded like a harsh ‘type’ Tree Pipit call. It was still vocal when I turned around to see a large pipit with a short tail flying west. Blyth’s Pipit! I followed the pipit until I lost it over towards Old Town. I found the last Blyth’s Pipit on Scilly, 3 years ago over Carn Friars, also by call, without seeing it. Thirty minutes later I had relocated it in nearby fields. I had just put the news out of the airfield individual when I heard the loud explosive sparrow like call of a Richard’s Pipit! I soon picked it up on the deck by the turning circle. I left it alone as my mind was on somethin else and went and kicked the west side of the airfield. After flushing up 8 Skylark, I heard what sounded like a weak sparrow/Yellow Wagtail call and above me was the Blyth’s Pipit with a handful of Meadow Pipit. ide by side, it appeared slightly larger than the latter species. I was trying to unsuccessfully focus on the Blyth’s while it was in the air but it dropped down towards the Porth Minnick fields, still calling, where I lost it. Unlike the Carn Friars individual, after searching in the Porth Minnick area, there was no sign of it. I decided to go and kick the fields on Peninnis and for my effort there were 6 Skylark, 40 Meadow Pipit and I misidentified a Tree Pipit as a Olive-backed Pipit and not a sniff of the Blyth’s Pipit.
This Whinchat has been hanging out at the airport car park for the last week
Where there has also been this Black Redstart
Record shot of the Richard’s Pipit on the airfield and like the Blyth’s Pipit, it was not seen by anyone else throughout the rest of the day after my observations.
Only a handful of Meadow Pipit on the airfield but on Peninnis there were over 40 with 6 Skylark
Siskin on the runway
Tree Pipit at Peninnis
Small numbers of Siskin were also on Peninnis
Later on, I was at Content and I could hear a Hawfinch and looked high into the blue skies only to realise that it was so low that it nearly took my head off!! Presumably the individual seen earlier by Julian Branscombe over Watermill. The weedy field at Pungies Lane produced 9 Skylark, 9 Brambling, 20 Linnet, 30 Goldfinch and some 400 Chaffinch. Nearby, I saw my first flock of Redwing of the day with 80 birds NE with others feeding in Hawthorns and at the stables was a single Brambling. I returned home and almost dark and I could hear Redwings moving through but still haven’t seen my first Fieldfare of the autumn.
This Hawfinch with it’s precious cargo, flew south over Content
Brambling at the stables. My first Brambling of the year were 2 north over the garden two days ago
Only small numbers of Chiffchaff around at moment
Redwing at Maypole
Also large numbers of butterflies enjoyed the hot sunny weather including 60-70 Red Admiral, 15 Speckled Wood and including the one above 9 Painted Lady
This Wood Lark spent a few days at Pungies Lane, 20th-22nd
A Water Pipit was always distant at Parting Carn in the short time that I was there, 23rd
This male Siberian Chiffchaff gave itself away when I could hear it singing while scanning Porthloo Beach. I turned around to find it on the wires near to the Terrance’s, 21st
A vocal Siberian Chiffchaff was at Higher Moors, 22nd
In the last week or two, there has been a large arrival of Siskin including small flocks over the garden daily with up to 5 in the garden
Small numbers of Goldfinch coming into bath in the pig pool in front of my window
Makes a change to see a cat with a rat instead of a bird. Over a week age I found a freshly dead Nightingale at Mount Todden killed by a cat
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