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Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the airfield

27th September 2019

This Buff-breasted Sandpiper was showing well at the south turning circle on the airfield this evening

Mark Addison found the only Garganey this year so far at Porth Hellick this morning and two hours later I was observing it feeding with 8 Teal. The duck performed briefly in the very dull light from the seaward hide before making the short flight towards the spit in front of the Sussex hide. At the same time the Cetti’s Warbler was heard.

This could prove to be the only Garganey on scilly this year

Mark then got a Lapland Bunting at the windsock at the airfield also this morning and later on in the early afternoon, while Neil Glenn was trying to relocate it, he went and found a Buff-breasted Sandpiper instead! It wasn’t until gone 18.00 that Jo and I twitched the sandpiper and had it all to ourselves at the turning circle. A Ring Ouzel flew east and there were 4 Yellow and over 70 White Wagtail all over the shop on the airfield Yesterday, Scott Reid turned up a Red-breasted Flycatcher at Lower Broom, Garrison but all I got when I arrived in the 20 minutes or so I we were there, was a brief glimpse perched out in the open before disappearing.

Also seen Today St Mary’s: There were 2 Wryneck and the Honey Buzzard made an appearance over the Garrison

St Martins: Rick Addison, who is staying on the island, had a good day with a single ‘Eastern’ Lesser Whitethroat 2 Yellow-browed Warbler, 5 Firecrest, 2 Snow and 1 Lapland Bunting, 1 Turtle Dove, 2 Pied Flycatcher and a single Red-breasted Mergenser.

Tresco: Ortolan Bunting and Short-toad Lark still at the heliport

Our first yank, this Buff-breasted Sandpiper, arrived today and hopefully they’re will a lot more to follow.

Over 70 White Wagtail were on the airfield, including these five sheltering from the wind

Only 10 Wheatear on the airfield


Ortolan Bunting and Short-toed Lark together on Tresco heliport. Photo by Chris and Juliet Moore

Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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