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Black Redstarts

30th October 2019

Some 60 Black Redtart were observed on St Mary’s today including these 4 together at Pelistry stables with a stonking male to the left..

In almost twenty three years of living on Scilly, I have never seen so much rain fall in the last two weeks and still, there is more to come. As a result of ESE gale force winds in the last few days, there have been a notable arrival of Chaffinch, winter thrushes, including Continental Song Thrush, Meadow Pipit, Starling, Goldcrest and Black Restart. Of the latter species, today saw as many as 60+ on St Mary’s including one observer counting 30 between Newman Battery and Morning Point on the Garrison and only a very small percentage of the island was covered. The most I noted together were 8 at Porthloo with 6, Little Porth, 4 at Old Town, and 5 at the stables where there were also 2 White Wagtail, 200+Redwing, 80+Chaffinch and a single Mistle Thrush. Before all this happened, this morning I checked out the campsite area and got a single Firecrest and from yesterday, the Siberian Chiffchaff was still present but Goldcrest and Chiffchaff had dropped in numbers. A Merlin also put up 60 Redwing. At the Dump Clump there was a single Willow Warbler with over 70 Redwing feeding on the football field.

Out of the 28 Black Redstart that I observed today, I only saw two males including this cracker at the stables

Record shot of the Mistle Thrush at the stables

Meadow Pipit

Rock Pipit

There were over 200 Starling at Porthloo with 700+ at Pelistry and 350+ at Salkee.

House Sparrow


Yesterday in the rain, Goldcrest, 30+ and Chiffchaff 25, had increased in numbers at Lower Moors. Feeding with them were 4+Siberian Chiffchaff, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Brambling and I also flushed 2 Woodcock. At Shooter Pool there was a Wigeon and at Porth Hellick/Higher Moors area, I managed to see 3 Yellow-browed Warbler, 15+Chiffchaff, 20+Goldcrest, 2 Brambling and a single Siberian Chiffchaff. I also had 25+Stock Dove NE over the stables. Later, an hour before dark on the Garrison campsite 15+Goldcrest and 10+Chiffchaff were feeding on the deck with a single Siberian Chiffchaff nearby.

I observed 4 Siberian Chiffchaff at Lower Moors with singles also at Porth Hellick and the Campsite Garden, Garrison.

I had up to 4 Yellow-browed Warbler at Lower Moors with singles at Content, Higher Moors and Newford with another 2 at Porth Hellick

3 Brambling were at Lower Moors with another also at Higher moors

This Wigeon was on the tiny Shooters Pool

I noted at least 45 Chiffchaff

And over 75 Goldcrest including this individual in the garden.

Including these three, on the 27th there were up to 9 Golden Plover on the airfield

These 2 Whooper Swan turned up at Porth Hellick for the day, 27th

I only noticed the Bewick’s Swan with the 2 Whooper Swan when I went through the photos later that night!!

The 27th was also the last day the possible Green-winged Teal was last seen at Newford Duckpond

The Whooper Swan that arrived on St Mary’s last Thursday was last seen at Lower Moors, 26th.

Grey Heron at Porth Hellick

For it’s firth week, the BLUE ROCK THRUSH was still proving mobile on the Garrison on the 27th and on Tresco, Marcus Nash found a Rustic Bunting at the heliport, 27-28th and the ISABELINE WHEATEAR was last seen on the 29th.

Graham Gordon had a purple patch in the last few days. After finding a Pallas’s Warbler in the Parsonage on the 26th, the following day he had just literally put the phone down after talking to me while walking on the cricket pitch and found a Short-toed Lark! So were call that one a co-find between both of us! The next morning he had a flyover Little Bunting that he relocated later at Periglis Beach and over an hour later he stumbled over a Richard’s Pipit on the cricket pitch. Today, the Common Rosefinch was still in private fields on the island.



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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