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Small fall of Willow Warbler

8th April 2020

Not one but 2 male Redstart that I bumped into today including this individual at Pelistry stables.

Thanks to Angie Greenlaw for again putting news out on the WhatsApp group of 100+Common Dolphin off Peninnis Head and for the second in a week, I managed to see them with good numbers of Manx Shearwater, through my scope from my bedroom window. Also on the group, Mick Scott put out about a fall of Willow Warbler at Longstones. I could hear an individual singing in the garden and a walk around the Garrison produced single Snipe, Redwing, 5 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 15+Willow Warbler and reeling by the tennis court, a Grasshopper Warbler. From Porthloo, Robin Mawer counted up to 21 Great Northern Diver out between Annet and Samson. I scanned an hour later from Star Castle and in the calm waters I managed to count 13 Great Northern Diver and a male Common Scoter off Samson.

Up to 15 Willow Warbler were singing on the Garrison including this individual in the garden

Only a single Redwing at the campsite

I’ve got a small number of Starling visiting the garden to drink

Up to 4 Dunnock also visit the garden

At Porthloo there were 5 Willow Warbler and single White Wagtail, Black Redstart and overhead east, Tree Pipit. After this I saw over 15 Willow Warbler at each different site I visited including at the golf course, Trenowth, Newford Duck Pond area and at Porth Hellick there were also 20+Willow Warbler. Also at Trenowth there were 2 Tree Pipit but within 20 minutes I had found 2 male Redstart. A brief sighting at Green Farm and at Pelistry there was astunner in the same paddock with 13 Redwing but there was no sign of Higgo’s Black Redstart that he had earlier.

This Black Redstart was pretty mobile at Porthloo Beach

I managed to see up to 85 Willow Warbler today

This male Redstart was on view all the time at Pelistry paddocks for the 30 minutes I observed it.

on my travels there were small flocks of Linnet adding up to at least 60 to 70 birds

At Porth Hellick I saw my first hirundines of the day including 10 Sand Martin, 9 Swallow and a single House Martin and on the pool there were 3 Snipe. Distantly from Giants Castle, I could see the adult male LESSER KESTREL hanging in the wind over Porth Hellick Down and at Old Town 2 Redwing and a single Yellow Wagtail flew over NW.

The Snow Bunting was still at Holgates Green and there was a Grasshopper Warbler at Watermill

Hirundines at Porth Hellick

The day finished off with this vocal Yellow Wagtail overhead at Old Town

This Short-eared Owl has being knocking around Carn Friars for a while now. I took these record shots two days ago hunting over Porth Hellick Pool


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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