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28th April 2020

This cracking male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER at Porth Hellick was only my second record for Scilly The other individual, was at the time, the first for Scilly nearly twenty years ago and was also a male found by Doug Page on St Agnes.

I was ready to get out and cover the Garrison but for some unknown reason my mobile didn’t charge overnight. The Pied Wagtail was back in the garden and then the overnight rain had finally stopped just before 09.00 And getting wet was the real reason why I didn’t want to venture out. I left my mobile behind to charge up as I firstly hit the horse paddocks and the first thing I hear is Red-throated Pipit as it flys towards me from the middle of the field and shows surpurbly. A Tree Pipit flew north and as I continued on, it became clear that there had been a small arrival of migrants with 1 Reed and 5 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat and I got some brief but crippling views of a Grasshopper Warbler on the lower branches of the pines bordering the campsite.

Pied Wagtail in the garden

For the third day, this Red-throated Pipit has been hanging out in the horse paddocks on the Garrison

Also on the Gasrrison were 3 Chiffchaff

5 Willow Warbler, including this individual singing

And 2 Whitethroat

Higgo had found an adult Purple Heron at Porth Hellick koop trail and I left the house with my mobile charged up on 16% only. Would I survive? I found both Higgo and Ren still on the loop trail when I arrived at Porth Hellick where the male Golden Oroile from yesterday had just showed well. Everyone split up as the heron had gone missing and it was last seen heaing towards Sallkee. So I thought I would kick the fields in that area. For my effort I saw the LESSER KESTREL distantly on the airport lights at the east end of the airfield and the first Spotted Flycatycher of the year on Salkee Lane. It was at the latter site where I could Will Wagstaff looking into the brambles behind the hides. It didn’t take long to find out what it was that he was searching for as the whatsApp buzzed off with ‘Subalp Warbler, prob Eastern’ I rushed down and had to make do with a Whitethroat. However, when Scott arrived some twenty minutes later that he relocated it. The male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER showed on and off for the next hour and briefly gave a burst of song. Very happy with the views, I left and got a climpse of the male Golden Oriole on the loop trail and then joined Ren who had refound the Purple Heron in the iris field by the road. I only saw the heron in flight as it flew overhead towards Carn Friars. I managed to also get a record shot of the Wood Warbler nearby that was found yesterday. A brief look at Lower Moors on the wat home produced a single Yellow Wagtail and Snipe.

The adult male LESSER KESTREL was still favouring the easten end of the airfield

The first Spotted Flycatcher of the year was at Salkee Lane

The male EASTERN SUBALPINE WARBLER feeding behind the hides in the brambles at Porth Hellick showed well when out in the open but was also too far away for the camera

Just missed out on the adult Purple Heron in the iris field and insteasd got into in flight

This Wood Warbler showed well but a record shot is the best that I could do

Chief cooked an awsome dinner and then it was back in the field. A quick walk atround the Garrison and there was the male Pied Flycatcher still at the Woolpack Fort with now 3 Whitethroat. At the goldf course fields, I got a surprise stumbing across a Hooded Crow with 24 Carrion Crow. They flew off to the east of the golf course where I saw them later on. Only 4 Wheatear also on the course and at Trenowth there was a male Kestrel and from yesterday, the 4 Tree Pipit were still present. I finished the day at Bar Point fields and here there were single Whitethroat, female Merlin and I flushed out a female ‘type’ Golden Oriole from a hedge. Today, I saw top notch birds that, if your lucky, you wouod expect to see in a week on Scilly!

Once again, the male Pied Flycatcher showed off for me at Woolpack Fort

This Hooded Crow showed well in the golf course fields before flying off to the east end of the course

There were still 4 Tree Pipit at Trenowth

Yesterday evening, while talking to Martin Goodey on FB, as usual I had the window wide open and heard a sound that I could not make out. It sounded as though it was north from me over the harbour. I immediately pressed record and it called faintly three times in a few seconds. I listened to the recording and thought it sounded good for Purple Heron. Onto the internet and although not a great recording, it was a good match. I told Martin ‘I think it’s a Purple Heron! However, I lost the recording on my mobile when I went back to listen to it! Whose gonna believe that I heard a possible Purple Heron overnight from my bedroom window without a recording. This morning I spent another hour searching for it my mobile and found it in a file in 2019!! If is a Purple Heron, it could easily be a different bird to the individual that Higgo found today at Porth Hellick. It kicks off after 12 seconds and calls altogether three times. What does anyone else think?

This evening sky from St Mary’s towards Samson

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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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