23rd June 2020
Great find by Mick Scott who found the second spring Scilly record of Greenish Warbler in his garden at Longstones
This afternoon I was painting at work when I got a call from Mick Scott letting me know that he’s got a singing Greenish Warbler in his garden at Longstones. Nice one mate!! I couldn’t make it until gone 19.00 as I was playing football after work for the first time since November last year. I was itching to play and the warbler would have to wait. I arrived at Mick’s garden to find Higgo, Martin, and Mick and it was 30 minutes later that I saw the Greenish Warbler very briefly before it flew back into the pine belt at the back. An hour later it was just Higgo and I and we both decided to gave it another ten minutes. It payed off and in the evening light, the warbler performed really well out in the open for the two to three minutes that we observed it. It called once and then made it ways back towards the pine belt. Ideal! Later when we had left, Mick had it singing again. Great find mate and thanks for allowing us in your garden where we also got to see a Private HawkMoth that he had trapped overnight also in his garden.
This is only my sixth Greenish Warbler for Scilly including an individual that I found myself that spent three days at Higher Moors in September some ten year ago. It’s also only the second spring record after one singing in the Parsonage on St Agnes, 1st-3rd June 1998
On the 20th June at Porth Hellick I had some 40 Swallow, 12 Swift and it was the last time the Red-rumped Swallow was seen. Returned home that evening and 6 Swift were hanging around above the garden.
An adult Wren keeping a close eye on one of it’s youngsters in the garden
A typical day just meters away outside in front of the bedroom window