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Red-flanked Bluetail at Porth Hellick

5th November 2020

I went in search of a Dusky Warbler this moening, I found one at Porth Hellick. Graham Gordon went a step higher in search of his dream find, Red-flacked Bluetail and guess what? He found one at Porth Hellick and I managed to get this record shot

‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull was waiting at the window first thing this morning. I had twenty minutes off inbetween doin taxis to the airport and didn’t know where to go. Dusky Warbler was on my mind and within twenty minutes of arriving at Porth Hellick, I had a single Brambling and Firecrest, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and on the loop trail, a vocal Dusky Warbler! Ideal! However, I had to get back to work and as usual, it was a typical Dusky Warbler in not seeing the bird. However, if it was not seen again, I did get a recording as it moved low out of sight towards the Sussex hide.

Just after 11.00 I was feeding Billy from the window, when I heard the rattle of a Mistle Thrush and observed it flying south over the garden. At the same time I had a missed called from Graham and when he did get through to me, I already knew from the local WhatsApp group, that he had gone and discovered a Red-flanked Bluetail at Porth Hellick. There was no chance of me seeing that for a while and it was not until gone 15.00 that I finnaly got to see it. Good views through the bins from the loop trail but the light was not so good for the camera. I was also told that the Dusky warbler was still present in the same area where I had it earlier. More folks to take the airport and afterwards just before dark, I was pleased to first hear and then see a Siberian Chiffchaff at the Dead Pine Walk, Gareison.

Not so many Redwing around like yesterday

Also, Chaffinch numbers were well down from yesrerday

The Red-flanked Bluetail showed well on and off but the light inside the small coppice it was favouring was not so good for photography. I also had it on the wrong seetings. This was my fifth bluetail that I have rcorded on Scilly

I had it on the right sttings when I came across this vocal Siberian Chiffchaff at the end of the day on the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison

Earlier in the day I had this fem Wigeon at Lower Moors and when it flew off towards Porth Hellick, it showed off white axillaries. With the flight shot above attached, I put it out on the local bird WhatsApp group as an American Wigeon. It was relocated at Porth Hellick and has been left as a Wigeon sp as the axxillies appear not white enough for American Wigeon . Speaking to other birders later, I would agree that it is probably just a Wifeon.

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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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