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Marsh Warbler on St Agnes

25th June 2021

At last, the Old Town Rose-coloured Starling was pinned down feeding on New Zealand Flax in the back garden of Nowhere today, where it showed superbly at very close range

Yesterday morning, I got a call from Tony telling me that he had the Red-footed Falcon on the Golf Course the evening before. Just after 10.00, I relocated it in the east pine belt and perched on nearby poles on the course. Again it showed well in the foggy conditions but I had to return back to work. Throughout the morning, I could see if ‘Wally’ the Walrus was still dozing in the rib that he got into the day before, viewed from Star Castle, just off Rat Island. While in the garden, ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull would be only meters away from my window. It was in the early evening on my way to a delayed flight, I stopped to chat to John Headon at Old Town Cafe when I noticed the Rose-coloured Starling with a small flock of Starling fly onto the roof of the cafe. And this afternoon, the pink stinker showed off feeding on New Zealand Flax flowers in the back garden of Nowhere in the ten minutes that I had before continuing onto the airport to meet a flight.

After goin missing for a few days, Tony relocated the Red-footed Falcon back on the Golf Course where I caught up with it in the fog, yesterday morning.

Two days ago, ‘Wally’ the Walrus was discovered in a rib in the harbour. As a result, he was towed out and moored just west of Rat Island and on view from work throughout the day where I took these photos from.

This Grey Heron was keeping a close eye on the first venture of these ducklings at Porth Hellick

OK, how many images do you need of a Rose-coloured Starling? As many as you can get on when they look ansome like this cracker.

Three days ago, after work, I kayaked twitched Will Wagstaff’s singing Blyth’s Reed Warbler on St Agnes. Battling through the choppy conditions, I arrived at the Gugh Bar shortly after 18.00 and made the two-second walk to where the warbler was heard. I could hear it on arrival and put the news out that it was still present. It went quiet for a while and then kicked off again and I was beginning to think that it sounded more like a Marsh Warbler. After last year in finding a Reed Warbler, that Higgo heard mimic 14 species and he still believes is a Marsh Warbler and then I did go and find a singing Marsh Warbler a week later. This spring, I spent some time listening to recordings of the two species, Marsh and Blyth’s Reed Warbler. So if I came across one of the two acros singing, I would know which species it is. That’s the idea anyway. In the two hours that I spent with the Agnes individual, it only sang a few times, always in cover, I was happy that it was a Marsh Warbler. I was able to get recordings on my mobile before my battery died on me, having only 18% left. The warbler gave good flight views when flying into or out of a crop field and I managed to see it twice, very briefly out in the open. Kayaking back to St Mary’s, I got cracking flight views of Manx Shearwater, between Gugh and the Garrison and was back home at 22.00. The following morning I sent the recordings to James Lidster and he and others agreed that it’s a Marsh Warbler.

Marsh Warbler singing on St Agnes

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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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