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Greenish Warbler at the Garrison

24th August 2021

Found this Greenish Warbler this evening in the pine belt behind the cadet hut and managed to get a couple of record shots in the few seconds I observed it.

An hour before work, I did the Dead Pine Walk area and it felt promising in a fresh ENE. In the campsite garden was a single Spotted Flycatcher and yesterday’s Garden Warbler and that was it. Later in the morning, 3 Tree Pipit flew south over Old Town Bay but it wasn’t until 18.00, after work, that I got out again. I thought I would return to the Garrison and this time it payed off. After seeing a single Tree Pipit, Whitethroat, Willow Warbler, 2 Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, 4 Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaff, I made my ways towards the shooting range and checked out the pines. It was while taking photos of 2 Robin, that I caught a phyllosc warbler actively feeding at the top of the pines above me. It was moving so fast that I just couldn’t get on to it with the bins and by it’s behavior I had a feeling that it was not a Chiff or Willow Warbler. Still hanging out in the canopy of the pines, I managed to get a glimpse and that was enough to see that it was a Greenish Warbler! I got two record shots and then it just disappeared. The sun was almost down and despite searching the area with Robin, there was no sign of it until we had left the sight and it was seen by another birder at 20.15. Hopefully it will still present tomorrow for everyone to catch up with it.

This Garden Warbler was in the campsite garden

Nearby was this Whitethroat

as well as a single Willow Warbler and top, 2 Chiffchaff

and up to 2 Pied and 2 Spotted Flycatcher

A Tree pipit flew SW

This Greenish Warbler could prove to be the earliest Scilly record and is the second one I’ve discovered on Scilly which included an individual spending three days at Higher moors in September 2010

And if it wasn’t for me spending time with this posing Robin, then I would probably have never found the Greenish Warbler

While Kayaking over to Tresco two days ago, 22nd, news came on of a Glossy Ibis west over the Great Pool. No sign of the ibis while I was there but both the Lesser Yellowlegs and Wood Sandpiper were still present.

Also observed 2 Yellow-legged and 14 Mediterranean Gull, 3 Common and 1 Green Sandpiper and this Kingfisher was fishing from the roof of the Swarovski Hide while I was sitting in it. Moved onto Bryher where I had 3 Pied Flycatcher

Returned home and just before dark connected with the Glossy Ibis that ended up at Porth Hellick almost directly under the hide and is still present today

There were also this Common Sandpiper on the pool

with this single Snipe

A few days ago, a family of Stock Dove dropped in very briefly for a drink until they were pushed off by one of the high total of 35 Moorhen

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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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