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11th American Buff-bellied Pipit for Scilly

5th October 2021

Twitching Jamie Partridge’s Buff-bellied Pipit at St Warna’s Cove, St Agnes, was like a new bird for me as the only one I’ve ever seen was in 1996 on Tresco.

On Sunday, 3rd Oct, Jamie Partridge discovered an American Buff-Bellied Pipit at St Warna’s Gove, St Agnes. I worked out that the only individual that I’ve ever seen, was at Borough Farm, way back in Oct’96! It would be like seeing a new species if I twitched it. As I had the afrernoon off from work, I decided to continue birding on St Mary’s and it paid off. It was very quiet and hard work but after seeing a single Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and few Chiffchaff and at Helvier, the long staying BALEARIC WOODCHAT SHRIKE, I found a probable Red-backed Shrike off Airport Lane in the late afternoon. I only had it in flight and trying to relocate it, saw a single Whinchat in nearby fields. It was not confirmed until the following morning by others, that it was a Red-backed Shrike.

The BALEARIC WOODCHAT SHRIKE has been present at Helvier for 28 days to the delight of the visiting October birders.

This was all I got on this Red-backed Shrike as it flew off towards Lower Moors from Airport Lane

This Whinchat was in nearby fields

Fortunately the American Buff-bellied Pipit decided to stick around on St Agnes and I caught up with it two days later. I had the afternoon off and at 13.00 I was observing the pipit at very close range feeding on short turf with a handful of Rock Pipit at St Warna’s Cove. It was a well marked individual and showed off for the small crowd present. I left the pipit and with a few hours to kill, I kicked Fran’s fields, but like two days ago on St Mary’s, it was dead! However, I did have a Grey Phalarope on the boat over earlier on from St Mary’s just off the Stevel, Garrison.

The Tresco American Buff-bellied Pipit from 1996, was as I remember, scope views in with a large flock of Meadow Pipit and everyone was soaked to the bone. At the time it was a British mega and only the second record for Scilly. There has now been eleven Scilly sightings including one last year. first it was on Bryher before ending up on the St Agnes.

There were also 6 Rock Pipit feeding with the star bird

Returned home and got a single Skylark on the Garrison

On the 2nd Oct, I finally connected with this Glossy Ibis at Porth Hellick

And there were now 2 Pectoral Sandpiper feeding together from the Sussex Hide

I worked on a farm for 10 years before living on Scilly. This is very upsetting to know that this is happening because of Brexit. Now your going to suffer with low standard and cheap meat in supermarkets. If it gets on the shelves that is, because again of Brexit. Our farmers are having to cull stock on farms thanks to Johnson’s Brexit crises

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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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