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Largest spring fall of Brambling on Scilly

22nd-24th March 2022

After seeing daily in Costa Rica species like yank warblers, hummingbirds, motmots, tanagers, Wood Thrush etc I return home to find a very large arrival of Brambling including corking males like the individual above and on par with any of those stunning species that I observed in Central America.

On the 22nd March I was finally back at work after nearly 70 days in Costa Rica. And Black Redstart, White Wagtail and Brambling were all in good numbers and I contributed to sightings while taxing up at the airport where I had up to 5 Black Redstart. Later on at Porthloo, there were a single Wheatear, 25 White and 11 Pied Wagtail and 10 Black Redstart. At the stables I got my first taste of the Brambling influx with 12 birds, 50 Meadow Pipit, 16 White and 7 Pied Wagtail and a single Black Redstart. However, it was a shortly after I left the site that I got a call from Martin letting me know that there were now over 100 Brambling! I returned as soon as I could to find the mobile flock were split up spending time at the stables and in fields across the road. This was by far the largest spring flock on Scilly and if you include other birds seen elsewhere, it’s possibly a total of up to 150 Brambling.

This stonking male Black Redstart was at the airport

Good numbers of White Wagtail including this individual at Parting Carn

Where there was also this Redwing

Part of the largest spring flock for Scilly of 100 Brambling at the stables

Only a single Black Redstart with the Brambling at the stables

Yesterday morning, I flushed the 2 Jackdaw that have been around for the last few days all over the shop on St Mary’s, from out of the garden while feeding the pigs. Brambling, Black Redstart and White Wagtail were still in the usual haunts but it was mid morning when Richie Aston found the second Hoopoe of the day at Peace Haven after an individual was seen at Pilots Retreat earlier on. I caught up with Richie’s bird, distantly, in fields opposite the stables.

There were 2 Male Black Redstart at the airport

Record shot of the distant Hoopoe in fields opposite the stables

This morning, after putting out seed the day before, I got my reward with 3 Brambling outside in front of the bathroom window. Ideal! There were also a single Black Redstart in the garden with the 2 Jackdaw commuting with the pig paddock and fields to the south. However, there was clear out over night with only 3 Black Redstart at Porthloo and 38 Brambling at the stables. There was no sign of the Hoopoe opposite when I had a brief scan but it was seen later on with another three new birds new in. Yeah, Richie got greedy! Not content with finding the Peace Haven/stables individual, he had a single over Holgate’s Green followed by another at Salkee leaving Ian Monk to discover one on the Garrison. How many are there on the off islands? I guess I should make an effort tomorrow to go and see the male Garganey that’s been at Porth Hellick for over a week now.

Only 38 Brambling remain at the stables

One of the 2 Jackdaw that spent mid-afternoon in the garden area

Also good numbers of chiffchaff in including up to 7 birds in the pines opposite the garden The top individual fresh in with pollen on the feathers at the base of the bill.

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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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