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Melodious Warbler at Higher Moors

12th August 2022

I thought I had discovered an Icterine Warbler late this afternoon at Higher Moors. It was when I attached pics on the WhatsApp group that a few birders started questioning the ID and it was reidentified as a Melodious Warbler

Five days ago on the 7th, I observed from the Swarovski hide, Tresco, a very high flying Honey Buzzard flying in from the east before continuing south. Also on that day there were 8 Green, 4 Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, first Water Rail of the autumn and a minimum of 7 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and the Lesser Yellowlegs. The following day I had the first Spotted Flycatcher of the autumn followed by the first Pied Flycatcher two days later. Both were in the east pine belt opposite the garden. Usually a fly over but a Green Sandpiper on the wader scrape/pig waterhole, that I dug out just in front of the window, was a new species for the garden.

This Honey Buzzard was pretty high over the Great Pool and was my second of the year

Two of the 7 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull I came across on Tresco. Took these two from my kayak on the South Beach

Also there were up to 20 Mediterranean Gull

The first Pied Flycatcher of the autumn was in the east pine belt opposite the garden, 10th

Today there was an obvious arrival and started off early this afternoon with 2 vocal Crossbill very briefly in the east pines opposite the garden before flying off north. Shortly afterwards, I flushed a Wryneck with my wagon off the corner at the junction of Parting Carn. However it was after work that I found the highlight of the day with what I first thought was a Icterine Warbler turned out to be a Melodious Warbler. It showed well in the willows and Sallows on the track at Higher Moors with some 15 willow Warbler, 10 Chiffchaff and half a dozen Blackcap. Then I got a call to return back to work where there were up to 30 Swift over the garden.

Pleased to turn up this Melodious Warbler at Higher Moors. If only I knew what I was looking at

There were also up to 10 Chiffchaff

And 15 Willow Warbler

Good numbers of Reed Warbler in the area as well

At Porth Hellick, the Wood Sandpiper was still present with this Green Sandpiper

This Snipe was at Lower Moors a few days ago

This Moorhen trying to balance itself in the Willows

Volucella zonaria Hoverfly on the Garrison

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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

One thought on “Melodious Warbler at Higher Moors”

  1. There was a Melodious in Notts a few years ago – that was tridentified as a Melodious – it was pretty obvious on the photographs – like your image – short primary projection

    Sent from my iPhone



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