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Icterine Warbler in my garden!

16th August 2022

Well almost…Discovered this Icterine Warbler from my window in the east pine belt opposite the garden just after mid-day.

With NNE, the first rainfall in over two weeks fell overnight and as expected a few goodies turned up as a result. A look out from the window first thing and there were 2 Spotted Flycatcher in the east pine belt. I had an early start at work but during a short break, I checked out a few sights and at the end of the pine belt opposite Bishop View from the road, I observed single Pied and Spotted Flycatcher and only my second Wood Warbler of the year. My third look out of the window back home and I spotted a distant hippo warbler on the edge of the east pine belt. I shot out and ran towards the pines and was rewarded with some awesome views of an Icterine Warbler. After finding a Melodious Warbler only four days ago, the last thing on my mind was finding another hippo warbler and from my window! Unfortunately, I could only spend less than ten minutes with it as I had to return to work. After this, work got in the way and no time to try and relocate it. However, driving past at Telegraph, there was a field with some 30 gulls in it. A quick scan and spotted a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull.

It’s been a few years since I’ve seen an Icterine Warbler and in the very short time I observed it, it showed pretty well.

Also had Spotted Flycatcher and Blackcap in the same pines

Spotted this smart Juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Telegraph

This Sedge Warbler appears to be checking me out

Kingfisher at Lower Moors

Earlier on there was a NE breeze but now it was 17.00 and it was gusting up to 28 mph. However, this didn’t stop me getting out on the kayak in the dull conditions and at 17.30 I was scanning the Abbey Pool. 3 Wood, 10 Green and 6 Common Sandpiper and now 4 Black-tailed Godwit. Of course there were up to 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull also. Next door at the SE end of the Great Pool, the Spotted Crake was still showing distantly but had moved up towards the east end of the pool from where I had it two days ago. There were only 2 Wood and 7 Green Sandpiper also present. It was from the Swarovski hide that there were 5 Green Sandpiper, single Little Grebe and Shovelr and my personal Scilly record of 21 Black-tailed Godwit. As time wasn’t on my side, I had been running from one sight to another and while catching my breath back in the David Hunt Hide, there was the Spotted Crake feeding on the mud just below me. Or was it a different individual from the SE end of the Great Pool? No time to check the SE end as it was now 20.00 and light was disappearing fast. Along the South Beach were over 200 Sanderling and 35 Dunlin before I took on the waves towards St Mary’s reaching the safety of Sharks Pit twenty five minutes later.

8 Green Sandpiper feeding with 3 Redshank on the Abbey Pool

A single Common Sandpiper stuck in the middle with 2 Wood Sandpiper

17 of the 21 Black-tailed Godwit on the Great Pool with another four present on the Abbey Pool. A personal Scilly record of 25 Black-tailed Godwit.

With 12 Curlew at Pentle Bay was this individual that was yellow flagged with 26 on them

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Aug 16, 2022


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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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