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Bonelli’s Warbler sp at Helvier

14-18th September 2022

This Short-toed Lark showed off at the airfield on the 15th and was still present today

Mid-afternoon on the 14th, I found myself braking my neck backwards searching for Steve Holloways Bonelli’s Warbler sp that he turned up in the pines at Helvier. He only went and discovered it in the tallest pines on Scilly but after a good twenty minutes I relocated it only to loose it again. A small crowd had now gathered and I went looking elsewhere. I picked it up again and got the others on it but unfortunately it never called in all the time it was observed until dark. Nearby there were also 3 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit and 3 Whinchat. The following morning I was at the Standing Field hoping to get better views of Robin Mawers Common Rosefinch that I saw briefly two days ago. No sign but the Wryneck showed briefly before I had to return to work. It was after Work, I made my way up to the airfield to see if yesterdays Short-toed Lark was still present. The lark was still there and with it was an Ortolan Bunting. Presumably the same individual that Mark Anderson discovered a few days ago nearby at Salkee. There were also new in up to 40 Wheatear and 80 Meadow Pipit.

Although the Bonelli’s Warbler sp was not heard to call it’s more than likely a Western than an Eastern and proved very elusive sticking high up in the top of the pines

If only the Bonelli’s could of shown like this Willow Warbler in the same pines

There were 2 Tree Pipit….

and up 3 Whinchat nearby

This Wryneck that’s been at the Standing Stones field for the last few days finally showed well for me very briefly

This Ortolan Bunting was more than likely the individual that was discovered by Mark Anderson at nearby Salkee

Short-toed Lark

Both the Ortolan Bunting and Short-toed Lark spent a lot of time feeding together and performed well at the airfield

There was a slight increase in Wheatear with some 40

While searching for a Lapland Bunting at Giants Castle on the 17th, I kicked this Wryneck on top of the carn

Good numbers of Blue Tit have been on the Garrison

where I also had this Pied Flycatcher

And up to 3 Spotted Flycatcher

Willow Warbler


And for a change, I observed a Humming Bird Hawkmoth settled instead of zipping around

Today, as it was so calm at sea, Dulcie and I set up scope off Giants Castle and scanned for cetaceans. Up to 3 Harbour Porpoise and jumping Tuna was all we could manage. On the bird front, a Hobby flew in off the sea followed by 2 alba wagtail. Before all this, to get to Giants Castle we skipped across the airfield where there were 3 Spotted Flycatcher, 25 Wheatear, 30 Meadow Pipit, single Golden Plover, Tree Pipit, Whinchat and both the Ortolan Bunting and Short-toed Lark were still showing well. Late in afternoon, I was at Green Farm where I flushed up yesterdays Wryneck only to be followed by another individual. Not much else goin on but as I drove past Porthloo boatyard, I ended up searching for another bloody Wryneck that turned up yesterday here. Three of us ended up getting some cracking views of it before it flew off and disappeared into a nearby garden to finish off an awesome day.

Both the Ortolan Bunting and Short-toed Lark were still present on the airfield

Unusual sighting was to see 3 Spotted Flycatcher on the airfield itself


So far I’ve seen up to 8 Wryneck this autumn including three today and this individual has been the show off at Porthloo Boatyard

Comma Butterfly

Painted Lady

Looking east towards Cornwall

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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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