13th October 2022
John Judge did the business for every birder present on Scilly in finding this stonking BLACKBURNINAN WARBLER at Popplestone fields, Bryher and didn’t it show off for those present.
This morning started off well with Woodlark, Melodious and Barred Warbler being discovered on St Mary’s. It was the latter species that I managed to see well at the Standing Stones field in the twenty minutes I had on my way to the airport. In the north side in the Sallows it performed well. After this I was tied up with work and no time to go birding. However, this came to halt when just after 13.00, news broke of the forth BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER for Britain on Bryher! The boss didn’t hesitate and told me to go for it but I had to wait, due to low tide, another two hours to get across. In this time, Dulcie let me know, as she was already on Bryher, that she had already seen the warbler and told me that it’s so bright, even without the bins!! Was I goin to dip it and get gripped off by my girlfriend? I carried on doing taxes and then shortly afterwards, joined the line of birders at the quay to get on to the Surprise. It was close to 16.00 when we touched Anaquay and after seeing Dulcie, I ran like the devil and still managed to be one of the first five to attach ourselves to the 200 strong crowd in the Popplestone fields. It wasn’t long until it was picked up just above us in a Pittosporum hedge. It played hard to get, but I got some full on views with the bins out in the open and it was a stonking 1st winter male showing off its bright yellow throat with two white prominent white wing-bars. After this all I wanted to do is at least get a record shot. Nearly two hours later, it had showed off but it was my last click of the day that I got the shot I wanted, despite a bloody twig in the way. Awesome afternoon spent with a BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER and catching up with many friends with bear hugs all around. Bryher does it again after another first for Scilly in March, Crag Martin. And thanks to the main man, John Judge on this mega find.
This Barred Warbler performed well in the Standing Stones field mid-morning
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