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3 new species for the garden including Pallid Swift

22nd October 2022

This also included 17 Great Shearwater, the Pallid Swift and taken from the window, this Jack Snipe that spent all afternoon on the wader scrape

Shortly before 09.00, a swift sp was seen over Porthcressa towards the Garrison. As there had been no sign of yesterdays Pallid Swift on St Agnes this morning, it was thought that it’s possibly that idvidual changing islands. It was goin to be mid-afternoon before I could go and search for it, despite twitching 2 swift sp, one was probably a Pallid Swift, yesterday over Trenoweth. It was dead on 14.00 that I relocated the swift sp roaming the campsite/Steval area and immediatly put the news out. I entered the east campsite and I first kicked a Bloxsmith Snout Moth followed by a Clouded Yellow and then a much rarer moth from the south mediterreanan, Crimson Speckled. There were also some 150 Fieldfare in the area. I had to return to work and got the Willow Warbler in the large Sycamore at the entrance on my way out.

Yesterdays Probable Pallid Swift at Trenoweth that was hanging out with a swift sp which was also probably another Pallid Swift.

This is my fifth Scilly Crimson Speckled Three of them I’ve discovered myself

This Willow Warbler has been spending it’s time in the large Sycamore at the entrance of the campsite for the last three days.

Still good numbers of Fieldfare still around after the 100s if not 1000s that hit Scilly yesterday

For the next two hours,, the swift sp proved mobile as it was spotted all over the shop on St Mary’s. In between this time, I went in search of Rik Addison’s’s Red-throated Pipit south of Pungies Lane where he had it yesterday and picked it up on call above me flying around with the many Meadow Pipit. At 16.20, Ross Newman pinned down the swift sp at the entrance of Star Castle. Here it showed off until dark and was confirmed as expected, a Pallid Swift. Almost everyone connected with it and on occasions, if you reached out your arm, you could of grabbed it on the wing as it passed only meters away from myself and other birders. There had been large numbers of Great Shearwater observed out at sea from Porthcressa. Just after 17.00, I scanned from my window,out SSW and in firthteen minutes, I got a total of 17 Great Shearwater. I noticed that the Chaffinch had increased in numbers just below the window. It was while counting the finches with my naked eye, that I caught the Pallid Swift very low over the garden with 2 Swallow. Two new species for the garden in the space of a few minutes! Ideal! At 18.35, I got a call from John Chappel letting me know that they had the Pallid Swift roosting in the large pine by Sanderlings. When I got there, it was dark but you could make out the swift hanging on to a open twig, exposd to the strong winds as it was being swung around. It could of choose a much better place to roost like Star Castle. Be interesting to see if it is still present tomorrow at first light.

A record shot of the Pallid Swift at Star Castle

The Pallid Swift taking off birders heads off with the roof of Star Castle behind

Yesterday, this Osprey flew over the garden but at the time I was standing a stones throw away on the football pitch when I took this pic

Also had this Ring Ouzel nearby

Then I got home, looked out from my window and was totally shocked to see this Jack Snipe showing surperbly and was still present at dusk.

2 Grey Wagtail also shared the scrape with the Jack Snipe

At the moment I’ve got up to 25 Chaffinch visiting the garden

Snipe at Lower Moors

Two days ago, I had this Spotted Flycatcher at Rose Hill

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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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