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Buff-bellied Pipit at Helvier

26th October 2022

Four days ago, 23rd, I relocated the long staying Buff-bellied Pipit at Helvier after first picking it up on call with Meadow Pipit NE over Bougher Farm some twenty minutes ealier.

This morning, after my first taxi, I went and had a look at yesterdays Red-breasted Flycatcher at the Dump Clump. This was followed by the Red-rumped Swallow at Newman House that turned up two days ago at Porth Hellick. The flycatcher showed well but the swallow showed off hawking with a handful of Swallow before settling on the lower wire next to Newman House only meters away from a few of us that were present. I was only goin to stick around forn ten minutes or so but instead it turned out to a good forty minutes as it spent most of it’s time at very close range, on the wire.

I managed to catch up with the Red-rumped Swallow, that arrived two days ago at Porth Hellick, at Newman House just below Star Castle

There was also this Meadow Pipit in the garden nearby

Later on in the afternoon, as I was just around the bend, a call from Viv Stratton got me up to Carn Vean as he had relocated the Buff-bellied Pipit. Unfortunately, a Sparrowhawk had flushed it and the Meadow Pipit it was with before I got there. However, there was a Ring Ouzel feeding in the same field as the pipits were in. Nothin of note at Content Lane but in the fields nearby, I heard and then observed the Red-throated Pipit drop into the horse paddocks.

This late autumn has seen 1000s of Great Shearwaters, mainly in the south west headlands and yesterday, the Scilly record of 1138, was smashed! Over 5000 passed St Agnes while at the same time, Adam Hunt had a total of over 4000 off Penennis Head. I arrived in the afternoon and joined Adam and in the three hours that I was there, I counted up to over 260 Great, 3 Sooty, 3 Manx and a single Mediterranean Shearwater, 2 Bonxie and the highlight, 2 Leaches Petrel. Two large groups of Great Shearwater included over 40 and 70 and all species involved moved through west. One of my best seawatches in a long time but not as good as in September ’99 when I observed, with others, over 900 Great, 35 Sooty Shearwater, 150 Cory’s, 12 Manx, 8 Mediterreanan Shearwater, pass Peninnis.

No sign of the Buff-bellied Pipit at Carn Vean but this Ring Ouzel was in the same field as the pipit

The Red-throated Pipit was still vocal at the horse paddocks off Pungies Lane

Dipped out the Buff-bellied Pipit at Cove Vean this afternoon. However, Sunday the 23rd it performed very well in the horse paddocks at Helvier where I took these pics at.

This Richard’s Pipit showed well just in front of the windsock at the airfield, also on the morning of the 23rd

Later on in the day, I birded Content Lane and was rewarded with what I reckon was my forth Northern ‘type’ Willow Warbler that I’ve discovered at this sight. As usual, it was a large individual in size of that of an Arctic warbler.

Also present on the lane, were a single Firecrest and my first Siberian Chiffchaff of the autumn Nearby, I caught up with Rik Addson’s Red-throated Pipit off Pungies Lane with 2 Reed Bunting. It wasn’t all a bad day with also 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and at Porth Hellick, the Wilson’s Snipe.

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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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