12th November 2022
After just getting a blurred record shot of the Red-flanked Bluetail that I turned up three day ago, I was delighted to get another chance when yesterday it was relocated still at the Rose Hill end of Lower Moors.
With SSE pushing in overnight, this morning I found myself at Porth Hellick as I knew most resident birders would be at Lower Moors hoping that the bluetail might still be present. It was and by the time I had covered the former sight, no surprise, it was obvious that there was new birds in. 1 Yellow-browed, 1 Willow and 2 Reed Warbler, 4 Siberian Chiffchaff and up to 50 Chiffchaff. Kicked out 3 Woodcock and distant in front of the Sussex hide was the Wilson’s Snipe. Moving onto Carn Friars, there were more chiffchaff but at the entrance of the south horse paddock, I flushed a Wryneck from the deck into a Pittosporum hedge. sIt’s the second week of November and I wasn’t expecting to bump into one of them. In the hedge it sat there for couple of minutes before flying off towards the orchard maze. High up, a large flock of noisy Siskin flew north in off the sea.
This Willow Warbler was at Porth Hellick
And on the loop trail, the Yellow-browed Warbler was still present
With up to 8 siberian Chiffchaff between Porth Hellick and Holy Vale, there was plenty of opportunity to get a few pics of them
And with well over 80 Chiffchaff, this was the only pic that I took of one
Got a surprise when I kicked this Wryneck out of the grass into a Coprosma hedge where it showed well. By far the latest sighting that I observed on Scilly.
Throughout the morning, small numbers of Chaffinch had been moving through with Redwing. At Higher Moors, 3 Brambling were in the Sallows where there were also single Siberian Chiffchaff and Yellow-browed Warbler. Nearby in Holy Vale, it was pretty productive with a total of up to 3 Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler and single Firecrest and Willow Warbler. The latter species appeared like a Northern ‘type’ A lot paler and slightly larger than the individual I had earlier on at Porth Hellick. I finished the day off at Little Porth where I caught up with Ren’s Water Pipit that he discovered two days ago. It showed well in the west corner with some 6 Black Redstart but the light was shite as fog had rolled in.
A possible Northern ‘type’ Willow Warbler at Holy Vale
This Water Pipit that Ren discovered two days ago, kept it’s distants at Little porth
One of the 6 Black Redstart also at Little Porth
A productive few hours with a total of 2 Willow, 2 Reed, 4 Yellow-browed Warbler, 8 Siberian Chiffchaff, 80 Chiffchaff, 3 Woodcock, 100+Chaffinch, 3 Brambling, 1 Firecrest, 3 White and 2 Pied Wagtail, 60 Redwing and 6 Fieldfare
More evidence of new birds in were a Radde’s Warbler at Porthloo Lane near to Rose Hill found by Bob ‘Dazzler’ Dawson and Scott Ried heard a Dusky Warbler at Porth Hellick.
Yesterday, like everyone else present, I only had brief glimpses of the Red-flanked Bluetail from the main path before Shooters Pool. However, I drifted off in search of it and after over an hour, the beauty popped up in front of me before being chased off by a Robin. The day before, I spent a lot of trying to relocate the bluetail and as a result, a Buff-bellied Pipit flew NE towards Sunnyside. I called Graham Gordon to him know only for him to tell me that he had it before me over the airfield!
Also yesterday, the Long-eared Owl flew out, at very close range, of Shooter Pool and all I get was this blurred record shot. It makes my head go dizzy when looking at this shot
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