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A late wryneck at Carn Friars

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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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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