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6th MYRTLE WARBLER for Scilly

24th November 202

The 6th MYRTLE WARBLER was discovered by Scott Reid’s wife, Samaya, while taking her kids rock pooling at Old Town Bay

This morning, we were just getting stuck into the Camroon v Switzland match, when at 10 39, Scott Reid called me ‘Spider, Spider! Can you hear me?’ I could hear him loud and clear and then I lost him. ‘He’s got somethin’ I tried a few times to call him back and then gave up. We continued to watch the first half of the game, as I knew that whatever he’s got will be out on the WhatsApp groups. Five minutes later, I was spot on that he had got somethin but totally taken back when I read ‘MYRTLE WARBLER Old Town Churchyard!!! Followed by Scott’s BOC full framer of the warbler and underneath ‘Absurd views!!!’ The footy was starting to liven up and I left it until half time when I made my ways up to the castle to find that my wagon was stuck in the mud from the heavy overnight rain. Oh shite! Martin Goodey called asking me why I had not turned up? After five of us gettin sprayed in muck, I was free and finally arrived at Old Town bay some 25 minutes later. Within seconds of shutting the wagon door, I had already seen the mega warbler on top of the sea wall. For the next 30 minutes, the vocal yank showed off at close range, always on view, spending most of it’s time flycatching from the wall and lower rocks on the beach, in the bright warm sunshine. I had to leave but returned shortly afterwards with the girlfriend and again, it was a repeat performance as before, on the wall still flycatching at close range.

Later on, Samaya told me that she called Scott at work and told him of the warbler she had at Old Town Bay, knowing it was something different. Imagine Scott’s reaction when he first layed his eyes on the mega and identified it as a Myrtle Warbler. Nice one guys but that’s the second mega yank, after the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, that Samaya has discovered. I reckon Scott, you stay at work and let the wife find the megas mate.

What a stunner!!! This was my second Scilly MYRTLE WARBLER that I’ve been lucky to observe, after a single on Tresco in Oct ’95, out of the six records on the islands, including todays individual.

This Stonechat was takin on the flies as well

In the afternoon, I checked out Porth Hellick, thinking like everyone else, a possible yank duck or wader on the pool. There was the latter yank but it was the long staying Wilson’s Snipe hanging out with some 14 Snipe. However, I had only just got on to them when a chainsaw kicked off close behind the hide. The large tall pine was being hacked down and as a result, everythin flew off out of sight. At Carn Friars, the Richard’s Pipit was still in the horse paddocks and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff were at Higher Moors. After doin a quick beach comb and only finding a tuft from a Coconut and more Goose Barnacles, I finished off the day with the Red-flanked Bluetail which showed just as good as the yank warbler. However, the light was disappearing fast. I returned home to find the daily Sparrowhawk in the garden with an unfortunate Starling in it’s talons. What an awesome day and Cameroon lost, 1-0 to Switzland.

The Richard’s Pipit at Carn Friars kept it’s distants

Only 2 Siberian Chiffchaff at Higher Moors

A Myrtle warbler in the morning and at Lower Moors, the long staying Red-flanked Bluetail just before dark

The daily Sparrowhawk causing havoc in garden scattering the 30 Chaffinch but takin out a Starling.

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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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