New in were a Swainson’s Thrush found and seen by only one lucky ( & diligent!) birder, mid-morning on the open grassy area in Carreg Dhu Gardens, it looked exhausted and was chased off into the undergrowth by the local Blackbirds and despite an extensive all-day search it could not be relocated. Nearly as elusive was an Arctic Warbler on St. Agnes, which was seen only twice. An American Golden Plover was heard in the evening flying from the airport. The Blue Rock Thrush showed more often than it usually does between Morning Point & The Steval, on the Garrison, allowing more people to catch up with it. The only rarities that gave themselves up were the Red-eyed Vireo in fields south of Old Town Church and the Green-winged Teal on Newford Duck Pond.
The 2 Pink-footed Geese were still at Kittydown, a Tufted Duck was on the Great Pool, Tresco, the first Great Northern Diver of the autumn was in Porthcressa Bay, the Spotted Crake was still in Lower Moors, 2 Bar-tailed Godwit were on Tresco & 1 was on St. Martin’s, a Grey Plover was in St. Mary’s Sound, 7 Mediterranean Gull were at Porthcressa, the Turtle Dove was still at Sandy Banks, a Wryneck was on St. Agnes, a Merlin was on Tresco & another was over the airfield, the Red-backed Shrike was still near Old Town Church, the Short-toed Lark was still on Tresco Heliport & another was found on Pungies Lane, 2 Yellow-browed Warbler were on St. Mary’s & 2 were on St. Agnes, a Lesser Whitethroat was on Peninnis, and Firecrest were on Peninnis, in Carreg Dhu Gardens & in the Parsonage, St. Agnes, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was on Tresco, single Redstarts were at Porth Hellick, Carn Friars & Porth Killier, St. Agnes, 5 Whinchat were on St. Mary’s, 2 were on St. Martin’s, 1 was on St. Agnes & 1 was on Tresco, there was a smattering of Wheatear across the islands, 4 Snow Bunting were near the Daymark, St. Martin’s and 1 was on Peninnis.