A very quiet period following a good Scilly Season was potentially vastly improved by the finding of a first-winter BROWN SHRIKE on Porth Hellick Loop Trail late on Wednesday afternoon, It was only seen by the finder. This only the second record for Scilly, the first for Scilly (and England) was a bird on Bryher in September 2001, which was misidentified as a Red-backed Shrike and was identified retrospectively from photographs.
A Tufted Duck was on Porth Hellick Pool, Great Northern Diver were in Porthcressa & Crow Sound and 4 Purple Sandpiper were at Woolpack Point. The Cetti’s Warbler was still at Porth Hellick.
A late Swallow flew over Longstone, a Yellow-browed Warbler was on Porth Hellick Loop, 8 Black Redstart were on the Garrison, 5 were at Woolpack Point, 4 were at Pelistry Riding Stables & 2 were on Church Road, Hugh Town and a Snow Bunting was on St. Martin’s.
The Tufted Duck was still on Porth Hellick Pool, 3 Swallow were near the Health Centre, 2 were at Star Castle and 1 was at Porth Hellick. Single Firecrest were at Porth Hellick, Carn Gwaval & Rosehill and 9 Black Redstart were on the Garrison & 1 was at Pelistry Riding Stables.