Sunday (24/10)

If all the sightings are confirmed it was a 7 Pipit Day on St. Mary’s: Meadow, Rock, Tree, Water, Richard’s, Olive-backed & Blyth’s.

Blyth’s Pipit – A vocal bird flew west over the airfield towards Old Town and then flew into fields at Porth Minnick.

Lesser Scaup – A juvenile was seen briefly on the sea of Gugh Bar in the morning.

Spotted Sandpiper – 1 still at Watermill Cove.

Olive-backed Pipit – A very elusive bird showing occasionally in elms in the second field Old Town church entrance in Elms bordering the road.

Short-toed Lark – 1 on the cricket field on St. Agnes.

Hoopoe – 1 was still on St. Agnes and what may have been a different bird flew from Porth Hellick bay towards the airfield.

Richard’s Pipit – 1 at the turning circle on the airfield.

Little Bunting – 1 Popplestone Fields, Bryher (photo), 1 Sunnyside Farm Trail.

Serin –1 flew south over Peninnis.

Hawfinch – 1 flew north over Watermill and what was probably the same bird flew south over Content late afternoon.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 1 still in the Parsonage Garden, St. Agnes, 1 still in Barnaby Cottage Garden, St. Agnes, 1 on Sandy Lane, in the glade next to Rosemary Cottage and 1 in Holy Vale.

Water Pipit – 3 in fields behind Porth Minnick and 1 in the ploughed field at Parting Carn.

Spoonbill – 3 Green Island, Samson and what may have been 1 if theses flew south over Porth Mellon.

Snow Bunting – 4 at Mount Todden Point, 1 on Porth Mellon Beach, 1 on the north end of Shipman Head Down, Bryher.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 calling at Watermill. 1 calling from bushes adjacent to the Health Centre Carpark. 2 on Porth Hellick Loop, 1 Holy Vale, 1 calling by the hides at Lower Moors, 1 Popplestone Fields, Bryher, 1 in bushes on the edge of the Cricket Pitch on St. Agnes, 1 Top Rock, Little Bay, St. Martin’s.

Siberian Chiffchaff – 2 in the small carpark in Trench Lane at the Old Town entrance to Lower Moors, 1 Porth Minnick, 1 near Shooter’s Pool, lower Moors, 1 at Newman Battery on the Garrison, 1 Lower Broom, Garrison, 1 in trees by Higher Moors pumping station and 1 100 metres north of St. Martin’s community Hall.

Great Northern Diver – 1 between St. Mary’s and St. Agnes, 3 off Watermill.

Whooper Swan – 6 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Pink-footed Goose – 1 in a field halfway down King Edward’s Road Peninnis and then flew on to airfield, 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco and 1 in the fire station field, St. Martin’s.

Shelduck – 3 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Little Egret – 1 Porth Cressa.

Lapwing – 1 High Lanes.

Whimbrel – 5 at Toll’s Island.

Kingfisher – 1 on Town Beach.

Cetti’s Warbler – 1 Lower Moors.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 possibly 2 on St. Agnes thought to be eastern race Blythi.

Skylark – 16 on the airfield, 6 on Peninnis and 3 on St. Agnes.

Ring Ouzel – 1 Porth Minnick Fields, 1 Nag’s Head, St. Agnes

Redwing – Still around but in lower numbers.0

Mistle Thrush – 4 on the north end of Shipman Head Down, Bryher.

Black Redstart – 5 Partin Carn, 2 on the Airfield, 3 Watermill, 1 by Old Town Café, 1 opposite the church in Hugh Town, 1 near St. Agnes Quay and 1 on Wingletang, St. Agnes.

Redstart – 1 Higher Town Quay, St. Martin’s.

Whinchat – 2 on the Airfield.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 in the pines on Tremelethen Trail and 1 Popplestone Fields, Bryher.

Tree Pipit – 1 in a field on Peninnis.

Grey Wagtail – 5 St. Mary’s.

Brambling – A few scattered around the islands.

Siskin – Still plenty present.

(c) Barry Reed
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