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Saturday, October 06, 2007

6th October

Buff-bellied Pipit: Porth Cressa.


Buff-bellied Pipit and Meadow Pipit
Lapland Bunting: Penninis Head.



Common Redstart: Vane Hill, Tresco.
Northern Wheatear: Wingletang, St Agnes.

Greenshank, Lower Moors.


Osprey over the airfield.
Jack Snipe, Lower Moors.

Common Snipe, Lower Moors.

Little Stint, Porth Loo beach.
House Sparrows waiting to pounce, Juliets Garden
Clouded Yellow Butterfly, 1 of many seen on the islands.
A cruise ship calls in dwarfing the local vessels.
The view from the airfield over Old Town Bay towards Penninis Head
An almost tropical seen


Isles of Scilly.

The winds were from an easterly direction for the first 6 days before veering south-west on the seventh. Unfortunately the rain on the east coast and in Europe prevented any large scale movements of birds reaching these islands. Small numbers of vagrants did manage to make it, allowing a new species to be seen daily. I was fortunate enough to add three lifers in the form of Buff-bellied Pipit, Red-throated Pipit and the most unexpected bird a Cliff Swallow found by my friends and I seemingly in a state of exhaustion. At the end of the week 102 species were recorded.

Highlights:
1 Balearic Shearwater
1 Osprey
2 Peregrine Falcon
1 Merlin
1 Hobby
1 Pectoral Sandpiper
6 Jack Snipes
1 Great Skua
1 Richards Pipit
1 Common Redstart
1 Melodious Warbler
2 Lapland Buntings


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