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Friday, October 13, 2017

Isles of Scilly 2017

Isles of Scilly Birding 2017

As we, Mark and I set off for a weeks birding on the magical Isles of Scilly, there had already been some great migrants stopping off on their various routes south. Well that's not entirely true there were 3 Bee-Eeater's on Tresco, they had traveled north. I love these islands and the anticipation that comes with visiting these islands. When going at this time of year species numbers are lower than August and September, the birds that are present or may turn are in small numbers, apart from possibly Meadow Pipits and Starlings. I love going in the hope of finding an uncommon bird or possibly a real rarity.

Below are a few of the  birds that we saw.

This is Mark and I looking at Dolphins

We saw 3 Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Davidstow Airfield on our drive down to Penzance


This poor juvenile Gannet flew past Pendeen Lighthouse

We saw this distant American Golden Plover near Sennen

These Mediterranean Gulls were in Sennen Cove

Rook in Nanquidno Valley

Raven and Chough at Botallack Mine


Isles of Scilly

We managed to get distant views of this Cedar Waxwing that turned up on St Agnes the morning of the day we arrived. We returned to the island and got slightly better images.

Isabelline Wheatear on the airfield

Northern Wheatear for comparison below

Cliff Swallow

Barn Swallow for comparison below

American Golden Plover at Porthellick Beach

Lesser Whitethroat on a beach on St Agnes 

juvenile Peregrine Falcons hunted over the islands


Firecrests could be found on all the islands

Common Redstart

Rosy Starling

Willow Warbler

Pied Flycatcher (above) Spotted Flycatcher (below)

White Wagtail

Yellow Wagtail

Spotted Crake

Common Snipe at Lower Moors

Jack Snipe at Lower Moors

Kestrel chasing pipits over Porthellick

6 Pink-footed Geese flew over the lighthouse on St Agnes

Portugese mano war were almost everywhere

Our digs were in Harbour Lights

View from our back door (above)

Porthcressa Beach early morning

Looking towards Samson, Bryher and Tresco Islands