Friday, 15 October 2010

Scilly Day 1 - the lucky Starling

We arrived on Scilly's 11 hours after leaving at 9.00 our plan was to go St Martins to see Tawny Pipit and Melodious Warbler. Dumping the gear in the B&B we had a brief look in the harbour and caught the boat along with 100 other birders.
News of both expected species being negative wasn't the start we were hoping for. We arrived at Higher town and saw the Red-Breasted Flycatcher (my 289 for the year), whilst there news that the Melodious was seen seemed sketchy but we headed that way.
Along the way strugling to walk we were not seeing much but a turn of events when a Starling flock took off and one luckily shat on Adams head.
We shortly after saw the elusive Common Rosefinch (290), Greenshanks and Sanderling. Then by the Campsite we had at least 3 Firecrest and further along 2 more. We stopped at the pub for a bite to eat and added Redwing, Chiffchaff, Sanderling and a Spotted Flycatcher.
I had just started my second pint when news of the Tawny Pipit (291) at the beach came over the radio, which we went to see and got lucky before it flew off along the beach.
We then head back to the pub to search for the Melodious Warbler nr the pub we watched the tree for 30mins before it is found the other side of the pub we obtained great views (292 and my 397 lifer) before the crowds arrived and then went down to the pub and I got even better views adding the bird to the pub list.
We then saw a male Common Scoter the had a large amount of yellow on its bill but was only common, and from the B&B I saw a fly through Barnacle Goose.

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