A nice week on Scilly. As usual plenty of interest with some nice weather as well. The best birds were Sora, Purple Heron, Arctic Warbler, Bluethroat, Richards Pipit, Red Breasted Flycatcher, Short Toed Lark, Wryneck and Yellow Browed Warbler. Other good birds were a very approachable Snow Bunting, Lapland Buntings, Jack Snipes, Firecrest and a Spotted Crake. Balearic Shearwaters and a Bonxie were seen on the Scillionian crossings as well as lots of Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and a Basking Shark. Some interesting moths were seen, Convolvulus and Death’s Head Hawkmoth and a Scarce Blackneck. I also saw a “scilly shrew”.
1/6/2013. Another weekend another trip to Lakenheath RSPB, this time for a Savi’s Warbler which was found last weekend when I was there but I did not see it then. It showed well several times between 6-7pm when it came up to sing near the tops of the reeds.
Some video footage here :- http://youtu.be/-NqM3I1AEbk
A couple of photos of a Garganey seen at Lower Pennington, Hants on 5/5/2013.
Travelled up to Spurn at the weekend to see the Rock Thrush that had been seen there on the previous two days. Unfortunately it was not seen but as we were up this part of the country Michael and I got to meet up with Danny who is at Uni in Hull. We went for a curry and stayed in Hull the night. We popped into Blacktoft Sands RSPB on the way home Sunday. The Wheatear picture below was taken at Spurn, The Grasshopper Warbler picture and video and Tree Sparrow picture were taken at Blacktoft Sands.
Grasshopper Warbler video :- http://youtu.be/-fSBIHXmoe4
Little Paxton Nature Reserve must be one of the best places to see Nightingales in England. At least two performed very well this morning often singing right out in the open. Click on the links for video of one singing.
Finally had a chance to see the Harlequin Duck that has been around since the 18/2/2013. As we had arrived on the boat the previous evening we were the only people looking for the bird this morning. It was spotted after about 10 minutes searching feeding about 200 yards offshore. It later came ashore on a rocky outcrop to preen and rest. Later we toured the Islands and saw 3 Golden Eagles, 8 Hen Harriers, 2 Merlin, 2 Short Eared Owls. There were 100’s of Greenland White Fronted Geese around the Islands along with 100’s of Redwings.