Monday, 21 October 2013

Scilly - a day in the life.....

A new week and a bit of a birding hangover!!  It might have been a lacklustre Scilly for the diehards, it was a magic fortnight for me and lessons learned for next time. It's hard to adjust back to birding in Shropshire however, where expectations are minimal! Every day on Scilly produced something memorable but..... one has to return to normality I guess?

A typical day on Scilly....

1. Wake up, (optional pre-breakfast birding) then full english breakfast



2. Followed by a full days birding with a flapjack or snack to get you through to .....

3. an evening meal. Various pubs etc simply couldn't compete with the value on offer at the Scillonian! e.g. Fish and chips to die for..... (that's a family sized portion of chips underneath!)


I didn't actually put on any weight! An average of 4-5 miles per day walking with gear put paid to that!!

4. One or two beers  then........

5. sound night sleep.

Loop back to 1. and repeat :-)

Some simple stats...

14 days solid birding

2 pelagics

115 species seen

6 lifers for the trip

6 Tunnocks Teacakes consumed

27 fried eggs consumed

14 co-op flapjacks got me through every day (one a day that is!)

70 miles approx of yomping round

1 (very dodgy) pub quiz!

0  tick bites :-) (makes a change from Scotland!)

Will I go back? You bet I will......


The 2012 species list. The highlights in bold with italics for those
  1. Great Northern Diver
  2. Red-necked Grebe
  3. Little Grebe
  4. Manx Shearwater
  5. Balearic Shearwater
  6. Sooty Shearwater
  7. Storm Petrel
  8. Gannet
  9. Cormorant
  10. Shag
  11. Grey Heron
  12. Purple Heron
  13. Little Egret
  14. Mute Swan
  15. Greylag Goose
  16. Canada Goose
  17. Mallard
  18. Teal
  19. Gadwall
  20. Shoveler
  21. Common Scoter
  22. Peregrine
  23. Sparrowhawk
  24. Kestrel
  25. Merlin
  26. Common Pheasant
  27. Red-legged Partridge
  28. Water Rail
  29. Sora
  30. Coot
  31. Moorhen
  32. Oystercatcher
  33. Ringed Plover
  34. Curlew
  35. Whimbrel
  36. Lapwing
  37. Turnstone
  38. Redshank
  39. Greenshank
  40. Grey Phalarope
  41. Common Snipe
  42. Jack Snipe
  43. Great Skua
  44. Arctic Skua
  45. Black-headed Gull
  46. Lesser Black-backed Gull
  47. Great Black-backed Gull
  48. Herring Gull
  49. Yellow-legged Gull
  50. Mediterranean Gull
  51. Kittiwake
  52. Sandwich Tern
  53. Common Tern
  54. Black Tern
  55. Puffin
  56. Guillemot
  57. Razorbill
  58. Wood Pigeon
  59. Stock Dove
  60. Collared Dove
  61. Swallow
  62. Sand Martin
  63. House Martin
  64. Kingfisher
  65. Wryneck
  66. Skylark
  67. Short-toed Lark
  68. Richard’s Pipit
  69. Meadow Pipit
  70. Tree Pipit
  71. Rock Pipit
  72. White Wagtail
  73. Grey Wagtail
  74. Wren
  75. Dunnock
  76. Robin
  77. Bluethroat
  78. Redstart
  79. Black Redstart
  80. Wheatear
  81. Stonechat
  82. Whinchat
  83. Song Thrush
  84. Redwing
  85. Fieldfare
  86. Blackbird
  87. Grey-cheeked Thrush
  88. Blackcap
  89. Whitethroat
  90. Reed Warbler
  91. Sedge Warbler
  92. Willow Warbler
  93. Chiffchaff
  94. Arctic Warbler
  95. Yellow-browed Warbler
  96. Barred Warbler
  97. Goldcrest
  98. Firecrest
  99. Spotted Flycatcher
  100. Red-breasted Flycatcher
  101. Pied Flycatcher
  102. Great Tit
  103. Blue Tit
  104. Carrion Crow
  105. Raven
  106. Starling
  107. Rose-coloured Starling
  108. House Sparrow
  109. Greenfinch
  110. Chaffinch
  111. Brambling
  112. Linnet
  113. Goldfinch
  114. Lapland Bunting
  115. Snow Bunting  

2 comments:

  1. Yeah, we did really well but some dodgy teams out there!

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