Sunday, 4 October 2015

Scilly day 3 - windsock and rocks

At last! A bit of birding to report although with my back playing up, I was travelling light with the 100-400mm lens.... Don't expect any feather detail here but record shots are always worth keeping :-)

After the day and a half Vireo vigil on Aggie, there were trip ticks galore on the walk via Lower Moors to Porthellick, which I wont bore you with! No doubt about the star birds however at the airfield windsock - including 3 Lapland Bunting - here's a couple of dire records....

Just before midday, interest levels stepped up a gear with the call of a Red-throated Pipit! It took a while to locate but eventually it skulked into a vague full view in the longish grass - and too far away for my little lens! I managed to cover rear and side on angles....

Streaky contrasting plumage, and despite the distance - a little beauty!

Two Golden Plover briefly dropped in - OY, get off the runway and they did! A Merlin bombed through, it was a pretty productive 40 minutes!

More was to come although the Pec Sand had moved to the far bank of Porthellick pool on arrival plus a Jack Snipe from the Seaward hide. The Red-throated Diver was seeking shelter in the bay!

The final act was a devilishly scarce gull in these parts - adult Yellow-legged Gull on the rocks from Porthcressa

And despite attempts to lure it off with bread - 'twas having none of that

Heavy rain from late afternoon and strong easterly winds veering south overnight - could this bring something in??

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