Posts Tagged ‘Scillies

29
Oct
20

Not so Little Bunting

This Little Bunting was frequenting the paths around Porthellick Bay on our recent visit to the Isles of Scillies this October. It was just one of several we heard/saw but was by far the most confiding.

23
Oct
18

Bar tailed

Another regular on the first trip to Scillies this October was a Bar tailed Godwit that could be found with some regularity either on Porthcressa or Porthloo Beach. H(sh)e had a friendly character and performed admirably for photographers.

16
Oct
18

Shouty Siberian

Wherever you go amid the Isles of Scilly in October it’s likely you will hear the ‘tsoeest’ of Yellow-browed Warblers. We found this one skulking in bushes at Trenoweth … but we had others.

14
Oct
18

Wizard of a bird

The second trip to Scillies this Autumn meant a bit of a rejigging of sailing days to beat Storm ‘Callum’. Boats and planes after our revised sailing were being cancelled. We made it before the bad weather hit … by half a day. While the sun was still out on our first evening we were treated to an absolute stunner of a bird. A Merlin sitting on a wall having just fed. It showed well. Probably better than any perched Merlin I’ve seen in half a century of watching birds.

The next day, long after the Merlin had left, the prey item was examined. I suspected it to be a Meadow Pipit. There were a lot about. How wrong could I have been. It was a Jack Snipe!

08
Oct
18

Ortolan

Having just completed a bespoke trip to Scillies last week I can say we had some good birds. The first of which was this Ortolan Bunting that gave impressive views down to a few metres on the path to Peninnis. Speaking to some of the old timers that used visit the Scillies in the 1960’s it is saddening to hear them talk of flocks of Ortolan Buntings visiting the fields here. Let’s hope we return to those days soon.

16
Oct
17

Elusive

I’m not sure if the term ‘elusive’ is always applied properly or not. On Scillies last week the Spotted Crake took some seeing. It was broadcast as ‘elusive’. Now does that mean only showing distantly? or does it mean it only shows briefly and is somewhat furtive? Well, neither applied to the Spotted Crake. It just didn’t show for long periods. It took us around four visits to connect. But when we did see it … the thing was all over us for what seemed like ages.

10
Oct
17

Portuguese Man O’ War

Massive influx of Portuguese Men O’ War into Scillies waters at the moment. We’ve seen them on the beaches, in harbours, between islands and out in the open ocean on the way here. A very painful stinging jellyfish is not something I would like to come across on my morning swim in the sea … as if!

 

01
Nov
16

Flying Boat

Making our way home from Scillies last month we called in to see a flying boat! This Dalmatian Pelican has been touring the south West Counties since it’s arrival in Cornwall on 7th May. Studying the birds moult it has been possible to identify the bird has been in Germany as well as Eastern France but was first seen in Poland. So is it a wild bird from the north east Mediterranean or did it escape from a collection somewhere on the continent? Either way it was an awe inspiring creature.

dalmatian-pelican

 

26
Oct
16

Some neck!

When we were walking on St Mary’s the other week this Black necked Grebe swam into Porthcressa Bay. What a confiding individual it was; enjoyed by my guests and myself alike. The 2017 Tour is open for bookings – see http://www.wildlifetoursandeducation.co.uk/tours/longer-tours-pelagics/

black-necked-grebe

24
Oct
16

Hotel Subalpine

I think one of my guests on the Scillies Tour earlier this month wanted to know how I’d organised one of our sightings.

A Western Subalpine Warbler spent our entire stay within the confines of our hotel garden.

subalpine-warbler




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