Anser Birding Isles of Scilly/Cornwall 16-20 October 2008 trip report

Isles of Scilly and Cornwall Anser Birding 16-20 October 2008

1. Sociable Lapwing near Telegraph, St Mary’s MJMcGill
Nikon Coolpix 995/Swarovski 65 HD with 30x WA hand held to it

2-5. Grey-cheeked Thrush, St Agnes MJMcGill
Nikon Coolpix 995/Swarovski 65 HD with 30x WA hand held to it

6. Lapland Bunting, Peniniss Head MJMcGill Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28

7. Pectoral Sandpiper Tresco Great Pool MJM
Nikon Coolpix 995/Swarovski 65 HD with 30x WA hand held to it


8-10. Red-breasted Flycatcher Tresco MJM
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28

11. Black Redstart Old Town Bay MJM Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28

12. Abberant Song Thrush Tolman Cafe MJM Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ28

Notable birds and migration as follows.

Great Northern Diver 5, ranging from breeding plumage to non breeding were viewable from the Garrison on 18th.
Little Grebe one was on the Great Pool, Tresco on 19th.
Gannet offshore daily, many on 20th due to strong winds
Cormorant seen offshore
Shag common, seen in hundreds offshore
Little Egret, up to 10 on rocks off Tresco.
Grey Heron up to five on rocks
Spoonbill a juvenile on the rocks off Samson on 19th
Mute Swan seen at Porthellick Pool and the Great Pool.
Pink-footed Goose one on the Hayle Est
Canada Goose seen on the Hayle and Tresco
Greylag Goose seen on the Hayle and Tresco
Shelduck 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco on 19th and seen on the Hayle
Mallard, Tufted Duck, Teal, Gadwall 40,  Pintail 2 mostly on the Great Pool plus Wigeon 200 on the Hayle and a few on the Great Pool, bright light and long range stopped us from locating an American Wigeon in Cornwall.
Common Buzzard seen on the way down
Sparrowhawk seen daily inc one that chased a Meadow Pipit
Kestrel seen daily.
Merlin seen on 16th, 17th and 18th.
Red-legged Partridge and Pheasant seen on Tresco
Water Rail seen and heard on St Mary’s
Moorhen and Coot seen on a couple of islands
Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover, Golden Plover, Sanderling, Turnstone, Dunlin, Redshank 24, and Greenshank 14 all seen the latter flock on Tresco. Bar-tailed Godwit were on the Hayle, Curlew also seen around the islands.
Whimbrel one flew over the Great Pool calling on 19th.
Snipe seen on Lower Moors and a flock of 42 on Peniniss.
Sociable Lapwing a very obliging bird near Telegraph on 16th.
Pectoral Sandpiper one feeding on the Great Pool on 19th.
Black-headed, Herring, Lesser black-black and Great black-backed Gulls were all seen daily.
Mediterranean Gull a 1st winter on the sea whilst returning from St Agnes on 17th and probably the same off the Garrison from Peniniss on 18th.
Kittiwake only one seen past Peniniss on 19th.
Sandwich Tern one off St Mary’s on 18th.
Auk sp on e past Peniniss on 19th.
Woodpigeon, Collared Dove, Skylark, Swallow, Meadow Pipit all seen daily.
Rock Pipit common
Olive-backed Pipit one seen in flight and heard twice on St Agnes on 17th, the latter occasion whilst hot footing it to the Grey-cheeked Thrush. When I first heard it I thought it to be a Tree Pipit and mentioned this to Len but on reflection later was not happy about this. After much thought and checking I consider it to be this species. One was seen on St Mary’s before we arrived  and in the same area that I saw/heard this bird on St Agnes from 21-23rd at least.
White Wagtail one on Tresco on 19th, Pied and Grey  Wagtail seen about the Isles too.
Wren, Dunnock, Robin all seen daily
Black Redstart a female in Old Town Bay on 20th.
Whinchat one at Lower Moors on 16th.
Stonechat seen daily.
Song Thrush common Redwing a few migrants, Mistle Thrush on St Mary’s16th. Blackbird seen daily.
Grey-cheeked Thrush one showing well on St Agnes on 17th.
Blackcap three singles seen.
Lesser Whitethroat one on Peniniss on 19th.
Reed Warbler one on Tresco on 19th.
Blyth’s Reed Warbler one seen very briefly twice on St Agnes on 17th.
Chiffchaff seen daily.
Yellow-browed Warbler two at Newford Duckpond on 16th and one along the Pool Road on 19th.
Goldcrest small numbers
Red-breasted Flycatcher a first winter along the Pool Road, Tresco on 19th.
Pied Flycatcher one with the above.
Great Tit, Blue Tit, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, House Sparrow seen daily.
Chaffinch a flock of 200+ at Carn Friars
Brambling 3+ at Carn Friars on 18th.
Linnet 10 at the same site
Redpoll 3 at the above site
Goldfinch a flock of 50 at the above site.
Greenfinch a few with finch flock at the above site.
Siskin a few over daily but a flock of five on 16th.
Lapland Bunting one on Peniniss on 17th.

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