Monday, 15 October 2018

St. Mary's and Scillonian crossing

It was time for a fond farewell to Scilly but we managed to fit in a few hours of birding on St. Mary's before catching the Scillonian III back to Penzance. The focus of our attention was the yellow-less and plausibly Eastern yellow wagtail at the riding centre (presumably the bird heard yesterday), which I managed to get several recording of to send off to experts. A Ring Ouzel flew over Content and other highlights included five Black Redstarts, my first Redwing of the season, a Reed Bunting, a Wheatear and eight Swallows.

yellow wagtail sp. at the riding centre

During the sailing back, we logged an Arctic Skua, a Bonxie, a 2CY Mediterranean Gull and the usual Kittiwakes, Razorbills, Guillemots and Gannets.

The yellow wagtail sp. was later confirmed from sonograms as another EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL!