Sunday, 23 October 2011
SCILLY IN THE SUNSHINE.
Arriving on Monday I had planned my route to hopefully connect with all the birds currently on st Mary's. My walk to Borough Farm to see the UPLAND SANDPIPER was fairly uneventful and within five minutes the bird was walking up and down the bulb field furrows showing well for 45 minutes. I strolled down to 'Juliet's Garden' for lunch and within a couple of minutes the three BLACK KITES which had toured the islands yesterday appeared over the Garrison and I tracked them over Telegraph. I decided on an afternoon of hopefully connecting with the MELODIOUS WARBLER and WILSON'S SNIPE. The Melodious Warbler was very tricky with an hour and a half wait before it gave itself up. I then made my way to the ISBG Hide on Lower Moors where the Wilson's Snipe showed immediately and I made my way to the Guest house knowing birding couldn't always be that easy.
A big thank you to Bob and Tina at 'Shearwater' who provided an excellent base and the M25 on Friday night for not being totally jammed.
I know I've added a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL picture in the hand as well.