I paid the magic islands three visits this year, in May, September and October. I visited in May as last year here was so good but this time round I had to contend with a Woodchat Shrike being the highlight, lots of commoner migrants though.
As with May I missed the best birds by a week in id September but still had plenty to look at, Buff-breasted, Pectoral and Spotted Sandpipers and finding my own Buff-breasted Sands and Ortolan Bunting.
Scillies October 2010 was not a classic but it was a vast improvement over last year with a number of quality birds seen through the two weeks I was there; Black-eared Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, Red-flanked Bluetail, Red-eyed Vireo, American Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Subalpine Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Melodious Warbler, Little Buntings and so on and not to mention the birds there that I missed; Blackpoll Warbler, Grey-cheeked Thrush, Olive-backed Pipit and Radde's Warbler plus a Black-headed Bunting just two days before I arrived.
It wasn't easy though with many oddities being claimed and a lack of migrants the second week but two additions to my Scillies list were greatly welcomed, especially the bluetail as I missed the one on here two years ago, claw back.
American Golden Plover, Airfield, St. Mary's
Super confiding bird on the airfield, often in the presence of Eurasian Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Click here for more images of this bird.
Red-throated Diver, Porthcressa, St. Mary's
Avery confiding bird was very close inshore at Porthcressa. It was also seen the following day in several of the islands bays.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Airfield, St. Mary's
Almost certainly the bird that was seen here two weeks ago. For more of this bird click here
Little Egret, Porth Hellick Pool, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly 11th May 2010
This fine Little Egret had spent majority of its time at Porth Hellick Pool on the far side but for fifteen minutes it flew across to the near side and fed just to the south of the Seaward Hide. It was nervous, always alert to the camera shutter going off but it did eventually make it's way closer to the hide.