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Isles of Scilly - 2010: Page 1
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.
 
 
Wryneck
October
Grey Wagtail
October
Red-flanked Bluetail
October
Pied Flycatcher
October
Lapland Bunting
October
Snow Bunting
October
Little Bunting
October
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
Common Snipe, Lower Moors, St. Mary's 
A point blank bird from the ISBG Hide.
Jack Snipe, Porth Hellick Pool, St. Mary's 
Had a count of five in one day at this location
 
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Buff-breasted Sandpiper
September
Spotted Sandpiper
September
Pectoral Sandpiper
September
Woodchat Shrike
May
Ortolan Bunting
September
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Airfield, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly 20th September 2010 
Another fairly distant bird on the airfield run way, looks stunning in the evening light. It was joined by two more shortly afterwards.More of this bird by clicking here
Sanderling
May
Dunlin
May
Turnstone
May
Swift
May
 
 
Spotted Sandpiper, Porth Hellick Pool, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly September 2010 
Seen near daily at Porth Hellick Pool from either of the two hides, a very confiding bird. for more click here
Red-legged Partridge
May
Wren
May
Stonechat
May
Northern Wheatear
May
House Martin
May
Swallow
May
 
Common Snipe, Porth Hellick Pool, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly September 2010 
Only seen the once at the pool as it ran past the hide
Red-legged Partridge, Tresco, Isles of Scilly 10th May 2010
Not exactly a mega but a smart looking bird once you take time to look at them.
 
Pectoral Sandpiper, Abbey Pool. Tresco, Isles of Scilly 21st September 2010 
Not easy to get close to as it fed along a narrow slither of mud on the north side of the pool: more of this bird by clicking here
 
 
Sanderling, Porth Killier Beach, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly 12th May 2010 
A couple of sprightly plumages birds were on Porth Killier with a mixed flock of Dunlin, Turnstones and Ringed Plover
 
Dunlin, Porth Killier Beach, St. Agnes, Isles of Scilly 12th May 2010 
A nice flock of summer plumaged birds were feeding in the seaweed on Porth Killier Beach, St. Agnes where they allowed careful approach.
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Little Egret
May
 
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.
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