A proper twitch – Orphean Warbler

St Agnes yesterday saw a proper twitch – the like of which I haven’t been involved with for over a decade – the Orphean Warbler. Over 200 birders along the track up to Troytown Farm. Fleeting glimpses of the possible bird, several incidences of running about, tripods and telescopes abandoned, moments of dejection, interludes of hilarity and humour. Can you tick a fly past if you have seen it 6 times? No  no  no …

Unexpectedly the bird was relocated by Will Scott hundreds of metres away between the Lighthouse and the Church.  Stampeding, followed by hedge abuse, focusing through postage stamp spaces in the Pittosprorum, heads in the way, polite conversations, impolite conversations, squinting and finally ……


Western or Eastern?

Time will tell but …..



p.s. Thanks Will @dub_birder – without you  no one would have got it. We are now all at 140bpm – well at least we were yesterday for a few moments.

Cedar Waxwing on St Agnes

Back on the Isles of Scilly for a further week! We arrived yesterday and headed over to St Agnes in search of the Cedar Waxwing which is an American vagrant which arrived earlier in the week. We were fortunate that it stayed as the American Cliff Swallow, Red-eyed Vireo and the Rose-breasted Grosbeak had already left.

Got some great views of what had previous proved to be a rather elusive bird.

The 9th record for Britain and Ireland