I am now back in Exeter but here are a few pictures from my visit to St Agnes last Thursday.
One of the first birds we saw after landing was this marsh harrier
A little bit later it re-appeared
A cracking male and female turnstone on the beach
A starling by the church
Fabulous stained glass windows by local artist, Oriel Hicks – the St Agnes Lighthouse
The original use of Pilot Gig boats
This is one of my favourite places on Scilly – Gugh Bar
But this is my favourite spot – full stop – having a pint at the Turks Head on Agnes looking over to Gugh and St Marys
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Spent the day on St Agnes yesterday
On the tripper boat …
Gugh Bar joins At Agnes with Gugh – the most famous tombolo in the world!
Pleased to see a small colony of kittiwakes surviving on Gugh – Britain’s most endangered seabird as a result of climate change and rising ocean temperatures.
Looking over to Gugh
The Devil’s Punchbowl on Wingletang Down
Cuckoo on Wingletang Down
The Nag’s Head
Male wheatear – a passage migrant on Scilly
A colony of fulmar
An unnamed granite outcrop on Castella Down
The Troytown maze
A rock pipit
Pretty much my favourite island
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.
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
A day of contrasting weather
Glorious sunshine – looking across to St Agnes and the Western Rocks from the Garrison on St Mary’s (click on the photograph to enlarge)
Half and hour later …….
Then back to sunshine as the Scillonian arrives at St Mary’s after passing two visiting cruise ships
There aren’t many birds around on St Agnes at the moment …. so as a result we all decided to have an informal ‘bird race’ – this involves trying to see as many different species in a day.
We managed 57 species which wasn’t too bad – the winner got 61 (8 teams in total). Apparently the record for a day in October for Agnes is 72.
Here are a few photos from around the island.
Spider’s web in the dew
A rock pipit on Porth Killier
A couple of Great Black backed Gulls
Aeoniums flourish in the gardens through St Agnes
A shot of St Agnes quay from Gugh taken earlier in the week – the boat on the right is the Spirit of St Agnes – the island’s support and passenger boat
A section of photos from our meanderings around St Agnes and Gugh today.
A nice Ring Ouzel from Gugh
Another fabulous Black Redstart
A calling Starling
An interesting hare weather vane
The Nag’s Head on St Agnes
‘Queen Victoria’ at the entrance to St Agnes Quay
An interesting rock on Gugh!
Dartmoor comes to Gugh
We found this short – beaked common dolphin spine of Gugh – Steve gives a sense of scale
Another cracking sunset – this time from Gugh showing the Hermitage and the Bishop Rock Lighthouse
The same but this time including the St Agnes Lighthouse as well