Sunday, 28 October 2012


Al did a bit of networking and got us onto a 'locals only' trip out to the summer bird reserve island of Annet.

The team assemble early to beat the tourists who'll be down at the quay later on for the 10.15am boats to the various outer islands but not Annet.
As we leave port a flock of new in Whooper Swans give us a flyover...

We approach Annet and things are not looking good for a landing as the Atlantic swell races in, creating 20ft high waves between St.Agnes and our destination.

This is as close as Dave our boatmen dare go, so we grip a flyover Marsh Harrier and set sail for St.Agnes instead. Maybe next year?

The nearest English pub to New York and home to several real nice ales and a dam fine pasty which unbeknown to us have all been pre ordered by an old dears tour thats due to arrive later.
First bird on the island a very obliging Richard's Pipit near the Big Pool.

We spend a few hours on each island St.Agnes where I get Dic's Pipit, YBW, RBF, Pied Fly but no sign of yesterdays Booted Warbler. And Gugh where I see 2 Woodlarks a new Scilly bird for me and another? flyover Dic's Pipit.

Big Al retreats as the tide is still falling on the Gugh sandbar, who knows what's lurking in the pittosporram bushes in the distance. A Radde's Warbler the very next day!

In the legendary Parsonage there's a showy Yellow browed a flighty Red breasted Fly and a novelty tick with one of a small flock of 'Irish' Coal Tits.

These Irish imports are distinguished by their yellowy ear coverts apparently (future split?) This one as you can see has already been clamped.
Home Dave and don't spare the horsepower.


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