I arrived at Higgo's Pool at 7.10am in half light only to find out the Purple Heron came out of roost in almost darkness at 6.50am this morning. Undeterred I carried on mooching around the reedbed adding Reed Warbler to the trip list and then I managed to find the Bluethroat just in time for Jay and Paz's arrival so we all enjoyed nice views of it. There were also at least 4 Water Rails squealing from the reeds. It also turned out that they had seen the Purple Heron flying over Lower Moors from Porth Mellon! Sod it...!
|Reed Warbler - Higgo's Pool|
Next stop was the Subalpine Warbler...again no show so we decided to head round to the Fruit Cages. Here there were lots of birds, best of all was a juvenile Red-breasted Flycatcher. There were also a number of phyllosc's mainly Chiffchaffs with several Willow Warblers mixed in. Next stop was the Parsonage where we found a very confiding Pied Flycatcher and had great views of a Humming-bird Hawk-moth.
As the tide was out and the boat wasn't for another hour we crossed Gugh Bar and wandered round there for a while. In all my visits to the Scillies before I have never had a good look around Gugh so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. There were not many birds on the island but there was a single Spotted Flycatcher which turned out to be my only one of the trip, a Whinchat and several Wheatear along the beach.
|Wheatear - Gugh|