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I am a novice to birding and have become interested since walking Frank our dog, a cross Flat Coat / Springer around Hastings Country Park and the surrounding area, I realised the little brown birds weren't just sparrows.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Scilly revisited 28th September 2015

A long awaited trip back to The Ilse of Scilly finally came and our flights to St Mary's were not too bad considering the wind was gusting to 30mph and only took 15 minutes. On arrival clear blue skies greeted us and stayed all week.
Twin Otter aircraft Lands-end to St Mary's
 While waiting for Paula and Elsie to land, I walked frank around the airfield heard and glimpsed one of the 3 Lapland Buntings present. A walk down into Hugh Town to get dog food we then sat on the strand and watched the Scillonion dock.
Scillonion in St Mary's
 There were still plenty of Sub-tropical plants in flower
Sub-tropical plants?
 Tuesday 29th we headed for St Agnes as the reported Red-eyed Vireo had been seen first thing. On arrival at the harbour we joined a dozen or more birders and headed for the fruit cage (which looked nothing like a fruit cage) After a few minutes a Reed Warbler showed and then a Yellow-browed Warbler. After about another half hour someone spotted the Vireo and just as I got onto it flew over our heads. Another couple of visits to the area later in the day drew a blank. The rest of the day was spent walking round St Agnes and Gugh
St Agnes harbour from Gugh

Island of Gugh

Amaryllis growing wild on deserted farmland
 Wednesday we spent walking around St Marys stopping off at Higher and Lower Moors
Common Snipe

Jack Snipe

Jack Snipe with Green Sandpiper Lower Moors

Jack Snipe with Green Sandpiper and 2 Common Snipe 

Pec Sandpiper Higher Moors
 Thursday we went off to St. Martins exploring the rugged coastline in the north and the white sandy beaches in the south
St Martins

St Martins looking towards White Island
 Friday we stayed on St Mary's again walking the north part of the Island
St Mary's looking towards Bryer (left) and Tresco (right)
 In the evening we treated ourselves to Dinner at Jullietes and watched a stunning sunset
Sunset over Porthloo
 Saturday we walked the Garrison before having lunch and heading for the airport for our late afternoon flights back to Lands-end, flying over Senen Cove.
Senen Cove from the airplane

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