Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Scilly Highlights 3: OBPs & RTPs etc

After enjoying a great time with the Wilson's Snipe we decided to nip out into Old Town for some lunch and at this point I got some phone signal and suddenly a message popped up, 2 Olive-backed Pipits Watermill. We made our way staraight up there as this was a new one for Dave (I'd seen 2 before but they are definitley my favourite pipit, such cool birds!).

So far during the day we'd seen hardly any birders/twitchers etc but on getting to Watermill it was clear they were all here! The place was rammed! We negotiated a spot along the road and set about looking for the birds. Within no time at all we were enjoying really good views of the two birds, one was a lot brighter than the other and they we always keeping close company, occasionally they would fly up into the nearby trees but always went back to the same field.

I didn't manage to get any photos at this time but when we went back later in the week I managed to get the following photos on my phone, not great but they illustrate the point.

As people started to drift away from the OBPs we heard a crackle on the radio, Red-throated Pipit showing at Longstones. We were on a roll so we thought it might be worth a try as it was fairly close, however we did take a while longer getting there than expected as the Upland Sand was showing to about 10 feet on a ploughed field which was incredible as the thing came straight towards us!!!

On arrival at Longstones we had to jostle for a place halfway up a conifer tree to look over the field but once we could actually see into the field it was quite easy to pick the bird out amongst the Meadow Pipits, but unfortunately I couldn't get any pictures.

After these great birds we headed down to Wingletang B&B pausing for a Firecrest enroute.

Olive-backed Pipit - Phonescoped

Olive-backed Pipit - Phonescoped

Olive-backed Pipit - Phonescoped

One of the most memorable birding days I've had in the UK recently, Upland Sandpiper, Wilson's Snipe, 2 Olive-backed Pipit, Red-throated Pipit, Firecrest and a whole load of common birds.

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