From 27th October, the Mrs and I spent 5 nights on one of my favourite islands, Bryher on the Isles of Scilly. I first visited Scilly in 1989 and have visited almost annually since. Regardless of birds, the islands are simply stunning and I really love visiting them and from a birding perspective, Bryher is a really workable island.
Nothing outrageous from our visit but finding a Vagrant Emperor was exciting, though sadly I found it dead the following day. A Richard's Pipit over Popplestones on the 28th was nice, daily Merlins, a Woodcock on the 31st, Yellow-browed Warblers (more on a future post) and the regular movement of thrushes and Brambling. I have no doubt we will return again next year! If you have never been, hopefully the following pics give you a feel for the place. It is certainly a place that is close to my birding heart.
|The view from our place on Bryher looking across to Tresco
|This Juvenile Surf Scoter was the first bird we saw when arriving on Bryher - We even saw it from the flat!
|Vagrant Emperor - A surprise find in the garden of where we were staying on Bryher.
It is an erratic migrant species to the UK from sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. I often seen them in Morocco.
|Fieldfare movements were obvious most mornings
|Redwings were less in number than Fieldfare
|Brambling - During the last couple of days Brambling were regularly flying over and calling
|Presumed Siberian Chiffchaff though not heard to call
|The view across Popplestones looking towards the Great Pool and Gweal Hill.
Gweal Hill is the only place I have seen Yellow-breasted Bunting, in Sep 2003
|It would have been rude not to have met up with good friend John Higginson.
Higgo has found many great birds on Scilly and Bryher is his regular patch
|Adult Mediterranean Gull seen from the flat
|Female/Juv Merlin - A few birds were seen on most days
|Shaggy Parasol ?
|Three of the four Whooper Swans that were seen daily on the Great Pool, Bryher
|The view looking towards the Fraggle Rock Pub and Cromwell's Castle on Tresco
|The Mrs as we travelled to Tresco for the day
|Castle Down, Tresco
|A novel use of the old style phonebox on Bryher
|Yellow-browed Warbler, Bryher
|Firecrest in the Maize
|Green Bay, Bryher
|Jerry - One of the local pigs
|Golden Plover, Green Bay
|Bishop Rock Lighthouse at dusk
|View from Samson Hill, Bryher
|Song Thrush - I always think Scilly is synonymous with this sadly declining species. Great to see so many and often so tame!
|The view looking towards our accommodation