It seemed at times that we would never get to the Isles of Scilly and this was our first tour since February! Our group flew in to St Mary’s by Helicopter which took just 15 minutes and gave us superb views over the Penwith Peninsular and then out over the Atlantic to the magical Isles of Scilly.
During the week the weather was superb and the birds were too with so many highlights to choose from. SWAINSON’S THRUSH gave good but brief views for us and then we found a cracking RADDE’S WARBLER creeping along a nearby hedge! Other goodies included RED-BREASTED FLYCATCHER, RING OUZEL, COMMON FIRECRESTS, 30+ YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS, JACK SNIPE, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, COMMON NIGHTINGALE, 5 LAPLAND BUNTINGS, BLACK REDSTARTS, 2 LITTLE BUNTINGS, 2 EURASIAN SPOONBILLS, HEN HARRIER, SNOW BUNTING, MERLIN, PALE-BELLIED BRENT & PINK-FOOTED GEESE, SIBERIAN LESSER WHITETHROAT, SPOTTED FLYCATCHER and some SCILLY rarities including MANDARIN DUCK (5th record for Scilly), GREAT EGRET, GREYLAG GOOSE and RUSSIAN WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE.
Also lots of other wildlife with PRICKLY STICK-INSECTS, RED SQUIRREL, HARBOUR PORPOISE and good numbers of butterflies.
The scenery as ever was stunning and our group enjoyed every minute of our tour to the golden Isles!