On the 14th October:
All day on St. Mary's, at Salakee we saw a Firecrest and at Porth Hellick a Merlin, a Long-billed Dowitcher, a Jack Snipe, a Spotted Redshank and a Wryneck. At the Airport there were 5 Wheatears and a Tree Pipit and at Peninnis a Turtle Dove. On the Golf Course we saw 2 Whinchats, at Telegraph there were 4 Black Redstarts and in Holy Vale a Pied Flycatcher.
Overnight on St. Mary's, most of the day was spent on the island, before returning to St. Agnes. The highlights during this time were 8 Whinchats, 13 Wheatears, the immature Rose-coloured Starling again, 5 Black Redstarts, 2 Ring Ouzels, a Red-breasted Flycatcher, finding a Rustic Bunting at Salakee, a Redstart, a Merlin, 2 Turtle Doves, a Yellow Wagtail and a Short-toed Lark.
Short-toed Lark by Laurel Tucker.
A sunnier, warmer day on St. Agnes where we had much better views of the Booted Warbler, a new bird for us.
Later, we took the boat to St. Mary's where we saw the Red-eyed Vireo again, a Siskin, a Hooded Crow, a Redstart, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrests, a Jack Snipe and a probable Melodious Warbler.
Back on St. Agnes we watched the Booted Warbler again, also seeing a Firecrest and a Merlin. Then later on Gugh we saw an immature Rose-coloured Starling, probably the one from St. Mary's.
Drawings of Booted Warbler by Laurel Tucker.
On St. Agnes where we saw a Merlin while waiting for the boat to St. Mary's.
Then a walk to the Airport where on the grassy edge we saw a Bobolink.
Back on St. Agnes a different Subalpine Warbler had been found, the 3rd one this week.
Later, while walking to the pub, I rounded a bend in the track and saw a rail disappearing into cover, with pale yellowish legs, but white under-tail coverts - a possible Spotted Crake.
A visit to Cheddar Reservoir where there were lots of Lapwing, a few Golden Plover and a Marbled Teal, of unknown origin.
In Tennessee on a BBC sound recording trip, 1 new bird and a new reptile seen today.
A migration watch from the garden in Portishead from 8.30 - 10am, seeing 15 Meadow Pipits, 42 Chaffinches, a Skylark, 3 Redwings, a Fieldfare, 24 Siskins and a Mistle Thrush.