Best saved till last

Our last day on the Scillies had me trekking up to the airport where a short-toed lark was performing well, until flushed by a peregrine. Snow bunting, whinchats, wheatears and stonechats there, too. Had some more cracking views of the barred warbler as I walked back.

The Scillonian crossing was a lot smoother than on the way out. Saw 5 bonxies and a Balearic shearwater.

We stayed the night in Penzance, pretty handy as it meant we could make a quick visit to nearby Porthgwarra this morning to look for the reported Eastern subalpine warbler.

Martin Garner and others are now saying it could be Moltoni’s warbler, (a sub sp. from a different region to Eastern and Western subs). After a small amount of study, I can see what they are getting at. The breast colour is definitely salmon pink and seems too extensive for Eastern. Mmmmmm.

One chap near me said he heard it calling- I think he said it was a tac,tac,tac,tac sound, but I can’t be more precise.

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