Monday 23 August 2021

Treleaver Farm, Coverack - 23rd August

While returning from the pelagic on 22nd August the remarkable news of a Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin on the Lizard Peninsula just west of Coverack broke. I was heading off from Scilly on 23rd and so I decided that if it was still present we would make the diversion to see the bird during our return drive from Lands End airport to Romsey.

On 23rd we landed at Land's End at 12:30 and after a quick stop to buy some lunch, following positive news, we were at Treleaver Farm near to Coverack for 14:30. The bird showed quickly and very well down to around 7m and content with our views we were back on the road by 15:45. My eBird list for the site can be seen here and my blogpost of the 2020 bird here.

This is a remarkable record as while there was another at Stiffkey in October 2020 the previous mainland record was from Prawle Point in August 1980 and so, after a gap of 40 years, birds have occurred in consecutive years - I have been fortunate enough to have seen both birds. I have provided a summary of previous UK records on my eBird checklist here and a blogpost here.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly - 10th-23rd August

From the 10th August I had a family holiday planned in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Seawatching at Pendeen on 14th, 16th and 17th produced up to 17 Balearic Shearwater, 14 Sooty Shearwater and four Roseate Tern. For Pendeen seawatches see here, here and here.

On Scilly the land birding was extremely slow with the only bird of any note being a Lesser Yellowlegs on Tresco on 21st. On 22nd I was out on a Scilly Pelagic on the Sapphire hoping for Wilson's Storm-Petrel which had been seen on 20 back-to-back trips before the 22nd but today it was not to be. The highlights of the trip which went north-east to the Seven Stones area were a stunning adult Sabine's Gull flying close to the boat, two juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, at least 20 European Storm-Petrel, five Balearic Shearwater and 16 Sooty Shearwater. My eBird checklist for the trip can be viewed here.

Sabine's Gull - Scilly Pelagic's, Seven Stones Area

Sabine's Gull - Scilly Pelagic's, Seven Stones Area

Yellow-legged Gull - Scilly Pelagic's, Seven Stones Area

Sooty Shearwater - Scilly Pelagic's, Seven Stones Area

Balearic Shearwater - Scilly Pelagic's, Seven Stones Area

Manx Shearwater - Scilly Pelagic's, Seven Stones Area