Isles of Scilly 2000, 3rd week October
All photos, Copyright Paul Gale
More rarities for 2000
Swainson's Thrush on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2000. This thrush is a rare vagrant from North America. It belongs to the Catharus genus, which also includes Veery, Hermit Thrush and Grey-cheeked Thrush.
Swainson's Thrush in a field with farm machinery on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2000. The red background is a propane gas cylinder. While not the most natural of backgrounds, it portrays how out of place this little thrush is, 4000 miles from home!
Swainson's Thrush on St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2000. The characteristic underwing pattern of Catharus thrushes is apparent in the right hand photo.
Solitary Sandpiper from the hide at Porth Hellick, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2000. This North American wader is similar to the Green Sandpiper except it has a dark rump. Note the distinct white eye ring.
Spectacled Warbler (first winter), Tresco, Isles of Scilly, October 2000 - the forth record of this Sylvia warbler in the UK, and the first record for the Isles of Scilly. Spectacled warblers are found in the Mediterranean countries. The reddish brown wing feathers (greater coverts and tertials) which distinguish this species are apparent.
Juvenile Rose-coloured Starling (left) in the gardens of Hughtown, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, October 2000. Right, Red-eyed Vireo in the plantation on Gugh. This is an enlargement of a photo which was taken at 40 yds range using a 2x and 1.4x converter stacked.
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