After a few leaner years and a year off (for me!) the 'Team' ventured across to Scilly again from Oct 22nd - 29th 2011. Myself and Mark (Halliday) flew over for 10am with Adam Hutt, Adam Stoyle and Nathan Pickering arriving just after midday (too late for the Tanager unfortunately!) Anyway, on arrival Mark and I headed straight to Lower Moors and got straight on to the Northern Waterthrush which was showing well at Shooter's Pool, along with Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler. After only 10-15 minutes, the pager went off, signalling a mad rush for Sandy Lane, where a Scarlet Tanager was showing. After an agonising wait I was soon watching it moving through the top of a pittisporum hedge! Nice to get that one back after missing the one at St Levan the previous day. There has been talk of the birds being one in the same, but closer scrutiny of photographs shows them to be different. After the rush, it was nice to take a relative stroll to Watermill Lane where the two Olive Backed Pipits showed extremely well in the bulb fields. The Upland Sandpiper was next on the target list and was located in another bulb field at the back of Borough Farm. Three lifers in the space of a few hours, superb. The others had by now landed on the island and were enjoying views of the Waterthrush!
The rest of the day was spent between Porth Hellick and Lower Moors, the latter area providing great vioews of the Wilson's Snipe from the ISBG Hide.