Although The Isles of Scilly, for birders, are most renowned for the rarities it also is great for some of the species that are just slightly out of the ordinary.
Most of the beaches and bays are hosts to groups of "alba" wagtails, and often White Wagtails out number Pied Wagtails in these prime feeding areas.
We were on St Mary's during the half term week at the end of October and this is the perfect time for an influx of one of my favourites, Black Redstarts. A walk down to Watermill Bay produced several, including a couple of stunning males.
Even the immatures have a very appealing look as they flit around, finding small insects and flashing their tails as they go,
This shows the bright outer tail feathers come to both sexes, and the pale wing patch of a male.
Occasionally one of the local Robins joined them on the beach, sometimes demonstrating a less than welcome approach to their cousins.
Another picture of a young bird, for no other reason than I like it!
On the Saturday morning, before the afternoon ferry back to Penzance, the Osprey that had been around for a few days put in a good performance at Higher Moors/Porth Hellick Pool.