Bee-eater over the garden!

17th September 2020

This Bee-eater was hawking over the garden early this afternoon. However, I was with a very small crowd observing it from the nearby football pitch.

All-day yesterday, there was thick fog and this morning I woke to grey skies with strong easterlies. Ideal I thought but I had to go to work and with no planes flying yesterday, because of the foggy conditions, I was meeting more guests off the planes that didn’t arrive yesterday. Mid-morning and a Wood Warbler turned up at the tennis courts. Only a few seconds from home and when I had time, I went in search of it. All I found was Trevor and Julia Davis also searching for the warbler. It was only when I returned back to work that they called me to say that they had seen it. Shortly afterwards, this was followed by ‘We got a Bee-eater flying low over our heads at the Dead Pine Walk! By the time I had got there, it had moved on. Some 30 minutes later, I returned to find other birders already present and I told them that I can hear it but not sure where it was coming from. With that, Juliet Moore put on the WhatsApp Group that it was over the football pitch. We all made the short run around and there it was hawking over my bloody garden with Swallows!! What do I do? Dash home to get a garden tick or wait and hope it comes closer? My mind was made up as it was now overhead climbing higher before flying towards the campsite. It was still hanging around when I left to go back to work and I missed out again on a garden tick after three Bee-eaters were an ear-shot from the garden this spring.

I only managed to get a few record shots of the Bee-eater from the football pitch before it flew off towards the campsite

So being flat out at work I finished late and as two nights ago, I spent the last hour or so mostly in the Dead Pine Walk area. This time I did finally connect with the Wood Warbler behind the cadet hut where it had been seen for most of the afternoon. There were also 3 Spotted and a single Pied Flycatcher and Reed Warbler in the area. Overhead there were 100+Swallow, 10 House and single Sand Martin. A Yellow Wagtail and Siskin flew NE and Merlin moved straight through.

The Wood Warbler showed very well in the disappearing light

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The Spotted Sandpiper is still at Porth Hellick. The lack of the white bar on the primaries is pretty obvious even in this record shot

Two evenings ago, I finished work late and took advantage of the last hour of the sun on the pines at the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison. I managed to see all the birds that were noted earlier by other observers including asingle Garden Warbler, Redstart, Reed and 2 Willow Warbler, 5 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatcher and 50+Swallow.

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This Green Sandpiper was at Lower Moors earlier on the day

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There were up to 5 Spotted Flycatcher taking on the flying insects

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And 2 Pied Flycatcher with Samson in the distance

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There were 2 willow Warbler in the pines including this individual that showed superbly at very close range

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The Dotterel that Tony Gilbert found on the 11th, was last seen on the morning of the 14th at the airfield where I took these images as the sun was rising There were 3 Dotterel found today at Castle Down, Tresco while on Bryher the 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper were still up on Shipman’s Down. It would be great if they all teamed up together as they can all see each other from each island

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3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Bryher

13th September 2020

I successfully kayaked twitched 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper on Bryher this afternoon.

An early morning wolk around the Garrison started off with a single Grey Wagtail NE over the garden. Otherwise the only birds of note were 3 Spotted Flycatcher and 6 Siskin. Shortly afterwards, I had a quick look at Porth Hellick and heard the Cetti’s Warbler, 3 Water Rail and watched the Spotted Sandpiper being flushed across Porth Hellick Bay by dog walkers. A stroll up to the airfield and I relocated the Dotterel that was last seen flying off west yesterday morning found by Tony Gilbert two evening ago. Lower Moors was dead with a single Water Rail and Snipe

Up to 6 Siskin showed off near to the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison A few days ago, I had one east over the garden.

Tony Gilbert was chuffed when he came across this Dotterel two evenings ago at the airfield After dipping on the plover, I finally got it this morning.

Snipe in the late morning sun

The calm conditions with the burning sun got me in my kayak. First stop was Samson, followed by Bryher, to twitch the 2 Buff-breasted Sandpiper that Patrick Lanaway found yesterday as well as a juvenile Rose-coloured Starling and then Tresco before returning back to St Mary’s. It was on Samson, while getting awesome views of 100 Sanderling, 40 Dunlin and a single Curlew Sandpiper from the kayak on the east shore, that Chris Mills put the news out on the WhatsApp group that there were now 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper!! That was enough for me to start power rowing towards Bryher.

The Curlew Sandpiper was still present on Samson with up to 40 Dunlin

The Sanderling were feeding meters away from the kayak

There were also some 20 White Wagtail on the west shore

I had a brief look around Samson and all I saw were flocks of Linnet and a single Wheatear

It wasn’t long before I was on the west side of Shipman’s Down with two other birders and as usual for this yanky wader, the 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper showed superbly at very close range. We observed them for a good twenty minutes as they actively fed in the heather and when they made a short flight to another area of the down, we left them alone. And I left Bryher, after seeing 2 Pied Flycatcher at Church Quay and made the short crossing to Tresco.

After dipping out on the Western Bonelli’s Warbler three days ago in my kayak at Church Quay, Bryher, I So pleased that I connected with these 3 Buff-breasted Sandpiper

There were 2 Pied Flycatcher at Church Quay

On Tresco, all I saw of note on the Great Pool were the Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Shoveler, 6 Wigeon and Little Egret and a single Grey Wagtail. Walking the South Beach there were no waders but 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew west only to return shortly afterwards and park just west of Skirt Island close inshore. The return home in the evening sun allowed me to get close to Mediterranean Gull on rocks off Samson to end another stunning day kayaking.

A distant record shot of 2 Shoveler and 5 Wigeon with a single Mallard

These 4 pale-bellied Brent Geese flew west only to return shortly afterwards

There were up to 10 Mediterranean Gull off Samson

Three days ago, I dipped out on the Western Bonelli’s Warbler found by Leighton Newmanm. However, as I made my ways back to my kayak, I counted a personal Scilly record of 23 pale-bellied Brent Geese flying north up the Tresco Channel. They swung around and headed out south and appeared to disappear. I hopped into my kayak and went looking for them. As a result, I found a single bird that showed well before flying and coming back down nearby. My next aim was to see if I could spot the Spoonbill that was seen earlier in the day on Green Island. I did get it but on the east beach of Samson with 3 Little Egret. It was While on Samson very briefly,I saw two dots high up in the blue sky, east in off the sea and I identified them as 2 Kestrel and watched them continue goin in the same direction.

A Scilly personal record of 23 pale-bellied Brent Geese didn’t hang around in the Tresco Channel

This Spoonbill showed well as I sat in my kayak off Samson before flying off towards nearby Green Island

Two dot in off the sea turned out to be these 2 Kestrel goin straight east

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4 Curlew Sandpiper on Samson

8th September 2020

This evening, I kayaked over to Samson and feeding with a single Knot and Black-tailed and 3 Bar-tailed Godwit and 64 Dunlin, were a Scilly personal record of 4 Curlew Sandpiper.

I set off to Tresco in my kayak and a quick dash around the Great Pool produced of note, single Grey wagtail, Kingfisher, the female Shoveler, 2 Wigeon and now 2 Pochard. As I pushed off towards Samson, I scanned the 53 Sandwich Tern roosting off Skirt Island and spotted my only Common Tern this year so far. Also good numbers of Mediterranean Gull showing off superbly as they flew at arm’s length away from me.

I didn’t see one single Common Tern last year and this individual could be the only one I see this year. I believe that the reason they left Samson is because there is too much disturbance from folk visiting the tiny island and walking all over it.

I love Mediterranean Gulls and there were up to 5 1st winter and a single adult hanging out off Skirt Island

Like two days ago when I kayaked to Samson at high tide, where there were large numbers of Dunlin, Sanderling and Turnstone on the east beach. Like last time, I drifted just offshore as the very noisy waders fed only meters away from me, sometimes just a meter! I scanned and immediately picked up 3 Bar-tailed and a single black-tailed Godwit, followed by a single Knot, 2 Redshank and a group of 4 Curlew Sandpiper. Goin carefully through the Dunlin, I counted 64. An increase of six birds from two days ago. It was getting darker and I quickly nipped out of the kayak and ran to the West beach to find more Sanderling and a different juvenile Yellow-legged Gull from the juvenile I had here two days ago. I passed Green Island hoping to see if the Spoonbill, that Joe Pender had earlier over St Martins towards Tresco, was possibly roosting on the rocks but only Mediterreanan Gulls. As I was approaching St Mary’s, a flock of 7 Mediterranean Gull fly past at close range.

There were 3 Bar-tailed Godwit including this individual battling in the fresh breeze to stand up straight. while I was trying to stay steady in the kayak to get a shot of the godwit that was only two meters away from me!

This Black-tailed Godwit was directly behind the Bar-tailed Godwit and was also trying to steady itself in the wind

Only a single Knot present

4 Curlew Sandpiper was a Personal Scilly record but this individual was the only one that was at very close range spending time close to the shore while the others were in the hide tide seaweed. Also by now, the light was fast disappearing.

The waders were buzzing and in with the very noisy vocal 64 Dunlin you heard the constant single note of the Knot and trills coming from the Curlew Sandpiper

There were also up to 80+Turnstone, 100+Ringed Plover and 60+Sanderling feeding with the Dunlin

My second juvenile Yellow-legged Gull off Samson in two days

Before I set off in the kayak, I had 3 Pied Flycatcher, including this individual on the Garrison

At the airport, single Whinchat and in the garden, this Spotted Flycatcher

Two days ago on Sunday, I successfully twitched this Wryneck in my kayak on Bryher. Viv Stratton and I spent a good half an hour with it as it favored a horse paddock west of the campsite.

There were also a single Sparrowhawk, Spotted Flycatcher and in the churchyard, 2 Pied Flycatcher including this individual.

2 Clouded Yellow in the same paddock as the Wryneck, was the first I’ve seen this year

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Barred Warbler on the Garrison

2nd September 2020

A 30 minute time off from work, payed off in me finding this cracking Barred Warbler only a two minute walk from home in the campsite garden, Garrison

After doin a few taxi’s, I had 30 minutes to kill which gave me time to check out the Dead Pine Walk area. While walking towards the north entrance of the campsite, very briefly I got onto a Barred Warbler, obscured by branches, before dropping down deeper into cover and of sight. I put the news out immediately and some five minutes later, it popped up again and gave me time to get a few record shots before repeating itself by doin the disappearing act. Shortly afterwards, I possibly, just caught the warbler fly out across the path and towards the Sporting hut nearby just as the first birder arrived. Also in the area were 4 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Blackcap and a single Willow Warbler. At the airport there were 2 Yellow Wagtail and at two other sites, I had four more Pied Flycatcher. In the evening at Porthloo, there were 3 Mediterranean Gull with over 70 Black-headed Gull and the Curlew Sandpiper was still hanging out with the Dunlin.

The Barred Warbler was only on view for 20 seconds and despite others searching,unfortunly it was never seen again throughout the rest of the day

There were up to 4 Pied Flycatcher in the area including this individual that showed off in the sun in the big Sycamore next to the Campsite garden

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And I finished the day off again with another wader and this time the Curlew Sandpiper at Porthloo

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Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick

1st September 2020

After Robin sending a pic last night of what he thought was the possibly Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick and me confirming it that it was one, I had to go and see it for myself today and did it show well

Shortly after 08.00, I had only been on the path to Porth Hellick Pool for less than a minute when I met Scott Reid returning from the pool and he told that there was no sign of the Spotted Sandpiper. We both made our ways back to the road and as I was just about to get into my wagon, I heard a Spotted Redshank overhead. I looked up but couldn’t see it but when it called again, I picked it up fairly high heading south. I tried to call Scott, only to see him pulling out of the water plant where he works, driving towards me and he didn’t hear anythin. Early afternoon and I had a quick look at the Dead Pine Walk where I got 3 Pied Flycatcher, 5 Blackcap, 1 Willow Warbler and a Greenshank arrived in off the sea from the SW. Later I had a Yellow Wagtail north over the airfield and a male Merlin at Newford Duckpond while searching for the Black Kite that Mick Scott had over his house at Longstones.

I finished work late and while I was walking on the airfield, Bobby ‘Dazzler’ Dawson had relocated the Spotted Sandpiper in Porth Hellick Bay that was seen earlier in the day. On the airfield there were 40 Wheatear and 20 Meadow Pipit before I observed the Black Kite coming from out of the Salkee pines. It was a long ways off but I ran like the devil towards the raptor as it started circling gaining height all the time. I got some record shots before it flew off north towards Kittidown.

This Black Kite was first seen this morning on Tresco and is presumably one of the two individuals from yesterday that roamed St Mary’s

There were up to 40 Wheatear on the airfield

When I put the news out of the kite, that’s when Bobby ‘Dazzler’ realised that I was nearby to where he was watching the sandpiper. He contacted me to let me know that it was showing at close range. Within minutes, I joined Bob who left me alone with the wader. For the next 30 minutes, the Spotted Sandpiper performed superbly as it continued to feed, at times, only a meter away. Unfortunately, the sun had disappeared behind the hill behind me and therefore the conditions were not ideal for photography. At the same time, the Black Kite flew east over the pool and returning through the fields of Salkee, I had a single Whinchat and Spotted Flycatcher. I joined other folks to watch the awesome sunset at Porthloo and there below me was the Curlew Sandpiper feeding with Dunlin.

Yesterday evening I was alone with a rare wader, Temmink’s Stint on Tresco and today I finished the evening with another rare wader in the same style with this Spotted Sandpiper that showed off superbly as it fed in among the boulders only meters away from me.

This Whinchat was at Salkee

Stunning sunset over Samson from Porthloo this evening

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13th TEMMINK’S STINT for Scilly

31st August 2020

This TEMMINK’S STINT was found by Brendan Doe on Tresco Great Pool from the Swarovski Hide this morning and shortly afterwards he had a Lapland Bunting over the heliport

A sniff of SE does the trick and as a result a Temmink’s Stint, 2 Curlew Sandpiper and a single Lapland Bunting were all seen on Tresco by mid-day. however, Tresco didn’t have all the fun. I finished work an hour early and made a quick decision to twitch the Temmink’s Stint in my kayak. I was just off Carn Gwarvel in The Roads, when news came out on the Scilly Bird News WhatsApp Group that Mick Scott had found yet another Black Kite over Longstones. It wasn’t long until folks realised that there were 2 Black Kite roaming St Mary’s. When Ren put out that they were over the golf course, I swung my kayak round to face the golf course, and picked them both up briefly before disappearing over the ridge. I was close to Tresco when a personal record of 11 Black-tailed Godwit flew east overhead. Maybe I was better off just hanging out in the middle of The Roads?

Once on Tresco, I made my ways towards the Swarovski Hide but not before I saw the female Shoveler feeding with now 22 Teal at the east end of the pool and I also got the first Kestrel of the autumn. From the hide I found the Temmink’s Stint asleep. A few minutes later it was off and flew high west leaving me with the 2 Curlew Sandpiper. Great stuff!! While scanning some fifteen ,minutes later from the hide, I heard a stint come in and sure enough it was the Temmink’s Stint and it dropped in front of the hide and starting feeding Ideal! I spent some time with it and then returned to my kayak.

This is only my sixth Scilly Temmink’s Stint and the first record was also on Great Pool when there were two birds together some 15 years ago

These 2 Curlew Sandpiper didn’t show so well as the stint and were always looking into the light

The first Kestrel of the autunm was hoving over fields north of Pool Road

I started paddling close to shore and got some awesome views of a Knot. Passing Porthloo in my kayak, back on St Mary’s, I scanned the shore I picked up the Curlew Sandpiper, that had not been seen all day, feeding with 14 Dunlin.

As usual, I got personal and close up to the waders while in my kayak including this awesome Knot

Later on when I returned home, Robin sent me some pics of a sandpiper that he took in the afternoon at Porth Hellick, which I identified as a Spotted Sandpiper. This confirmed yesterdays A Pauline’s sighting of a possible Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick. Hopefully it will still be around tomorrow along with the 2 Black Kite.

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Woodchat Shrike at Carn Friars

30th August 2020

Two days ago, a Woodchat Shrike turned up at Carn Friars and after work, I teamed up with Martin and Richie in the early evening and the shrike showed well at close range.

This morning at 08.00, I was battling the choppy conditions as made my ways towards Tresco in my kayak. Thirty minutes later I was on the South Shore and within twenty minutes I had seen a single Bar-tailed with 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Mediterranean and a single juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 46 Sandwich Tern. As I approached the Abbey Pool, I could hear the Citrine Wagtail but it was not until ten minutes later that I saw it fly off towards the heliport. It soon returned and proved to be very mobile making another flight back to the latter sight again. When I left, it was still flighty and vocal back around the pool. Could this be a new Citrine Wagtail that’s possibly just arrived and not quite settled down yet?

The few minutes that the very flighty Citrine Wagtail settled down on the Abbey Pool that I managed to get these pics

On the south side of the Great Pool there were a female Shoveler feeding with 18 Teal and a Pied Flycatcher was on Pool Road. Some 50 Swallow started alarming and a Merlin went through them and with ease, flew off with a juvenile in it’s claws. Birders were already at the Swarovski Hide where there was a single White Wagtail feeding with the Citrine Wagtail. To cut a long story short, there was only one individual and not two birds. Also viewed from the hide of note were a single Snipe and the female Pochard. Returning back to the kayak, a Swift flew north.

This female Shoveler on the Great Pool was new in and an early arrival for Scillyy

Unfortunately I had the camera on the wrong settings when I took this Merlin taking off with a Swallow. Photos I took before and after this Merlin are all B&W images until I noticed later on.

It was while I was in the kayak, taking pics of a Grey Heron only meters away from me, that news of a shrike sp came on the Scilly Bird News WharsApp Group, that there was a shrike sp at Gweal Hill, Bryher. In a short time I was trampling over the hill but the was no sign of the shrike. I stuck around on Bryher for the rest of the day and it was dead with just 6 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler, 14 Wheatear, 2 Snipe and a single Knot. There were only 5 Dunlin altogether on Tresco but when I passed Porthloo in my kayak back on St Mary;s, as well as seeing yesterdays Curlew Sandpiper, there were also 27 Dunlin feeding on the beach.

I couldn’t get any closer to this Grey Heron in my kayak as it just continued feeding as though I wasn’t there. Although the B&W images ain’t all that bad on this heron, I would of liked to have seen them also in colour.

Like the heron, I was only meters from the 10 Mediterranean Gulls in my kayak

There were up to 60 Turnstone on the south Beach

On Bryher there were up to 14 Wheatear

Yesterday afternoon, Robin found only the second Curlew Sandpiper of ythe year at Porthloo Beach

Although the Woodchat Shrike showed well at Carn Friars two days ago for those who were present, the light conditions were dismal as the sun disappeared behind dark clouds shortly after I arrived

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Citrine Wagtail on Tresco

26th August 2020

A kayak over to Tresco late this afternoon, thinking that maybe a yank wader might have dropped in after Hurricane Frances, paid off instead with the finding of this Citrine Wagtail from the east, on the Great Pool

Unusually with no flights to meet at the airport, I finished work early. The tail end of Hurricane Frances had moved through yesterday and overnight and I thought that a yank wader might have dropped into Tresco. Before I kayaked over to the latter island in the calm waters, I had a quick look at the Ruff at Porth Hellick and some 45 minutes later at about 15.15, I was on the South Beach of Tresco where there were up to 12 Mediterranean Gull after passing two juveniles at Porthloo. Not much else on the shore or the Abbey Pool. I think the time is up for seeing any birds on the Abbey Pool as the helicopter is in and out throughout the day. This will continue also through the winter. I have not seen a wader on the pool except for flyovers. Scanning Simpson’s Field from the far east side, I got on to a small duck for a few seconds a long ways off before it swam out of sight. I thought it was a Garganey and shortly afterwards I was showing the one BOC record shot I managed to get to both Geoff Robertson and Nick Skilbeck. By the photo I had, we couldn’t rule out Blue-winged Teal and Nick and I decided to try and see if we could see it from the Swarovski Hide and there, although on the far side, it proved to be a Garganey.

This Ruff has been at Porth Hellick for the last two days aftyer being first seen at the airfield, 23rd.

There were up to 12 Mediterranean Gull as I pulled into Tresco South Beach and this juvenile was not the least concerned about me being only meters away from it in my kayak

This the record shot that I got that suggested maybe a Blue-winged Teal but it was taken a long ways off

Even though it was at the far side, it proved to be a Garganey and the second so far of the year as I had an individual also on the Great Pool over two weeks ago

Nick had to return to St Martins where he was staying and I left the hide a few minutes after him. It was while walking on Pool Road that I heard a single call of a Citrine Wagtail that sounded like it was heading west over the Great Pool. I rushed back to the hide and there it was vocal on the right but out of sight behind the reeds. A few minutes later it came out into the open where it showed well but the light was not on my side with the sun blinding me from the reflection off the water. When Geoff arrived, the wagtail had disappeared but it wasn’t long until it returned to where I first saw it. Some 30 minutes later it walked deep into the reeds and I decided to make my ways back to the kayak. There were also a female Pochard and 7 Teal on the pool. There were a lot of folks on the beach but I still managed to see 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 8 Dunlin and single Wheatear and White Wagtail. I set off from Tresco and 25 minutes later I flushed a Common Sandpiper off a platform near to Porth Mellon back on St Mary’s.

The Citrine Wagtail showed well to the right of the Swarovski Hide but the light just wasn’t on my side.

On the south, I was treated to these 2 Black-tailed Godwit

While Dunlin and Turnstone showed supurbly as I kayaked passed them.

This juvenile Peregrine was causing havoc over the beach and flushed off most of the birds including the godwits

Three days ago, 23rd, I kayaked over to Tresco where I had a personal record of 6 Knot on the South Beach. Also present were 100 each of Ringed Plover and Sanderling and a single Black-tailed Godwit All 6 Knot are in the above pic of a mixed flock of waders

On the 21st, after work, I seawatched from Deep Point but was cut short after an hour from a call for me to get back to work. I returned again for another half an hour. From 18.00-19.00 and 20.00-20.30, I observed all goin from east to west, 41 Great, 2 Balearic and 90 Shearwater and 15 Fulmar.

A few days ago I had this Hornet Hoverfly at Porth Hellick

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Record number of Mediterranean Gull for Scilly

16th August 2020

3 Mediterranean Gull hanging out with below, a single Black-headed Gull, in Tresco Channel

While kayaking off Samson at low tide this morning, I counted 30 Mediterranean Gull. Later on, off Tresco, I identified a 1st winter that I didn’t see off Samson making it a Scilly record of 31 Mediterranean Gull!! They were all juveniles except for 7 adults and a single 2nd winter. I think before this the record was 26 birds at Porthloo. Throughout the day while kayaking or on land, Med Gulls seemed to be all over the shop and I reckon there are probably 40-45 individuals knocking around the islands. Who knows, but it’s more than 31 and there’s a good chance the record could be short-lived. I also had 11 together on Tresco Abbey Pool, although birds were moving in and out of the pool and Ren also had 15 at Porthcressa, St Mary’s. There’s be an obvious large arrival of Mediterranean Gull on Scilly in the last day. I also had 4 Little Egret off Samson.

In the last day there has been a largest arrival of Mediterranean Gull on Scilly All photos taken while kayaking

This adult appeared came acroos as a hybrid MediterraneanxBlack-headed Gull

Yesterday after work, I kayaked over to Tresco and in the evening light I had a handful of juvenile Mediterranean Gull fly catching around Tresco abbey Pool. One of the individuals appeared to be a MediterraneanxBlack-headed Gull hybrid

After counting Mediterranean Gulls, I made my ways towards Bryher. After walking around for two hours the highlight was a Redstart in the garden west of the pool where there were 2 Dunlin. Otherwise it was hard work with only 2 Willow Warbler and Blackcap and single Chiffchaff.

Just got a record shot of this Redstart before it disappeared

And only 2 Willow Warbler while on Bryher


A short kayak to Tresco to check out the pools and the only waders were 11 Greenshank, 8 Redshank, a single Common Sandpiper and Kingfisher. No sign of the Whinchat or the Wood Sandpiper that flew south towards St Mary’s that I had here two days ago. On the South Beach, there were still good numbers of waders. 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull isn’t unusual but a 2nd winter is for this time of year on Scilly.

Yesterdays Whinchat in the evening light flycatching next to the David Hunt Hide

There were up to 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on the south Beach

And with them and 100s of other large gulls I picked out this 2nd summer Yellow-legged Gull All photos of gulls taken while kayaking.

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Garganey at Tresco Great Pool

13th August 2020

After work I kayaked across to Tresco and for my effort found the first Garganey so far this year on Scilly on the Great Pool, although a long ways off

A quick look for the Pied Flycatcher that was reported earlier in the morning in the Garrison pines, found it near to the cadet hut and was my first this autumn. The calm conditions got me in my kayak after work and I arrived on Tresco just after 17.00. I kayaked two days ago to Tresco and on the South Beach this evening, I saw the same waders. 13 Dunlin, 50+Turnstone, 140 Sanderling, 30+Ringed Plover and the first Knot of the year. There were also 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull and 2 Wheatear on the beach.

This juvenile Knot was the first of the year

There were also 2 Greenland Wheatear on the beach including this male

Before reaching Tresco, I had this Peregrine off Porthloo and I got pretty close to you in the kayak

Both pools were absent of waders but a scan from the David Hunt hide produced a Garganey feeding a long ways off on the Great Pool but I managed to get some record shots in the dull light. New in were 7 Teal and 2 Little Egret also on the pool and a handful of Willow Warbler were on Pool Road. Otherwise there was not much else of note and I made the return home passing Mediterranean Gulls only meters away on the calm water.

Heavily cropped shot of the juvenile Garganey on the Great Pool

Yesterday I had this Osprey pass west over the airfield in the evening. Again it’s a heavily cropped shot as the bird was pretty high up and distant.

The last day of July, Mick Scott and Ross Newham turned up a Black Kite and I managed to connect with from the castle, a long ways off, over Longstones. On the 4th August, while playing football at Carn Gwarvel in the evening, I observed 2 Black-tailed Godwit fly south. In the last week Willow Warbler have increased and I seen single Whitethroat at Porth Hellick and Lower Moors and Porth Hellick. The two latter sites I’ve also had the first Water Rail of the autumn, 11th and a Hobby flew west over the garden. Also, Jim has trapped 3 juvenile Cetti’s Warbler at Porth Hellick and I heard one near to the hides a few days ago.

At Higher moors I came across a pair of chiffchaff busy feeding 4 youngsters as well as chasing off the Willow Warblers

There were up to 6 Willow Warbler also at Higher moors with two also on the Garriso, 11th

Reed Warbler

Meadow Pipit appeared to have had a good breeding season on St Mary’s

Great Black-backed Gull regally end up on the bird table and spend their time appearing through the window. Look the bill on that thing? And the individual that I took a pic at Morning Point, also spends it’s time on the bird table

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