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Hoopoe at Carn Friars

5th April 2020

Although I’ve just come back after seeing Hoopoe all the shop in Egypt, it’s always good to see the first of the spring on Scilly. Even when it’s at the otherside of the paddock at Carn Friars.

I was getting my breakfast down my neck when I could hear a reeling Grasshopper Warbler outside. I opened the window and worked out that it was coming from the pine belt on the opposite side and it continued to reel when I shut the window. The warbler made up for the Osprey that I missed that I could of seen also from my window earlier on. At Deep Point,, the LESSER KESTREL was hanging in the strong southerly wind on the west side of the latter site. A Hoopoe had to be on the cards today and I scanned the horse paddocks at Carn Friars, as this is usually where they turn up.. Twenty minutes later at the ringing station and Scott Reid let me know that he had found a Hoopoe in the top horse paddock where I had just looked. Scott, told me that it must of just come in as it appeared tired in the center of the paddock with one eye half closed. It seemed to be in good shape while it probed around on the far side from us. In the next two hours the only bird of note was a White Wagtail at Mount Toddon but as I approached town for dinner from Porth Mellon, in the distance, was the Osprey heading south battling against the 40 mile gusts. I lost it behind the buildings and didn’t see again. In Porthcressa bay, there were 12 Sandwich Tern. If I had made the two minute walk across to Town Beach, I would of got the Snow Bunting still on Holgates Green but food got the better of me and I mae my way home.

The adult male LESSER KESTREL was feeding well ranging from Deep Point to Porth Hellick. I’m still seeing passager plains overhead during the lockdown or is it, on this occasion, a meteor?

This Hoopoe was always on view at Carn Friars but kept it’s distance

Male White Wagtail at Mount Toddon

Male Chaffinch

At Porthcressa there were up to 12 Sandwich Tern in the bay

This Gannet was fishing off Morning Point as it just started raining with Gugh and St Agnes lighthouse in the distance

This Grey Heron got some jip from the local Herring Gulls


Author: Kris Webb 10

I love to throw sticks at trees! I also can’t get enough of music! I also blog about my observations on Scilly and wherever I go around the world and what’s sometimes on my mind. I’ve visited over 30 countries and some more times than once. I’ve worked and volunteered in Nepal, USA, Peru, Gambia, Costa Rica, 3x Australia, and refugee camps in Palestine The profile image is one I took while in Palestine of a brave Israeli holding high the Palestinian flag in front of the Israeli Offensive Forces during protests in Belin

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