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Little-ringed Plover over the garden

13th May 2020

Three days ago I had this Yellow-legged Gull in the football field next to the garden. However, I observed it fly out off over the garden but I was still standing in the field that it flown out of. Can I still tick it?

Just after 24.00 this morning, I heard my third Little-ringed Plover from my window in less than two weeks and all of them have been recorded by myself and others. LRP is less than annual on Scilly and I’ve only seen maybe over ten birds altogether in less than 30 years. So three is pretty good goin and could this ‘nocmig’ nocturnal migration, where a few of us have started to record throughout the night in the last three weeks, proving already that LRP could be annual and move over Scilly on a regular basis in spring. Only time will tell. I also had a Moorhen over but I didn’t hear it as I was snoring in bed.

Two days ago, 2 Red Kite arrived on St Mary’s from Cornwall and I managed to catch up with one of them in different parts of the island including cracking views over the garden. I also had my first Hobby of the year three days ago at Trenoweth and it’s also been giving good flight views from the garden. And today the Merlin paused briefly in the pine belt opposite my window before flying off north. Still waiting to tick off the Buzzard from the garden that also arrived on the same day as the kites.

Out of the 100s of Red Kite that move into the south west every year in May, two made the brave sea crossing and visited Scilly, including this individual from two days ago at Trenoweth.

This Hobby gave some good flight views over the garden in the last two days but not as good as at Trenoweth where I took these pics three days ago

Also at Trenowth was a single Swift and this Tree Pipit

At least the Merlin perched up for me opposite my bedroom window today before flying out north.

This Yellow-legged Gull was at the Football field, Garrison, just before dark and then flew off over my garden three days ago

Young Starlings are coming into the garden to feed off the bird table followed by a bath

And more juvenile Swallows arriving on St Mary’s including this individual at Normandy


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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