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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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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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