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.