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Snow Bunting at Old Town

22nd December 2020

This Snow Bunting has been mobile since Ren discovered it at the airport car park, 7th Dec. Over a week later it was at Buzza and on The Strand, before it finally settled down at Launceston Close where I connected with it two days ago and today.

I managed to get an hour or two off during work in the dull foggy conditions and this morning at Porth Hellick while listening to 2 Cetti’s Warbler, I had a Yellow-browed Warbler on the loop trail. This was followed by another vocal bird at Higher Moors and when I arrived at the Rose Hill end of Lower Moors shortly afterward, the long-staying individual showed better out of all 3 Yellow-browed Warbler. In the same area with some 10 chiffchaff and Goldcrest were the single Firecrest, Siberian Chiffchaff, Great Spotted woodpecker, 3 Woodcock, 2 Sparrowhawk but no sign of the Dusky Warbler. Out in the open of the moor, a single Snipe and 21 Redwing flew north and the Hen Harrier performed very briefly over the reeds before heading off towards Parting Carn.

One of the 2 Yellow-browed Warbler at Porth Hellick

I only just got onto the Hen Harrier before it flew off towards Parting Carn

Like the 2 Porth Hellick Yellow-browed Warbler, the Lower Moors long stayer also wouldn’t show for the camera.

Between Porth Hellick and Lower Moors, I had a total of 16 Chiffchaff and 18 Goldcrest including this individual of the latter species at Lower Moors

As it was only a few minutes walk away from Lower Moors, I thought I would go and have another look to see if the Snow Bunting was still groveling on the paths and road of Launceston Close. Sure enough, there it was in the center of the tarmac showing very well in the same spot where I had it two days ago. However, there was so much activity goin on with folks walking past and so many cars driving up and down, and as a result, it flew off low towards Ennor Close. I couldn’t be bothered to go in search of it and no doubt it would return later in the day. I had to return to work and a quick stop off at Porthloo found the 2 Iceland Gull loafing around. Yesterday I had the same 1st winter Yellow-legged Gull, from last week also at Porthloo. Near the end of the day at Little Porth, there were 7 Mediterranean with some 80 Black-headed Gull flying out of the bay and 2 Black Redstart were on the beach.

This Snow Bunting, which has been commuting with Old town and Hugh Town for over two weeks, might hang around for a while longer as it appears to have a damaged right leg.

You can always find the 2 Iceland Gull, with Billy on the right, at Porthloo and if not, then they will be at Morning Point or in between the two sights at Porthcressa.

This Great Black-backed Gull is getting stuck into a Grey seal carcass that was washed up onto Porthloo Beach a few days ago

There were also over 100 Herring Gulls

With the odd Lesser Black-backed Gull

At littke Porth, there were up to 4 Pied Wagtail and 2 Black Redstart

Up to 7 Mediterranean Gull flew out of the bay with over 80 Black-heasded Gull

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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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