27th February 2021
This included the 2 Canada, single Russian White-fronted and Siberian Greylag and at New Grimsby, this pale-bellied Brent Goose
Fed ‘Ralf’ the Glaucous Gull on the bird table, cycled past ‘Billy’ the Iceland Gull at Tregs car park, single Black Redstart at Little Porth and Porthloo and then I got in my kayak and arrived at Rushy Bay, Bryher, just after mid-day. Like yesterday, the island was very slow working although there was a very small increase in chiffchaff from one to five today. There were also 2 Blackcap, 15 Meadow Pipit, a migrant Linnet and approaching Rushy Bay in my kayak on the south end of the island, a Sparrowhawk arrived high in off the sea from the south. The highlight was my second February record of Painted Lady at Samson Hill.
There were up to 15 Meadow Pipit at Rushy Bay
Scattered around the island I counted 13 Great Tit Last week I had a total of 16 birds
From only a singing individual yesterday to 5 Chiffchaff today
Looking from the SW side towards Shipheads Down
For the last three days, the warm sunny calm weather has been ideal for kayaking and each of those days I’ve visited Tresco. However, it’s been the same old species on every visit that have been around for most of the winter. This included the 4 Cattle Egret, single Pale-bellied Brent Goose, Russian White Front, Siberian Greylag and 2 Canada Geese, the female Great Spotted Woodpecker and wherever I ventured, I could hear the Jackdaw but never saw it. The usual wildfowl were also present on the Great Pool with the male Pintail, female Tufted Duck and Wigeon and 6 Pochard. Today in the SW corner, there were 7 Redshank and 4 Greenshank but while arriving in the kayak at South Beach, I observed a Stock Dove fly out south towards St Mary’s. At the Abbey Crossroads there were only 2 Firecrest down from the four I had yesterday in the same area and there were 3 White Wagtail at New Grimsby. For 65th day, the Humpback whale was still being sighted south from the Garrison towards Deep Point and back again. If I wasn’t on Bryher at the time, I would of made the effort to join it in the kayak while it was off the Garrison.
This male Firecrest was in full song at the Abbey Crossroads where I had four birds yesterday
The pale-bellied Brent Goose was showing well at New Grimbsy
However, the Russian White-fronted and Siberian Greylag Goose were botyh a long ways off in the Church Fields
And the 2 noisy Canada Geese were at the Great Pool
The 4 Cattle Egret were spending most of the time in the cattle fields north of New Grimsby
And making the odd visit to Simpsons Field
The Eider was still off Skirt Island as I returned back to St Mary’s
Yesterday, this Pipistrelle Bat was flying around next to the church in the middle of the day!
Just before the weather conditions turned to blue skies, four days ago, all 3 Iceland Gull were together at Porthloo and the new individual that arrived last week, is indeed the Tresco/Samson bird.
On the same day, this partially albino Lesser Black-backed Gull moved west off The Stevel, Garrison.
And ‘Billy’ flying from a few days ago first thing in the morning outside my window with ‘Ralf’