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Pallid Harrier on Samson

1st May 2021

Yesterday I connect with Scott Reid’s Palled Harrier and I only had a very brief views of this Red-throated Pipit that was found at Porth Hellick Pool. This morning it was still present and I managed to get some pics including the one above.

After spending an hour with the Red-throated Pipit. first thing as the sun was rising at Porth Hellick, I was keen to get in the kayak and get to Bryher. Although I saw the Pallid Harrier on Samson yesterday, distantly viewed from Star Castle in very good light, It was a long shot, but I was hoping that the harrier might return to Bryher where Scot first sighted it. In the six hours that I was on the island, no sign of the harrier and really nothin else of note except for hirundines, 800 Swallow, 120 House and 20 Sand Martin, moving straight through out north. Otherwise it was 9 Blackcap, 2 Whitethroat, 30 Whimbrel, 20 Wheatear, 6 Chiffchaff, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Black Redstart and my first Garden Warbler of the year. The Pallid Harrier was not seen throughout the day and must of moved on after it’s one day stay.

In the 100s of Red-throated Pipit that I’ve observed abroard, I can’t recall seeing one so bright as this individual that proved to be hard work in getting a photo as it weaved in and out of the reed stems.

There were up to 4 Gadwall on the pool

When I returned home, I spotted this funnel cloud to the south from the window where I took this image from. I was just about to put the news out, but it was all to brief and it just disappeared.

It also proved to be hard work on Bryher with the lack of common migrants and only 2 Whitethroat

Blackcap were down from 40 from my last visit last week to 9 today

Out of the 20 Wheatear this male was in full song and displaying to a female on the down

This Black Redstart was at the campsite

There were up to 30 Whimbrel at the southern end

Good numbers of Stonechat appear to be breeding on Bryher

I got home just after 19.00 to find ‘Billy’ and this brute in front of the Castle obs window

Also 4 Greenfinch on the bird table with some 50 House Sparrow. All pics taken from the window

Yesterday, this Blue Tit performed well in the evening light at Carn Withiers and down the road I had a Hawfinch fly west over Trenoweth Farm

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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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