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Rose-coloured Starling at Porthloo and Bryher

8th June 2021

Got in the kayak after work this afternoon with no idea where to go until Pete Frazer found this cracking Rose-coloured Starling on Bryher

Late afternoon, I arrived at Rushy Bay, Bryher in the warm sun and parked the kayak high on the bank. Pete Frazer had the Rose-coloured Starling just two minutes walk away in the old pig fields on the NW side of Samson Hill. I spent a good hour in the area and after goin through very small groups of Starling, there was no sign. I wondered off further afield in search of more Starlings but gave up with no sign after another hour. I stated returning back to Rushy Bay. Just before goin through the dunes to my kayak, andI gave it one more scan across the open area, west of Samson Hill and bingo! There it was flying away from me in the distants before pitching down on top of brambles. Here it showed pretty well. However, not as well as when it was in Pittosporum Bushes bordering the old pig fields. I was only a few meters away from the stunner as he had a nap in the evening sun. I observed it for a good ten minutes before getting in my kayak and made my ways towards Tresco.

What a stunner!!

I reached Tresco a little too late and only had half an hour before returning back to St Mary’s. Walking the South Beach in that time, produced 32 Turnstone, 3 Whimbrel and single White Wagtail, Sanderling, Dunlin and a summer plumage Knot. A ten minute scan of the Abbey Pool and the pair of Pochard had 4 ducklings while two pairs of Shelduck had a single and 7 ducklings while a Cuckoo was heard nearby. Earlier in the morning, ‘Billy’ was in the garden with over 50 Starling. Surely they will attract a Rose-coloured Starling before the week end?

White Wagtail

I think this only my second Knot I’ve ever seen in summer plumage

There were up to 3 Whimbrel on the South Shore

and also 32 Turnstone

Hopefully these 4 Pochard ducklings will survive



On the morning of the 3rd June, I went in search of a Rose Coloured Starling and two minutes later after leaving home, I found one!! It was while driving passed Porthloo Duckpond that I spotted this individual high up in the Elms. It was all too brief and in a few seconds I managed to get this record shot before it flew off never to be seen again until the following day when it was at Carn Friars.

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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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