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1st August 2021

The 2nd Scilly BLACK-TAILED SKIMMER was discovered by Darren Heart two days ago at Porth Hellick and I got to see it yesterday in front of the Sussex Hide but not like the cracking image by Martin Goodey

After working this morning, I arrived at Tresco just before mid-day and after passing 100 Sanderling, 30 Turnstone, 2 Dunlin and 2 Whimbrel along the South Shore, I parked my kayak up at Pentle Bay. On the Abbey Pool were 2 juvenile Wood Sandpiper, 2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 1 Common Sandpiper, 4 Little Egret and a Tufted Duck with the 4 Pochard. I bumped into Bobby ‘Dazzler’ Dawson who told me that there was nothin on the Great Pool. As a result, that cut short my stay on Tresco and it wasn’t long that I was back on the water making my ways towards Bryher where there was of note, a single Common Sandpiper and 3 Reed Warbler. ‘Clet’ the Bottle-nosed Dolphin, identified from the markings on the dorsel fin, had returned from last year and was in St Mary’s harbour after being first seen earlier on off New Grimbsy, Tresco. By the time I had returned back to St Mary’s, I couldn’t find him in the harbour and just before 20.00, I was back home for my tea.

There were 2 juvenile Wood Sandpiper on the Abbey Pool but five days ago, I had 2 juvenile and an adult Wood Sandpiper on the Great Pool

Tufted Duck with one of the Pochard

Up to two pairs or more of Goldcrest have bred on Tresco and this juvenile was along Pool Road

Last week I had a family of Blackcap along the Abbey Drive

And today there was only the odd one or two Willow Warbler on the island

From my kayak, I got these images of Sandwich Tern and Mediterranean Gull off Skirt Island

Five of the 19 Mediterranean Gull that came to bath on the Great Pool last Tuesday

Two days ago while unsuccessfully trying to relocate the Black-tailed Skimmer at Porth Hellick, this Black-tailed Godwit dropped in

And one of the Swallows back at home

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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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