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Lesser Yellowlegs on Tresco

10th August 2021

The second Lesser Yellowlegs of the year turned up, after the individual in May on St Mary’s, was on Tresco Abbey Pool yesterday where this evening it showed pretty well

As I only saw the Lesser Yellowlegs on Tresco Abbey Pool in flight yesterday evening after it was found earlier in the day, I tried again today in the kayak shortly after work. In the hour that I only had on Tresco, I got good views of the Lesser Yellowlegs feeding with 2 Wood Sandpiper and 2 Common Sandpiper on the Abbey Pool. I just had time to walk the South Shore where there were 14 Dunlin, 150 Sanderling, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 12 Curlew, 43 Turnstone and an increase of 120 Ringed Plover. Five days ago, I did an early morning sea-watch from deep Point, 06.00-7.45 and with some 200 Manx Shearwater moving through were 2 Cory’s and a single Great Shearwater and Storm Petrel. A few days before this I also had a single Balearic Shearwater from Deep Point.

I’m guessing that this is a Lesser Yellowlegs that’s been lost on this side of the Atlantic rather than arriving fresh in from the states. The pic above is it feeding with one of the Wood Sandpiper, behind, on the Abbey Pool

The 2 Wood Sandpiper together on the NW side of the Abbey Pool

In the Sallows nearby were up to 12 Willow Warbler

Leaving Tresco and these Mediterranean Gulls allowed me to approach them at very close range in the kayak

Kayaking past the South Shore, this Great Black-backed Gull posed for me

And this Little Egret, was one of four in the area, was more occupied in catching it’s dinner rather than me almost on top of it in the kayak

Earlier on in the day, this Common Sandpiper was at Porth Hellick Pool

Good to see so many juvenile Swallow including back home where up to at least twenty successfully fledged from four nests

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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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