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GREAT CRESTED GREBE at Porthcressa

20th September 2021

Mega find by Mark Baker this evening with this GREAT CRESTED GREBE Grebe in Porthcressa Bay

Today was full on at work but I did manage to get half an hour off in the afternoon to make my second visit to see the Melodious Warbler that’s been present everyday since it arrived four days ago including earlier on in the morning. It was still active in it’s favoured hedge but proved very elusive in the heavily ivy covered bushes as were the 2 Reed Warbler in the area. Later on at about 18.40, I had just dropped the last cases off in the hotel room when Mark Baker messaged me with a pic of a GREAT CRESTED GREBE that he had taken in Porthcressa Bay! Mega for Scilly! I called him immediately and told him to put the news out and rushed down the track towards Morning Point. A few minutes later, mid-way along the track, I bumped into Mark and we observed the grebe with a pipefish, just off the rocks in poor light before it started making it’s way towards the point. I was already at the point when it drifted past out to sea but eventually it settled 50 meters off Morning Point. By the time I reached home it was almost dark. The nights are dragging in pretty fast it’s seems every day.

Heavily cropped shots of the Melodious Warbler at Maypole

Where there were also 2 Reed Warbler in the same hedge

This juvenile GREAT CRESTED GREBE is my forth for Scilly with the last one being nearly twenty years ago! There are less than thirty records with the last sighting in 2009.

Yesterday I kayaked Bryher and Tresco. I arrived at the former island just after 09.00 and after an hour it was clear from four days ago, that most of the common migrants had moved on. The Baird’s Sandpiper, that was present on the Big pool yesterday, seemed to have disappeared as well. I could only find one of the Rose-coloured Starling in a mobile flock of some 100 Starling over the Hillside Fields. By early afternoon my totals were not good with only 3 Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Whinchat, 14 Wheatear and a single Grey and 5 White Wagtail. Just before I left for Samson, I thought I would have another quick look at the pool to see if the Baird’s might have come in. It was while scanning the mud that I heard what I first thought was an eastern ‘type’ wagtail. On hearing it again, this was immediately ruled out and I looked up to see a vocal large pale pipit coming in from the south low overhead. ‘Tawny Pipit!’ It continued over the campsite and appeared to continue towards Tresco but could of easily came down nearby. No sign of the Baird’s on the pool and I went in search of the pipit. An hour later, Steve Holloway put the news of the Baird’s Sandpiper was on the pool. I caught up with it later on nearby Great Popplestone Beach. It was almost 17.00 when I gave up searching for the pipit and decided to go and twitch the Little Stint and Pectoral Sandpiper on Tresco. On the latter island, both waders showed well on the Abbey Pool with the Pec only meters away. I continued to look for the Tawny Pipit in the nearby area but nothin and hit Sharks Pit back on St Mary’s, just before dark.

There were only 3 Spotted and Pied Flycatcher

And 5 White Wagtail

One of the Rose-coloured Starling, center, was in a mobile flock of 100 Starling over the Hillside fields

The Baird’s Sandpiper was still on Bryher but had moved to nearby Great Popplestone Beach feeding on Sand Hoppers

Still small numbers of Dunlin on the Big Pool

I’ve only seen a handful of Humming-bird Hawkmoths so far this year including this individual near to Fraggle Cafe

Also had this Rush-Veneer in the Hillside Fields following a single I had on the Garrison yesterday with a single Red Underwing and Vestal.

Kayaked to Tresco and connected with the Little Stint on the Abbey Pool

Where there was also yesterdays Pectoral Sandpiper giving me crippling views but the light wasn’t always on my side

Two days ago, this Grey Heron was in the field opposite my window

The moon this evening looking east from the Garrison You can just make out the airport building light s to the left

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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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