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American Golden Plover on Bryher

20th September 2021

It was yanky waders that stole the show today including Pectoral and Buff-breasted Sandpiper and this American Golden Plover on the Big Pol, Bryher

This morning I was at Porth Hellick with Martin Goodey and while enjoying the Pectoral Sandpiper in front of the seaward hide, yesterday’s Pink-footed Goose on Bryher, came in and circled the pool and appeared to drop in nearby fields. I let Martin know that I had a rail/crake yesterday, in the ditch on the left coming from the road. For the briefest of seconds back on, it ran away into cover. My gut feeling was that I thought it might be a Spotted Crake but I needed to see it a lot better. For the next hour, to the area where I saw the bird, I waited patiently and just as I was about to leave for work, it appeared only a few meters away from me from down the bank, paused very briefly before disappearing into the undergrowth. I only observed it for a few seconds but it was enough to confirm that it was a Spotted Crake. Ideal!

This Pectoral Sandpiper has been present for five days at Porth Hellick after being found by Mark Anderson

This Grey Wagtail was also on the pool

It was busy at work but at 13.00, I was on the water kayak twitching an American Golden Plover on Bryher that’s been very mobile around some of the islands in the last week. A few minutes after parking the kayak on the beach, I was getting reasonably distant views of the plover feeding from the inlet area of the pool. It was while chatting to Steve Brayshaw, that the Pink-footed Goose came in and showed well on the water. Steve told me that the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was showing extremely well on the down nearby but after searching for it with others, there was no sign of the sandpiper. I returned to the yanky plover and this time it showed off at very close range on the south side of the pool for a few of us still present. Trevor Davis called me to let me know that the Buffy was still on the coastal path above Hell Bay. My second attempt paid off and the light was spot on as the sandpiper, typically for this species, gave me crippling views. I could have spent an hour with this corker but my next move was to spend some time on Tresco.

This mobile American Golden Plover, first very briefly seen on St Mary’s fours days ago and then Tresco after, looks like it’s finally settled down on Bryher for it’s second day.

While observing the American Golden Plover, the Pink-footed Goose, that we saw this morning at Porth Hellick, dropped in for a few minutes on the pool before flying off towards Tresco.

Also on the pool, this Grey Heron successfully caught a Eel

I lost count of how many photos I took of this Buff-breasted Sandpiper feeding on the coastal path above Hell Bay

There were only 4 Wheatear on the down

I made the five-minute row over to Tresco and just as I was making my ways towards the Swarovski hide, news came on of the Spotted Crake, that’s been on Tresco Great Pool for over a week, was now thought to be a probable Sora after Higgo seeing Mark Bakers video footage from yesterday of the bird. While in the hide, the Spotted Redshank that I discovered over a week ago, 21st, was still present and the probable Sore was confirmed from other birders who had now seen the video footage also, as a Spotted Crake. Which was a relief as I had to make a move and there was no sign of the crake. I returned home to a a very tasty massive vegetable curry that went down a treat after all that hard work twitching all those waders in a kayak.

I thought I discovered this Spotted Redshank on the Great Pool over a week ago, 21st, and still present today. However, Scott Reid had it the day before, distant and asleep and thought that it was a Spotshank. And he was right, it was.

Also saw the Pectoral Sandpiper again on the 21st, which spent over a week commuting with Tresco Abbey and Great Pool

For the third week, the BALEARIC WOODCHAT SHRIKE is still at Helvear

In the same fields as the shrike, I had up to 3 Tree Pipit

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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

2 thoughts on “American Golden Plover on Bryher”

  1. A good variety of waders in The Scillies – photographed a local juv Pec yesterday – I was in Cornwall for a week – Rosy Starling – a couple of Wrynecks – some nice Little Stints and Curlew Sand – Choughs were very obliging at Land’s end – Thought there might be a BBS or AGP on Davidstow – no luck this year


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