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3 Golden Oriole on St Mary’s

15th May 2022

In less than 24 hours, I was fortunate to observe 3 Golden Oriole including a female/1st summer NE over the garden yesterday and today, this individual showed off at the golf course.

After seeing the long staying male Garganey this morning at Porth Hellick that arrived from Tresco over a week ago, I had quick dash on the airfield where there were single Whinchat and Whitethroat and 5 Wheatear. The Spotted Flycatcher from yesterday was still in the pine belt opposite the garden with a single also near the tennis court, Garrison.

This male Garganey at Porth Hellick, is the same individual that I discovered on Tresco over two weeks ago

On almost every visit that I’ve made down to Porth Hellick, I’ve heard up to 2 Cetti’s Warbler but they are always elusive and i never see them. That is until today when this individual showed me what it looks like

I could only get a record shot of the Whinchat on the airfield

I didn’t get back out until after lunch when there was a change in wind direction from NE to SE. The sun was out as birded the Content area with up to 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 3 Spotted Flycatcher and my first Garden Warbler of the year. As I was returning back to the wagon, a female/1st summer male Golden Oriole flew through the trees being chased by a Blackbird and appeared to land in the Elms just east of Content Lane. Ten minutes later nearby, it was while trying to get a tad closer to one of the 2 Spotted Flycatcher in the pine belt east of the golf course, that I caught a flash of yellowy/green in the lower branches disappear deeper into the pines just ahead of me. Shite! I immediatly backed off and observed from afar to see if I had a chance of seeing it again. Less than a minute later a female/1st summer male Golden Oriole appeared very briefly out in the open mid way up. This gave me enough time to fire off a few shots before it flew up higher out of sight. For the twenty minutes, Robin and I could hear it calling high in the pines but unfortunately we couldn’t see it. On the golf course there were 7 Wheatear and later on at Green Farm I saw 2 Tree Pipit, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and at the end of Green Lane, I flushed a Turtle Dove that flew off towards Watermill. As predicted, the heavens opened and returned home to day off.

Last year there were only the odd sighting of Golden Oriole on Scilly but so far this year there have been less than ten records including five recorded today. This included this individual that showed well very briefly on the east side of the golf course instead of your usual sighting of a flash of yellow flying away from you.

I had a single Tree Pipit in the garden yesterday and today I had two birds together at Green Farm

Altogether I had up to 10 Spotted Flycatcher

Three days ago this smart Black-tailed Godwit turned up at Porth Hellick

The godwit shared the same area of the pool as the male Garganey

Israeli Forces proving once again that they are not human as they beat pallbearers with batons. Forcing the Palestinians to almost drop the coffin of the Palestinian/American journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot dead in the face by an Israeli sniper a few days ago The sniper will become a hero in Israel apartheid state

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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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