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Rose-coloured Starling protecting my plums

21st June 2022

Out of the 2 Rose-coloured Starling, that arrived in my garden for two days from the 16th June, no doubt the two individuals seen on St Martins two days before, only one remained and showed off at very close range in the garden.

I’m very fortunate to wake up to a stunning Rose-coloured Starling for the last week. This morning it was still present with some 60 Starling in the long grass field and then back in the garden, mid-afternoon. Throughout it’s stay, it took a liking to my plums and would spend more time protecting them from it’s cousins rather than gettin them down it’s neck! I also observed it havin a bath in pig waterhole out in front of my bedroom window and on two occasions, it roosted in the pine belt. When it first arrived, it’s forehead was covered in pollen from feeding on New Zealand Flax nearby. However, in the last few days it’s had a good scrub and now looks fancy and clean. Below are a number of images of the corker all taken from the bathroom window.

Hopefully it will hang around for anoter day or will it be replaced by another individual? If not now, then a juvenile in the autumn maybe?

‘Am I standing next to a Ruff?’

Also in the garden, there are 2 Hedgehog that daily feed on the scraps and share the bird bath for a drink

I’ve got 2 Meadow Pipit regularly visiting the pigs waterhole

And throughout the day, the male Pheasant can be seen also here or……

in front of the bathroom window havin a morning drink

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2 Rose-coloured Starling in the garden!

16th June 2022

With maybe up to 3 Rose-coloured Starling knocking around on Scilly at the moment, I was expecting to get one in the garden but not two together!!

Yesterday afternoon, I had the Red Kite, that turned up in the morning, south low over the garden. Today, before 16.00, I peered out of the bathroom window and there feeding with the doves, Blackbirds, Starlings and sparrows was a Rose-coloured Starling! With 3 or 4 being present on Scilly in the last few days it wasn’t all of a shock to see it there showing superbly at close range before flying out and landing in the east pine belt. There I left it as I had to return to work. For the next two hours it was observed by others spending most of it’s time out of sight in the long grass field bordering the garden. Just before 18.00, I took a break from cooking and had a look to see if it had returned to the garden to see not one but two stunners!! I alerted others that had not connected with any of the Pink stinkers yet and with in seconds, Scott, followed shortly after by Robin, were both getting some cracking views of both birds bathing in the pig waterhole in front of the bedroom window. Shortly after, Scott and Robin moved on and for the next two hours, one of the Rose-coloured Starling favoured the garden. While the other individual, that I could view from my window, fell asleep in the pine belt. At 21.00, they were both together side by side in the pines roosting and they were still on view asleep as the light was fading.

The obvious difference to separate the 2 Rose-coloured Starling front on, adult female (top image) and the lower individual, 1st summer female. The latter has pollen on it’s forehead from feeding on New Zealand Flax. Probably in the castle garden.

After having three different Rose-coloured Starling in the garden over the period of June last year, it came as no surprise when one turned up in garden this afternoon but I wasn’t expecting it to be joined by another one later on!! Probably the same two that were observed in flight together on St Martins three days ago.

While observing the Rose-coloured Starlings from the window, a lot of other species were also visiting the pigs waterhole including, House Martin and swallow still collecting mud from the edge

Also a single Chiffchaff


Linnet are regular visitors

I’ve got up to 5 juvenile Blackbird that seem to spend all their time in the area

Both Rose-coloured Starling ended up roosting in the pine belt where I could observe them from my window where this image was taken from. The top Roes-coloured starling was the only starling in the garden as the light was fading before it flew into the pine belt to roost with the other individual that had been asleep for the last hour. Here I could observe them from my window where this image was taken from.

The Little Bittern, that turned up at the beginning of June at Porth Hellick, was last seen on the 13th

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Little Bittern at Porth Hellick

5th June 2022

This corking male Little Bittern showed off in front of the seaward hide at Porth Hellick for a good half an hour this afternoon to the delight of those present in the hide.

Yesterday just before dark, the Little Bittern that was discovered earlier in the day, I observed very briefly in flight from the right of the Sussex hide at Porth Helick to disappear into the reeds on the north shore. Shortly afterwards, a vocal Night Heron flew from the north straight through towards the bay. Before all this happened, I woke up to hear from my bed, a male Golden Oriole singing in the pine belt. And this morning, I entered the seaward hide just after 07.00 this morning to find a few resident birders were already present with no sign of the Little Bittern. Nearly an hour later, I saw it distantly for a few minutes on the far side climbing around at the base of reeds. We decided to go and get some breakfast after no sign of it an hour later. It was 12 50 that we returned, after Robin putting news out that the Little Bittern was in front of the seaward hide, and we got cracking views as it stalked the young Mullet in the shallows. For the next hour or so, we were entertained by the bittern showing off superbly at close range.

It was unsuccessful after four attempts at the young mullet it was stalking.

This is my ninth Scilly Little Bittern, including two I found myself, and all sightings have been at mainly two sites, Lower Moors and Porth Hellick with a brief sighting of an individual at Porthloo Duckpond before it returned to a flooded ditch at Rose Hill. And like the individual above, they all showed very well at close range.

Later on after observing the Little Bittern I had this Willow Warbler at Bants Carn feeding young

Nearby on the golf course there were up to 3 Wheatear

Families of Great Tit are all over the shop at the moment including these lot at Telegraph.

Good numbers of Meadow Pipit breeding on St Mary’s.

On the 30th May, up to 4 Bee-eater were first seen over the Garrison and then shortly afterwards were relocated at Porthloo Lane where I and others managed to connect with them before they moved on.

Get this! Carl Chapman, who alerted us about the Bee-eater at Porthloo, returned back home to Norfolk and his mate discovered the very 4 Bee-eater just down the road from where Carl lives!! What is the chances of that happening? Here is a link to Carl Chapman’s blog where you can read how he proved that they are the Porthloo Bee-eaters!

It was while observing the Bee-eater that Carl Chapman got us onto this very distant male Hen Harrier heading north towards the golf course.

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