31st July 2022
Kayaked twitched Tony Martin’s Lesser Yellowlegs in front of the Swarovski Hide, Tresco Great Pool and it turned out to be the first Scilly July record
The wind was predicted to die down later on this afternoon and my plan was to get on the water as I had the day off. Throughout the morning, there were light squalls on a WNW going through and at 13.00, Higgo called to tell me if I knew anythin about a Lesser Yellowlegs and Spotted Redshank on Tresco Great Pool that had just come on the pager? No idea but just before 16.00, after getting close up to 2 Yellow-legged Gull, I was parking up my kayak on the South Beach, Tresco. As I approached the Abbey Pool, Ross Newham put the news out that the Lesser Yellowlegs was in front of the Swarovski hide but no sign of the Spotted Redshank. I was getting stuck into the gulls as they were 100s coming into bath and included over 30 Mediterranean, 150 Black-headed and at least 5 juv Yellow-legged Gull. The Black-tailed Godwit that turned up two days ago was showing well and there were up to 8 vocal Common Sandpiper flying around the pool.
2 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on rocks just off the South Beach
There were also up to 7 Mediterranean Gull on the same rocks
This Black-tailed Godwit on the Abbey Pool was only my second of the year so far
I lost count of how many Mediterranean Gull were moving through the Abbey Pool but there were well over 30 individuals
My next move was in the direction of the Great Pool and when I arrived at the Swarovski hide, sure enough the Lesser Yellowlegs was showing off at very close range feeding with 5 Redshank. Half an hour later it was asleep and I returned to the Abbey Pool, just hoping that maybe the Laughing Gull might reappear from four days ago. There were only a very small number of gulls but roosting on the island and in the west tall pines were a very high count of 29 adult Grey Heron. As I left the pool, 3 Swift were hawking nearby and next to where my kayak was, were 3 Whimbrel before I got home just before 20.00.
The Lesser Yellowlegs gave awesome views just a few meters in front of the Swarovski Hide before falling asleep
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