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Spotted Crake on Tresco

14th August 2022

Kayaked this afternoon to Tresco to have a look around and connected with this Spotted Crake that was found yesterday in front of the David Hunt Hide on the Great Pool.

The long staying Wood Sandpiper was still at Porth Hellick this morning along with 6 Green and Common Sandpiper and a single Kingfisher. There was a notble fall in the area with up to 30 Sedge, 40 Willow Warbler, 10 Blackcap, single Whitethroat with smaller numbers of Reed Warbler and Chiffchaff. 5 Swift were hawking with the Swallows.

A fall of some 30 Sedge Warbler were at Porth Hellick

Up to 6 Green Sandpiper were on the pool

Early afternoon and I arrived at the South Beach of Tresco in my kayak. As I approached the Abbey Pool, I could hear Green Sandpiper and counted 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 6 Teal, 27 Grey Heron, 2 Wood, 5 Common and 7 Green Sandpiper. But it was when I reached the south-east of the Great Pool a few minutes after leaving the Abbey Pool that there was a very high number of 16 Green Sandpiper. A kinda of surprise was a Spotted Crake on the edge of the pool with 2 Water Rail. I assume it’s the same individual that was found yesterday in front of the David Hunt Hide nearby. A bit of field craft and ten minutes later, I was on top of the crake as it fed only a few meters away from me out in the open for a good ten minutes. Ideal! In the top of the canopy at the crossroads of Well Cover, was a single Pied Flycatcher.

This Spotted Crake showed superbly out in the open at the SE end of the Great Pool

Where there were also 2 Water Rail on the same patch of mud as the crake

As there was no sign of the Spotted Crake below the David Hunt Hide, I guess it’s the same one that I had earlier just down road. From the Swarovski hide there were more Green Sandpiper with up to 11 individuals. Also present were up to 5 Wood Sandpiper, a single Lapwing and over half an hour later, the Lesser Yellowlegs flew in with 6 Redshank.

It was good to see this Lapwing on the Great Pool

One of the 5 Wood Sandpiper feeding together in front of the Swarovski hide. Including the two individuals ion the Abbey Pool, 7 Wood Sandpiper is the largest number I’ve seen in the UK. Before this it was 4 in Shropshire. A September day I’ll never forget as I also had 3 Spotted Redshank, 3 Turnstone, 4 Little stint, 9 Curlew Sandpiper, 16 Ruff, 3 Common Tern, small flocks of Dunlin and Ringed Plover and a Red-breasted Mergenser!!! Mire Lake at it’s best! Unfortunately the sight has gone!!

And the Lesser Yellowlegs showed well in front the hide and has been present now for just over two weeks

Little Egret off Skirt Island

My first Common Darter of the year was basking in the sun at Well Cover. I also had singles of Migrant Hawker and another Black-tailed Skimmer.

Also had this brute of a hoverfly, Volucella zonaria

Returning back to St Mary’s, I passed 3 Sandwich Tern hanging around in the harbour

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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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