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Great White Egret at Porth Hellick

3rd September 2022

Wrynecks are superb little woodpeckers and so far I managed to discover up three this autumn including this individual on the coastal path below the golf club house where it was on show for others to see throughout the day, 31st.

As usual, I could take off half an hour to an hour off during the days of working and as a result it turned out to be not a bad few days. Mid-morning on the 31st, I had a quick look along the coastal path, west of the golf club house produced 2 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat and single Pied and Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat and in the last field north of Juliet’s garden, a Wryneck showing off feeding out in the open. Those twitching the Wryneck found another individual further north along the coastal path. Later on after work at Bishops View there were 3 Pied and 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat followed shortly afterwards along the Dead Pine Walk there were a single Tree Pipit and 3 Pied Flycatcher.

Out the 3 Wryneck that I’ve come across so far, this individual is the only one that showed well

I had up to 7 Pied Flycatcher including this individual on the Dead Pine Walk

Where I also had this Tree pipit and is only individual that I’ve observed on the deck from the small numbers overhead throughout the last few days

The following day, I got out in the evening and was rewarded with a Great White Egret flying high west over Porth Hellick. With less than ten Scilly records, this was only my fifth I’ve seen on the island. Also at Porth Hellick there were 15 Sand Martin and single Swift. At Carn Friars there were 2 Pied Flycatcher, 2 Tree Pipit and still present, the Red-backed Shrike. This was also the last day that the Ruff in the garden was seen after a three day stay. The next morning, I was back at Porth Hellick briefly where I had up to 20 Willow Warbler, a single Graden Warbler, the first Firecrest of the autumn and 3 flyover Tree pipit. Also heard the Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby. In the evening walking the airfield, 2 Green Sandpiper flew west and appeared to come down at Lower Moors. This was followed by 4 very vocal Wood Sandpiper high SW out to sea. on the Dead Pine Walk there were a single Pied and 6 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Whinchat, Reed Warbler and a flyover Tree Pipit.

The Citrine Wagtail on Tresco is now believed to be a possible Eastern Yellow Wagtail after better images were posted on the WhatsApp group. This would explain that why it didn’t sound like a Citrine Wagtail when I heard it flying off from the right of the Swarovski Hide and never saw it on the deck.

Only just got onto this Great White Egret in over cast skies, high west over Porth Hellick, to never be seen again and is only the second sighting this year after an individual in the spring

Willow Warbler

To my surprise, the Ruff that arrived on the wader scrape on Tuesday, stuck around for three days All images taken from the window

And throughout the three days, the Ruff also commuted with Lower Moors and there it joined another individual

At the same time, up to 3 Green Sandpiper and a single Snipe were also on the pool

This Dunlin has been at Porth Hellick for a nearly a week now

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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

One thought on “Great White Egret at Porth Hellick”

  1. Saw a Wryneck at Spurn on Thursday – I never tire of seeing this migrant Woodpecker – also 2 Red-necked Phalaropes – Red-backed Shrike and Citrine Wagtail – plus Wood Sand and Curlew Sandpipers

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