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Arctic Skua at the airfield

24th December 2022

For the last four days, this Artic Skua has been hanging out at the airfield and by the slightly damaged wing it was identified as the same individual that was at Porth Hellick over a month ago

Yesterday, Ren called me to inform me that he had a probable Artic Skua distantly fly off from the southern runway towards Giants Castle. I put the news out but it was this morning, after the airport shut at 10.30, Ren and I made our ways down the southern runway. The Artic Skua was sat down on the east side and when the fire brigade joined us, one of them walked straight up to it. As a result, by it’s slightly damaged right wing when it flapped, I identified it as the same individual from over a month ago at Porth Hellick. However, it flew off strongly towards Giants Castle before returning a few minutes later and settling back on the southern runway again. There was also a high count for this time of year, some 80 Meadow Pipit.

The Arctic Skua briefly flew off towards Giants Castle before returning to the airfield

One of the fire fighters walking towards the skua on the right of the southern runway

A high count for this time of year were 80 Meadow Pipit also on the airfield

There only a handful Redwing present at the moment

As usual, there are good numbers of Chiffchaff overwintering on Scilly including this individual at Porthloo where there were 5

A few days ago, the Stone Curlew flew low south over Telegraph

Waves crashing on rocks off Peninnis Head during a storm a few days ago

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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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