21st May 2023
I only caught up with some 30 Red kite with the largest gathering of 18 individuals over Bryher late morning.
It’s been not so lively this May on Scilly that it was over five weeks since I updated my blog. In that time highlights have included Crane, Short-toed Lark and Buzzard. However, today was for Red Kites arriving on the islands from the SW of Cornwall but no one predicted that by mid-day, some 133, smashing the Scilly record of 36, had moved through over Hugh Town and with them, a Honey Buzzard to boot! While this was all happening, after passing close to Samson, I arrived by kayak on Bryher and immediately was onto 18 Red Kite forming a kettle over Rushy Bay, Bryher. Here they hung around for a good 15 minutes before drifting off towards Tresco. While on Bryher, it proved to be hard work and of note, a single White Wagtail, 3 Sedge Warbler, 6 Spotted Flycatcher and moving straight through north, some 150 House Martin and 10 Swift.
Some of the Red Kite got some jipp from the local Carrion Crows
Part of the flock of 18 Red Kite above Rushy Bay
There were up to 6 Spotted Flycatcher in the Popplestone fields
After kayaking for an hour, I thought I would check out Tresco quickly and came away with a single Spotted Flycatcher, 300 House Martin, 100 Swallow and spending most of their time on the north side of the Great pool, up to 12 Red Kite.
This Red Kite drifted low through Pool Road before settling in the pines nearby
Returning to my kayak, parked up on the South Beach, and close by were 6 Dunlin, 3 Sanderling and some 11 Turnstone, including this stunner.
This evenings sunset
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