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Monday, 1 September 2014

Honey Buzzard over Garrison

 Dark morph adult male Honey Buzzard

  Yesterday morning, I got a call from 925 telling me that he had just had a Icterine Warbler in the campsite garden, Garrison. I was in a lot of pain from fracturing my ribs last week while playing football and needed some rest. It was some two hours later that I found myself searching round the garrison for the Icky. over an hour later all of note were 2 Blackcap and Chiffchaff and I slowly returned home. I looked to the skies and could see a large raptor heading my way and shouted out loud 'Honey buzzard!' It flew overhead and in a westerly direction towards Lower Moors. It was seen again on Tresco later on and speaking to a visiting birder, he told me that he had it 10 minutes before me over Porth Hellick flying towards town.
  No sign of the Bonelli's at Content, but in the surrounding fields I got 3 Whitethroat, 4 Sedge, 2 Willow Warbler, 3 Chiffchaff and a male Blackcap.

There were over 150 linnet, 100 Goldfinch and 40 Chaffinch at Content

swallow on The Garrison

Whimbrel at Giants Castle

Reed Warbler at Lower Moors

Sedge Warbler trapped at Porth Hellick

Sunset looking out to Samson from The Garrison

Hindi Zahra (born 1979 in Khouribga, Morocco) is a Franco-Moroccan singer. When coming up with a stage name, she simply inverted her birth name. Her songs are mostly in English but some lyrics as in the song Imik Si Mik are in the Berber language.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Western Bonelli's Warbler at Content

Two days ago I got my second Scilly tick of the year in the shape of a juvenile Little Tern!

  Apart from at sea, this August on land has been pretty crap! However, yesterday while working in the fields, Will Scott went and found a Western Bonelli's Warbler at Content. It was late in the evening when I saw it very briefly in bad light with James Siddle. This afternoon the warbler showed well, but was very mobile in the 45 minutes that I was there.

Heavily cropped shots of the Western Bonelli's Warbler at Content. 

A Migrant Hawker was resting in the same Elms as where the Bonelli's was feeding

 The day before the Bonelli's, Will and Ren, for me, as it was a Scilly tick, did even better by finding a juvenile Little Tern feeding close inshore at Town Beach. Again work got in the way and it was not until over an hour later that I caught up with it on the other side at Porthcressa. For the next hour it moved from the two beaches, including on two occasions visiting Porthloo, and showed down to a few meters at times.

This juvenile Mediterranean Gull was also at Porthcressa

This Willow Warbler was at Newford Duckpond

I had my first Snipe of the autumn at the end of July overhead calling while playing tennis on the Garrison. This pic was taken last week at Lower Moors 

On the same day as the LM Snipe, there was this juvenile Ruff at Porth Hellick Bay

Song Thrush have had a good breeding season

At the end of July a two night ringing sessions took place at Deep Point. Over 100 Storm Petrels and 4 Manx Shearwater were trapped and ringed

You can't find this amazing music on spotify and god only knows why? However he's on Last . FM. Born 1968 outside Gothenburg on the Swedish west coast. Parents of Russian and Polish origin. 1989 saw the formation of what eventually evolved into the band Anywhen. As various members came and left over the following years, a core crystallized with Thomas Feiner on vocals, Mikael Andersson Tigerström on bass, Kalle Thorslund drums, and Jan Sandahl guitar. While the first record contained a kind of airy, skewed pop, the second record, produced by drummer and percussionist Michael Blair (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello etc) put out much more aggressive energy The release of the self-produced “The Opiates” was a venture into more brooding moods and melancholic soundscapes, and the band more or less dissolved itself in the process. Priorities shifted among many of the members, ultimately distancing some from the project. Feiner gradually started adding more songs of his own, in the end bringing the entire project home. The record was completed in 2000, with Kalle Thorslund as assistant producer.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Tell LEGO to Dump Shell

 The video Shell doesn't want you to see from Greenpeace on Youtube. Priceless Grand Prix moment  BREAKING: Our @Shell Grand Prix ceremony video has been banned from YouTube. So, we put it back up  Grab it while you can. And reupload it. Tell Shell what we think of #censorship"
Join the movement to

LEGO: Everything is NOT awesome from Greenpeace on Youtube. This video reached over 3 million views on YouTube before it was censored.  Lord Business wants to control everything, but he can’t block free speech.  Tell LEGO to end its partnership with Shell and help Save the Arctic:  Creativity forever.

Monday, 16 June 2014

Rustic Bunting ringed at Porth Hellick

what a shock when Jim pulled this female Rustic Bunting out of the nets at Porth Hellick! Robin Mawer

The only other Rustic Bunting that I've observed outside the Oct/Nov period was a cracking male found by Paul Stancliffe at Carn Friars in March. I was busy watching a summer plumage Pied-billed Grebe on Porth Hellick when I got the shout. The bottom pic was taken by Robin Mawer

Carrion Crow
Male Linnet coming in to feed one of it's young
some fighting goin on in town..
...while Higgo in his typical exciting pose when he's just about to see a rare bird! Or is he pleased to see Jim? 

Low is an American indie rock[1] group from Duluth, Minnesota, formed in 1993. The music of Low is characterized by slow tempos and minimalist arrangements. Early descriptions sometimes referred to it as rock subgenre called "slowcore". However, Low's members ultimately disapproved of the term. Parker and Sparhawk's striking vocal harmonies represent perhaps the group's most distinctive element; critic Denise Sullivan writes that their shared vocals are "as chilling as anything Gram and Emmylou ever conspired on—though that's not to say it's country-tinged, just straight from the heart."

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Rose-coloured Starling in Joe's garden!

Joe Pender got a surprise when this 1st summer male Rose-coloured Starling turned up his garden late this afternoon in Hugh Town

It was very aggresive to any birds that came too close 

It's a long time since I've seen an adult. What a cracking bird!

My first Humming-bird Hawkmoth of the year was on the Garrison a few days ago.

I'm sure a lot of you are glued to 'FARGO' on channel 4 starring Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo and Martin Freeman also stars. How many of you knew that he is also a singer songwriter as well as a screenwriter and director. I'm not keen on any of his songs, infact there crap! That's my opinion. However, this one is bloody good!