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Friday, 22 July 2016

First WAVED BLACK MOTH for Scilly

Graham Gorden on St Agnes found this first WAVED BLACK for both Cornwall and Scilly in his bedroom on the evening of 20th July!

  There ain't been much goin on in the last month. Highlights have included an adult Roseate Tern at Porthcressa Bay  (13th) where there has also been up to 5 Mediterranean Gull. The Hooded Crow was still hanging on Hugh Towns rooftops until 15th. A Hobby was also on St Agnes.

  Gentle SW yesterday got myself and Martin Goodey up to deep Point and from 17.30-19.30 we were rewarded with 40 Cory, 4 Sooty and single Balearic Shearwater and Puffin.

  On the 7th there were 2 male Emperor Dragonflies together at Lower Moors.

Adult Roseate Tern sleeping with a handful of Sandwich Tern and Black-headed Gull at Porthcressa

Up to 5 Mediterranean Gull have been commuting with Porthcressa and Porthloo in the last week

The first Common sandpiper starting returning at the beginning of July with three birds on St Agnes. Today at Porth Hellick there were 8 Greenshank, 2 Redshank and a single Common Sandpiper 
On the morning of 20th Graham let me know that he had 100's of Manx Shearwater between St Agnes and Annet. Mixed in with them were 3 Sooty and a single Balearic Shearwater. It wasn't til late afternoon that I made my way across from St Mary's and mid-way we hit a raft of 300-400 Manx Shearwater including up to 6 Sooty Shearwater. This is the first time I've observed Sooty Shearwater in between the islands. We ploughed right through the middle of them as they all took flight settling down again nearby. Unfortunately, Robin and I dipped out on the 3 juvenile Yellow-legged Gull that have been on St Agnes for the last few days but as usual got stuck into a cracking meal that Graham had cooked! Spot on mate!

Been a long time since I've observed a Sooty Shearwater up close and I had six of them in between St Mary's and St Agnes

A raft of 300-400 Manx Shearwater. In the last few days there has been large numbers of Manx Shearwater off Scilly included over 1000 off Bryher with 16 Sooty Shearwater also in the raft. Of the latter species this might be one of the highest numbers observed on Scilly.

Southern Wainscott

Buff-tip Moth

last week a few us were invited to a game of five a-side on St Agnes. For those who have not visited Scilly for the last 100 years, the guy in the center with the beard is the ex-landlord of the Bishop, Bobby Hayes! Great evening!

Robin thinks what the hell are you doin to that pasta? He looks on in a strange and worried way as he observes Graham meditating to his pasta.

After 30 minutes of meditating or was it an hour? Graham offers Robin the plate of pasta. I'm sure I heard Robin mutter under his breath 'You can stick it where the sun don't shine!'

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Hooded Crow in Hugh Town

This Hooded Crow has been hanging in town for nearly two weeks and was still present today as I observed it while driving past sat on roofs.

  On the 10th June, I got a call from my boss telling me that he had a Hooded Crow outside his office at Star Castle. I told him that it was probably one of the hybrids from the Hooded Crow on Bryher. The following day, Barry text to say that he had a Hooded Crow over Porth Mellon and this was shortly followed afterwards by the boss saying it's outside again. I ain't goin anywhere as England are just about to play Russia! We should of finished off Russia in the first half but it don't matter now. With Wales, we made it to the last 16!
  The next day, Martin Smith let me know that he had the Hooded Crow in his garden! A few minutes later with Higgo, we were all having cracking views of it as it sat on top of a garage roof at close range.

I think we can say this Hooded Crow has turned up from an urban area, maybe an Irish bird, as it's very approachable and use to people. Similar to the individual that turned up last year and hung out around Old Town in back gardens!   

At the same time I found this young Carrion Crow at Porth Hellick. It was very healthy but it was born with deformed legs and unfortunly didn't make it. As you can see in the bottom pic, there is a bit of Hooded Crow in this individual 

Dave the Herring Gull follows me all over the shop!
This was him at the end of March....

Now look at him!

Pammene aurana Moth 

Cydia ulicetana Moth Today 925 found a Jersey Tiger at the Garrison campsite. Maybe the 2nd or 3rd Scilly record! 

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

Over a million Diamond-backed Moth invade Scilly!

It was estimated that 50-100 million Diamond-backed Moths arrived in the UK between 5-7th June with well over a million on Scilly!  

  On the 5th June while Walking through the fields of Pelistry, clouds of micro moths would fly up in front me from the grass. I thought they were grass moth, but Bob Dawson informed me that they were Diamond-backed Moths and a hell of a lot of them! For the next few days it was thought that over a million arrived on Scilly! On the small island of Gugh, Bob reckoned there were 1 per square metre=400,000! I was kicking 10-20 per m at Pelistry and the following day maybe, 20-30 per m at times in other fields on St Mary's! The 8th saw less numbers most had a lot had moved on. As I write this post, looking out towards Samson, I can see single Diamondback Moths flying and a short walk around the Garrison still produced hundreds flying out from cover  Also with the Diamond-backed Moths were a large arrival of Painted Lady Butterfly with 100's and smaller numbers of Silver-Y Moth.

There are up 12 Diamond-backed Moth on this photo

On this pic, 40-50 Diamond-backed Moth feeding on Hemlock Water-dropwort! 

Diamond-backed Moth

Also associated with the movement of Diamond-backs were Silver-Y Moth. 

There are up to 9 Painted Lady on this photo feding on Pale Dewplant

Large numbers of Painted Lady Butterfly also arrived at the same time. I had up to 70 from Star Castle to The Pottery feeding on Red Valerian with at least 50+at The Pottery.  

eupeodes Hoverfly

Marmalade Hoverfly

Today there was a small influx of Marmalade and eupeodes Hoverfly. I took these on the Garrison this evening

  On the bird front, yesterday there was a very unusual record, for this time of year, of a Red-rumped Swallow at Porth Hellick continuing the good run of this species this spring. Dave Flum also had a Honey Buzzard over Tresco where the Iceland Gull and IBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF were still present.

  On the 5th June I observed the Alpine Swift in the late afternoon high above Maypole with 3 Swift. On St agnes, Bob Dawson had a Golden Oriole at Wingletang. Early the following morning, I got a call from Bob telling me that he had an adult Purple Heron over St Agnes heading towards St Mary's. I rushed out into the garden but couldn't see it and there was no sign of it for the rest of the day. The male Marsh Harrier is still around the islands.

First Scilly June record of Red-rumped Swallow was at Porth Hellick. I observed it hawking over Porth Hellick House with some 30 Swallow, 10+House Martin and 3 Swift..

This male Peregrine was also at Porth Hellick

Here's me with my arm around my mate,  the amazing Muhammad Ali with my brother, nan and aunt Do. Later Ali invited all the family to his hotel room where I had a play box with him and slapped him in the face! Henry Cooper and I must be the only English men to hit Ali in the face!!

A great live performers from PJ Harvey