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Friday, 6 May 2011

No sign of Rock Thrush!

1st year male Sparrowhawk trapped at Porth Hellick  

   Everyone was down the quay to catch the 10.15 boat to St Agnes for yesterdays reported female Rock Thrush at Horse Point! However, it all turned out to be a miserable day with drizzle throughout and no birds! The highlight was a carpet of larva and cacoons over Wingletang consisting of 100's of Five-spot Burnet  and 1000's of Grass Egger.

100's of Five-spot Burnet cacoons at Wingletang, St Agnes 

6 Grass Egger and a single Five-spot Burnet at Wingletang  

 Dung Beetle at Wingletang, St Agnes Bottom shot Robin Mawer
  Before all this happened, I got a call from Jim at 08.15 to say that he had trapped a Garden Warbler at Porth Hellick. With Robin we raced down there but arrived too late as we were too long and they let it go. The journey wasn't wastered as Jim had a immature male Sparrowhawk for us to look at instead. Maybe the bird that Ritchie and I observed taking the Bee-eater at Salakee three weeks ago!

1st year Sparrowhawk trapped at Porth Hellick Center shot Robin Mawer

Robin and I had a look for Mark Collier's Quail that he flushed this morning at Peninnis Head, but instead saw an odd sight of a male House Sparrow, first of all in the Gorse and then briefly on top of one of the carns looking out to Gugh and St Agnes    

Can anyone think of a caption for this shot? 


  Yesterday morning I tried to get a photo of a very vocal Lesser Whitethroat at Carn Friars which was joined briefly by my third Garden Warbler of the year in so many days. Also in the area there were, 2 Cuckoo, 10 Blackcap, 7 Chiffchaff, 15+Swallow, 5 Wheatear, 20+Whimbrel,5 Reed and 3 Sedge Warbler and at Salakee I kicked a Turtle Dove in one of the fields.

At Maypole, yesterdays hirundines had moved on and there was only a single House Martin with 40+Swallow. Nearby there was a Cuckoo and an immature male Sparrowhawk flew through 

1 comment:

  1. Caption-
    "Fink I'd rather be at the Dentist. Oh hang on a minute I was !"