Cory's Shearwater off the Scillonian Paul Semmons
Just before 11.30, Paul Semmon's contacted me to let me know that there were lots of Cory's Shearwater off the Easten Isles. Robin had already seen 2 off Deep Point, but I had to wait until gone 14.00. In twenty five minutes, in a F6-7 SW, 11 birds passed and later between 15.30 and 17.00, with Robin and Martin, only 13 were seen with 2 Sooty Shearwater. We all moved to Giant's Castle and there were joined by Higgo, Big Al and after 19.00, Ritchie. Here, some of the Cory's slowly moved west, at times, at very close range. I didn't see the Bonxie or 2 Puffin and only saw 3 of the 4 Sooties and 2 of the 4 Stormies.
Total of birds
137 CORY'S SHEARWATER
4 SOOTY SHEARWATER
1 GREAT SKUA
4 STORM PETREL
400+ MANX SHEARWATER
Cory's Shearwater passing Deep Point Martin Goodey
'I've had one more than you boy!'
Manx Shearwater passing giant's Castle
Altogether, Paul got 90 Cory's Shearwater, there and back, on the Scillonian! Also, large numbers were seen off Cornwall including, Porthgwarra (800) Lands End (160+) and 125 of The Lizard.
Looking out from Giant's Castle
Monday 4th July
At Pelistry, there's a very long Privet Hedge that borders fields in that area. From 22.00-23.30, Martin and I spent our time catching moths coming to feed on the flowers. Altogether there were 6 species of immigrants.
The Privet Hedge where the moths were feeding
1 Small Mottled Willow
1 Diamond-backed Moth
2 Rusty-dot Pearl
2 Dark-sword Grass
1 Rush Veneer
5+ Silver Y
1 Dusky Brocade
1 Cabbage Moth
1 Dolicharthria punctalis
1 Mecyna asinalis
3 Common Rustic
3 Bright-line Brown Eye
4 Common Emerald
5+ Large Yellow Underwing
Small Mottled Willow
My sixth Oxyptilus laetus, this time I caught at Porth Hellick Down
Any ideas what this strange little fellow is?