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Monday, 12 September 2011


What a shot of 1st winter Mediterranean Gull, captured by Martin Goody at Porthloo

  The juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER was still at Porth Hellick with the juvenile Ringed Plover, Dunlin and one of the Kingfishers. Up to 3 Water Rail and 40+Swallow were also in the area and a single Yellow Wagtail was in the field at the crossroads.

Juvenile PECTORAL SANDPIPER and juvenile Ringed Plover

Juvenile Ringed Plover and Dunlin Bryan Thomas and the Kingfisher almost being blown off by the wind

  later in the morning, while at the airport, I watched the helicopter come in and flush 7 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER! They came back down onto the airfield and out of sight. I had ten minutes before the plane came in that I was meeting and so I darted up to the control tower. From here I could see 4 in the centre and to the .left on the otherside of the runway, there were 4 more! Hang on a minute, that makes 8 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER! The 4 on the left joined the others. How many will be here tomorrow?


  At work there was a Whinchat and a quick look at Porthloo at high tide, 6 1st winter and the adult Mediterranean Gull.
  It was almost dark when Robin, Ritchie, Higgo and I made our way onto the airfield. We could only find 7 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and 8 Ringed Plover.

1st winter Mediterranean Gull at Porthloo

  Graham did it again today by finding another AQUATIC WARBLER with the one already present at the Big Pool, St Agnes. The only other record of two together, was Tresco Great Pool when there was a single, 30/9-2/10/76 with 2 birds there from the 1st. Both the PEC, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and LESSERLEGS were also still on St Agnes. The 2 PECS were still on Tresco and Will got a Grey Phalarope on the Great Pool. It looks like the Greater Yellowlegs that was discovered today at Treraven Meadows, Cornwall, overshot us.

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