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Sunday, 1 April 2012


The 3rd or 4th LARGE TORTOISESHELL since June last year!

  After walking around Porth Hellick/Carn Friars for over an hour with Graham and seeing nothing but 2 Swallow, Black Redstart, 7 Willow Warbler and a single Fieldfare, I got a call from Jim telling me that he had just found with Liz, a LARGE TORTOISESHELL at Porth Hellick crossroads. Don't you mean Scops Owl crossroads! They both put us on it, feeding in the sun at the top of the Sallows. It came down and rested at ground level and gave superb views at very close range. It was soon back in the trees, but when Martin arrived it returned to the deck.


Altogether we saw 12 Willow Warbler

  It turned out out to a cracking day and we had an early evening stroll around the golf course. There were 4 Black Redstart, 8 Wheatear and Sand Martin and the  4 Skylark from last week were still present. Graham spotted the 2nd year Iceland Gull coming off The Roads and heading straight to Porth Mellon.

2nd year Iceland Gull directly over Big Al's house

3 of the 4 Skylark at the golf course

Up to 4 Black Redstart at Bants Carn

In the last few days there's been a noticeable influx of Continental Robin. This was 1 of 25 at the campsite, Garrison. Graham also had 25 on the coastal path St Agnes and Higgo had 20-30 on Bryher.  

A great track by Bob Seger 'Night Moves'

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