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Monday, 28 May 2012


Male BLACK-HEADED BUNTING, Great Popplestone, Bryher, Bryan Thomas

  Got a text this morning from Bob Dawson with 'BLACK-HEADED BUNT, pool' There was no chance of me going over to Bryher and seeing it. I quickly put the news out and carried on working. The bunting was present throughout the day and performed very well.
  Yesterday, Bob Dawson text me throughout the day while he was on the same island with first Quial, Shipmans Head, adult Hobby, 2 Turtle Doves and 2 GOLDEN ORIOLE. On St Mary's, all I could find were singles of Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Swift at Pelistry. Later in the afternoon I got my first immature Hobby of the year fly over the house and I observed a Turtle Dove come high in off the sea on the Garrison. Otherwise, the rest of the week has been quiet for me. However, other observers have seen more Golden Orioles, including 4 together on the Dead Pine Walk, Garrison, last Wednesday.

At a distance, but you can still see what it is Robin Mawer

Two pairs of Siskin have been feeding in a Mcfarlands Garden since April and is highly likely that they breeding in the area. If so, this would be the first time this species has bred on Scilly!

Amazing song by Bernald Butler 'Woman I Know' and only over 600 views from one of the great british guitarists around!


  1. You certainly are getting it tough on Scilly at the moment, not much to see!!!!!!!!

  2. I know. No, there a lot of birds to see, if you catch up with them, but in my case, I've got no chance. Work just gets in the way.

  3. Is that the Bob Dawson ex RSPB and Bumblebee Conservation Trust? If so could you ask him to contact Simon Wellock on 01879 220520