The largest number of Common Scoter that I've ever observed on Scilly and yesterday Joe had a total of 44! To see better pics have a look at Joe Penders blog http://wwwsapphirepelagics.blogspot.co.uk/
In early hours of this morning, I was kept awake by a noisy Long-eared Owl outside my bedroom window! This morning I tagged along with Joe to St Martins in the rib. As well as the scoters, the only other birds of note were 3 Great Northern Diver, although Will had 12 yesterday with now 4 Spoonbill.
Also yesterday, there were 3 WAXWING feeding in Colin Ridsdales garden, near the hospital with a single at Sallyport. On the same day, I had 2 Firecrest with good numbers of Goldcrest and 2 Siberian Chiffchaff Porth Hellick. The male Scaup and 6 White-fronted Geese were still on the pool. On the 28th, Higgo made a visit to Tresco and found a dodgy RUDDY SHELDUCK on the Abbey Pool. He also got the 3 Ring-necked Duck, 6 Whooper Swan on the Great Pool. A Waxwing flew overhead and a Yellow-browed Warbler at Rosefields crossroads. Also a Yellow-browed Warbler at the lifeboat slip on St Mary's, is thought to be the same bird that was there at the end of October, while a one day bird was seen at Higher Moors, 28th. Another WAXWING flew over St Agnes, 27th.
On a sad note, the 7 GRAYLAG GEESE that arrived in the gale force NW in October, have been on St Agnes for the last month. You would guess they would be very safe on this island. However, one of the residents thought it would be good idea to go out and shoot two of them! Don't get me started!!
Here are the 7 Greylag Geese in October. Just arrived making first land fall at Porth Hellick.
Part of the 39 Common Scoter off Samson. Except for 2 1st winter males, the rest of the flock were females.
Very large number of Shag in The Roads
1 of the 2 Firecrest at Porth Hellick
The Male Scaup and 6 White-fronted Geese at Porth Hellick
This is for Martin Goodey. Van the man at his best and i've listened to over and over again! This song is among the most popular songs doctors listen to while operating, according to a survey made by BBC. If I ever get operated on, I hope they've got this song on full blast! "Into the Mystic" has been a popularly performed cover song over the years and has been recorded by many well-known musicians. Some of the artists performing it are: Paul Carrack, Joe Cocker, Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová (The Swell Season) on the Once (Collector's Edition of Original Soundtrack), The Dead, Jackson Hawke, Colin James, Ben E. King, Michael McDonald, The Allman Brothers Band, Zac Brown Band, Marc Cohn, and The Wallflowers. The Mike McClure Band covers the song on their 2005 album, Camelot Falling. Johnny Rivers covered the song on his album Slim Slo Slider