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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Yellow-legged Gull at Porth Mellon

Up to 6 Mediterranean Gull were on St Mary's yesterday, including this stunning summer adult at Old Town Bay

  After the gale force ESE that have hit the islands in the last few days, this morning at Porth Mellon in calmer conditions, I had the Iceland Gull followed by a fly through 2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull. I returned later in the afternoon and scanning with me bins from me wagon, I relocated the YLG again very briefly having a bath before flying off towards Porthloo/Tresco.
  Yesterday at Old Town Bay, there were 2 winter and a cracking summer adult Mediterranean Gull performing very well as they fed close in shore. At the same time at Porth Mellon, there were 3 Common Gull, 50+Black-headed Gull, another summer adult Mediterranean Gull and Higgo later had 2 2nd winters of the latter species. He also got a high count of 10 Common Gull at Bar Point.


2nd winter Yellow-legged Gull briefly at Porth Mellon and the Iceland Gull. If you go by the bill, this Iceland might be a possible 3rd winter?


Adult summer and winter plumage Mediterranean Gull

No sign of the female type Black Redstart from last week at Porthloo. However, I did see this 1st winter male Black Redstart? that has been around on the beach for the last month. I've observed falls and falls of Black Redstart on Scilly and never came across one in this plumage before showing a white panel with a female type body. In this plumage they normally show a buff panel. Other birders on the island also commented on saying that they too have never seen one like this before and can only guess that it's a 1st winter male. 

Young released his latest LP 'Psychedelic Pill' last November with songs and instrumentals lasting over 16 minutes! The opening track is over 27 minutes! 'Twisted Road' is about some of  his hero's and contemporaries, Hank Williams, Dylan, Roy Orbison and the Grateful Dead. He's touring the UK this May and many of my mates from Scilly are going to see him. There going to have one hell of a great time!

First time I heard 'Like A Rolling Stone'
I felt that magic and took it home
Gave it a twist and made it mine
But nothing was as good as the very first time
Poetry rolling off his tongue
Like Hank Williams chewing bubble gum
Asking me 'how does it feel'?

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