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Saturday, 23 March 2013


RED-RUMPED SWALLOW performing very well at Pendrathen quarry. This is not the earlist RR Swallow that I've seen. Paul Stancliffe found one at the time, the earlist UK record, at Lower Moors, 21st-22nd Feb '98
  Just before 10.00, Ritchie called to tell me that he had just found a RED-RUMPED SWALLOW at Pendrathen Quarry. Some ten minutes later with Big Al, we arrived to find the bird distant, but it soon came closer and showed well for the next half an hour. Later in the day Graham and Bob Dawson found a very early Swift followed by a Hoopoe at Costella Down.


There were also 7 Sandwich Tern just off Bar Point.

Ritchie and Big Al looking over the quarry  at the swallow
Yesterday Richie and Tony came across this cracking male Ring Ouzel on the Garrison by the Woolpack

Also yesterday, this male Black Redstart was 1 of the 8 on the Garrison. Bob Dawson walked the north west side of the St Mary's and got over 20 Black Redstart, 5 Wheatear and at Bar Point a Swallow flew straight through towards Tresco. Also, I had a Common Tern from Star Castle with 2 Sandwich Tern by the Bacon Boy. I discovered later that Joe had a very high count of 67 Sandwich and 2+Common Tern near Samson. On St Agnes Graham counted 7 Wheatear and a pair of Brambling
Up to 5 Chiffchaff were on the Garrison with 3 Pied Wagtail

The male Pintail that was behind the quay a few days ago joined the pair at Porth Hellick
There are still up to 5 Short-eared Owl on Tresco including this one near the Abbey Pool Max Rowe
Looking from Garrison

More great talent from the UK. Gabby Young and Other Animals are an eccentric eight piece British pop band, bringing together gypsy, folk, rock and jazz.  Gabby Young’s twisting roots have carried her and that stunning voice from her native Wiltshire around the UK to land with a bang at the centre of London’s music scene. The youngest ever recruit to the National Youth Choir at the age of 12, Gabby was on track to become an opera singer until Jeff Buckley and the jazz greats inspired her to switch teams. In 2008 Gabby formed the 8-piece band who complete the magical musical fairground we know today, using a wide range of instruments, most notably trumpet, trombone, piano and clarinet – affectionately dubbed Circus Swing ( by those who realised there was no existing genre to encompass Young’s sound. It was crowd-funding her first album that really put her on the map. The Evening Standard ran a story on it, and the piece was picked up across the board – with an interview even on Sky News,


  1. Great selection of shots, what must the RRS think of this british weather!

  2. Nice Ring Ouzel. Spider you ought to stick your photos on facebook as well. Over on wednesday lets hope there's something else around as well. Cheers Paul. P.S have you heard the new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds yet? Fucking classic!

  3. Thanks Marc. The light was very dull, but it brightened everyones day. I don't go on FB that often. Yes I've heard Nick Caves latest and as usual, it's top notch! I'll be playing some of it on here. Did you like Gabby Young? What a voice!