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Monday, 28 April 2014

Red-rumped Swallow on St Mary's

Red-rumped Swallow at Porth Hellick

   I was just with Ren when a text came through from Will Scott. He had just found a Red-rumped Swallow at Higher Moors. Within minutes we arrived at the sight and found the bird hawking with 15+Swallow, 3 House and a single Sand Martin pretty high up. And that's where it stayed for the ten minutes that we were there, up in space, it was so bloody high up! Even higher was our first Hobby of the year and that disappeared into the clouds. Early evening I git a call from Robin to tell me that the RRS was over Trewince. It was still up high with the same bunch of hirindines and disappeared over towards Telegraph. At Porth Hellick, yesterdays Black-tailed Godwit was on the pool with a single Snipe and female Tufted duck. This morning I was shown a blurred photo of a bird taken from a phone in a garden at Normandy. It turned out to be a Hawfinch and later in the day, it or another was found by Bob Dawson in the Parsanage on St Agnes.

Later in the day the swallow briefly landed on the wires.

  Yesterday morning I had a single Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Golden Plover on the airfield. At 10.15, Higgo and I tried out tresco. We had only been there a few minutes and had seen 2 Black-tailed Godwit and the juvenile Iceland Gull on the heliport. And that was it for the next 3 hours, nothing! And it was the same when we went to Bryher to look for the Red-throated Pipit that Higgo discovered the day before. The only bird of interest was the Hooded crow. When we returned to St Mary's, written on the board was TREECREEPER on Tresco!

Managed to see 3 Black-tailed Godwit yesterday. This one on the airfield and 2 on the heliport on Tresco

These 3 Golden Plover were also on the airfield yesterday
This female Tufted Duck turned on Porth Hellick Pool two days ago
Where there was also this Greenshank having a good ole wing stretch
White Wagtails have been unusually low numbers this spring
Male House Sparrow at the campsite

This juvenile Iceland Gull can always be found hanging around on Tresco heliport

Our breeding Stonechat show a lot of white on there rumps.
We saw our first Red squirel after being introduced last year on Tresco

To me this guy gives a taste of Peter Gabriel. Wouter "Wally" De Backer, better known as Gotye, is a Belgian-Australian multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter. The name "Gotye" is a pronunciation respelling of "Gauthier", the French cognate of Gotye's given Flemish name "Wouter". This 2011 single "Somebody That I Used to Know" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making him the fifth Australian-based artist to do so and the second Belgian (after The Singing Nun in 1963).

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