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Friday, 25 April 2014

Woodchat Shrike at Longstones Lane

This cracking male Woodchat Shrike was discovered in fields off Longstones Lane and was even heard singing.

  It's been not a bad week. On the 18th a few of us observed an Osprey fly from Bar Point to Tresco. Two days later I watched it being mobbed by a Carrion Crow over Porth Hellick. At the latter site on the same day, I flushed a Jack Snipe off the lower beach path and the Yellow-legged Gull came in for a wash on the pool. My first Cuckoo and Reed Warbler of the year were singing with a single Grasshopper and 2 Sedge Warbler. Nearby at Carn Friars there was a male Ring Ouzel in the horse paddocks. While observing the Osprey, thinking he would see from his bedroom, I called Will Scott and as a result he scanned from his house and got it up over Pungies Lane. He thanked me, walked down road and found a male Woodchat Shrike!

Record shots of the Osprey over Bar Point (top pic) and Porth Hellick

Male Woodchat Shrike off Longstones Lane (20th-22nd)

Yellow Wagtail at Pelistry. There's also been 2 Blue-headed Wagtail around and today a possible Ashy-headed Wagtail was on St Agnes 
This Whitethroat was on the Garrison
2 male and female Ring Ouzel have been favouring the paddocks below the golf course for the last week

While this single male Ring Ouzel was a one day bird at Carn Friars (20th)

The first year Yellow-legged Gull can be found all over the shop on St Mary's
First summer Herring Gull on the golf course
Only a few Whimbrel around at the moment
There has been 2 Common Sandpiper at Lower Moors
There's still a single Snipe at Porth Hellick yesterday
Also yesterday, 2 Golden Plover were on the airfield. Up to 26 were on the golf course three days ago

Joe Pender picked up this dead male Hawfinch in his garden in Hugh Town

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