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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Western Bonelli's Warbler at Content

Two days ago I got my second Scilly tick of the year in the shape of a juvenile Little Tern!

  Apart from at sea, this August on land has been pretty crap! However, yesterday while working in the fields, Will Scott went and found a Western Bonelli's Warbler at Content. It was late in the evening when I saw it very briefly in bad light with James Siddle. This afternoon the warbler showed well, but was very mobile in the 45 minutes that I was there.


Heavily cropped shots of the Western Bonelli's Warbler at Content. 

A Migrant Hawker was resting in the same Elms as where the Bonelli's was feeding

 The day before the Bonelli's, Will and Ren, for me, as it was a Scilly tick, did even better by finding a juvenile Little Tern feeding close inshore at Town Beach. Again work got in the way and it was not until over an hour later that I caught up with it on the other side at Porthcressa. For the next hour it moved from the two beaches, including on two occasions visiting Porthloo, and showed down to a few meters at times.





This juvenile Mediterranean Gull was also at Porthcressa




This Willow Warbler was at Newford Duckpond

I had my first Snipe of the autumn at the end of July overhead calling while playing tennis on the Garrison. This pic was taken last week at Lower Moors 

On the same day as the LM Snipe, there was this juvenile Ruff at Porth Hellick Bay


Song Thrush have had a good breeding season





At the end of July a two night ringing sessions took place at Deep Point. Over 100 Storm Petrels and 4 Manx Shearwater were trapped and ringed



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