Adult LEAST SANDPIPER showing very well at the Big Pool, St Agnes
On the morning of the 18th, I had cracking views of the long staying sub-adult COMMON CRANE from me wagon in the Rose Hill paddocks. Later, just after 14.00, I got a text from Bob Dawson '3 Dunlin and a Sandling trying to land on the Big Pool, St Agnes. Minutes later 'Looks like a stint is here' When he text 'pale legs!!! Least? That's when I showed the text to Higgo, who was with me at the time, and without hesitation he was calling Bob. A few hours later a group of us was watching an adult LEAST SANDPIPER in dull light and rain.
The sandpiper is still present today and yesterday I returned to have a better look at it in better conditions. For an hour I had crippling views as it fed and slept only meters away from me on the edge of the pool. A brief seawatch of Horse Point could only produce lots of Manx Shearwater and 4 Puffin. Returning back to st Mary's on the supper boat, there were large numbers of Manx Shearwater in The roads including a raft of over 60. There was another raft of 100+ between Gugh and the Garrison.
It was only October 2011 that the second for Scilly turned up on Tresco Great Pool. The first was also on the St Agnes Big Pool '62. Bob Dawson is turning up the goods on this tiny pool. Already he found the Great Blue Heron on here, before it was discovered by Cavel Smith at Lower Moors the following day.
A look at Browarth produced a roost of waders including, 14 Curlew, 70+Oystercatcher and 3 each of Turnstone, Common Sandpiper and Whimbrel.
A pair of Stonechat were busy feeding young on St Agnes
This COMMON CRANE has been present on Scilly for over two months, favoring Annet. In the last week it has returned to St Mary's and I managed to catch up with it at Rose hill where this pic was taken. Robin Mawer
I took this pic of the COMMON CRANE on Annet, a long ways off from St Agnes last week where I also saw one of the 3 juvenile Mistle Thrush at Carn Lane.
The gosling is bigger than the godwits!
On the 7th, Martin Goodey called to say that he had 7 Icelandic Black-tailed Godwit in front of the Sussex Hide at Porth hellick. A single bird remained with 6 Greenshank to the 12th. Before this, 6 was the most I had ever seen on Scilly.
The day of the Turkestan Shrike on St Martins, (2nd July) Viv Jackson told us that he had a Golden Plover with long legs at the Great Bay. For the time of year, we were all thinking Pacific. However, the following evening, Andrew Ward identified an Adult American Golden Plover on Castle Down, Tresco with no sight of it the next day. From the crazy record of a single juvenile Mistle Thrush, (2nd July) to 3 juveniles the next day on St Agnes last week, was followed by another juvenile on St Martins. At Porthcressa there have been up to 4 Mediterranean Gull including a juvenile.
Last week, Bob Dawson went and found the second or third HARLEQUIN BEETLE for scilly on St Martins and today he had a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull on St Agnes.