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Monday, 17 August 2015

Emperor Dragonfly at Lower Moors

Although this Emperor Dragonfly has been at Lower Moors since last month, I finally caught up with it and proved to be a new species for me! 

  Except for the Palagics turning up the goods, with cracking views of a FEA'S PETREL yesterday 11 miles NE of St Mary's, in the two weeks that's just gone, it's been pretty quiet. However, the last few days has seen a bit of movement. A 90 minute seawatch off Deep Point yesterday evening was hard work but paid off when 6 Black Tern flew past heading east.  Green sandpiper, Wheatear, Willow Warbler have been in double figures and yesterday over 20 Pied Flycatcher were on St Mary's. I saw my first 3 Pied Flycatcher of the year today, but the highlight was my third Osprey of the year gaining height over Lower Moors drifting east towards Tresco.

I saw my first ever Emperor Dragonfly yesterday only to find my own briefly today hawking over Newford Duckpond. It's been a good year so far with singles also at Porth Hellick and on St Martins

In the dull light, this Osprey was rising all the time heading east towards Tresco

This worn tiny Common Blue (2/3 the size) got both me and Ren going when we flushed it at Lower Moors yesterday. A call to Will Scott and an hour later he identified as a 2nd generation Common Blue 

There were small numbers of Common Blue in the same area with Long-winged Coneheads and Blue-tailed Damselfly

Up to 3 Snipe are at Porth Hellick with 11 Greenshank

Yesterday I had 2 Spotted Flycatcher at Carn Friers. 

Out of 356 yachts in the Fastnet race, this was the leading boat. A 131 ft. Trimaran " SPINDRIFT 2 " going west past Peninnis lighthouse today.

Born to a Belgian mother and an Italian father, Mélanie De Biasio learnt ballet from the age of 3, and started playing the Western concert flute at 8 years of age. At the age of 12, she joined the Ensemble de l'Harmonie de Charleroi with whom she toured Canadafor a month. During her adolescence, she further improved her voice and diction.

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