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Sunday, 8 May 2016

3 Red-rumped Swallow at Pelistry

Ren and I found this Short-toed Lark on the airfield

 Another cracking day! It wasn't a bad start on the Garrison where I had 1 Pied and 4 Spotted Flycatcher, female Redstart, 2 whitethroat, 2 Turtle Dove and 20+House Martin. 
  Mark Anderson and Ren called to say that a Red-rumped Swallow was ranging from Porthcressa to Peninnis. After breakfast, Ren wanted to see the Ruff that Seth and I found yesterday at the airfield with 2 Golden Plover. Like me, it would be Ren's first Ruff that he has ever seen with a ruff. No sign of the wader but we did find a very mobile Short-toed Lark at the east turning circle. Also had a single White Wagtail and Whitethroat. All the time, Swallow and House Martin were coming in off the sea and with them there were 2 Swift and Alson Allen had probably another Red-rumped Swallow at nearby Porth Minnick. While up at the airfield I got two calls, First Tony with a ring-tailed Hen Harrier passed his house in Old Town. Later it was seen at Lower Moors. Then Chis Ridgard to say he had a Golden Oriole at Bants Carn.

These 2 Turtle Dove at the campsite showed superbly

Then Short-toed Lark at the airfield was very flighty and had probably just come in

This cracking Ruff was hanging out with 2 Golden Plover yesterday on the airfield. I have never seen a Ruff in this plumage before and by these pics, it has been identified as a different individual that Viv Jackson had on St Martins earlier on the same day.

 Ren had to go to work and I made my ways to Pelistry to hopefully relocate the Hen Harrier. Nigel Hudson called with news of the Red-rumped Swallow was still at Porthcressa, I was in the fields left of the track down to the Pelistry beach, observing 2 Spotted Flycatcher and a single Tree Pipit, when I picked up a hirundine that I instantly identified as a Red-rumped Swallow only to be joined by another! Both birds flew straight through ESE together.I was just about to imform everyone when another Red-rumped Swallow followed through on the same line as the other two! 3 Red-rumped Swallow!! I walked through the fields to Mount Todden and found some 40 House Martin, 15 Swallow and single Sand martin and Swift. It took me ten minutes before I saw any of them. It was nearly 30 minutes before Martin saw one which by that time I was back at Pelistry with both House Martin and Swallow moving through. A 2nd year Marsh Harrier that I spotted a long ways off over Normandy turned out to be a new bird with both the sub-adult and female also seen today. Later in the evening, we got 2 Red-rumped Swallow at Porth Hellick. There was also a small influx of Kestrel and I managed to see at least 6 birds including 3 together at Pelistry.

Record shot of 1 of the 3 Red-rumped Swallow that flew straight through at pelistry and then later 2 birds were at Porth Hellick with 50 House Martin and 25 Swallow. 

Today there were the Hen, Montague's and 3 Marsh Harrier  including this 2nd year Marsh Harrier, a new individual at Normandy.

Up to 40 Spotted Flycatcher were seen on St Mary's. Out of them I saw 14 including this individual at Maypole. Another 15 were at Bryher and 10 were on St Martins.

Male Stonechat

I only saw 6 Willow Warbler

This Kestrel was playing with this Peregrine

The female Woodchat Shrike was still at the golf course with the juvenile Iceland Gull

  Also on St Mary's there were Hobby and 2 Garden Warbler.

 Higgo made a visit to his beloved island, Bryher and scored with finding a male Woodchat Shrike, male Dotterel that Ren found yesterday, 1 Redstart, 1 Whinchat, 15 Spotted Flycatcher and the first Wood Warbler of the year. The male SNOWY OWL was still on Shipmans Head Down.

  On St Martins there were 1 Garden Warbler, 10 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatcher, 1 Whinchat, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Kestrel and 1 Tree Pipit. 

 Tresco held the female GOLDENEYE on the Great Pool. The last record was in Dec '10 when Ritchie and Tony found a female at Porthloo.

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