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Friday, 30 September 2016

4 Yanks in one day!

One of the 2 Red-eyed Vireos that was observed feeding together in the Parsonage, St Agnes Ren Halfway Better pics on Rob Stonehouse's blog

  Yesterday morning I got a text from Adam Archer telling me that he had just found the forth Buff-breasted Sandpiper of the autumn on the airfield with Golden Plovers. An hour later news came out that they had been joined by a American Golden Plover! At the time I was at the airport and from the control tower at a distance, with some help from Ralph Parks, I could pick out which species was which. I needed to get closer and arranged to have half the day off work.
  In the early afternoon warm sunshine, I found myself only 40 meters away from all the waders. As the yanks had only just touched down after crossing the pond, they had not settled and were spooked quite easily when ever a plane flew. However, there was no sign of yesterdays Dotterel.

Juvenile American Golden Plover

Juvenile Buff-breasted Sandpiper

 American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper

3 European, 1 American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper Chris and Juliet Moore 

  In the last few days, 2 Red-eyed Vireos have been showing well in the Parsonage, St Agnes. This morning only one was glimpsed but at 14.00 I made my ways across to the tiny island. I got the Lesser Yellowlegs and Curlew Sandpiper easily on the Big Pool and within ten minutes of arriving at the Parsonage, there was a shout and I briefly saw the Red-eyed Vireo at close range before it flew deeper into the Parsonage. I stuck around, thinking that it would return, but had to make do with a single Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Pied Flycatcher. Finished the evening off with one of Graham Gorden's awesome curry's!

Pied Flycatcher


A record shot of the juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs at the Big pool, St Agnes. After being present on this pool for 17 days, I only just got it as this was the last day that it was observed!

   On the 28th, Chris and Juliet Moore text me first in finding a Melodious Warbler in gardens opposite the Dutchy Office followed shortly afterwards with finding a Spotted Crake at Lower Moors. They both showed well when I twitched them. Later in the day, I had a look around the  Newford area I got cracking views of a Yellow-browed Warbler and Northern 'type' Willow Warbler. Also present was 6 Chiffchaff, 2 Willow Warbler and the Pied Flycatcher. Nearby I had another Yellow-browed Warbler at Content.

Something like 8 Melodious Warbler have been seen so far this year and this individual in gardens opposite the Duchy Office was my third 

Spotted Crake at Lower Moors

Yellow-browed Warbler and Northern Willow Warbler at Newford Duckpond

  After six weeks of giving Martin Goodey a Death's Head Haek Moth caterpillar, it has transformed into a stunning moth! The caterpiller was found at Star Catle on the Garrison and only two days ago a pristine Death's Head Hawkmoth was trapped at the campsite on the Garrison suggesting that it is probably local rather than a migrant. 

  Today on St Mary's, Andrew Gardner relocated both the Western Bonelli's Warbler at Peacehaven and the immature female Vagrant Emperor at Holy Vale. Also seen were the American Golden Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpiper at the airfield, the Melodious Warbler at the Duchy Office and the Black-necked Grebe at Porthcressa. Nearby a pale-bellied Brent Goose was at Little Porth.

  On St Agnes, one of the Red-eyed Vireos had moved to Covean with it or another later seen in the Parsonage. A Wryneck and the female Common Scoter were also at Covean. The Curlew Sandpiper was still on the Big Pool but there was no sign of the Lesser Yellowlegs.

  A pelagic today to the Seven Stones Reef produced 50 Grey Phalorope, 5 sooty Shearwater, 5 Great Skua and a single Long-tailed Skua.

  Yesterday on Bryher, Higgo and Alistair Orton found 3 Lapland Bunting and there was still a Common Rosefinch at the old post office. The day before they stumbled upon the first Snow Bunting of the autumn.

beth Davidson Fraser (born 29 August 1963)[1] sometimes also known as Liz Fraser is a Scottish singer, songwriter and musician best known as the vocalist for the band Cocteau TwinsFraser has a soprano vocal range.[2] She is as well known for her perfectionism and reclusive nature as she is for her voice.[3] She was described by critic Jason Ankeny as "an utterly unique performer whose swooping, operatic vocals relied less on any recognizable language than on the subjective sounds and textures of verbalized emotions".[4] Fraser's distinctive singing has earned her much critical praise; she was once described as "the voice of God."[5] Her lyrics range from straightforward English to semi-comprehensible sentences (glossolalia) and abstract mouth music. For some recordings, Fraser has said that she used foreign words without knowing what they meant – the words acquired meaning for her only as she sang them.[6]

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