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Sunday, 23 April 2017

6th and 7th BLACK-WINGED STILT for Scilly!

I only just got to Lower Moors by the skin of my teeth before the pair of BLACK-WINGED STILT, including this male, flew off high east!!

  Yesterday shortly after 16.00 I got a call from Martin Goodey asking about the 3 Dunlin I had earlier in the day at Lower Moors. Ten minutes later Martin came through to me again 'Spider! There is a Bittern at Lower Moors!!' I was just going into the COOP 'Errrrr, I'll be there in two secs!' Unknown to me, as Martin entered the ISBG hide at Lower Moors, a visiting birder told him that there was a Bittern in the reeds! Without looking, Martin contacted me.
  As I came through the hide door, Martin told me that it's a female Little Bittern! That will do and I informed everyone. I only had half an hour as I had to get back to the club to watch Spurs knock out Chelsea in the semi-finale of the FA Cup! I get so excited and jump up and down, shout at the TV and everyone in the club, go down on my knees, go crazy really and that's half an hour before they've even kicked off! Anyways, as I was watching Spurs crumble, I was getting texts that the bittern was showing well out in the open. I returned later to the moors with Ren and observed the bittern very active moving through the reeds from one side to other making short fights now and then.

This is the first view I had of the female Little Bittern at lower Moors and this is how it stayed for the 40 minutes I was there before I left to watch Spurs get knocked out of the FA cup!! 

I returned later after the game with Ren and observed it feeding actively. This is my 8th Scilly record including the male less than two weeks ago at Porth Hellick! 

The 3 Dunlin were still present

  So roll on to this morning. At 06.00, I made my ways down to Lower Moors and relocated the female Little Bittern in the same clump of reeds as I saw it for the first time yesterday. There was a notable increase of sedge Warbler with at least 10+birds around the pool area, Trench Lane end of Lower Moors there was a Wood Warbler singing and trying to see the warbler, I flushed 2 Whitethroat. It felt really promising that something good was goin to turn up and with that in mind, a few of us got the 10.15 boat to Bryher.
  Passing samson in the boat we got 4 Great Northern Diver and a single Puffin. We were walking on the coastal path at Popplestones when James, Ren's son, shouted at me 'Slow Worm' I know I'm slow but you don't have to let everyone know and calling me a worm? My heads were in the clouds and I almost stud on the legless lizard! I soon came back down to earth as this was my first Slow Worm for over 30 years and my first for Scilly! Every one caught up with it as they were close behind us.
  Otherwise it was hard work and all I could manage was a Spotted Flycatcher, 1 Merlin, 1 White Wagtail, 15 Dunlin and 5 Greenshank.
  I decided to the last two hours on Tresco and it weren't any better. While watching 120+House and 15+Sand Martin overhead, a male Ring Ouzel flew straight through the flock. The male Buzzard was busy displaying.

The female Litttle Bittern was still on the far side but the light was a lot better this morning than it was yesterday

There was up to 15+Sedge Warbler at Lower Moors

Only 1 Dunlin was still present on the pool

My first Slow Worm for Scilly!!

My earliest spring record of Spotted Flycatcher was at the west end of Samson Hill

Buzzard on Tresco

  Just after 17.30, I was finishing off my Sunday roast when Martin came through '2 BLACK-WINGED STILTS lower Moors now!!' Didn't he say this to me 25 hours ago but instead of saying stilts it was Bittern? My reply was the same 'Errrrr, I'll be there in two secs' But I've got to eat my puddin. It was staring me in the face, apple pie and custard! Oh yes my favourite! Black-winged Stilts or apple pie and custard? Stilts won but only because the custard had gone cold! I called on Ren on my ways there, but he was just about to have his dinner. I asked what you having?
  I left him to it and got to hide within minutes to see a pair of Black-winged Stilts in front of the ISBG hide looking like they were ready to go. The Little Bittern was just to the right of the stilts and I had only been there a minute and sure enough the stilts were off and flew east climbing higher and higher. Martin told me that Himself and Nigel Hudson were keeping an eye on the bittern when the 2 stilts came in! They also had a male Blue-headed Wagtail drop in briefly. Only myself and Bobby Dawson got the stilts in time and there was no sign of them at Porth Hellick.

the pair of BLACK-WINGED STILT that only spent 15 minutes at Lower Moors before flying out east! This is my third Scilly record after the individual that spent five days at Porth Hellick in spring 2005! They will be somewhere in Cornwall tomorrow! 

   I thought I'll go to the airfield and search for Bobby Dawson's Short-toed Lark he had this morning over Porth Hellick. I relocated it at the turning circle end where it showed at very close range. At the golf course I had were 50+House martin, 15 Wheatear, Ring Ouzel and a female Black Redstart.

  Darren Mason had a singing Wood Warbler at WatermillElsewhere the first Golden Oriole of the year was on st Martins and on St Agnes, yesterdays Hoopoe was still in the Wannas Cove area but mobile. After we all left Bryher, Lewis Thompson went and found a Richard's Pipit by the pool. He also had 1 Swift, 2 Grasshopper, 1 Wood Warbler, 4 Tree Pipit and 2 Ring Ouzel. Yesterday on the same island he had 3 Grasshopper, 1 Wood Warbler, 4 Ring Ouzel, 1 Black Redstart, 1 Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Tree Pipit and the Long-eared Owl that Higgo found last Monday.

Short-toed Lark at the airfield this evening

Male Ring Ouzel at Carn Moval

Male Stonechat

Sunset from the Carn Moval

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Friday, 21 April 2017

3rd Purple Heron of the spring!

This mixed songster (Willow Warbler/Chiffchaff) was singing at Rose Hill area, 17-21st.

  From work at Star castle I observed my first Hobby of the year fly out towards Porthloo and at Lower Moors there was a Dunlin. Early evening I had over 70 Wheatear in the airfield/Salkee area and at Porth Hellick there were 2 Snipe4 Green, 2 Common and still present from two days ago, a Wood Sandpiper. At 20.00 I made my ways home and as was just at the Parting Carn turning when Rob Lambert called to say that he had an adult Purple Heron circling Porth Hellick! I ran like the devil and a few minutes later I picked the heron over Porth Hellick Down flying NE towards Normandy. I called Bobby Dawson and he observed it directly over his house! The heron then swung around and flew over Deep Point and SE out to sea climbing higher and higher. It was thought that the bird had just arrived and instead of staying overnight, it continued moving on.
  In the last few days I've seen my first Cuckoo, Reed and Sedge Warbler of the year and yesterday at work, Grasshopper Warbler. However, migrants are still hard to come by at the moment.

  Also seen today were 5 Ring Ouzel, single Tree Pipit and 30 Wheatear on Peninnis. Another 35 Wheatear were at Porth Hellick Down with also 20+ on the golf course. A Marsh Harrier was over Hugh Town.

  On Tresco there was the 4th Red-rumped Swallow of the spring was at the Great Pool and on St Agnes there was a Hoopoe at Barnby Lane. yesterday there was a Bee-eater over Higher Town, St Martins.

  On the latter island, the male Rock Thrush was last seen on the 15th in the Bread and Cheese, butter, pickled onion Cove area!

The third Purple Heron of the spring was another adult that spent twenty minutes circling around Port Hellick before departing SE out to sea.

A very vocal mixed singer of Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff at Rose hill. Maybe this is a returning individual I had at Bar Point last year?

This Wood Sandpiper has been at Porth Hellick for the last three days and every time I see it, it's always on the far side of the pool!

There were 4 green Sandpiper and including this one, 2 Common Sandpiper at Porth Hellick

This Water Rail didn't know what to do when out in the open on the campsite and it saw me. After less than a minute it ran into the undergrowth

Over 150 Wheatear were on St Mary's today


There are over 50 Linnet at Trewince

Male Mallard

Male Gadwall

Up to 30+Swallow at Porth Hellick this evening

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Her 2001 release The Herethereafter included original compositions such as "The Beginner" as well as a cover of The Rolling Stones 1967 single "Dandelion". Her single "The Long Goodbye" reached into the top five in Japan, and the music video for this song was in heavy rotation on MTV Japan.
Miranda Lee Richards grew up in San Francisco, the daughter of comic book artists Ted and Teresa Richards. She attended San Francisco's School of the Arts, and then took up modeling after graduation. She moved to Paris to continue her modeling career, and hated it, moving back to San Francisco. She met Kirk Hammett of Metallica through a friend, and he gave her guitar lessons and taught her to play Mazzy Star songs. She recorded some demos in her basement which reached the ears of Anton Newcombe of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, whom she joined briefly.[2] After leaving them, she moved to Los Angeles, living in a tent out of a friend's backyard,[citation needed] while she met the many musicians who would contribute to her debut.
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