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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

Miranda Lee Richards (born April 4, 1975)[1] is an American singer-songwriter.
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.
She has also worked with Joe Firstman, and reportedly will appear on several tracks on an upcoming Tricky release. Miranda has also recently performed with Good Listeners and the Jesus and Mary Chain.

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