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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Glossy Ibis on St Mary's

Graham Cundasle had this Glossy Ibis briefly at Porth Hellick on the morning of 15th and shortly afterwards Mark Anderson had it over Peninnis. 

  Two days ago, mid-morning, Mark Anderson called me to say he's watching a Glossy Ibis over Peninnis heading towards Porthcressa. I was in me wagon in a flash and down the Strand I picked it up flying over town before returning towards Porthcressa. It was not seen again until 11.55 when I was just approaching the entrance of the Star Castle, I spotted it heading towards town from the north side of the Garrison. The wind caught it and it turned and was swept across The Roads towards Tresco to never be seen again!
 Just before 13,00 a text came through from Graham Cundale 'Glossy Ibis and AGP at Porth Hellick'. I tried to call him back without any success but within a few minutes there were a load of us searching for the damn thing with no sign of it anywhere. It wasn't for another hour till I got through to Graham only to be told by him that he had it at 09.30 this morning and he forgot his mobile! Well at least he got a good ole pic of it.

  Today the wind had moved to a NE breeze with bright sun all day making it bloody hot! I didn't get out until the afternoon and at Salkee the Meadow Pipits had increased to over 120 with the single Skylark still present. At Lower Moors I said hello to the Semipalmated Sandpiper and Green sandpiper then saw the second Yellow-browed Warbler of the year nearby that was found earlier on. The first was discovered this morning on Gugh. A Yellow Wagtail also flew over then I made my ways to Porth Hellick to see the American Golden Plover and take advantage of the evening light.

Over 120 Meadow Pipit were at Salkee

And 2 Sparrowhawk were flushing them on and off


Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was still at Lower Moors


Juvenile American Golden Plover at Porth Hellick Beach

Ringed Plover
This Osprey was observed over Porth Hellick this morning by Chris and Juliet before departing towards Tresco. Also seen today were a single Common Rosefinch and Ring Ouzel, St Agnes where there were only 2 Lapland Bunting now and Yellow-browed Warbler on Gugh. Another Ring Ouzel was on Bryher and the 6 Pink-footed Geese were still on Tresco.

1 comment:

  1. Spider, have you got any shots of the American Goldie at Porthellick!!!