Observing the CLIFF SWALLOW at close range in flight by Tresco Abbey was ideal but the dull rainy conditions made it not so ideal for the camera.
This morning the ISABELLINE WHEATEAR was still on the north end of the airfield near to the turning circle. While nipping up runs to the airport I had a sneak look now and then through other birders scopes. Just after 16.00 I was looking at the 2 Brent Geese that were found at the east end of Porthcressa Bay and had a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull at Porthloo.
This Mediterranean Gull and Little Egret were both at Porthloo
Pale-bellied Brent Geese
The boat was leaving at 18.30 but Jeff Dent asked me if I would like a lift to quay in his buggy. This would give me more time to observe the swallow and when every one had gone, except for 'Rocky' Robin and Jimmy Almond, who I arranged to come on the buggy with me, we all got very good flight views as the swallow flew just above our heads for at least twenty minutes! As a result I got soaked to the bone but it was worth it!!
Hopefully the swallow will stick around for awhile and everyone can catching up with it. This record is hot on the heels of last years Cliff Swallow at Porth Hellick that was found by Graham Gorden. You can read the account here and better pics as well http://scillyspider.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/5th-cliff-swallow-for-scilly.html
Earlier this evening I thought it's about time I played another song from the great Tom Petty on my blog. So I started listening to him on Spotify, deciding which one to choose when my daughter interrupted me calling on FB. We had been in conversation for nearly an hour and started surfing the net when I read that Tom Petty was dead!! Man, strange things happen to me and that was one of them. Anyways, it emerged from 'The Independent' that 'Confusion surrounds news of legendary singer Tom Petty after an early report that he has died aged 66. Conflicting reports emerged after he experienced a heart attack at the age of 66. The singer-songwriter was reportedly rushed to the UCLA Santa Monica hospital on Monday after being found unconscious in his Malibu home.
Here's footage of him messing up from the beginning, stopping and starting before he pulls it off!