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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Storm Brian hits Scilly!!

Storm Brian brings in 2 Leaches Petrel including this individual close to Rat Island.

  Brian was howling overnight and this morning Graham and I battled our ways just to get to me wagon. We thought we would try out Porth Hellick first thing and got the American Golden Plover on the beach and the putative WILSON'S SNIPE was on the pool with 9 Snipe and 2 Redwing were overhead. At higher Moors there was a smart Siberian Chiffchaff with 2 Chiffchaff. At Pelistry we thought that it might be more sheltered but the pines were blown all over the shop. However, there was a Hawfinch keeping low.
  Graham did the Garrison and made my ways up north only to turn around and make my ways to the quay as a Leaches Petrel came over the radio off the Mermaid carpark. Two leaches in a week but this one was a lot closer just west of Rat Island before flying north towards Tresco where we lost it. At the same time there was another Leaches Petrel between the Garrison and St Agnes.

American Golden Plover at Porth Hellick

I've only see three Leaches Petrel on Scilly and two of them have been in the space of five days both in The Roads!

  The possible Siberian Oystercatcher has not been seen on Porthloo for the last two days. So like yesterday, I was scanning the 35+Oystercatchers from the shelter of me wagon. Martin Goodey called from the otherside of the beach to tell me that he thought he had the sibe and put me on it. Sure enough that was it and between us, in the forty minutes I was there, we dug it out when we lost it among the Oystercatchers it was feeding with.
  Later in afternoon I got a call from Joe Pender of a Snow Bunting he had just found at Deep Point. We got out of the wagon only to jump back in when the heavens opened. In that time we did get a Skylark.


Possible Siberian Oystercatcher (longipes) at Porthloo. After a while the sibe could easily be picked out from the Oystercatchers from a distance by it's more slender appearance and more white in the wing when the brown upperparts were not easily seen in certain light.

This 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was also on the beach

A quick at Little Porth and got Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart and 2 Wheatear showing very well

This Short-toed lark was found by Ian Williams very briefly on Peninnis on the 12th October. It's the only one that's been recorded this autumn on Scilly. 

Great great band!! Warning a lot of bad words. The Drive-By Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia, though two of five current members (Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley) are originally from The Shoals region of northern Alabama, and the band strongly identifies with Alabama.[1] The band currently consists of Mike Cooley (lead vocals, guitar, banjo), Patterson Hood (lead vocals, guitar), Brad Morgan (drums), Jay Gonzalez (keys, guitar, accordion, backing vocals), and Matt Patton (bass guitar, backing vocals).[2] Like many alternative country acts, the Drive-By Truckers record in analog (using 2 inch, 16-track open-reel tape recorders).[2] The band's constant touring has developed its dedicated following.[3] 

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