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Saturday, 6 January 2018

3 Iceland Gull on St Mary's

3 juvenile Iceland Gull were seen on St Mary's today including this one on Porthcressa

  While others were taken to St Martins to twitch the SNOWY OWL (thought to be a different 1st winter female to the individual that was first seen on Bryher over a month ago before moving to SW Cornwall) Ritchie and I went and did some, gulling! As we watched the rib set off, there were 100s of Kittiwake feeding out in The roads. Also just below Star Castle, the new pale looking juvenile Iceland Gull that I found yesterday was sat on the sea. At the same time, Higgo who was on the rib, got another juvenile Iceland Gull off Carn Moval. Shortly afterwards, we connected with the more biscuit colored juvenile Iceland Gull at Morning Point. We tried other ares with nothing of note and ended up at Porth Hellick where we saw a male Sparrowhawk and the wintering Water Pipit on the beach.
  Later on, after Ritchie dropped me off at home, I ventured out again and ended up back at tip where there were some twenty gulls on the roof. I picked out an interesting Herring Gull among them but I needed to see it fly to show off it's tail. I fired off some side on shots while it was on the roof and then walked to the otherside. When I got to the otherside, to my disappointment, they had all flown off and I couldn't see them anywhere! It was late but I let the locals know about it so they could look out for it tomorrow.

The biscuit looking Juvenile Iceland Gull at Morning Point

The same bird as above in better light at Porthcressa

I found this new pale juvenile Iceland Gull yesterday at Porth Mellon before relocating it later that day at Porthcressa. Ritchie and I also had it today below Star Castle.

The overwintering Water Pipit at Porth Hellick was feeding with a tailless Grey Wagtail on the beach

I had this interesting Herring Gull late this afternoon but unfortunly I never saw it fly and therefore did not catch the tail.

Also had this Great-black backed and Herring Gull at the tip

What is thought to be a different 1st winter female SNOWY OWL to the individual that was first seen on Bryher over a month ago before moving to SW Cornwall, showed very well on the rocky beach at Pernaggie, St Martins. See more superb photos by Martin Goodey on his website

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  1. The interesting Herring Gull looks good for a dark Scandiavian bird. Structurally looks good for an argentatus too. They can occasionally show all dark tails like smithsonianus.

  2. Thanks Brett and yeah it's probably is a Scandinavian but I would like to see it again. I had yet another adult Scandinavian at the tip today.