This Red-rumped Swallow was first seen flying through St Agnes by Graham Gordon and a few hours later I picked it up at Porth Hellick with some 150+Sand Martin
By far the best news of today was Amber Rudd resigning as Home Secretary from the Tories after the Windrush scandal!!
With Northerlies in the air this morning, I wasn't expecting to see much today on my day off. With a Whitethroat in me garden that encouraged me to get out and do an hour or two in the field. I checked Lower Moors for yesterdays Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Whinchat but it was dead. It wasn't so good at Porth Hellick either although 3 Tufted Duck were new in. I was scanning through some 30 hirundines from the seaward hide, when I heard a Spotted Crake to my right. It only gave two burst in succession and therefore I thought that I would leave it as it's probably something else. However, I heard it again and in two minutes it sang on and off. After ten minutes I never heard again and I informed other birders. It was thirty minutes later that it was heard again by a single observer. We waited around but nothing and twenty minutes later I was at Trewince. I could see immediatly that there was a movement of hirundines moving through with a single Siskin and in the fields there were 2 Whitethroat.
Single Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Siskin, 2 Whitethroat and moving through good numbers of hirundines at Trewince
This female and 2 male Tufted Duck at Porth Hellick were new in
Coot and Moorhen
I had lunch at Juliets with Martin, Ren and family when Graham let me know he had a Red-rumped Swallow move through over the Big Pool, St Agnes. Shortly afterwards, news came on about the male Pied Flycaycher was still at Carreg Dhu Gardens, a Lesser Whitethroat was singing at Porth Hellick and on St Martins the 1st winter Laughing Gull was still on the cricket pitch. With the light so good I thought I would go and look at the flycatcher. On the way I picked up the juvenile Iceland Gull at Porthloo. At the gardens Robin joined me and there we discovered that there were 2 male Flycatcher in the garden! House Martin and Swallow were moving through with my first Swift of the year.
This adult male Pied Flycatcher has been in Carreg Dhu Gardens for the last five days.
Today this 1st summer male Pied Flycatcher joined the male in the gardens. Both birds showed superbly in the bright sun light
There were also Willow Warbler and Chiffchaff and 4 Blackcap in the garden
I only saw 3 Wheatear today including this male
There is possibly 2 Red-rumped Swallow with the 250+hirundines at Porth Hellick this evening
Last week Chas Wood had 2 Hawfinch in his garden including this female at Higher Lanes
Mark Collier found this male Pied Flycatcher at Carreg Dhu Gardens a week ago
While searching for the Pied Flycatcher I picked this male Firecrest on song but it only stuck around for two days
Yesterday I had this male Redstart at Salkee Farm
This is to Amber Rudd and May who should also resign after the Windrush scandal!!! Great short remix of Dylan's 'Masters of War'