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Monday, 16 April 2018

4th Caspian Gull for scilly

If it wasn't for Dave alarming on the chimney of Star Castle I would of never of seen this Osprey over the building flying out towards Tresco,10th.

  Mid-April and it has been very quiet for this time of year. However, yesterday evening Graham Gordon pulled off the forth Caspian Gull for Scilly! A 1st summer feeding with 3-400 gulls at high tide off campsite beach. The first Caspian Gull for Scilly in Oct '16 that Jamie Partridge was just around the corner at nearby Porth Killier.

 On the 10th, Rob and Lucy Lambert observed an Osprey over Wingletang, St Agnes while watching the male Woodchat Shrike, flying north towards Gugh. Five minutes later, Dave started alarming on top of the Star Castle and made me look up to see the Osprey flying behind her and towards Tresco.
  The following day, a Mistle Thrush and Fieldfare were at the riding stables and a Ring Ouzel was at Peninnis. The first Tree Pipit and Pied Flycatcher were on Bryher and Garden Warbler, St Martins. I had to make do with a Grasshopper Warbler reeling in the mote of Star Castle.
  On the morning of the 12th I made a quick visit to Porth Hellick and I got my first Sedge Warbler and Tree Pipit of the year.

On the 11th I had 20+Willow Warbler and 4 Blackcap at the campsite

  On the 13th Mick Scott had a Wryneck in his garden at Longstones and on St Agnes there were a male Pied Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler and the first Redstart of the year. The Woodchat Shrike was last seen on the 14th.
  Back on St Mary's the following day, a Grasshopper Warbler was at Watermill and 3 Black-tailed Godwit arrived at Porth Hellick. In the evening a possible Yellow-browed Warbler was heard in the north pines of the golf course.

  Of the latter species, Jim got news a few days ago about a retrapped individual that he ringed at Porth Hellick on the 5/10/16 that had been ringed in Norway! This is only the 3rd Norwegian and only the 5th foreign control!!

4 male Wheatear at the golf course, 14th, were only my second record this year.

2 Golden Plover were at the airfield, 15th




Collard Dove

Male Gadwall

1st summer Yellow-legged Gull at the tip

Herring Gulls in the sea spray

All 3 Iceland Gull are still hanging around St Mary's with the juvenile Glaucous Gull seen on and off.

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