Ritchie Aston found this scarce Little-ringed Plover on the airfield
Today. Graham Gordon found this male Woodchat Shrike at wingletang, St Agnes. Photos by Steve Williams Also seen today, Ren found a Wryneck by the school on St Martins and on St Mary's there were single Ring Ouzel and Grasshopper Warbler with some 40+Willow Warbler
Yesterday I spent most of the day with Ritchie Aston but it was not until mid-afternoon that we got our first bird of note. While walking the east runway towards the burnt out helicopter, Ritchie observed a Little-ringed Plover drop in front of us before moving to the edge of the runway. In the 20 minutes that it was there. only Robin twitched it before it flew off east towards Porth Hellick. It was later in the evening when Scott Reid relocated the plover in the same area on the airfield.
Throughout the day it proved to be hard work for both us and only the 3 Iceland Gull and 4 Swallow were the best we could do. 100s of Manx Shearwater were feeding off the southern headlands. 2 grey geese that we observed distantly flying south got away from us to be identified.
Jim trapped a Sedge Warbler at Porth Hellick and there was a Common Sandpiper at Old Town. On Bryher there were a Hoopoe and Ring Ouzel with another Hoopoe on Tresco where there was also a Single Yellow Wagtail, Common Sandpiper and Hawfinch. A Hawfinch was also on St Agnes two days ago. The first Humming-bird Hawkmoth of the year was at Jacksons Hill. On the 7th I heard and observed a Serin over the pig fields, Garrison, heading SE towards Morning Point.
Only my eighth Scilly Little-ringed Plover
I had this Short-eared Owl leave it's roost at Lower Moors two days ago
1st summer Mediterranean Gull
Juvenile Iceland Gull
Adult Lesser black-backed Gull
The pale juvenile Iceland Gull
This Palmate Newt. found by Scott Reid on his doorstep at Rams Valley, was thought to be only the third Scilly record. It got us all running to his house until it was discovered that a few years back, Palmate Newts were brought over from the mainland and released in a pond only the across the road from Scott's house!!
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