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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick

I found this juvenile Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick four days ago (18th)  

 On the 18th I was at Porth Hellick looking out from the Sussex Hide. I picked up a Common Sandpiper in the far left corner and immediately could see that it had bright yellow legs 'Surely that's got to be a Spotted Sandpiper with those legs?' I said to myself.. Through the bins it was too far away and always obscured from the reeds and grass to get any other detail on it. I quickly fired off some shots from me camera only to watch it disappear deeper into the long grass. I waited for it to come out so I could nail it but ten minutes later I got a call telling me that there were two guest waiting at the airport to be picked up. This happens a lot as the guests don't give us the details of what flight they are on if they book with They had been up at the airport for nearly twenty minutes and I rushed out and ran like the devil towards me wagon. As a result, I forgot all about the sandpiper when I dropped the guest off at the hotel later. Sounds stupid but I do it a lot. What do I do a lot? I forgot what it was.
  Anyways, the following day I found the Citrine Wagtail at Lower Moors and then later in the day got cracking views of the Solitary Sandpiper on Tresco. When I returned home, later in the evening I uploaded the photos on to my laptop but when straight to the wagtail and the Solitary, not even looking at anything else that was on the card, forgetting about the photos of the Spotted Sandpiper from the day before.
  Yesterday I got a text from Brad Dallas, from Southfork, Texas, Cornwall, texting me that there was a report of a Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick. My reply was 'It is one!' I told him the story and said I've got only two photos to prove it. I also told him that I bloody forgot all about the sandpiper!
  On the WhatsApp group and RBA, it came out as reported and Gary Hobson sent me some cracking photos of a the Sandpiper that he took earlier in the day in front of the seaward gide at Porth Hellick. I immediately identified it as a Spotted Sandpiper and asked if I could reload them on the WhatsApp group to prove that the report is indeed one!!

This is the third Spotted Sandpiper I have found on Scilly.

  This morning, Martin Goodey called me to say that the Spotted Sandpiper was in front of the seaward Hide. I relayed the message on WhatsApp and as I was at the airport, arrived in the hide ten minutes later. There the sandpiper was pulling faces at me before flying into that far right corner. Only this time it didn't disappear into the long grass as it did four days ago because the long grass was cut down the day after I had it. Here it harassed a Green Sandpiper and both birds flew towards the Sussex Hide.

If only it showed like this or they cut the grass the day before when I first found it this juvenile Spotted Sandpiper four days ago!

  At 12.30, Higgo let me know that the Citrine Wagtail was feeding with the Spotted Sandpiper at Porth Hellick. Jim Almond and I were only in the Sussex Hide for ten minutes and observed them both together before the sandpiper pushed the wagtail off up road.
  Later in the afternoon I had crippling views of the Citrine Wagtail back at Lower Moors with 2 Snipe and a single Green Sandpiper. A single Kingfisher was also seen here and the Adult Solitary Sandpiper was still on Tresco Great Pool off Simpsons Field. Yesterday there was an adult Common Gull at Bar Point and on St Agnes a Black-tailed Godwit.

Is this a first of a Citrine Wagtail and Spotted Sandpiper feeding together?

The 1st winter Citrine Wagtail was still at Lower Moors for it's third day and we still got the foggy conditions from Sunday! 

Green Sandpiper

Red Underwing

Now listen to what Patrick Moore says. Bent are an electronica act from Nottingham in England, consisting of Neil "Nail" Tolliday and Simon Mills. They released their debut album Programmed to Love in 2000.[1]
The duo were initially noted for their ability to create their own mischievous style of recordings by sampling their private record collections (which they have themselves referred to as "dodgy"). On the 2003 single "Magic Love" they sampled a Toni Tennilleperformance. Nana Mouskouri is one of the artists they have sampled[2] the most so far. Another notably sampled artist is the Canadiansinger Anne Murray, whose song "Just Bidin' My Time" is heavily used for the lyrics of "Leavin' Me".
With the release of 2004's Ariels, Bent took a sharp turn into live-based recording using predominantly original material. 2006's Intercept! saw the duo taking a step back into the style reminiscent of the first two albums, although adding a more discoesque touch. Their prankster-ish reputation is reprised with the track "Stay Out All Night", in which the sole lyric (repeated twice) is "People who are afraid of the dark send their children to bed and stay out all night".
Following the relative hiatus of the band (a Best of in 2009 was followed 4 years later by a double CD featuring previously unreleased tracks), both Nail and Simon Mills have maintained a musical activity of their own, Simon Mills heading a solo project called Napoleon, with a self-titled first album digitally released in 2011, very similar to early Bent in its delicate blending of soft electronic music and vintage samplings. A second album, Magpies, also close to the Bent sound, followed in 2013, and 2014 saw for Napoleon the release of twelve EPs, at the beginning of each month.
Simon Mills joint the Capital Cities workship and release two songs: Postcards (feat. Capital Cities), Two Timin' My Mind (feat. Capital Cities) recorded for Napoleon(2011) debut album[3], and two remix: New Town Crier (Napoleon Remix) for Kangaroo Court EP USA release, Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast (Napoleon Remix) for In a Tidal Wave of Mystery Deluxe Edition.

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