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Sunday, 24 March 2019


I arrive back home three days ago, 21st, and two days later I connected with the overwintering juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED BUZZARD over Telegraph thanks to Ren

  While observing 1000s of raptors in Spain last week, news from Scilly was that the overwintering Rough-legged Buzzard was still present on St Martins after first being seen on the 20th November last year by Viv Jackson. I was just hoping that it would stick for just that little longer and it did. I was cleaning me wagon at work when shortly after 11.00, Ren called to say that he had the buzzard over Peninnis heading towards Old Town. For the next ten minutes I was driving all over the shop following instructions on where the bird was from other observers on the Scilly Bird News WhatsApp group. I eventually caught up with the raptor circling over Telegraph/golf course for over a minute before flying north towards Tresco when I lost it behind trees. A few minutes later a Hoopoe was found on St Agnes.
  Before all this happened, there had been a small arrival of migrants and I had 3 Black Redstart at Porthloo with a cracking male at Little Porth. Also a male White Wagtail dropped into the grounds of Star Castle.

I did see the last Rough-legged Buzzard to hit Scilly in October 2001 and as it arrived at the same time as a few yanks, it was thought to probably be a Rough-legged Hawk. Record shots of the Rough-legged Buzzard while circling over Telegraph

 This morning I joined Sgt Paul Freestone who was here for the weekend covering one of the police officers. At Porth Hellick there was an obvious arrival of Chiffchaff but otherwise 7 Sand Martin over the pool were my first of the year. Ren had 7 Wheatear on the airfield. So we went to the golf course and got an equal number with a single Black Redstart. Another 4 of the latter species was at Porthloo and later in the afternoon we returned to Porth Hellick to try and see Rens 3 Willow Warbler he had singing shortly after we left earlier on. No luck and we called it a day. On Tresco the Rough-legged Buzzard and 2 Cattle Egret were still present.

It was good to see the first Wheatear of the year with 7 birds near Carn Gwarvel. At least 30 turned up on St Mary's with 15 Black Redstart

Over 100 Chiffchaff were on St Mary's today including the 40+ that Paul and I had. 

There was also an arrival of Linnet today

Male Stonechat

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