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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

12th Great Reed Warbler for Scilly

Today I found a Great Reed Warbler at Porth Hellick in the fog and a year ago yesterday, I found another individual at the same site also in the fog! This record shot was the best I could do of the mobile warbler as it flew away over the reeds.

  Woke up to thick soup this morning and as there were no flights all day, I took the afternoon off. At 15.00, Ray, Jo and I had been in the seaward hide for ten minutes when a large warbler very briefly flew low over the water from left to right and I immediatly identified it as a Great Reed Warbler. As Jo had my bins at the time, as it crashed into the reeds, I lost sight of it with my naked eye. Toby Carter joined us and it was over an hour later when we all got fleetiing views of the bird on and off in the reeds. Another hour passed and the warbler decided to start singing only a few meters left of the hide and a very small crowd got a very brief back end flight view as it disappeared over the reeds never to be seen again. Hopefully tomorrow it will give itself up and perform well for everyone. The only other bird trying to sing louder than the Great reed was the Cetti's Warbler in the same area.
   After a two day absents, it was thought that Red-footed Falcon had moved on. However, today it was seen on Porth Hellick Down this afternoon and at Lower Moors, there was a Turtle Dove.

Male Linnet

Moorhen chick and Gadwall ducklings at Porth Hellick

And the parents protecting their young

  Two days ago, Alan Bone found 2 Black-tailed Godwit at Porth Hellick. In the afternoon they made the short flight to Lower Moors. Here is where most of us caught up with them after work and I asked why can't these be Continental Blackwits as I thought that they looked good? It was only when a photo was put on the Scilly Bird News Whatsapp that a debate started on the group whether they were Icelandic or Continental jobs? I had no idea how difficult it was to identify these two races and also had no idea how rare Continental were on Scilly.
  Also seen that day there was a Golden Oriole at Porth Hellick with a singing male also at Watermill, Pied Flycatcher, Sunnyside and Marsh Harrier at Salkee.

Icelandic or Continental Black-tailed Godwit at Lower Moors. If they prove to be the latter race, they could be the first for Scilly!

I had this Hobby in the rain distantly at Higher Moors four days ago and the following day we had it over Trenowth

1st summer Red-footed Falcon from a few days ago

Live video shot during my trip in Bolivia on may 2018. This guy is just unbelievable, we got to share the stage for a song and it was sooo beautiful. Rez P is a 32 year-old Franco-Boliviano rapper and beatmaker, this guy can play keyboard, guitar, charango, Quena and even beatbox a little bit, he's so talented and I'm really happy to have met him, I can't wait for you to discover his style ! Big thanks to the Alliances Francaises of Bolivia for making this video possible (and to Sara and Marjo for lending us their flat and "Panda" and Doug Mastoor for filming us) *text at the end of the video !!!

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