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Friday 27 July 2012

1st breeding Siskins for Scilly!

There have been 2 adult Mediterranean Gull at Porthloo in the last few days Robin Mawer

  Still damn quiet! However, with August now just around the corner, it should get better. With work so busy, I just can't get out in the field. There has been a small arrival of Crossbill with 2 first seen at Innisidgen, 23rd, followed a few days later with 5, Longstones and 9, Garrison. Bob Dawson had a Scilly record of 32 Common Sandpiper on St Agnes, including 17 together, 21st. I had a single on that day at the quay and a Green Sandpiper over town, 24th. There's been 2 adult Mediterranean Gull at Porthloo most morning and a very unusual record for July were 9 Lapwing circling the airfield, 21st. Also, 2 male Redpoll were trapped at Porth Hellick.

Juvenile Siskin feeding in gardens at Mcfarlands Down. Bob Dawson has told me that at least 2 pairs of Siskin have succesfully bred in pines in the Innisidgen area for the first time on Scilly Martin Goodey

Up to 28 Storm Petrel were trapped overnight at Deep Point, 27th Martin Goodey

Hobby at Innesidgen Robin Mawer

female Four-spotted Footman

Peach Blossom

Paul Whittacker and Joe Pender tagging a Blue Shark. In the last week there has been good numbers of these sharks tagged and released, including 8 on a trip with Mark Right, 27th. Also there have been at least 5+sightings of Leatherback Turtles in Scillanoan waters.

Beautiful track by the great Townes Vans Zandt 'Kathleen'

Monday 16 July 2012

2nd N.American STEPHEN'S GEM for Scilly!

Only the 9-10th record of STEPHEN'S GEM for the UK, with 2 of the records on Scilly! Bob Dawson

  In the last few weeks, it's been pretty quiet on Scilly. However, two days ago, 14th, Mick trapped a STEPHEN'S GEM in his garden at Longstones. Bob Dawson and I went to have a look at this second mega for Scilly. I also saw the first one that was also trapped in Mick's garden 10 years ago to almost the day, 7th July, 2002.

Taken by Robin Mawer

This Southern Wainscot trapped at Higher Moors was a new species for me Bob Dawson

Brussels Lace

Burnished Brass Martin Goodey

Up to 3 juvenile Cuckoos can be found on the coastal path between Deep Point and Giants Castle. This one was taken by Martin Goodey in Deep Point Quarry.

There are families of Swallows now being seen on St Mary's. Martin Goodey 

Some of the residents sunbathing on Porthcressa Beach.

My singing angel singing her own song 'Looking Over That Bridge' at Old Town Inn.