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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Glaucous and Iceland Gulls on St Mary's

Juvenile Glaucous Gull at Deep Point

  In the last few days, the juvenile Iceland Gull has been showing off at very close range in front of the club house on the golf course. Yesterday and today it was joined by another juvenile. However, this individual is not so cooperative and flies off immediately when approached from a distance. Over 40 Wheatear, 50+Meadow Pipit and 4 Skylark were also on the fairways.

Goin past me wagon!

The very confiding Iceland Gull

And the not so confiding Iceland Gull

Up to over 50 Meadow Pipit and 40 Wheatear were on the golf course

Also good numbers of Stonechat in the area

Male Dunnock trying to impress a female

  With the arrival of more Wheatears, when I got chance, I made my ways to deep Point. At the quarry, I got a surprise when a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew low SW out of sight towards Porth Hellick. Seconds later it returned and I relocated it on rocks below the coastal path where it showed very briefly before flying off towards Pelistry. No wheatears, but I got my first Swallow of the year at Lower Moors. Up to 35 Goldfinch were at Ho;y Vale and 10 Linnet were at Bants Carn. As The Roads were like a mill pond, I thought I would try for the 1st winter male Surf Scoter off Mcfarlands Down and immediatly found it distantly between St Mary's and St Martins. There were also a few Great Northern diver in the area. A look from Star Castle and between St Agnes and Samson I got 39 Great Northern Diver. I continued scanning and spotted a single Common Scoter with a grand total of 50+Great Northern Diver.

  Joe Pender had 2 Swallow at Porth Hellick while on St Agnes Graham Gorden got 4 Swallow, 2 Sand Martin and 9 Pied Wagtail

Juvenile Glaucous Gull showing well at Deep Point

Some more pics of birds that I observed while working at Ghandruk, Nepal

Bar-throated Siva

Lemmon-rumped Warbler

Great Parrotbill

Chestnut-fronted Rock Thrush


Blue-throated Barbet

European Goldfinch (it looks nothing like a European Goldfinch)

Keren Ann Zeidel (Hebrewקרן אן זיידל‎ born 10 March 1974 in CaesareaIsrael), known professionally as Keren Ann, is a singer, songwriter, composer, producer, and engineer based largely in ParisTel Aviv, and New York City. She plays guitar, piano, and clarinet. She also engineers and writes choir and musical arrangements.

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