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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

4 Hawfinch at Newport Cemetery

This cracking was one of the 4 Hawfich at Newport Cemetery

  Early this afternoon on my ways to the Hawfinch site, I briefly had a look at Hortonwood and the only gull present on the roof of the factory was an adult Yellow-legged Gull! Ten minutes later I was searching the area of Newport Cemetery and it was not until another twenty minutes later that I spotted a male Hawfinch high up in a Beech Tree above the gardens. It flew off and I returned to the car to hear more Hawfinch nearby. They were very vocal but out of sight. It was a while until a total of 4 hawfinch flew out into the open. They all showed well before flying north towards the football field where I've occasionally played on, a 100 years ago, with Telford Jacs!
  Just up road I had a look at Chetwynd Pool and the only birds of note were 52 Shoveler. Last year there was a Long-tailed Duck here and the only other good birds I've seen at this site in the past were 2 Smew together with a male Red-crested Pochard. That was also 100 years ago!

The only gull at Hortonwood was this adult Yellow-legged Gull I know I promised in my last post that there would no more gull photos, but I really didn't think I was goin to see or find anymore gulls of interest.

Ian Grant has had up to 8 Hawfinch at Newport Cemetery but I could only find 4 birds

This presumed near adult HerringxLesser-black backed Gull was the only large gull on Middle Pool

A first site record for me were 2 Stock Dove over Middle Pool. Surely they must be rare in this area?

Still Corners are a London-based dream pop/synthpop musical project consisting of songwriter/producer Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray. Still Corners self-released their debut EP, Remember Pepper?, on 13 June 2008,[1] followed by a 7" single, "Don't Fall in Love", released by UK label The Great Pop Supplement on 30 August 2010.[2]  The duo signed with record label Sub Pop in 2011 and issued their first full-length debut, Creatures of an Hour to favourable reviews.[3] In October 2012, the band released a new single, "Fireflies",[4] which was named "Best New Track" by Pitchfork Media.[5] In February 2013, Still Corners announced that their second album, Strange Pleasures, would be released on Sub Pop in May 2013. The second single, "Berlin Lovers", received widespread coverage.[6][7][8] Strange Pleasures was issued on 7 May. On 29 June 2016, the band announced the 16 September release of their third album, Dead Blue, on their own Wrecking Light Records label; Still Corners also shared the video for the album's first single, "Lost Boys".[9]

Monday, 29 January 2018

A Scilly record of 11 white-winged gull!

Yesterday I managed to see all 11 white-winged Gulls on St Mary's including these 3 Iceland Gull that were part of the 6 that were at Porthloo with 4 Glaucous Gull! 

  Yesterday at 13.30,while waiting at work for Ritchie Aston to pick me up, I scanned The Roads and picked up a distant juvenile Glaucous Gull on the water. Ritchie had a quick look at it then we made our ways to Porthloo. On arrival it was high tide and there were already 5 Iceland Gull feeding on the surf with the 2 Glaucous Gull patrolling the length of the beach together like two Lancaster Bombers. Martin Goodey turned up and while we were taking pics of the gulls I noticed that the Bombers had rested off Taylors Island and had been joined by another Glaucous Gull! As I was trying to get everyone's attention on the Glaucs, they must be breeding or I can't count, because now I could see 4 Glaucous Gull together! 4 juvenile Glaucous Gull and now 5 juvenile and a single 2nd winter Iceland Gull at Porthloo!
  While the white-winged gulls were still at Porthloo, Ritchie dropped me off at home and I raced to Morning Point to see a single juvenile Iceland Gull. However, a different individual to the Porthloo birds and it wasn't long before four of the Iceland Gull came in which I identified were from Porthloo. One of Glaucous Gull also briefly touched down before moving on.
  So all together I got a Scilly record of 11 white-winged Gulls in total including 4 Glaucous and 7 Iceland Gull!!!

In the bottom photo you can see a single Glaucous and 5 Iceland Gull with the Herring Gull

If you look closely, you can make out 4 Glaucous Gull in the bottom photo

My seventh Iceland Gull of the day was this juvenile at Morning Point

Later on, one of the Glaucous Gulls from Porthloo turned up at Morning Point

While we were all watching the gulls, for some reason Ritchie decided to throw stones in the water and what looks like, with perfection or maybe he's playing invisible bowls! 


Two days ago I was told there was a juvenile Glaucous Gull feeding on the carcass of a seal. When I got there to my surprise, there were 2 Glaucous Gull

There was also this juvenile Iceland Gull nearby I promise you that there will be no more gull pictures from now on!!

No Clear Mind is a Greek music trio that formed in 2006 in Chania, Greece by multi-instrumentalists Vasilis Dokakis, Lefteris Volanis and Kostas Rovlias. No Clear Mind have released three studio albums,[1] Dream is Destiny in 2012, Mets in 2013, and Makena in 2016.