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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Yellow-legged Gull at Porthcressa

Found this adult Yellow-legged Gull at Porthcressa this afternoon

 'Rocky Robin and I have only been back home on Scilly for a few days and early this afternoon we stopped off at Little Porth to look for the Black Redstart I had yesterday. While he was searching for the redstart, I had a quick scan at the small group of large gulls with me bins. Distant out on the rocks at Pilchard Pool and immediately found an adult Yellow-legged Gull.  925, Higgo and Jim were the first to twitch it and many more of the local birders caught up with it before it flew off south after thirty minutes.

There have only been a handfull of records of Yellow-legged Gull on Scilly this year


  


Also at Porthcressa were a 1st winter and 2 adult Common Gull

  Just across on the otherside of town from Porthcressa is Town Beach and in the harbour showing well was the Red-breasted Merganser and further away, back for their third year, was the 2 Black-necked Grebe. All three were found while I was away in November.
  Two day ago, Ren found a Red-throated Diver in the harbour and Higgo saw it yesterday off Gorse Cottage in The Roads. Later on 'Rocky' Robin and I scanned from McFarlands Down to try and see the Diver but instead we got the female Eider and 6 Great Northern Diver. However, we did get the Water Pipit at Porth Hellick Beach shortly afterwards with a single Firecrest near to the pool.





This 1st winter male Red-breasted Merganser showed well just off Town Beach



There were also up to 10 Teal on the pool and we heard at least 6 Water Rail


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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

3rd Caspian Gull for Trench Pool

In the last two nights, the 4th winter Caspian Gull has been roosting at nearby Trench Pool. Two year ago I had two together at Trench Pool!

 The 4th winter Caspian Gull is still present at Hortonwood for it's forth day and not surprising, I relocated it roosting across the road at Trench Pool for the last two nights with over 2000 Black-headed Gull, 12 Goosander and the adult HerringxLBBG. 
  While just a five minute walk from Trench Pool in Trench itself, a Marsh Tit was a total surprise as it was a first for the garden! No doubt brought in with the harsh conditions. Other birds visiting the garden for the same reason were Redwing, Fieldfare, 15+Long-tailed Tit and only the forth record of Goldcrest!

The Caspian Gull Roosting last night on the ice

And this evening on the water


A close up of the Caspian Gull at Hortonwood

 

Two year ago I found this first winter Caspian Gull at Trench Pool and it stayed for two weeks. During that time it was joined by this juvenile Iceland Gull.

On the day I found the 1st winter Caspian Gull, this 2nd winter came in for ten minutes to have a wash and preen!

3 Buzzard together flew over the heads of the gulls resting on the roofs and put them all up

Only a handful of Herring Gull were also at Hortonwood

While there have been up to 250 Lesser-black backed Gull



Over 2000 Black-headed Gull are roosting at Trench Pool. These were all taken just across the road at Middle Pool 

Blue Tit from the morning light in the garden

Some 15+Long-tailed Tit moved through the garden with a rare sighting of a single Goldcrest

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The track on the west side of Trench Pool


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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Caspian Gull at Hortonwood, Telford

The 4th winter Caspian Gull was showing a lot better this afternoon on the snow covered roofs at Hortonwood with the 3 Yellow-legged Gull

  The snow didn't stop me from making the mile drive from my parents home to Hortonwood to see if the Caspian Gull was still present. There were a lot more gulls, 250+Lesser-black backed Gull and after picking out the 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull from yesterday, it didn't take long to relocate the Caspian Gull. All the gulls were resting on the roof of a meat factory and show very well when a wagon comes in and they start flying around. I returned at 15.30 and now there were 3 Yellow-legged Gull with the Caspian still present.

The gulls hanging out on the roof of the meat factory. I guess it's a great place to meat up!!

  






The only other Caspian Gull that I've observed at close range like this, is the 1st winter I found two years ago just two minute up road at Trench Pool. That individual stayed around for two week and showed superbly during it's stay!  

A new adult Yellow-legged Gull joined the 2 adults from yesterday
  
There were well over 250+Lesser-black backed Gull with 15+Herring Gull including a single HerringxLBBG

There were only some 20 Black-headed Gull

The snow covered garden today and not a single sparrow or Starling in sight! Where have they all gone!? However, there were 2 Song Thrush but over 25 year ago, we used to get 7 in the garden all the time! 



Over fifteen year ago, I never recorded Wood Pigeon in the garden except flying over. Now, you can see up to 25!




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