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Sunday, 17 September 2017

Glossy Ibis on St Mary's

Graham Cundasle had this Glossy Ibis briefly at Porth Hellick on the morning of 15th and shortly afterwards Mark Anderson had it over Peninnis. 

  Two days ago, mid-morning, Mark Anderson called me to say he's watching a Glossy Ibis over Peninnis heading towards Porthcressa. I was in me wagon in a flash and down the Strand I picked it up flying over town before returning towards Porthcressa. It was not seen again until 11.55 when I was just approaching the entrance of the Star Castle, I spotted it heading towards town from the north side of the Garrison. The wind caught it and it turned and was swept across The Roads towards Tresco to never be seen again!
 Just before 13,00 a text came through from Graham Cundale 'Glossy Ibis and AGP at Porth Hellick'. I tried to call him back without any success but within a few minutes there were a load of us searching for the damn thing with no sign of it anywhere. It wasn't for another hour till I got through to Graham only to be told by him that he had it at 09.30 this morning and he forgot his mobile! Well at least he got a good ole pic of it.

  Today the wind had moved to a NE breeze with bright sun all day making it bloody hot! I didn't get out until the afternoon and at Salkee the Meadow Pipits had increased to over 120 with the single Skylark still present. At Lower Moors I said hello to the Semipalmated Sandpiper and Green sandpiper then saw the second Yellow-browed Warbler of the year nearby that was found earlier on. The first was discovered this morning on Gugh. A Yellow Wagtail also flew over then I made my ways to Porth Hellick to see the American Golden Plover and take advantage of the evening light.

Over 120 Meadow Pipit were at Salkee

And 2 Sparrowhawk were flushing them on and off


Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper was still at Lower Moors


Juvenile American Golden Plover at Porth Hellick Beach

Ringed Plover
This Osprey was observed over Porth Hellick this morning by Chris and Juliet before departing towards Tresco. Also seen today were a single Common Rosefinch and Ring Ouzel, St Agnes where there were only 2 Lapland Bunting now and Yellow-browed Warbler on Gugh. Another Ring Ouzel was on Bryher and the 6 Pink-footed Geese were still on Tresco.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Semipalmated Sandpiper at Lower Moors

The juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper is now commuting with Porth Hellick and Lower Moors and the latter site it showed superbly at very close range in front of the ISBG hide. 

  News came out late this morning that the juvenile Semipalmated Sandpiper from Porth Hellick was at Lower Moors. At last we can now all observe it at close range instead of a hundred mile aways like it always was when it was at Porth Hellick. It was not until mid-afternoon that I got there and after spending a lot of time feeding in the mud in the middle, it finally walked all the way round to the front of the ISBG hide where it showed off.

The sandpiper was feeding very well and giving us all crippling views!

  The American Golden Plover had moved just down road from the airfield to Porth Hellick Beach and after work  Ren and I made our ways down there. While we were there, the Semipalmated Sandpiper flew in and joined the plover that was feeding from near the outlet. Martin Goodey was already in pace taking photos. Both birds showed well in the evening sun and we heard a Lapland Bunting and observed it fly over west towards the airfield. Over 30 White Wagtail also came in just before dark and we also got a Skylark and over 20 Meadow Pipit at Salkee. 

While at Porth Hellick the Semipalmated Sandpiper flew in and started feeding with the American Golden Plover

Grey Heron


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