St Michael's Mount
1st winter Herring Gull
1st winter Great Black-backed Gull
The large waves soon had my stomach in pain. However, not before I had added the first bird to the yearlist, 9+ MANX SHEARWATERS. After a very grueling journey, and still trying to recover on the mainland, I made my first wander around the Island. Lower Moors was my first port of call, hoping for the Spotted Crake, seen only yesterday, however, despite a lot of patience, none were seen for the rest of my stay. Only 1 Greenshank and a Snipe were viewable from the hide. Other than my first dip, butterflies seemed to be evident in larger numbers particularly Red Admiral along with several Speckled Woods and 2 Small Tortoiseshells. Next stop was the airfield in search of the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, however, I dipped on this too (my Scilly dream was rapidly turning to dust). Only a few Wheatear, Rock Pipits and more Greenshanks at the Porth Hellick Pool were the best I could find. The pool also hosted 3 Dunlin, 1 Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher hovering remarkably close to the hide. On my second trudging around the airfield (energy rapidly draining away) I finally managed to connect with my first lifer of my stay, the JUV. BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER feeding at the edge of the runway almost entirely obscured by the heat haze. A final evening visit to Lower Moors didn't produce the Spotted Crake, but the Greenshank remained now joined by a Green Sandpiper.
juv. Buffy in the heat-haze
Carn Leh Cove