Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Recent Sightings

Not much to report from the reserve over the weekend. The three Scaup are still present and Sam Williams managed the superb flight shot of the drake Pintail, below.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Recent Sightings

16th February 2009 - 3 Scaup and Pintail still there plus 3 Med Gulls (2 ad, 1-1stW), Raven, Snipe etc. The Phalarope-eating Buzzard was watching the ducks with intent!! Flock of at least 200 Wood Pigeons in fields on opposite side of road from reserve. (John.H. Johns)

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Recent Sightings

The main pool hosted a cracking drake Pintail on Saturday and Sunday accompanied by the now resident three Scaup. The Water Pipit put in another appearance today and there were 7+ Red-throated Divers feeding in a group offshore. No sign of the Ring Ouzel yesterday or today despite extensive searching. Steve Sargeant saw it perched on top of some bare twigs amongst the gorse, about 50m in from the road entrance on the left (west). It was about 30m away from the footpath and he watched it for about two minutes and then it dropped down out of view. Needle in a haystack springs to mind! Thanks to the following for their sightings this weekend: M.Curtis, D.Eva, J.Chapple, A,George and me ;-)

Friday, 13 February 2009

A belated Happy New year!

Firstly an apology that i've not updated this blog for ages! Been busy with Cornwall Birding and the new Isles of Scilly Bird Group website. Fortunately it is a relatively quiet time of year at St Gothian but there have been a few good birds worthy of going to look at. Your probably sick of seeing the photos of the Buzzard killing the Grey Phalarope on the main pool on the 11th January, so if you want another look, click HERE.

The Water Pipit has been around since the beginning of the year but can prove elusive. It was seen most recently on the 12th February, the same day as a cracking male Ring Ouzel (right) snapped by Steve Sargeant. This was probably the same bird seen by Tim Twiggs on 7th January.
Three Scaup are on the main pool at the moment and other wildfowl of note this year include Shoveler and Pintail. A Jack Snipe was also seen on 7th January.
Hope spring brings some more goodies and i will endeavour to keep the blog updated with your sightings!