It has been cold, but extra-ordinary sunny. Making the sunrise sicker than A&E on Fridays.
With crippling triplegripping txts emerging from the far north of Scotland as some jammy mates managed the two day wonder of Grosbeak and Halequin, which frankly still makes me want to vomit TCP into an open cut on myself (nb. imagery, not real). I became unemployed as the cold conditions somewhat hamper our fleshy flowers, so birding is in order.
Shiz getting real in Porthcressa as the SE gales lashed Scilly.
The great thing about islands is their multi-sided nature, with exposed and sheltered areas always readily available to the thrifty so an excursion to the sheltered Porthloo beach duly produced a Black Redstart getting pretty messed up on beach flies. While the usual asortment of Larus, Shelduck were also present.
Black Red. Like the notebook..kinda.
Further along the coast I finally caught up with the 'adult' Iceland Gull which was hanging out in the brute-club of Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls on Porthmellon. While after seeing my first Lesser Black-backed Gulls over a week ago on Newford Island, numbers on the aforementioned beach hit 13 today. It begins....
Bright sunlight creating a greyer looking mantle.
Pretty nice bird though! Silver as feck!
Token LBBG shot. They are here.
Seriously good looking Gull.