Saturday, 26 November 2011

Make Mine a Double

The high pressure finger wedge hybrid has kept bringing our scaly invertebrate friends to the Scillies. While numbers are gradually declining in synchrony with the temperatures most catches are still 95% migrants. As good as this is I can’t help worrying for Scilly’s resident population as this new phenomenon of quiet starts and ends to the year is becoming more frequent and has particularly dyer consequences on a small island such as this. However I could (and did) write tens of thousands of words on the subject matter. So we’ll stick to more positive news – RARES!

If mother nature made Cocktails - Double Cosmopolitan

The pick of recent catches have been 3 Cosmopolitan on 23rd and another on 4th. Other migrants have been ticking along with Rusty Dot Pearl, Rush Veneer, Dark Sword-grass, Turnip Moth, White-speck and Silver Y all regular in small numbers.

Birdwise its all relatively stable. Thursday saw the Red-breasted Flycatcher still in the Dump Clump – it takes some looking for but I havn’t dipped yet! Also saw a Dusky Warbler (one of two) at Lower Moors plus usual iffy Chiffy arrangement.

Yesterday whilst volunteering with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust managed to clock up 1 Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 3 Sparrowhawk and 1 Long-eared Owl plus Black Redstart at Porthellick Beach and the Eider was still bobbing about in the harbour looking freakier than a nun in speedos. No pics of birds or nuns unfortunately.   


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