Sunday 7 September 2008

2 Sept 08 – Tresco, Isles of Scilly

As all the more interesting birds were either on Bryher (Ortolan) or St Agnes (Buff-breasted Sand, Wryneck, Red-backed Shike, etc), we decided on a trip over to Tresco for find our own stuff.
It is probably accurate to say we weren’t entirely successful in our quest – fungi, usually of an orange/buff colour, were easiest to find as we approached the beach for some warm sun gazing.

Agapanthus in the dunes were in flower – adding a welcome splash of colour. There were some fantastic purple grasshoppers that warranted further investigation and photography but the clouds intervened and prevented us from spending much time following them – hopefully we’ll have another opportunity later in the week.

Rounding the south side of the great pool, we found 9 Golden Pheasants prior to entering the old ramshackle bird hide. Highlights, if that is the correct terminology, included 16 Mute Swans and 27 Greenshank – we were more impressed in the fact that we kept dry for the duration of our visit today.

The hide was a good place to watch animals in their natural surroundings – here the local beasts watched us in our natural surroundings.

Returning back to St Mary’s, I set off in search of a Dotterel on the Golf Course (no sign) and today’s Citrine Wagtail (also no sign) – my evening lap of the island produced three Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Fly.

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