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The condition of the IOSBG hide in Lower Moors has been deteriorating for several years. Damage caused by last winter’s storms made it almost unusable so the IOSBG decided it was time for major repairs. Lots of the panelling, the door and the roof felt have been replaced. The screening to the left of the hide and along the approach boardwalk have been renewed and the whole structure has been repainted to make it weatherproof. These repairs involved quiet a substantial outlay by the IOSBG and it is only possible to undertake such work with the financial help of Swarovski and members and Friends of the IOSBG. Thank you all for your continuing support.
As can be seen from the attached photos Chris Ridgard has done a sterling job of repairing the hide, it is as good as new.
Well done Chris!
Tresco – 11 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks and a Ruff.
St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and a White Wagtail.
Scillonian – 2 Cory’s and 7 Great Shearwaters were seen on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.
Pelagic trip – The short-range evening outing produced 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 50+ European Storm-petrels, a Sooty, 9 Cory’s & 6 Great Shearwaters, an adult Sabine’s Gull, a Great Skua, 2 Blue Sharks and 40 Common Dolphins.
St. Mary’s – 9 Greenshanks and a Common Sandpiper were still on Porth Hellick Pool.
St. Agnes – 10 Dunlins, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Whimbrel and a Wheatear.
Tresco – 9 Greenshanks and a Redshank.
At sea – 10 Cory’s, 5 Great, a Balearic and 5 Sooty Shearwaters were seen form the Scillonian on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance
St. Mary’s – 9 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers & a White Wagtail were on Porth Hellick Pool and a Cory’s Shearwater flew past Porth Hellick Down.
St. Agnes – 4 Black-tailed Godwits and a flypast Cory’s Shearwater.
Pelagic trip – A daytime birders special logged a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 200+ European Storm-petrels, 10 Cory’s Shearwaters and 8 Great Shearwaters.
Pelagic trip – The highlights of the daytime birder special were : a Wilson’s Storm Petrel, 15 European Storm Petrels, 13 Cory’s, 5 Great & 2 Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 3 Common Scoters, a Sunfish, 2 Blue Sharks, 4 Harbour Porpoise and 20 Common Dolphins
Scillonian – A Sabine’s Gull, a Sooty Shearwater and 3 European Storm-petrels were seen on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.
Pelagic trip – The birders special in the evening produced an incredible 200+ Cory’s Shearwaters, 40+ Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 25 European Storm Petrels, 4 Great Skuas and 3 Blue sharks.
Tresco – 6 Sanderlings, 2 Whimbrels, 2 Common Sandpipers and 17 Ringed Plovers.
Bryher – A Common Swift.
St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and a Common Swift.
Annet – A Common Swift and 60+ Manx Shearwaters offshore.
Samson – A Ruff.
At sea – A Great Shearwater was seen from the Scillonian on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s. The evening pelagic trip 20 Cory’s & 10 Great Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas and a Leatherback Turtle.
St. Mary’s – A Whimbrel was at Telegraph.
At sea – 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian
St. Mary’s – 8 Greenshanks, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick Pool. 2 Green Sandpipers were on the pool in Lower Moors.
Tresco – A Kingfisher was on the Great Pool.
St. Agnes – 6 Great & 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, a European Storm-petrel and 2 Great Skuas flew past Horse Point. Elsewhere on the island were a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel and a Wheatear.
St. Mary’s – The Hippolais warbler was seen again at Carn Friars and was identified as Melodious Warbler. 7 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick. 4 Green Sandpipers were at Lower Moors. 133 European Storm-petrels and 2 Manx Shearwaters were ringed overnight at Deep Point.
Tresco – 3 Greenshanks, a Redshank, 3 Green Sandpipers, 6 Common Sandpipers, 11 Little Egrets and a Common Buzzard.
St. Agnes – A Dunlin, 2 Redshanks 3 Snipe and 2 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past.
Samson – 5 Sanderling.
Annet – 160+ Manx Shearwaters.
At sea – Pelagic trip: A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 50+ European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, 30+ Manx Shearwaters, 80+ Great Shearwaters, 25+ Great Shearwaters 2 Great Skuas and 20 Common Dolphins.