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The Black-necked Grebe was on the Bryher side of Tresco Channel today and the Black Duck was again seen on the Abbey Pool and one of the Short-eared Owls was also in the Pentle Bay area. At Porth Hellick the Siberian Chiffchaff reappeared as did two Firecrest and a Jackdaw was seen with a group of Crows at Telegraph and over Tresco. Five Golden Plover were on the airport as were two Skylarks.
The Black-necked Grebe was again in Tresco Channel and the Long-tailed Duck was on the Abbey Pool but there was no sign of the Black Duck today. An adult Mediterranean Gull was in Pentle Bay and a remarkable five Short-eared Owls were seen in the Appletree Banks area. The calm seas enabled us to find a Black-throated Diver off Samson along with up to seven Great Northern Divers and a Common Scoter. The Spoonbill was again feeding along the shore of Samson. On St Mary’s a Slavonian Grebe was off Innisidgen and the two Firecrest were again at Porth Hellick.
The Spoonbill was on Samson again and the Siberian Chiffchaff was on Higher Moors and a Goldfinch was at Telegraph. The cold weather on the mainland resulted in three Fieldfares on the Garrison, a Golden Plover on the Airport and four Lapwing at Trewince, although where the four Whimbrel reported from Pendrathen is anyone’s guess.
Two Slavonian Grebes were off Innisidgen and the Spoonbill was seen on Samson again. The first Mistle Thrush of the winter was on the Golf Course along with five Golden Plover and an Iceland Gull was seen over St Mary’s.
Further influxes of winter thrushes were noted with double figures of Fieldfare now on St Mary’s and twenty two Golden Plover were on the Golf course. Four Chiffchaff were in the shelter at Little Porth along with two Pied Wagtails and a Black Redstart.
Over 100 Lapwing were on St Mary’s today along with 50+ Fieldfare and hundreds of Redwing. The Mistle Thrush was at Bishops View and at least two Sparrowhawks were on the island. The lack of snow and unfrozen ground meant every grass field seemed to have a scattering of winter thrushes and a Lapwing or two.