The lockdown has an upside with a very good show of cetaceans at the moment with large numbers of Common Dolphin and some Risso’s Dolphin Minke Whale in recent days.


The second (possibly third) Purple Heron of the spring was at Porth Hellick Pool and a Hobby was seen  over Porth Hellick & Watermill.

A trip to Tresco proved fruitful with a Honey Buzzard flying east towards St. Martin’s and a female Red-backed Shrike at Borough Farm.

Also on the island were a Hobby, 21 Dunlin, a Whimbrel, a Mediterranean Gull, a Spotted Flycatcher and 5 Wheatear.

A pair of Pochard with 5 ducklings were on the Abbey Pool.


A female Red-backed Shrike was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick, a Swift was over Tremelethen and there were several Hobby on St. Mary’s with 4 seen together over Higher Moors before drifting over Longstone & then Lower Moors.


Another trip to Tresco was equally as good as Monday’s. Another shrike was at Borough Farm, this time a Woodchat. Also seen were 8 Whimbrel, a Greylag Goose and a Wood Warbler.

There were 3 Pochard but no sign of any ducklings, they have hatched for the last few years, but the young do not seem to survive.

On St. Mary’s a Golden Oriole was singing at Longstone, a Cuckoo was at Trenoweth and a Swift & a Hobby were over Porth Hellick Down.

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