Tuesday 8th May 2012

   Nice long walk today, did most of the island in fact. From Hugh Town, we went to Porthloo, up over the Golf Course. Passed Newford Duckpond, Watermill Lane and Cove. Through Green Farm, Carn Vean tearooms, down to Porth Hellick and onto Lower Moors. At least we dont have to walk up to the campsite, that hill would be a killer after that.
   Down to the birding. At Porthloo beach there were some Whimbrel again. Some Swallows were landing on the beach, in quite a strong wind. Up over the Golf course there were quite a few hirundines and Swifts flying around, and another flock of Whimbrel. Not a lot at Newford, the usual Chiffchaff and some ducks there. The bottom of Watermill Lane, near the pond was my first Spotted Flycatcher of the year. WE walked around to Carn Vean tearooms, where we heard a Grasshopper Warbler and saw a Sedge Warbler. The next decent bird was a Cuckoo singing and showing really well on Porth Hellick down.

   Not a bad start i suppose, lets hope for some decent stuff in the next few days.
Isles of Scilly Speckled Wood

The Isles of Scilly subspecies of Speckled Wood was also seen today.

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