Thursday, 8 September 2016

Midnight Dash to Scilly

Manx Shearwater from the Scillion taken in 2015.

I left home at midnight and my destination was the Isle of Scilly in the hope of seeing the Cliff Swallow that had been seen on St.Mary's the previous day , i arrived in Cornwall in good time despite two road diversions on route , the Bodmin diversion is horrendous and anyone going to Cornwall should be aware of this and allow extra time for your journey.

I called into Marazion first of all to look for the Buff Breasted Sandpiper which gave great scope views as it fed amongst a throng of waders on the beach picking through seaweed.

Other waders present were Dunlin , Ringed Plover, Turnstone , Redshank, Sanderling & 1 Little Stint.

Fulmar from the Scillion taken in 2015.

The crossing on the Scillion was very rewarding with great views of 2 Cory's Shearwaters ,  2 Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters . There was also several Manx Shearwaters , Gannets & Fulmars .

The news was positive on the Cliff Swallow at Porth Hellick but by the time i got there it had gone missing , it did the same thing yesterday (6th) so a rather anxious wait ensued , however it wasn't  long until someone picked it out over the pines on the left of Porth Hellick house , i only got very brief views and was far from satisfied with these.


  1. That shearwater shot is beautiful! Skimming the waves!

    1. Thanks Simon , they really are graceful looking birds


Thanks for taking the time to add a comment on my blog.