The day of the dolphin

Yesterday we witnessed a very large pod of dolphins feeding off the end of Peninnis – I have never seen so many dolphins together before. All of the individuals we saw were short-nosed common dolphins – it is hard to give an exact number of animals but it was probably between 200-300. At one point the pod (maybe 4-5 individual pods) stretched over 1km and was associated with hundreds of feeding / diving gannets.

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Here are a few pictures (quality is low as the dolphins were several hundred metres away)

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Three dolphins along with some gannets

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After watching the dolphins for around an hour they eventually went out of sight heading off towards Gugh. We then set off to look for a wryneck and a snow bunting. At one point I thought this might be my best wryneck picture – the brown splodge in the grass!

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Whilst the birding on Scilly has been very pleasant there aren’t many birds around with only a smattering of migrants. However with the recent easterly winds the East coast of Britain has seen an unprecedented fall of very rare migrants including a ‘first for Britain’ – a Siberian Accentor – there have now been 6 different individuals recorded from Fair Isle down to East Yorkshire. These events have made the birders on Scilly rather envious!

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The British ‘accentor’ is better know as the dunnock – we didn’t want to miss out……screen-shot-2016-10-20-at-20-42-03Here is a tweet about the Siberian Accentors in Britain – the easterly winds are back on Scilly today and we are expecting a storm on Sunday – high hopes therefore for Monday.

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