Small-flowered Catchfly (Silene gallica) is an arable weed which can be locally abundant on the Isles of Scilly. There is a thriving population on the Garrison Walls near to Morning Point.
It is in the same family as the campions
Pale pink flowers
The back lighting emphasises the stem hairs
Growing on the Garrison Walls and caught by the sunshine
From the Garrison across to Annet and St Agnes
Yesterday was my last day on Scilly for a while – managed to get up to the Golf Course to see a couple of Dotterel and a summer plumage Golden Plover
Female Dotterel on the left, the Golden Plover’s back in the middle and a male Dotterel on the right – they were distant and there was a bit of a heat haze but hopefully you get the idea!
Male Dotterel and the golden Plover
The Golden Plover
They will all be heading north to the high uplands
And I am heading to Dartmoor for 10 Tors ….
Birding is taken very seriously on Scilly by the select few
Here is is Joe Pender (Scillonian, boatman and seabird legend) with his spaniel – both on the Little Bittern
Out in the open and a fabulous performer
There is only one way to get a goby down your gullet
Always alert and on the case
Britain’s latest breeding bird – the same size as a moorhen! It is tiny.
There are few benefits to climate change but this is one.
A great day’s birding on Tresco
A Black-winged Stilt
Two birds on thenGreat Pool – the first since 2006 (I think)
A Blue-headed wagtail
An Eastern race of the Yellow Wagtail
A male Pintail
A Red-legged Partrdge
A Red Squirrel – part of the Tresco introduction programme
Out in the gardens – away from the feeders
The introduced Golden Pheasant
After the final race all 150 gigs raft up in the harbour
Much merriment is had
Our Hawaiian theme
All the crews then raise their oars as the final heat and the World Champions arrive
Black Rock …. again …. very well done
Margot and Caroline won the Sportsman Trophy for their amazing volunteering efforts in the Tunnel and the Slipway over the weekend – without volunteers this event would collapse!
Got a bonus row last night with the ‘American’ crew at the Isles of Scilly World Gig Rowing Championships. I say ‘American’ as there was only one American in the boat – the rest of use were English! Nevertheless we were rowing in the Super Vets Race for Gloucester Gig Rowing Club from Massachusetts!
We had borrowed the St Mary’s Gig Serica which was built in 1967.
A slight problem was that the gig leaked rather badly ….. Serica obviously hadn’t been in the water for months and wood had dried out.
Hey ho – all part of life’s rich tapestry!
The weather was pretty good for the race from St Agnes even if the tides weren’t so kind.
With a boat half full of water and a crew that had never rowed together the result was inevitable but nevertheless it was great fun.
A day on St Martins yesterday
The view from St Martins west over to Round Island, St Helens and Tean
From the Great Bay looking west
A Great Northern Diver in the Bay
Across to the Daymark
Around the Great Bay over to the Daymark
A tractor lost in the landscape