I am now back in Exeter but here are a few pictures from my visit to St Agnes last Thursday.
One of the first birds we saw after landing was this marsh harrier
A little bit later it re-appeared
A cracking male and female turnstone on the beach
A starling by the church
Fabulous stained glass windows by local artist, Oriel Hicks – the St Agnes Lighthouse
The original use of Pilot Gig boats
This is one of my favourite places on Scilly – Gugh Bar
But this is my favourite spot – full stop – having a pint at the Turks Head on Agnes looking over to Gugh and St Marys
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Another day on St Mary’s
Looking back to Porthcressa
A Scillonian post-agricultural landscape
Brightly marked starling
Iceland gull with herring gulls
The Iceland gull
A section of photos from our meanderings around St Agnes and Gugh today.
A nice Ring Ouzel from Gugh
Another fabulous Black Redstart
A calling Starling
An interesting hare weather vane
The Nag’s Head on St Agnes
‘Queen Victoria’ at the entrance to St Agnes Quay
An interesting rock on Gugh!
Dartmoor comes to Gugh
We found this short – beaked common dolphin spine of Gugh – Steve gives a sense of scale
Another cracking sunset – this time from Gugh showing the Hermitage and the Bishop Rock Lighthouse
The same but this time including the St Agnes Lighthouse as well
I’m back on Scilly for the third time this year – this trip I will be mostly birding.
Leaving Penzance on an early Scillonian at 8am – sunrise over the Lizard with St Michael’s Mount in the foreground
A bit of excitement two thirds of the way across as the Coastguard helicopter practices a rescue – they lowered a man onto the Scillonian and then winched him off
The view from our billet at low tide
Early afternoon – two birders waiting for ‘news’ – no news either way
A big high tide at the Atlantic – water lapping over the top steps
A rather eery looking rainbow
Full moon over Hugh Town
Birding highlight of the day was this Eastern Yellow Wagtail – could soon become a species in its own right – note the eye stripe and the wing bars
Starlings are under-rated birds in my opinion – cracking plumage
Scilly has a huge population of Song Thrush
They are also very tame – we walked right up to this one who had no intention of flying off whilst bathing