A second visit to St Agnes

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

Two crosses

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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St Mary’s – more landscapes and birds

Another day on St Mary’s

At Peninnis

Looking back to Porthcressa

A Scillonian post-agricultural landscape


A  cormorant

An Oystercatcher

Brightly marked starling

Herring gull

Iceland gull with herring gulls

The Iceland gull


A peregrine


St Agnes and Gugh 2

A section of photos from our meanderings around St Agnes and Gugh today.

ring-ouzel-1A nice Ring Ouzel from Gugh

black-redstart_Another fabulous Black Redstart

starling-2A calling Starling

sundailAn interesting hare weather vane

nags-headThe Nag’s Head on St Agnes

queen-victoria‘Queen Victoria’ at the entrance to St Agnes Quay

rock-on-gughAn interesting rock on Gugh!

graniteDartmoor comes to Gugh

dolphin-skeletonWe found this short – beaked common dolphin spine of Gugh – Steve gives a sense of scale

sunset-gughAnother cracking sunset – this time from Gugh showing the Hermitage and the Bishop Rock Lighthouse

sunset-gugh-2The same but this time including the St Agnes Lighthouse as well

Back to Scilly

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

starlingStarlings 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