A Bit Of Celebrity Spotting… At Least

Leigh and I headed off to Tresco this morning for a crack at the Least Sandpiper. Initially no signs of this diminutive little peep on Great Pool and no reports from South Beach so we checked out Pentle Bay. Plenty of usual stuff but still no Least Sand. Just as I was getting ready to head around the Borough Farm Fields to find my own mega (yeah, right) news came through the bird had been refound.

The tiny little thing – no bigger than a thumb nail – was playing hide and seek, even on the mud. No decent shots or video I’m afraid. The juvenile Red-backed Shrike was not much easier and always distant.

Red-backed Shrike

Back on St Mary’s, Dougal and I headed up for the Rose-coloured Starling on The Garrison. We were soon joined by Will Wagstaff, a camera crew and the Welsh naturalist and presenter Iolo Williams. We had a good chat as he explained his latest project on Islands in the Atlantic stretching from the Azores to the Faroe Islands.

Iolo Williams


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