Thursday 23rd October 2014 Isles of Scilly Bird Sightings

American Wigeon, 1st winter drake, Tresco, 23.10.14, Bob Flood

American Wigeon, 1st winter drake, Tresco (Bob Flood)

Highlights from Thursday’s log:

American Wigeon – A 1st winter male and a female were on Abbey Pool, Tresco.

Dusky Warbler – 1 was heard calling at Covean, St. Agnes.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1 Carn Friars also seen near Tolman’s café.

Richard’s Pipit – 1 flew over the Turk’s Head, St. Agnes.

Corncrake – 1 was flushed near the Camp site on St. Martin’s.

Ortolan Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 1 at Rowesfield crossroads ,Tresco. Continue reading

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 Isles of Scilly Bird Sightings

Highlights from Wednesday’s log:

Green-winged Teal – 1 still on the Great Pool, Tresco.

American Black Duck – A bird thought to be this species flew from Lower Moors over the Harbour and towards Tresco.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1 Carn Friars.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 1 Tresco.

Black-necked Grebe – 3 in Tresco Channel.

Whooper Swan – 4 on Tresco. Continue reading

Tuesday 21st October 2014 Isles of Scilly Bird Sightings

Highlights from Tuesday’s log:

Green-winged Teal – 1 still on the Great Pool, Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 was heard flying over Town Bay.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1 Carn Friars.

Common Rosefinch – 1 at Abbey crossroads, Tresco.

Sabine’s Gull – 1 off Peninnis.

Hen Harrier – A ringtail was seen at several locations on St. Mary’s late afternoon.

Barred Warbler – 1 at Carn Gwaval. Continue reading

Sunday 19th October 2014 Isles of Scilly Bird Sightings

Highlights from Sunday’s log included:

Short-toed Lark – 3 on the airfield and 1 at Gimbal Porth, Tresco.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1 still on Bryher.

Richard’s Pipit -1 on Tresco.

Barred Warbler – 1 at Carn Gwaval.

Whooper Swan – 4 on Tresco.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 1 Lower Broome platform.

Snow Bunting – 3 on the airfield.

Lapland Bunting – 2 on Castle Down, Tresco. Continue reading

REVIEW OF THE WEEK – 11th-18th October 2014

A Fairly quiet week by Scilly standards but still enough scarce migrants across the islands to keep birders hopes alive! On Saturday 11th SHORT-TOED LARKS were on the airfield and on St Agnes, two RICHARDS PIPITS were on the islands and a ROSE COLOURED STARLING was seen at Green Lane and Normandy. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was on Bryher and a WRYNECK was on St Martins. Tresco had a fly-over WHOOPER SWAN and a DOTTEREL on Castle Down. There were 11 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS across the Islands with 7 of those on St Mary’s. Three SNOW BUNTINGS were on St Mary’s with another on Tresco and there were 4 FIRECRESTS across the archipelago. Elsewhere across the islands there were 6 WHINCHATS, singles of LESSER WHITETHROAT, RING OUZEL, PIED FLYCATCHER and SHORT EARED OWL. Birds at sea either from the Scillonian III or from headlands included 4 GREAT SKUAS, 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATERS, 2 GREY PHALAROPE, 2 POMARINE SKUAS and a MANX SHEARWATER. Continue reading