Tuesday 4th to Monday 10th July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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There were no reports for Thursday (06/07) or Saturday (08/07).

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Serin flew over the school towards Nowhere, Old Town.

At sea – 30 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper & a Greenshank were on Porth Hellick Pool, nearby a White Wagtail was on Porth Hellick Beach and a Common Swift was over Porth Hellick House.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was on Lower Moors Pool.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Red-rumped Swallow was over Island Fields & Browarth and a White Wagtail was seen carrying food at Troy Town.

St. Mary’s – The Red-rumped Swallow had moved to Porth Hellick in the evening, where there was also a Hobby. 3 Mediterranean Gulls were on the beach at Porthloo,

Tresco– A Little Egret and a Common Swift.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 3 Mediterranean Gulls were still on Porthloo Beach.

At sea – The evening short-range pelagic trip produced the first Cory’s Shearwaters of the year an amazing 37 birds. Also seen were 4 Great Shearwaters, 50 European Storm-petrels, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Great Skuas. 2 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Monday 26th June to Monday 3rd July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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No reports for Tuesday (27/06), Wednesday (28/06) and Friday (30/06).

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Common Sandpiper was at Halangy Point.

Tresco – 2 drake Tufted Ducks were on Abbey Pool.

At sea – 40+ European Storm-petrels were seen on the short-range evening pelagic trip.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Common Swifts were over Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Common Swift was over Porth Hellick Pool.

Sunday’s birds were:

Bryher – A Yellow Wagtail and a Hooded Crow.

Inter-island waters – A Little Egret was in Tresco Channel.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was over Hugh Town quay and a Greenshank was on Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – A the short-range evening pelagic trip produced 50+ European Storm-petrels, 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, a Great Shearwater, 2 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Blue Sharks and 6 Common Dolphins.

Tuesday 13th to Monday 19th June 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – There was an influx of Common Swifts with 25+ at Telegraph.

Bryher – A Common Swift and a Lesser Whitethroat.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and 3 Common Swifts.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was over the island and a White Wagtail was at Old Town.

Bryher – The Lesser Whitethroat was still on the island.

Tresco – 3 Common Swifts.

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel was seen from the Research Vessel “Celtic Explorer” 86 miles SW of St. Agnes, yes, it was in the Scilly recording area! Continue reading

Sunday 4th June to Monday 12th June 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was at Porth Hellick and a Lesser Redpoll was at Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors.

Bryher – A Hooded Crow.

At sea – A Sooty Shearwater, 40+ European Storm-petrels and a Great Skua were seen on the evening short-range pelagic trip.

There were no reports on Monday or Tuesday.

Wednesday’s birds were:

At sea – A Balearic Shearwater and 2 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Hobby.

Tresco – 2 Common Pochards and a Common Swift.

St. Martin’s – A Raven. Continue reading

Tuesday 30th May to Saturday 3rd June 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Night Herons were still at Porth Hellick.

St. Martin’s – A first-summer male Red-footed Falcon was seen at Bread and Cheese Cove, near the Daymark.

Tresco – 3 Common Pochards, a Common Buzzard and 4 Swift.

Wednesday’s bird, the only report was from

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was seen at Porth Hellick.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Night Herons were seen in Holy Vale at 06:50.

Tresco – A Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin’s, 5 Whimbrels and a White Wagtail.

Annet – 280+ Manx Shearwaters were seen offshore.

At sea – 20+ European Storm-petrels and 2 Great Skuas were seen on the evening short-range pelagic trip. Continue reading

Saturday 27th to Monday 29th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Red-footed Flacon (Kriss Webb)

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Night Heron flew from Porth Hellick towards Holy Vale and a Marsh Harrier flew over Porth Hellick. 3 Turtle Doves were near the dump and 2 European Storm-petrels were trapped and ringed at Deep Point between 23:00 and midnight.

Bryher – A Red-rumped Swallow was on the southeast side of Samson Hill in the morning. This was the 6th for Scilly this spring.

Tresco – A Red-rumped Swallow, more than likely, the Bryher bird, was over the Great Pool in the afternoon. A Whimbrel was also seen on the island.

Sunday’s bird was:

St. Mary’s – The adult Night Heron was seen at Porth Hellick in the morning.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The adult Night Heron was at Porth Hellick in the morning and it was joined by a second-summer bird at dusk. A Golden Oriole was at Watermill Lane and a Red-rumped Swallow was at Lower Moors in the evening, later moving to Porth Hellick. A Marsh Harrier flew from St. Mary’s to Tresco.

Tresco – The Red-rumped Swallow was still over the Great Pool. Also on the island 2 Common Pochards and a Common Buzzard.

Annet – 80+ Manx Shearwaters were seen near the island.

At sea – The first short-range pelagic trip of the year produced 20 European Storm-petrels, an Ocean Sunfish and a Blue Shark.

Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St Mary’s – a fist-summer male Red-footed Falcon flew over the airfield and was relocated in the Salakee Downs/Giant’s Castle area where it spent the rest of the day. At times it was in the air with a Kestrel and a Hobby!

St Agnes – A Whimbrel, 4 Turtle Doves, a White Wagtail and a Common Whitethroat

Tresco – 31 Dunlin and a White Wagtail

Inter-island Waters – 180 Manx Shearwaters were off Annet and a Mediterranean Gull was in The Roads

Friday’s birds were:

St Mary’s – The first summer male Red-footed Falcon was seen over Salakee Down at 0750hrs and then over Porth Hellick Down at 0818hrs but was not seen again after these times. A Marsh Harrier was seen early evening at Porth Hellick

St Martin’s – 2 Whimbrels and a Marsh Harrier, which was probably the bird seen later on St Mary’s

 

Tuesday 23rd to Wednesday 24th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesdays Birds were:

St Mary’s  – The Night Heron was still in Carn Friars/Porth Hellick area in the morning and later on three birds were present there. 2 Lesser Redpolls were at Porth Hellick.

St Agnes – The Short-toed Lark was still on Wingletang.

Tresco – A Whimbrel and 3 Common Swift

Wednesdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – 2 White Storks flew over the airport at 1330hrs. This is a mega-rare species for the islands and most local birders would like to have added it to their Scilly list, however, the birds were only seen by two visiting birders, holidaying on St Marys! Elsewhere, 2 Night Herons were still in the Carn Friars area and a Lesser Redpoll was at Lower Moors

St Agnes – 3 Whimbrels were on the islands and the Short-toed Lark was still on Wingletang.

Saturday 20th to Monday 22nd May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors and a Honey Buzzard flew over Parting Carn at 07:50.

Tresco – A Great Northern Diver, 3 Common Pochards, 5 Whimbrels and Swifts.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, a Woodchat Shrike & a Golden Plover were on the Airfield and a Golden Oriole & a Whinchat were at Bant’s Carn.

Bryher – A Golden Oriole and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Annet – A Great Northern Diver was offshore.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was in The Roads.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors for its 30th day and a Lesser Whitethroat was also in Lower Moors. The summer-plumage Golden Plover was still on the airfield and the Night Heron flew from Holy Vale to Porth Hellick and landed in the pool between the Ringing Station and Carn Friars Farm.

St. Agnes – A Short-toed Lark was on Wingletang Down.

Tresco – 6 Common Pochards and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Annet – 6 Great Northern Divers and 150+ Manx Shearwaters were seen near the island from the evening Seabird special boat trip.