Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

There were no reports for Monday and Tuesday.

The only report for Wednesday was:

St. Mary’s – A Firecrest was in Lower Moors.

Thursday birds were:

IOSBG members took part in the Non-Estuarine Waterbird Survey (NEWS) and a boat was organised to Bryher and Tresco, consequently these island received rare winter coverage.

Tresco – 3 Iceland Gulls, a Little Grebe & a drake Wigeon were on the Great Pool and a Firecrest was on Pool Road. A drake Pintail & 4 Pochards (3 drakes & a female) were on Abbey Pool and 9 Grey Plovers were below the Blockhouse.

Bryher – An Iceland Gull ( a different bird to the 3 on Tresco) and 2 Dunlins. 9 Grey Plovers, possibly the birds from Tresco were also seen

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter drake Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound, viewed form Innisidgen and a Balearic Shearwater flew past Giant’s Castle.

Sunday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters: 14 locals went out on a boat and managed to get good views of the first-winter drake Surf Scoter which was still in Crow Sound.

St. Mary’s – The juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at Halangy Porth, feeding on the seal carcase

Wednesday 20th to Friday 22nd January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Glaucous Gull (Joe Pender)

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Surf Scoter was still off Innisidgen in Crow Sound and the juvenile Glaucous Gull was still feeding on a seal carcase on Toll’s Porth.

St. Agnes – The Water Pipit was seen for first time in a month.

No reports for Thursday.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Scilly scarcity, a Little Gull was at Porthloo, unfortunately it was taken by a Peregrine. A Kingfisher was on Porth Hellick Pool.

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter drake Surf Scoter was still off Innisidgen in Crow Sound. A Loggerhead Turtle, found on Porth Hellick Beach, was taken into care and flown to a rehabilitation centre on the mainland.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The juvenile Glaucous Gull was feeding on a seal carcase at Toll’s Porth, north of the Golf Course, A Kingfisher flew from Porth Mellon towards the industrial estate.

Wednesday 13th to Sunday 17th January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Grey Plover (Joe Pender)

Wednesday’s Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Iceland Gull was briefly at Porthloo.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Yellow-browed Warbler was still in Lower Moors, where the Iceland Gull flew over.

Saturday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – On a rare calm day Joe Pender and John Higginson went out in Joe’s punt. It proved to be an inspired idea as they found the first Surf Scoter for Scilly since 2004. It was in Crow Sound the channel between St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s. Also seen on the trip were 12 Great Northern Divers around the islands and 8 Grey Plovers & 2 Purple Sandpipers off Tresco.

Sunday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound

Friday 8th to Tuesday 12th January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – 250+ Kittiwakes were in The Roads.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Glaucous Gull flew past Porthloo.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Short-eared Owl was at Higher Moors, the Common Whitethroat was still in scrub above Little Porth and 4 Firecrests were on the Garrison.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An Iceland Gull was on the Municipal rubbish dump.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Glaucous Gull flew past Halangy, a Merlin was near Juliet’s Garden, 3 Black Redstarts were on the beach at Little Porth, 2 were at Old Town, 1 was at the Riding Stables and 1 was at Porth Hellick.

Monday 4th to Wednesday 6th January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Black Redstarts & a Common Whitethroat were still at Little Porth and a Yellow Browed Warbler was in Lower Moors.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Black Redstarts & a Great Northern Diver were at Porthcressa. A Firecrest was in Trench lane, Old Town and a Glaucous Gull was on the Municipal Dump where an Iceland Gull also flew over.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 5 Black Redstarts & the Great Northern Diver were still at Porthcressa and another 6 Great Northern Divers & a Common Scoter were off Innisidgen. The Cetti’s Warbler was heard again at Porth Hellick and there were also 2 Firecrests & 3 Woodcocks there. A Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Tremelethen.

Thursday 31st December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 4 Black Redstarts and the Common Whitethroat still at Little Porth.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Black Redstart at Little Porth and a Great Northern Diver off the Mermaid Carpark.

St. Agnes – The Whinchat was still present.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Black Redstarts, 2 Mediterranean Gulls and a Glaucous Gull at Little Porth.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 7 Black Redstarts, the Common Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler and a Mediterranean Gull at Little Porth. An Iceland Gull was at Porthloo and it another 1 flew past Carn Morval.

Tresco – 2 Great Northern Divers, a female Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Common Buzzard and a Merlin.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Friday 18th to Wednesday 30th December IoS Bird Sightings

Throughout the period up to 6 Black Redstarts on the beaches around St. Mary’s, still a few Firecrests along the nature trails and Great Northern Divers in inter-island waters. On St. Agnes very late Yellow Wagtail flew over Lower Town on 18/12 and on the same date a Whinchat was on Periglis, it was still present on 25th. This bird has been present since early November is it wintering on the island?

An Iceland Gull was at Porthcressa on 24th and it was at Porthloo on 26th. On 27th 2 Iceland Gulls and a Little Grebe were on Tresco and on 29th a Spoonbill was on Green Island near Samson. On 30th 2 Iceland Gulls were at Porthcressa and one of these or possibly another was at Porthloo. 2 more unseasonal records were a Common Whitethroat and a Willow Warbler reported on Little Porth also on 30th.

Sunday 6th to Wednesday 12th December 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s (06/12) birds were

St. Mary’s – A Great spotted Woodpecker & 2 Firecrests were at Higher Moors and a Kingfisher was on Porth Hellick Beach.

Monday’s (07/12) birds were

St. Mary’s – A Firecrest was in Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – A Little Auk was close inshore off Gugh Bar.

Wednesday’s (09/12) birds were

St. Mary’s – 2 Black Redstarts were on Little Porth.

Wednesday’s (16/12) birds were

St. Mary’s – A Cetti’s Warbler was in the ringing lanes at Porth Hellick and a Jack Snipe was on the pool.