Friday 22nd September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 3 Little Stints, 6Common Snipe and 10Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool. The American Golden Ploverwas on the airfield before moving to Porth Hellick Beach. A Lesser Whitethroat was near the Municipal Dump and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits and 2 Sanderlings were on Porthloo Beach.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese, aRuff, a Wood Sandpiper and aLittle Stint.

St. Agnes –  A Grey Phalarope flew over Lower Town Church.

Bryher– A Hooded Crow.

Inter-island waters – 6Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Leach’s Storm Petrel, 8European Storm-petrels, aBalearic Shearwater and a Sooty Shearwater were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday 21st September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, 4Little Stints, a Common Sandpiper, 4 Common Snipe and aJack Snipe were on Porth Hellick Pool and the American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach. A Wryneck & 30+ Northern Wheatears were at Giant’s Castle and another 20+ Northern Wheatears were on Peninnis.

St. Martin’s – A Grey Phalaropewas in Great Bay. Also on the island were 2 Mediterranean Gulls, aYellow Wagtail, 50+ Northern Wheatears, a Whinchat and aSpotted Flycatcher.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese, aRuff and a Little Stint.

St. Agnes – 60+ Northern Wheatears and 3 Lapland Buntings.

Bryher – A Common Sandpiper, aHooded Crow, a Common Redstartand a 11 Northern Wheatears.

At sea – Seen on the short-range evening pelagic trip were: 10European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, 15 Grey Phalaropes, 2Great Skuas, 2 Arctic Skuas, 20Short=beaked Common Dolphinsand a Blue Shark was caught, tagged and released. An unexpected sighting at sea was a Northern Wheatear.

October Bird Log and Trails

The bird log will again be held in the Scillonian Club from Saturday September 30th to Friday October 29th.

The usual temporary trails will be open, these are:

Peninnis Farm Trail which runs from half way down King Edwards Road (the central track along Peninnis) through the fields to Old Town Bay.

Sunnyside Trail which runs from Telegraph Road, just opposite the access gate to Shooters’ Pool across farmland finishing near 4 Lanes.

Tremelethen Trail which runs from Parting Carn through the wood and across fields to Salakee Farm.

There are trails cut through The Garrison Pines are permanently open.

Wednesday 20th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper, a Curlew Sandpiper, 2 Little Stints, a Common Sandpiper, a Jack Snipe, 7 Common Snipe and 11 Greenshanks were all on Porth Hellick Pool. The American Golden Plover was still nearby on Porth Hellick Beach. 2 Spotted Flycatchers were at Harry’s Walls.

St. Agnes – The Common Rosefinch was still above the beach at Porth Killier.

Tresco – A Ruff, a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Semi-palmated Sandpiper & Little Stints, Porth Hellick Pool, Martin Goodey, 18.09.17

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was on Lower Moors Pool most of the day before moving on to Porth Hellick Pool in the evening.  Also seen at Porth Hellick Pool were 2 Little Stints, 4 Greenshanks, a Common Sandpiper and a female Wigeon. 3 Crossbills flew over the pool and the Spotted Crake was seen again at dusk, Nearby the American Golden Plover was on the beach.

St. Agnes – 5 Lapland Buntings were near Beady Pool.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese, 2 Wigeons, a Pochard, 2 Little Grebes, a Ruff, 4 Bar-tailed Godwits, a Common Buzzard, a Yellow Wagtail, a Kingfisher, 2 Whinchats and a Spotted Flycatcher. A Great Northern Diver was off Carn Near.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s –  The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still at Lower Moors. 2 Little Stints & a Curlew Sandpiper were on Porth Hellick Pool and nearby the American Golden Plover was still on the beach. A Firecrest was in the Dead Pine Walk on the Garrison and a Lesser Redpoll was in the park in Hugh Town.

St. Agnes – A Common Swift, a Whinchat, a Common Whitethroat, a Common Rosefinch and 2 Lapland Buntings.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese, a Wood Sandpiper, a Ruff, a Common Swift, a Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Bryher – A Curlew Sandpiper.

At sea – A daytime short-range pelagic trip produced 2 European Storm-petrels, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Grey Phalaropes, a Sabine’s Gull, 3 Great Skuas and a Minke Whale.

Sunday 17th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

 

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, 3 Common Snipe, a Kingfisher and a Grey Wagtail were all on Lower Moors Pool. Nearby a Yellow-browed Warbler was in the sallows between the Hilda Quick hide and Shooters’ Pool. The American Golden Plover was still on the beach at Porth Hellick and an Osprey flew over heading towards Tresco. A Whinchat was at Porthloo.

St. Agnes – A Ring Ouzel, a Whinchat, a Common Rosefinch and a Lapland Bunting.

Gugh – A Yellow-browed Warbler.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese, a Pochard, a Tufted Duck & a Pintail were on the Great Pool and 28 Ringed Plovers & 8 Dunlins were on the beaches.

St. Martin’s – A Turtle Dove, a Merlin, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Whinchat and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Bryher – A Bar-tailed Godwit, a Golden Plover and a Ring Ouzel.

Teän – A Whimbrel.

Inter-island waters – 3 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 4 Balearic and 7 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance in the evening.

Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Glossy Ibis, Porth Hellick Pool, Graham Cundale, 15.09.17

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Glossy Ibis was at Porth Hellick and was seen later flying over Peninnis and then over Hugh Town towards Tresco. The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Lower Moors Pool and the American Golden Plover was on the airfield moving to Porth Hellick Beach as the tide went out.

St. Martin’s – 30+ Sanderlings and a Merlin.

Tresco – 4 Sanderlings and a Dunlin.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Lower Moors Pool and the American Golden Plover was seen on the airfield, at Lower Moors and on Porth Hellick Beach.

St. Martin’s – 38 Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlins and 110+ Sanderlings.

Thursday 14th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Semipalmated Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool in the morning before moving to Lower Moors Pool in the afternoon. It was seen back at Porth Hellick early evening along with the American golden Plover. A Lapland Bunting flew over Porth Hellick Beach towards the airfield. A Whinchat was on Peninnis and a single Spotted Flycatchers were at Carn Friars and Porth Minnick.

St. Agnes – 3 Lapland Buntings were on Wingletang Down and 10 Grey Phalaropes & 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew past Horse Point.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver and a Yellow Wagtail.

Bryher – 16 Sanderlings and a Dunlin.

Inter-island waters – an Arctic Tern was in Tresco Channel.

At sea – 150+ European Storm Petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, a Grey Phalarope and a Great Skua were seen on the evening pelagic trip to Seven Stones.

Wednesday 13th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

American Golden Plover (K.Webb)

St Mary’s – “The Yanks are coming!”, there were 3 species of American wader on the island – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, a Pectoral Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Beach and an American Golden Plover was found on the airfield in the evening. A Whimbrel was at Giant’s Castle.

St. Agnes – 3 Whimbrels and a Richard’s Pipit were on the island. 3 Lapland Buntings were at Horse Point and 7 Grey Phalaropes, a European Storm-petrel, a Balearic & 7 Sooty Shearwaters flew past there.

Tresco – A Ruff.