Wednesday 20th April to Wednesday 27th April 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

 

Snowy Owl, Tresco, 19.04.16, IOSWT

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Great Northern Diver was off Woolpack Point on the Garrison, the 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls & 6 Whimbrels were on the Golf Course, with another 10 Whimbrels at Bar Point. A Ring Ouzel flew from Porth Hellick Down to Salakee Down and another was on the west side of Peninnis. A Hoopoe & a Common Sandpiper were at Porth Hellick and single Common Swifts were over Peninnis and Lower Moors. A female Common Redstart was on the Garrison and a Garden Warbler was in Hugh Town.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 11 Whimbrels were on Taylor’s Island, 4 were on Normandy Down, 3 were on Porthloo Beach, 3 were on the golf course and 1 was on Porth Hellick Beach. The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls, 3 Rooks (a scarce species on Scilly), a Ring Ouzel, a Common Redstart, a Black Redstart and the first Cuckoo of the year were all on the Golf Course. A Skylark, a Common Redstart and 2 Garden Warblers were on the Garrison. A Hobby flew over Deep Point, this year’s first Turtle Dove was on Porthloo Lane and 2 Ring Ouzels were at Salakee Farm.

Hoopoe, Bryher, 23.0416, Alan HanningtonFriday’s birds were:

Inter- island waters – What was probably the Snowy Owl was seen from the harbour masters boat going out to meet a visiting cruise ship. It was flying west past Steeple Buoy just south of the Northern Rocks

St. Mary’s – With early light rain and fog and overcast conditions with a light south–easterly wind there was a fall of migrants. There were lots of Wheatears, Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and Willow Warblers, many feeding on the ground. Amongst them were a smattering of Common Whitethroats and Garden Warblers. 2 Lesser Whitethroats, a Whinchat and a Lesser Redpoll were in the Porth Hellick area and nearby a Hoopoe was in fields at Tremelethen Farm. A Grasshopper Warbler was at Mount Todden and another was in fields behind Old Town where there was also a Tree Pipit. A Nightingale was singing at Rosehill, where there was also a Spotted Flycatcher. A Hobby was over Higher Moors, a Black Redstart was on the Garrison, single Common Redstarts were on Salakee Farm & in Holy Vale and a Ring Ouzel was at Giants’ Castle. The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls, 2 Rooks, a Cuckoo, 2 Ring Ouzels and a Common Redstart were all on the Golf Course.

St. Agnes – A Hoopoe, a Yellow Wagtail, a Ring Ouzel, a Common Redstart and a Lesser Whitethroat.

At sea – A Common Redstart landed on the Scillonian III on the return trip to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

Bryher – The Snowy Owl finally stayed long enough in one place (Shipmanhead Down) for most local birders to catch up with it. Also on the island were 4 Common Redstarts, 3 Tree Pipits, a Nightingale and a Hoopoe.

St. Mary’s – A Nightingale was at Mount Todden early morning and another was at Buzza Hill early evening. A Hobby was over Higher Moors, a Cuckoo was in Holy Vale, a Ring Ouzel was in Salakee fields and also on the island was a Common Redstart.

St. Agnes – A Hoopoe, A Cuckoo, 2 Ring Ouzels, a Common Redstart and a Common Sandpiper.

St. Martin’s – 4 Little Terns, 2 Whimbrels, a Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher.

Sunday’s birds were:

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was still on Shipmanhead Down and there were 4 Whimbrels on the island.

St. Mary’s – A Nightingale was on the boardwalk at Porth Hellick, this is the 5th of the spring, which is unprecedented on Scilly. Also at Porth Hellick was a Grasshopper Warbler and a Lesser Whitethroat was trapped and ringed. A male Montagu’s Harrier flew over Pelistry and a Garden Warbler was in a field near Old Town Church. An Iceland Gull & 2 Whimbrels were on the Golf Course and a Hobby flew over. A Common Redstart was on Peninnis and a Great Northern Diver was off Bar Point. A Wryneck and a Garden Warbler were on the Garrison.

Tresco – A Ring Ouzel was in the Chaplaincy garden

Monday’s birds were:

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was still on Shipmanhead Down until late morning when it was flushed by a dog walker and flew to Tresco.

Tresco – The Snowy Owl was on Castle Down, where a male Montagu’s Harrier was also seen. The Iberian Chiffchaff was still present, singing in Well cover near the Abbey. Also seen on Tresco were 2 Common Buzzards, a Marsh Harrier, 20 Whimbrels and a Great Northern Diver was offshore.

St. Mary’s – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls & a Garden Warbler were on the Golf Course, a Merlin was at Normandy and a Common Redstart was at Trewince.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was in Crow Sound (between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s).

Tuesday’s birds were:

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was again on Shipmanhead Down.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing near the Abbey and a male Montagu’s Harrier flew over Carn Near.

St. Mary’s – A male Marsh Harrier was at Porth Hellick.

St. Martin’s – 2 Great Northern Divers, 18 Golden Plover, a Common Redstart and a Common Whitethroat.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The male Montagu’s Harrier was over Pelistry early morning and then mid-morning over Porth Hellick Bay. Also at Porth Hellick was a Whimbrel, a Marsh Harrier and 23 Golden Plover flew over.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road, the Montagu’s Harrier was over Abbey Pool and 10 Whimbrels were in Pentle Bay

Tuesday 12th to Tuesday 19th April 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Iceland Gulls were on the Golf Course and a Firecrest was in Lower Moors.

Tresco – A Great White Egret was seen on the Great Pool, this was the first record since October 2012. Also present were 2 Iceland Gulls, a Pintail, 4 Pochards and 3 Tufted Ducks.

St. Agnes – The first Common Sandpiper of the spring.

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter was again in Crow Sound (between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s) and 3 Sandwich Terns were in the Roads.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s  – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver was offshore.

Inter-island waters – 4 Great Northern Divers were in the Roads.

Thursday’s birds were:

Tresco – The Great White Egret was in the pines near the Great Pool.

Bryher – A Tree Pipit and a White Wagtail.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Divers and 16 Sandwich Terns were in the Roads.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Iceland Gull was still on the Golf Course.

St. Agnes – 2 Tufted Ducks and a Common Tern.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s  – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course.

St. Agnes – 2 Tufted Ducks, Common Terns, a White Wagtail and a Black Redstart.

Tresco – 3 Pochard.

Woodchat Shrike, Salakee Down, 18.0416, John HeadonSunday’s birds were:

Tresco – An Iberian Chiffchaff was singing and showing well on Pool Road around midday but was not seen or heard after 13:00. This is only the third record for Scilly.

St. Mary’s – A female Woodchat Shrike was by the turning circle on the Airfield and nearby was a male Ring Ouzel. A female Ring Ouzel was in the pig-field on the Garrison and the 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course.

St. Agnes – A Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Black Redstart, 2 Common Terns and a Whimbrel.

Teän – 7 Whimbrels.

Western Rocks – 2 Purple Sandpipers and 5 Whimbrels

Mondays Birds were:

Tresco – A male Snowy Owl was on Vane Hill, the Iberian Chiffchaff was singing and showing well on Pool Road and a Common Sandpiper was at New Grimsby.

St. Mary’s – The female Woodchat Shrike was Salakee Down, a juvenile Iceland Gull was non the Golf Course and a Little Grebe was on Porth Hellick Pool.

Bryher – Another female Woodchat Shrike was at Vine Farm, also on the island were a Tree Pipit and the first Common Whitethroat of the spring.

Tuesday’s birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road. A Green Sandpiper & 4 Common Sandpipers were on the Great Pool and a female Marsh Harrier was hunting over the reeds. Also on the island were 2 Common Buzzards, a Common Whitethroat, 30+ Wheatears and 11 Ring Ouzels (including a flock of 9 which flew off),

Bryher – What may have been the flock of 9 Ring Ouzels that flew from Tresco were in a paddock at Vine Farm, a 100+ Wheatears, a Tree Pipit, a Black Redstart & 3 Whimbrels were on the island and a Common Swift flew in off the sea.

St. Mary’s – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course, a Common Swift flew over Hugh Town and 4 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Martin’s – A Grasshopper Warbler and a Ring Ouzel.

St. Agnes – 8 Whimbrels.

Monday 4th to Monday 11th April 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – There was a noticeable start to spring passage, the first Common Redstart of the year was on the Garrison and this year’s first Sedge Warbler was ringed at Porth Hellick along with 5 Blackcaps, 9 Willow Warblers & 8 Chiffchaffs. A juvenile Iceland Gull was on the golf Course and 3 House Martins were at Lower Moors in the evening.

Tresco – 2 Pintails, 2 Tufted Ducks, 3 Pochards, 2 Common Buzzards, a juvenile Iceland Gull and 30+ Sanderlings.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Ruff was again on the airfield.

St. Agnes – 2 Swallows, 2 Sand Martins and the Water Pipit.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were on the Golf Course and a White Wagtail & a Black Redstart were at Little Porth.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course and a Swallow & a House Martin were over Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Martin’s – A Golden Plover and 2 Great Northern Divers were offshore.

Inter-island waters – 3 Great Northern Divers were in the Roads,

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course and a Lesser Redpoll was on a garden feeder in Holy Vale.

St. Agnes – A Firecrest was at Covean.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A very wet and windy day, the only reports were of an arrival of 15 Willow Warblers and a Yellow Wagtail on the Garrison.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course. An almost white Common Redstart was in the Deep Point Pines, it had a bit of red on the throat and was described as “Bizarre yet awesome!”. A White Wagtail was on Hugh Town Quay and a Grasshopper Warbler was at Porth Hellick in the evening.

Bryher – 3 Tree Pipits, a male Common Redstart, a male Pied Flycatcher and a male Ring Ouzel.

Monday 28th March to Sunday 3rd April 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Scandanavian Rock Pipit 1, Pelistry, 28.03.16, Martin goddey

Monday’s Birds were:

St Mary’s – A Scandinavian Rock Pipit was on the beach at Pelistry, although there have been several reports in the past the only previous fully documented record was of one on St. Mary’s on Oct 18 1991 which had been colour ringed at Onsala Halland, Sweden on July 11 1991.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – The Water Pipit was at Porth Killier.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Siberian Chiffchaff and a Firecrest were at Porth Hellick. The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course.

Tresco – A Common Scoter was offshore.

Bryher – The Hooded Crow was still present.

Samson – 4 Sandwich Terns ( the first of the year) were offshore.

Teän – A female Ring Ouzel, the first of the year.

Eastern Isles – 2 Purple Sandpipers.

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter and 12 Great Northern Divers were in Crow Sound (between St. Mary’s and St. Martin’s).

There were no reports for Thursday.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Siberian Chiffchaff was still at Porth Hellick and the 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course,

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Serin was singing outside the entrance to Star Castle Hotel, a juvenile Glaucous Gull was feeding on a dead porpoise on Pelistry Beach and 4 Swallows & a Sand Martin were hawking over Porth Hellick Pool.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Ruff flew from the airfield towards Porth Hellick. 3 Swallows were at Content, a juvenile Iceland Gull was in the harbour and the first Willow Warblers had arrived, with about 10 reported on the island.

Tresco – 5 Purple Sandpipers and a Manx Shearwater were off the island.

St. Martin’s – A Common Scoter was offshore.

Inter-island waters – 6 Great Northern Divers and 25 Sandwich Terns were in the Roads.

Wednesday 23rd to Sunday 27th March 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – The first-winter drake Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound (between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’).

St. Mary’s – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course.

Friday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – The first-winter drake Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound (between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’).

St. Mary’s – The 2 juvenile Iceland Gulls were still on the Golf Course, 3 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach and a Wheatear was on the end of Peninnis Head.

St. Agnes – A Water Pipit was at Porth Killier

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Iceland Gull flew over Porthloo.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Long-tailed Tits were seen at Helvear in the morning and were relocated near the hides at Porth Hellick early afternoon, before flying over the road towards Higher Moors. This species is a genuine rarity on Scilly and this was the first record since March 2011 when 8 were on Tresco. Also at Porth Hellick were 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a juvenile Iceland Gull, nearby a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew over Porth Hellick Down. A juvenile Iceland Gull flew over Pelistry.

St. Agnes – A Water Pipit and 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs.

Tresco – A juvenile Iceland Gull.

Thursday 17th to Tuesday 22nd March 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Sand Martins were at Porth Hellick, a Mistle Thrush was at Carn Friars Farm, a male Black Redstart was at Porth Minnick and 5 Sanderling & a Dunlin were on Porthloo Beach.

St. Agnes – A Water Pipit.

Bryher – A Short-eared Owl.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An Iceland Gull, 2 Pied & 2 White Wagtails were at Porth Hellick.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Sand Martin flew over Hugh Town Harbour and 70 Redwings & 6 Fieldfares were at Carn Friars Farm.

Tresco – 2 Iceland Gulls, 8+ Sand Martins, a Wheatear and 2 Short-eared Owls.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Short-eared Owl was on the Garrison, an Iceland Gull & 20 Wheatears were on the Golf Course and a Mistle Thrush & 15 Wheatears were on the Airfield.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Wheatears were on Peninnis.

Tuesday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound (between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s) and a total of 50 Great Northern Divers were seen from Bar Point and the Garrison.

St. Mary’s – 2 Iceland Gulls & 40 Wheatears were on the Golf Course and a Glaucous Gull was at Deep Point. A Swallow was at Lower Moors and 2 more were at Porth Hellick.

St. Agnes – 4 Swallows,2 Sand Martin’s and 9 Pied Wagtails.

Recent Images

Purple Sandpiper, The Creeb (Joe Pender)

 

Surf Scoter, Crow Sound (Joe Pender)

 

Iceland Gull (Kris Webb)
Pintail, Tresco (Kris Webb)
Greylag, Tresco (Kris Webb)

Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th March 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Black Redstart was at Little Porth.

St. Agnes – There was an obvious fall with 13 Black Redstarts and 5 Wheatears on the island.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Wheatear & a Skylark were on the Garrison, another Wheatear was at Deep Point and 2 Sand Martins were over Porth Hellick Pool.

Tresco – Birds seen on a sortie to the island included: the Greylag Goose, a drake Pintail, 8 Pochard (5 drakes & 3 females), a pair of Tufted Ducks, 2 Common Buzzards, a Grey Plover, 5 Greenshanks, 4 Redshanks, an Iceland Gull, 14 White & 3 Pied Wagtails, 2 Black Redstarts, a Wheatear, 4 Fieldfares and a Firecrest

Friday 11th to Sunday 13th March 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

Tresco – A Greylag Goose, an Iceland Gull and a Firecrest.

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s.

Saturday’s birds were:

Tresco – The Greylag Goose, a drake Pintail, a Wigeon, 3 pairs of Pochard, 2 Iceland Gulls, 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and 3 Firecrests.

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s.

Sunday’s birds were:

Tresco – An Iceland Gull.

Inter-island waters – The Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound between St. Mary’s & St. Martin’s and a Purple Sandpiper was on the Creeb.

Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th March 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s (09/03) birds were:

St. Mary’s – A second-winter/adult Glaucous Gull and 3 female Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa.

Thursday’s (10/03) birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter drake Surf Scoter was still in Crow Sound, between St. Mary’s and St. Martins, best viewed from Innisidgen. 2 female Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa.