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.

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern, a Golden Oriole and a Lesser Redpoll were at Lower Moors. The Woodchat Shrike was still on Porth Hellick Down and then flew to fields behind the hides at Porth Hellick. A female Marsh Harrier flew over the airfield.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors and the Night Heron flew from Porth Hellick towards Holy Vale. The female Marsh Harrier flew over Rocky Hills and Lower Moors.

Bryher – A Black-tailed Godwit.

Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still on the pool at Lower Moors and the Night Heron flew from the reeds at 21:20. A Whinchat was on Peninnis, a Hooded Crow was on the Golf Course, an Osprey was seen from MacFarland’s Down and a Hobby was over Porth Hellick.

Bryher – A Golden Oriole, a magnificent full summer Grey Plover, a Whinchat, 12 Spotted Flycatchers and 14 Common Whitethroats.

St. Martin’s – A Golden Plover, a Hobby and probably the same Osprey that was seen from MacFarland’s Down.

Tresco – A Common Buzzard.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was seen from the Scillonian III off the Eastern Isles. Another 15 Great Northern Divers, 5 Common Terns and 450+ Manx Shearwaters were seen on the ‘Shearwater Special’ trip in the evening. Continue reading

Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Great Northern Divers,The Roads, (Joe Pender)

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors and the Night Heron was seen there in the, flying from Shooters’ Pool towards the Dump Clump. The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was still in the hedge that runs from the Standing Stones Field to the field opposite Nowhere. A Dotterel was still on the Golf Course, a Merlin flew over Hugh Town harbour and a Grasshopper Warbler was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. A Golden Oriole was near Porthloo chalets and 11 Common Swifts were over Lower Moors in the evening.

St. Agnes – 4 Dunlins, 2 Turtle Doves, 2 Common Swifts, a Richard’s Pipit, a Ring Ouzel, a late Redwing, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Common Redstart, 6 Common Whitethroats and a Siberian Chiffchaff.

Bryher – A Grey Plover, a Nightingale was singing early morning and a Great White Egret flew south at 16:00.

Gugh – A Whinchat.

Tresco – 2 Grey Plovers and 9 Dunlins.

Teän – A Bar-tailed Godwit.

Inter-island Waters – 14 Great Northern Divers were in The Roads Continue reading

Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern was still on Lower Moors Pool early morning and the Night Heron was seen on Shooters’ Pool at 07:15 and on the main pool in the evening before flying towards the Dump Clump. The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was in a hedge in the field opposite Nowhere cottage. A Richard’s Pipit was seen in the morning in a field near the Health Centre before flying towards Peninnis Head, it was the seen in the afternoon at Bant’s Carn and then flew towards the Golf Course. 2 Dotterels and a summer-plumage Golden Plover were on the Golf Course.

Bryher – A Turtle Dove.

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

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Night Heron was seen again early morning on Lower Moors. The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was still in the hedge on the south side of the Standing Stones Field, the 2 Dotterels were still on the golf course and a Pied Flycatcher was in the Garrison Pines.

Tresco – The 2 Black-necked Stilts and a Blue-headed Wagtail were still on the Great Pool.

St. Agnes – A Golden Oriole was in elms near the entrance to the Parsonage.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Richard’s Pipit & a male Dotterel where on the Golf Course and the female Little Bittern & a Night Heron were in Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – A Black Redstart