Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Buff-breasted Sandpiper, the Dotterel and 2 Golden Plovers were still on the Airfield. 2 Red-backed Shrikes, a Common Rosefinch, a Wryneck and 2 Whinchats were on Peninnis. The Black-necked Grebe was still in Porthcressa Bay, a Common Redstart was on the Garrison and single Wrynecks were by the Golf Course entrance & at Bant’s Carn.

St. Agnes – The Lesser Yellowlegs was still on the big Pool.

Tresco – A Woodchat Shrike, a Little Stint, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and a Wryneck.

Bryher – A Common Rosefinch and a Common Redstart.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Red-backed Shrikes were still in fields on Peninnis and the Black-necked Grebe was still in Porthcressa Bat. A Wryneck was at Trenoweth and a Common Redstart & a Firecrest were on the Garrison. 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Bar-tailed Godwits were at Porthloo.

St. Agnes – The Lesser Yellowlegs was still on the big Pool and the Short-toed Lark was still in Browarth Fields.

Gugh – A Common Rosefinch.

Bryher – A Wryneck, a Common Rosefinch, a Common Redstart and a Lapland Bunting.

Tresco – The Little Stint and the Woodchat Shrike were still present.

Thursday 15th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Red-backed Shrike, 2 Wrynecks, the Common Rosefinch and the Lapland Bunting were all still on Peninnis. The Black-necked Grebe was in Porthcressa Bay and a Sparrowhawk was at Pelistry.

St. Agnes – The Lesser Yellowlegs, a Melodious Warbler, a Wryneck and a Lapland Bunting.

St. Martin’s -10 Brent Geese, 2 Wrynecks and an Ortolan Bunting.

Bryher – A Lapland Bunting.

At sea – The evening pelagic trip was fairly quiet but still produced a Great Shearwater, 10 European Storm-petrels, 2 Blue and 2 Porbeagle Sharks were caught, tagged and released. Porbeagle Sharks are quiet scarce in Scillonian waters, so catch 2 in one evening is unusual.

Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Buff-breasted Sandpiper, a Dotterel and a Golden Plover were on the Airfield. A Black-necked Grebe was in Old Town Bay, a Wryneck was on Peninnis and 2 Pied Flycatchers were on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – The Lesser Yellowlegs, a Lapland Bunting, a Whinchat and a Pied Flycatcher.

Tresco – The Spotted Crake was still on the Great Pool.

Bryher – A Wryneck.

Wednesday’s birds were:

Wednesday was a very birdy day with an obvious fall of migrants on the islands, there were large numbers of Spotted Flycatchers, Whinchats and Wheatears with smaller numbers of Pied Flycatchers. Some highlights were:

St. Mary’s – A Red-backed Shrike, 2 + Common Rosefinches, 2+ Wrynecks, a Common Redstart & a Lapland Bunting were on Peninnis and a Bar-tailed Godwit flew over. Another Common Rosefinch was on the Garrison, where there were also a Barred Warbler, a Melodious Warbler, 1 or possibly 2 Icterine Warblers, a Common Redstart and a Lesser Whitethroat. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still on the Airfield and single Wrynecks were in Old Town Churchyard and at Trenoweth. A fourth Common Rosefinch was at the junction of Porthloo Lane & Telegraph Road, an Ortolan Bunting was on the Golf Course and a Nightingale was in bushes at Newford Duck Pond.

St. Agnes – The Lesser Yellowlegs was still on the Big Pool and a Citrine Wagtail was at Porth Coose. A Short-toed Lark was at Browarth and elsewhere on the island was a Common Redstart, yet another Common Rosefinch, and a Lapland Bunting.

Bryher – A Bar-tailed Godwit, a Wryneck, a Red-Backed Shrike and a Common Redstart.

St. Martin’s – A Wryneck

Sunday 11th and Monday 12th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Lesser Yellowlegs, a Green Sandpiper & a Little Stint were at Porth Hellick and a Water Rail, a Green Sandpiper & 2 Common Snipe were at Lower Moors. A Wryneck was on the Garrison and a Lapland Bunting was on the Airfield.

St. Martin’s – 5 Brent Geese, a Wryneck, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Pied Flycatchers, a Garden Warbler and 2 Lapland Buntings.

Bryher – A Brent Goose, 4 Wrynecks, a Tree Pipit, 2 Whinchats, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Lapland Buntings.

Tresco – 7 Brent Geese, a Spotted Crake, a Green Sandpiper and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel, a Wryneck and a Whinchat.

Samson – A Golden Plover and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Teän – A Bar-tailed Godwit.

At sea – 3 Grey Phalaropes and 4 Cory’s, 4 Great, 4 Sooty & 2 Balearic Shearwater were seen on the Scillonian III crossings.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Lesser Yellowlegs, 8 Greenshanks, a Redshank, a Common Sandpiper and 3 Dunlins were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Wryneck was on the Dead Pine Walk, the Garrison and a Green Sandpiper & 2 Common Snipe were on Lower Moors Pool. Single Whimbrels were at Old Town Bay and on Taylor’s Island, Porthloo.

St. Agnes – A Lesser Yellowlegs (a different bird to the one at Porth Hellick) was found early evening on the Big Pool.

Bryher – 2 Wrynecks, 2 Whinchats and a Pied Flycatcher.

Tresco – The Spotted Crake, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Yellow Wagtail, a Spotted and 4 Pied Flycatchers.

Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Lesser Yellowlegs, the Temminck’s Stint, 4 Dunlins and a Common Sandpiper were all on Porth Hellick Pool. The Cliff Swallow showed on and off, sometimes very well, in the Porth Hellick/Carn Friars area. A Wryneck was at Parting Carn, 2 Whinchats were at Porth Hellick and another was at Lower Moors.

Tresco – A Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 22 Greenshanks and 3 Redshanks.

At Sea – A daytime pelagic trip produced a Sooty, a Great & 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, an Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 6 Common Dolphins and an Ocean Sunfish.

Scillonian III – Birders on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s saw 2 Cory’s, 2 Sooty and 2 Balearic Shearwaters. On the return trip 5 European Storm-petrels, a Great & 6 Balearic Shearwaters and a Grey Phalarope were seen.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Cliff Swallow, the Lesser Yellowlegs, the Temminck’s Stint were all still at Porth Hellick. Single Wrynecks were seen at Holy Vale, Halangy Down, Down, the Standing Stones Field at Lower Moors, Bant’s Carn, Higher Moors and Green Farm. A Red-backed Shrike was in the Standing Stone Field, a Dotterel was on the Airfield and a Pied Flycatcher was at Rosehill.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel, 2 Wrynecks and a seawatch produced 23 Cory’s Shearwaters .

At sea – An adult Sabine’s Gull, 53 Cory’s & 15 Great Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas and 2 Blue Sharks were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

The return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance on the Scillonian III produced a Sabine’s Gull, a Leach’s & 12 European Storm-petrels, a Sooty, 2 Great and 17 Cory’s Shearwaters.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Cliff Swallow and the Lesser Yellowlegs were still at Porth Hellick, where there were also a Whinchat and a Kingfisher. The Red-backed Shrike & 2 Whinchats were in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and another was at Green Farm. A Wryneck was on the Garrison, a Kingfisher was in Lower Moors, and a Dotterel was on the Airfield. 5 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Peninnis.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel, a Wryneck, a Kingfisher and 5 Cory’s Shearwaters & a Grey Phalarope flew past the island.

Tresco – A Black-tailed Godwit, a Wryneck, a Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

At sea – Birds seen on the Scillonian III crossings included an Arctic Tern, a Balearic, a Sooty, 2 Great and 15 Cory’s Shearwaters.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Cliff Swallow and the Lesser Yellowlegs were still at Porth Hellick, also there were a Green & a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, a Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Whitethroat, nearby a Lapland Bunting flew over Porth Hellick Down. A Common Whitethroat, was at Deep Point, a Whinchat & 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Mount Todden and a Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat & a Common Whitethroat were at Pelistry. The Red-backed Shrike was still in the Standing Stones Field and nearby a Spotted & a Pied Flycatcher were in Lower Moors. 2 Wrynecks were at Bant’s Carn, 1 was at Telegraph and 1 was on Peninnis, where there were also 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Tresco – A Wryneck and a flyover Lapland Bunting.

Bryher – 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Wryneck, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Martin’s – 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Wrynecks.

At sea – A juvenile Sabine’s Gull was seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Cliff Swallow (M.Goodey)
Cliff Swallow (M.Goodey)
Cliff Swallow (M.Goodey)
Cliff Swallow (M.Goodey)

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Lesser Yellowlegs and Temminck’s Stint were still at Porth Hellick where there was also a Kingfisher. The 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were still on the Golf Course, a Pomarine Skua flew past Peninnis and a Wryneck was in the Porthcressa allotments.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

Tresco – 3 Pied and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

At sea – Birds seen on the short-range evening pelagic trip included a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 60+ European Storm-petrels, 11 Great Shearwaters and 2 Great Skuas. 5 Blue Sharks and a Porbeagle Shark were also caught, tagged and released.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A **CLIFF SWALLOW** was found at Porth Hellick early morning. This constitutes only the tenth record for the UK and the fifth for Scilly. The last British sighting was in late October 2001, also on Scilly, so it is 15 years since the last record. The Lesser Yellowlegs & Temminck’s Stint were still on Porth Hellick Pool and the 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were still on the Golf Course.

St. Martin’s – An Ortolan Bunting.

St. Agnes – The Dotterel was still present

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Lesser Yellowlegs (M.Goodey)
Lesser Yellowlegs (M.Goodey)

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Lesser Yellowlegs flew over Deep Point and landed at Porth Hellick Pool, where the Temminck’s Stint was also still present. The Buff- breasted Sandpiper was still on the Golf Course and a Wryneck was in the Garrison pines. A Seawatch from Peninnis Head produced 43 Cory’s, a Sooty and 2 Great Shearwaters.

St. Agnes – A Sooty and 45 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past between 08:15 and 09:45.

At sea – Birders on the afternoon/early evening return trip on the Scillonian III saw 12 Cory’s Shearwaters.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Lesser Yellowlegs, the Temminck’s Stint, 4 Dunlins, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Common & 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Common Snipe, a Kingfisher and 3 Yellow Wagtails were at Porth Hellick Pool. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper on the Golf Course was joined by a second bird. 2 Cory’s Shearwaters & a Great Skua flew past Giant’s Castle, 3 Whimbrels were at Deep Point with another at Halangy.

St. Agnes – 10 Whimbrels, a Wryneck and 7 White Wagtails.

Tresco – A Brent Goose was at New Grimsby and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was by the Abbey Gardens’ Café.

St. Martin’s – An Arctic Skua, 2 Cory’s, a Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters flew past the Daymark.

Sunday 28th August to Friday 2nd September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (M.Goodey)
Buff-breasted Sandpiper (M.Goodey)

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pied Flycatcher was near the lighthouse on Peninnis Head.

At sea – A seven hour pelagic trip in fresh winds and big seas proved to be very special. Birds seen included 239 Great Shearwaters, 82 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 15 European Storm-petrels, a Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Great Skuas and 3 Arctic Skuas. Also seen were 7 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 7 Blue Sharks which were caught, tagged and released.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Wryneck was at the end of Green Farm Lane, 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Watermill & another was at Newford, a Whinchat was at Higher Moors and 3 White Wagtails were at Deep Point with another on the Golf Course.

Tresco – 3 Common & 2 Green Sandpipers were on the Abbey Pool and a Pied Flycatcher was at Borough Farm.

Bryher – A Wryneck and and an Icterine Warbler.

St. Martin’s – A Corncrake, a White Wagtail an Icterine Warbler.

St. Agnes – A Whinchat.

Annet – 40+ Manx Shearwaters were offshore.

Inter-island waters – A Mediterranean Gull was in Tresco Channel.

At sea – An evening pelagic trip in much calmer conditions than Sunday still produced a few lingering birds, among these were: a Balearic, a Sooty & 8 Cory’s Shearwaters and 10 European Storm-petrels. Seen in the water were 30 Common Dolphins, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins, an Ocean Sunfish and 4 Blue Sharks.

Temminck's Stint (M.Goodey)
Temminck’s Stint (M.Goodey)

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Temminck’s Stint was found at Porth Hellick Pool, this a very scarce bird on Scilly and constitutes only the fourteenth record for Scilly, the last record was in 2011. Also at Porth Hellick were 11 Greenshank, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Dunlin. Single Wrynecks were at Deep Point & Lower Moors and a Common Redstart & a Pied Flycatcher were at Harry’s Walls.

St. Agnes – 3 Dunlins, 3 White Wagtails and a Pied Flycatcher.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Temminck’s Stint was at Porth Hellick Pool until it flew off early afternoon. 2 Wrynecks were at Deep Point. A White Wagtail was at Porthloo and a Kingfisher was in Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – The Temminck’s Stint arrived on the Big Pool mid-afternoon. Also on the island were 2 Sanderlings.

St. Martin’s – The first Red-backed Shrike of the autumn, a Whinchat, a Common Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Pied Flycatcher.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Temminck’s Stint was again at Porth Hellick and a Lesser Whitethroat & 2 Whinchats were in Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – A Temminck’s Stint was on the Big Pool. It is thought to be the same that has been on St. Mary’s but there may be two individuals involved in the sightings.

St. Martin’s – A Black-tailed Godwit, a White Wagtail, a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Common Whitethroat.

Annet – 20+ Manx Shearwaters were offshore.

At sea – Birders on the evening short-range pelagic trip saw a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 20 European Storm-petrels, 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 9 Great Shearwaters, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 5 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found in the morning fog on the Golf Course, it then flew off towards Tresco but was relocated in the evening by the turning circle on the Airfield. A Kingfisher and a Pied Flycatcher were in Lower Moors.

Bryher – A Knot a Whimbrel, 10 Little Egrets, a White Wagtail, 2 Whinchats, a Common Whitethroat, 2 Spotted and 3 Pied Flycatchers.

Inter-island waters – 4 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Cory’s Shearwater and a Great Shearwater were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Monday 22nd August to Saturday 27th August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison, a Green, 2 Wood & 4 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick Pool and a Wryneck was at Borough Farm. 3 Pied Flycatchers were in pines at Innisidgen, 1 was on Watermill Lane and another was on Telegraph Road where there was also a Tree Pipit.

St. Agnes – A Melodious Warbler was in the lighthouse garden.

At sea – The evening short-range pelagic trip produced 4 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 100+ European Storm-petrels, an adult Sabine’s Gull and 2 Great Skuas. Single Cory’s, Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters were seen from a private charter boat travelling from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Wryneck was still at Borough Farm, a Pied Flycatcher was at Higher Moors and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Deep Point.

St. Agnes – An Ortolan Bunting and a Mediterranean Gull.

St. Martin’s – A Spotted Flycatcher.

At sea – The daytime and evening short-range pelagic trips were fairly quiet, birders on board saw 5 Sooty Shearwaters 40+ European Storm-petrels an Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 30 Common Dolphins and an Ocean Sunfish. A Balearic Shearwater and 3 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the return trip to Penzance,

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Wryneck was still at Borough Farm and the Icterine Warbler was seen again on the Garrison. 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Porth Hellick and 1 was at Newford. A Water Rail was at Porth Hellick,, a Green Sandpiper was at Lower Moors, a Mediterranean Gull was over Hugh Town and 2 Common Whitethroats were at Borough Farm. 3 Wheatears were on Peninnis.

Tresco – A Water Rail, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshanks, 20 Greenshanks, 8 Wheatears, 2 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

Bryher – A Wheatear.

Inter-island waters – A Mediterranean Gull was in Tresco Channel.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 6 Wheatears, a Pied and a Spotted Flycatcher were on Peninnis. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was in Porthcressa Bay and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Higher Moors. 3 Water Rails, a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – An Ortolan Bunting and a Dotterel.

At sea – A Sooty & a Balearic Shearwater, an Arctic & a Great Skua and a Mediterranean Gull were seen on the pelagic trips.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – A Melodious Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. An Ocean Sunfish was seen offshore.

Tresco – 30+ Sanderlings, a Dunlin and 4 Whimbrels.

Samson – A Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrels.

Bryher – A Redshank and a Greenshank.

Teän – 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

At sea – Birds seen from the evening pelagic trip included an adult Sabine’s Gull, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 100+ European Storm-petrels. Also seen were 3 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Blue Sharks and a Minke Whale.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick Pool, 2 Common Redstarts & a Pied Flycatcher were in Old Town Churchyard, a Wryneck was at Green Farm and 2 Spotted Flycatchers were on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel, 5 Pied Flycatchers, a White Wagtail, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Common Whitethroat and a Barred Warbler.

Bryher – An Icterine Warbler, a Melodious Warbler, 2 Wrynecks, a Yellow Wagtail, a Common Whitethroat, 8 Spotted Flycatchers and 8 Pied Flycatchers.

Tresco – A Green Sandpiper, 25 Greenshank, a Whinchat and a Pied Flycatcher.

At sea – A Great, a Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters and an Ocean Sunfish were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s. The daytime pelagic proved worthwhile logging 2 adult Sabine’s Gulls, 49 Great Shearwaters, 20 European Storm-petrels, 3 Great Skuas and 4 Black Terns, the latter is a scarce bird on Scilly. In the water 3 Ocean Sunfish and a Blue Shark were seen.

Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison and 2 Wood Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, 12 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Sooty, a Balearic and 61 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Point.

St. Agnes – A Grey Phalarope, 60 Cory’s and 3 Great Shearwaters flew past Horse Point.

At sea – A Sooty, 5 Great & 42 Cory Shearwaters, 4 Great Skuas and 3 Ocean Sunfish were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison.

At sea – The birders who braved the rain and challenging seas on the daytime pelagic trip were well rewarded with views of 4 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 25 Cory’s & 7 Great Shearwaters, a Great Skua, 3 Ocean Sunfish and a Blue Shark.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison and a Wood and 3 Common Sandpipers were on Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – The daytime pelagic trip produced a Great, 3 Sooty & 3 Cory’s Shearwater, a first-summer Long-tailed & 3 Great Skuas, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Blue Sharks, which were caught, tagged & released.