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.

Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, also there were 14 Greenshanks and the Spotted Crake showed again in the evening. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the Golf Course in the evening.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool along with 4 Common Snipe. A Spotted Flycatcher was in a field behind Porth Minnick.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese were on the Great Pool.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel, a Grey, a Yellow and 6 White Wagtails.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (J.Pender)

Saturday’s birds were:

St, Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, where there were also 14 Teal, 2+ Water Rails, 10 Common Snipe,11 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher. The Wryneck was still on rocks near Giant’s Castle and a Whinchat was at Lower Moors. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found on the airfield in the afternoon.

Tresco – 7 Little Egrets, a Pied Flycatcher and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

At sea – 5 Sooty Shearwaters and 2 adult Sabine’s Gull were seen within Scillonian waters from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper & the Spotted Crake were still on Porth Hellick Pool, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still on the airfield and 3 Northern Wheatears were still at Giant’s Castle.

Tresco – A Wood Sandpiper, 18 Greenshanks, 4 Redshanks and a Kingfisher were on the Great Pool.

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

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Semipalmated Sandpiper (M.Goodey)

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Semi-palmated Sandpiper was found late evening on Porth Hellick Pool, where a Spotted Crake showed briefly at 16:00. The Icterine Warbler was still proving to be very elusive in the Dead Pine Walk behind the Garrison Tennis Courts and nearby a Barred Warbler showed briefly in the pig field above Lower Broome. A Green Sandpiper was on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – A Yellow-legged Gull, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat.

St. Martin’s – 100+ Sanderlings and a Kestrel.

At sea – 6 Great and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen west of Wolf Rock (i.e. within the Scilly recording area) from the Scillonian III on the return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

The pelagic trips continue to produce the goods. The evening’ highlights were a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 120+ Great Shearwaters, 15+ Cory’s Shearwaters, 50+ Sooty Shearwaters, a Grey Phalarope, 3 Sabine’s Gulls, 6 Great Skuas, a Minke Whale, 50+ Short-beaked Common Dolphins. 3 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

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Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – Both the Semi-palmated Sandpiper and the Spotted Crake were still on Porth Hellick Pool, the latter still very elusive. The Wryneck was still near Giant’s Castle and nearby a Richard’s Pipit was on the airfield. In Lower Moors a Whinchat was in the Standing Stones Field and 2 Common Snipe and a Greenshank were on the pool. A Firecrest was in the Dead Pine Walk on the Garrison and a White Wagtail was in Old Town.

Tresco – 15 Greenshanks, 3 Redshanks and 2 White Wagtails.

At sea – 4 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater and 2 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper, a Dunlin, 12 Greenshanks and a very elusive Spotted Crake were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An extremely elusive Icterine Warbler was in the pines behind the tennis courts on the Garrison. A Wryneck and 5 Northern Wheatears were in the Airport/Giant’s Castle area. A Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Whinchat were at Lower Moors. 3 Teal, 12 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Grey Wagtail was in Old Town and 2 White Wagtails were at Porthcressa, with further singles at Lunnon & Maypole.

Inter-island waters – A Great Shearwater was off White Island.

At sea – A 3 hour short-range pelagic trip in the morning produced: 21 Cory’s & 3 Great Shearwaters, an Arctic & 6 Great Skuas and 20 Short-beaked Common Dolphins.

Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool. The other Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Lower Moors Pool, where there also 2 Common Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank. A Wryneck was on the Garrison.

Bryher – A Yellow Wagtail and the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn.

Teän – 4 Dunlins and a Mediterranean Gull.

At sea – 23 European Storm-petrels, a Sooty, 19 Great and 15 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper and Dunlin were on Porth Hellick Pool. The Pectoral Sandpiper, or another was briefly on Porth Mellon Beach at 08:00, where there were also 8 Dunlins. A Green Sandpiper, a Common Snipe, a Greenshank and a Kingfisher were on Lower Moors Pool. A Whinchat was on Peninnis.

Tresco – A Pintail, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchats, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher.

At sea – A Sooty & 2 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s in the morning and a Great, a Balearic and 5 Sooty Shearwaters were seen on the return journey in the late afternoon/ early evening.

The short-range pelagics continue to deliver the birds with 4 more Wilson’s Storm-petrels, (season’s current total 114), 15 European Storm-petrels, 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 37 Great Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas and a Black Tern. Also about 30 Common Dolphins were seen and 2 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Red-backed Shrike (R.Mawer)

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Red-backed Shrike was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick Ringing Station and was relocated in the afternoon in fields on Carn Friars Farm. Also a Tree Pipit was seen there. Nearby on Porth Hellick Pool were 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 11 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher. The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Lower Moors Pool and the Spotted Crake showed again at dusk.

Tresco – 16 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, 2 White Wagtails and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Bryher – 2 White Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Hooded Crow, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Agnes – A Sabine’s Gull was off Horse Point.

At sea – A Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a European Storm-petrel were seen from the Scillonian III on the return journey from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool and another was on Lower Moors Pool. Also seen at Lower Moors were 4 Common Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank a Water Rail and a Kingfisher. The Spotted Crake was seen again at dusk. A Grey Wagtail was in Hugh Town, a Whinchat was at Bar Point and a Pied Flycatcher was on Peninnis.

St. Agnes – 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver was off Higher Town.