Sunday 31st December 2017 to Saturday 6th January 2018 IoS Bird Sightings

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Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Glaucous Gull was of the Garrison at Morning point and a Yellow-legged Gull was at Porthloo.

St. Agnes – An Iceland Gull and a Glaucous Gull.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Kumlien’s Gull & a Glaucous Gull were at Porthloo and 2 Iceland Gulls were at Porthcressa/Morning Point. The 2 Black-necked Grebes & the Red-breasted Merganser were still in Hugh town Harbour, 3 Black Redstarts were at Little Porth and the Water Pipit was on Porth Hellick Beach.

St. Agnes – 2 Iceland Gulls, 3 Glaucous Gulls and a Yellow-legged Gull. Continue reading

Monday 11th to 30th December 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Killdeer (R.Mawer)

St Mary’s – A Killdeer was found at Parting Carn on Friday, 29th, where it remained for about 2-3 hours. It was also seen briefly towards dusk at Porth Minick. At the time of writing (Saturday, 30th) it had not been seen again. This great find is the first record since 2002. The two Black-necked Grebes and redhead Red-breasted Merganser remained in Hugh Town Harbour throughout. The Water Pipit remained on Porth Hellick beach throughout. There were regular sightings of Common Gulls, Black Redstarts and Firecrests. Bullfinches were still being heard and seen occasionally in Holy Vale. A Red-throated Diver appeared in Porth Mellon bay on Thursday, 14th, but only for the one day.

Tresco – Several birders made a special trip on Christmas Eve (Sunday 24th) and saw the 6 Pink-footed Geese, an Eider in Pentle Bay, 13 Wigeon on the Great Pool, a Goldeneye and two Yellow-legged Gulls on Abbey Pool and 2+ Bullfinches along Pool Road.

Gugh – One or two Short-eared Owls were present at times.

Inter-island waters – Birders on a special two-hour trip on Swordfish on Thursday, 28th saw a female Long-tailed Duck, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Spoonbills, 7 Purple Sandpipers, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits and good numbers of Great Northern Divers.

News from the ISBG Rarities Committee

The 1st of January 2018 will see significant changes to the SRC Rarities List, with a number of additions and removals. The details are:

Additions:
White-fronted Goose, Great Crested Grebe and ‘Scandinavian’ Herring Gull (argentatus). Also, for completeness, species not recorded on Scilly which are not on the BBRC list and which may make their way here naturally have been added and marked with an asterisk.

Removals:
Greylag, Pink-footed Goose, Pectoral Sandpiper, Bee-eater, Woodchat Shrike (in adult plumage only), Short-toed Lark, Red-rumped Swallow and Serin.

Sunday 3rd to Sunday 10th December 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday – A Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Black-necked Grebes still in Hugh Town Harbour.

Monday – A Black Redstart, a male Bullfinch at Porth Hellick, the Water Pipit still on Porth Hellick Beach and and the Black-necked Grebes still in Hugh Town Harbour.

Tuesday – The Red-breasted Merganser was still in Hugh Town Harbour and the male Ring Ouzel was still at Maypole.

Wednesday – No Reports.

Thursday – A pair of Bullfinches were in Holy Vale.

Friday – A Brambling in a garden on High Lanes.

Saturday and Sunday – No reports.

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

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and a drake Wigeon was in Old Town Bay.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 Black-necked Grebes and the Red-breasted Merganser were still in Hugh Town Harbour.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese.

Inter-island waters – 2 Great Northern Divers and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were in The Roads.

Sunday 26th to Thursday 30th November 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Red Kite was seen over Higher Moors and Kittydown, 6 Golden Plovers were on Porth Hellick Beach and a Great Spotted woodpecker & 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs were in Holy Vale.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach, a male Ring Ouzel was in a field at Maypole Triangle, and the Red Kite was seen over Higher Lanes.

Samson – The 2 Spoonbills were still on Green Island.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach, the male Ring Ouzel was still in a field at Maypole Triangle, single Siberian Chiffchaffs were at Lower Moors & Porth Hellick and the 2 Black-necked Grebes & the Red-breasted Merganser were still in Hugh Town Harbour.

Thursday’s birds were:

Bryher – A Snowy Owl was photographed by a non-birder on Shipman Head Down.

Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th November 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The only report was of the Dusky Warbler still at Higher Moors.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Red Kite flew over Normandy, the Dusky Warbler was still at Higher Moors along with a Siberian Chiffchaff, a male Ring Ouzel was in a field on Carn Friars Farm, the Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and a Black-necked Grebe was in Town Bay.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Dusky Warbler was still at Higher Moors, the Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and the male Ring Ouzel was still at Carn Friars Farm,
There were 2 Black-necked Grebes in Town Bay are these the birds that were at the same site last winter? Continue reading

Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th November 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – There was a noticeable influx of finches on the island, with 100s of Chaffinches and Siskins amongst them were at least 100 Bramblings and a Hawfinch. 2 Firecrests, 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and a Bullfinch were in Lower Moors. A Siberian Chiffchaff & a Bullfinch were in the Dump Clump and a Firecrest was in the nearby allotments. A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Siberian Chiffchaff, a Great Spotted Woodpecker & 2 Woodcocks were at Porth Hellick and 2 Bullfinches were on Higher Moors. A 1st – winter Little Gull flew over Hugh Town towards Porthcressa and a Black Redstart & a Firecrest were on the Garrison.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Firecrests and a late Willow Warbler were trapped at Porth Hellick Ringing Station. The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach, a Bullfinch was at Higher Moors and a Black Redstart was on town Beach. Continue reading

Friday 10th to Monday 13th November 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A second-winter Iceland Gull was commuting between Porthloo, Porth Mellon and the Dump. Another Iceland Gull (a first-winter) & a Black Redstart were at Little Porth and the Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The second-winter Iceland Gull was seen at Porthloo & on town Beach and the first-winter Iceland Gull & the Black Redstart were still at Little Porth. A Siberian Chiffchaff & a Bullfinch were at Porth Hellick and the Water Pipit was still on the beach there. A Firecrest & a Siberian Chiffchaff were in Lower Moors and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Newford Duck Pond. Continue reading