Friday 6th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly, St. Mary’s, (M. Goodey)

A selection from Friday’s log call:

A Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly was seen in Sunnyside Farm fields opposite the entrance to Trewince in the morning and another was on Tresco in the afternoon.

Cedar Waxwing – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Cliff Swallow – 1 still on St. Mary’s, around the airfield and Lower Moors, seen flying towards Porth Hellick early evening.

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 still on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Bee-eater – 3 on Tresco, then flew to St. Martin’s.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Purple Heron – 1 flew along the coast past Juliet’s Garden Café and headed for Tresco.

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors. Continue reading

Thursday 5th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Wednesday’s log call:

Cedar Waxwing – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Cliff Swallow – 1 still on St. Mary’s, showing well around the airport terminal building.

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 still on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Bee-eater – 1 still on Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Common Rosefinch – 1 in a field opposite the entrance to Trewince

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors.

Hawfinch – 1 Borough Farm, St. Mary’s and 1 on Gugh.

Lapland Bunting – 1 still on Wingletang Down, St. Agnes. Continue reading

Wednesday 4th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Wednesday’s log call:

Cedar Waxwing – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Cliff Swallow – 1 still on St. Mary’s, seen at several locations

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 still on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Bee-eater – 3 still on Tresco moving to St. Martin’s and then back to Tresco in the evening.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Rose-coloured Starling – A juvenile at Telegraph.

Spotted Crake – 1 in Lower Moors. Continue reading

Tuesday 3rd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Tuesday’s log call:

Cedar Waxwing – 1 on St. Agnes in Browarth Fields’ hedges late morning seen mid-afternoon briefly in flight, before finally been pinned down for the assembled throng in a sycamore opposite Coastguard Cottages.

Cliff Swallow – 1 still on Tresco and then it or another flew over Deep Point towards Carn Friars. Early evening it was seen over Peninnis and then in Lower Moors where it seemed to go to roost.

Isabelline Wheatear 1 on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Bee-eater – 3 still on Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Pectoral Sandpiper – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool. Continue reading

Monday 2nd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Monday’s log call:

Cliff Swallow – 1 Over the Great Pool and then on the Abbey.

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Bee-eater – 3 in the Abbey Gardens, Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Airfield/Porth Hellick Beach.

Pectoral Sandpiper – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool.

Lapland Bunting – 1 on Wingletang, St. Agnes.

Wryneck – 1 on Peninnis and 1 at the junction of Pungies Lane and MacFarland’s Down.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 at Maypole, 1 at Trenoweth and 1 on Bryher. Continue reading

Sunday 1st October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Scilly Season has officially arrived! A selection of sightings from the evenings log at the Scillonian Club included:

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1 St. Agnes.

Red-eyed Vireo – 1 in the Parsonage, St. Agnes.

Bee-eater – 3 in the Abbey Gardens, Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Airfield/Porth Hellick Beach.

Pectoral Sandpiper – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool.

Wryneck – 1 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 on Lower Broome, Garrison, 1 at Trenoweth and 1 in the Dump Clump.

Firecrest – 4 on St. Agnes and 1 in Carreg Dhu Gardens.

Pink-footed Goose – 6 Tresco.

Whimbrel – 1 on Porthloo Beach.

Bar-tailed Godwit – 3 on Porthloo Beach and 1 on Bryher.

Mediterranean Gull – 5 Bryher.

Hooded Crow – 1 on Bryher.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 in Old Town Churchyard, 1 Newford Duck Pond, 3 on Bryher and 2 at the Parsonage, St. Agnes.

Pied Flycatcher – 2 Newford Duck Pond, 1 Carreg Dhu Gardens, 1 Sunnyside, 1 Bryher and 2 St. Agnes.

Whinchat 1 Dump Clump and 2 on Bryher.

Yellow Wagtail – 5 Lower Moors.

White Wagtail – 2 Porthloo Beach.

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The American Golden Plover on Porth Hellick Beach was joined by a Pectoral Sandpiper which the flew onto Porth Hellick Pool, also on the pool were a Little Stint, 2 Greenshanks and 5 Common Snipe. A Firecrest, a Pied Flycatcher & a Spotted Flycatcher were in Old Town Churchyard, a Wryneck was on the Garrison and a Common Whitethroat was in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors.

Tresco – The 3 Bee-eaters were still near the Abbey Gardens and also on the island were 6 Pink-footed Geese, a Pintail,a Wood Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, a Sparrowhawk, 8 Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Flycatcher and a Red-backed Shrike.

Bryher – 2 Ruff, 4 Yellow Wagtails,a Whinchat and a Hooded Crow.

St. Agnes – A Wryneck.

St. Martin’s – A Common Redstart.

Teän – A Ruff and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Samson – 3 Bar-tailed Godwits.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Rose-breasted Grosbeak was found on Wingletang before moving along Barnaby Lane towards the Post Office. Also on the island were 4 Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whinchat.

St. Mary’s – An Isabelline Wheatear was seen by a couple of birders near Giant’s Castle at at 13:30. A Wryneck was on the edge of the Golf Course and another was an Content Lane. A Yellow-browed Warbler & 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Trenoweth, 2 were on Content Lane and 1 was in Carreg Dhu Gardens, where there was also a Firecrest. A Turtle Dove flew over Hugh Town Quay. The American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach and the Pectoral Sandpiper & the Little Stint were still on Porth Hellick Pool. 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were on Porthloo Beach.

Bryher – A Barred Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler.