Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Fridays Birds were:

St Mary’s – A Wigeon was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick – the first to be ringed there.

Bryher Yellowhammer, Lapland Bunting, Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Black Redstarts, Firecrest and Hooded Crow

Saturdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – Red-throated Diver (juv) flew from Porthloo towards Garrison and a Short-eared Owl was photographed on Peninnis

Sundays Birds were:

St Mary’sGreenland White-fronted Goose at Porth Hellick, with a neck collar. Mistle Thrush, Carn Friars. 5 Black Redstarts in the Old Town area.

Thursday 3rd November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Agnes – The Red-eyed Vireo was still in the Parsonage Garden.

St. Mary’s – 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the Dump Clump and another was at Porth Hellick. The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in the Hugh Town Harbour and a Black Redstart was on Town Beach.

Bryher – 4 Lapland Buntings and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Yellow-browed Warbler (A.Hannington)

Yellow-browed Warbler (A.Hannington)

St. Agnes – The Red-eyed Vireo was still in the Parsonage Garden and a Night Heron flew over during the night.

St. Mary’s – Amongst the birds ringed at Porth Hellick were: a Barred Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Siskin and 2 late Reed Warblers. 2 Night Herons flew over Hugh Town at 00:30, a Mistle Thrush was in Porthloo Lane Fields, a Jack Snipe was in Lower Moors, 3 Black Redstarts were at Carn Leh, and 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay.

Bryher – 3 Lapland Buntings and a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Barred Warbler (A.Hannington)

Barred Warbler (A.Hannington)

 

Tuesday 1st November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Agnes – A Red-eyed Vireo was found in the Parsonage Garden, this is the latest arrival date for this species on Scilly (and maybe the UK?).

St. Mary’s – A Richard’s Pipit was on Peninnis before flying off towards Old Town, There were 3 Black-necked Grebes in Town Bay and a Yellow-browed Warbler & a Siberian Chiffchaff at Newford Duck Pond. A Lesser Whitethroat & a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick and the Rook & a Black Redstart were at Trewince.

Tresco – A Little Bunting and 6+ Yellow-browed Warblers.

Bryher – 2 Lapland Buntings, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers and 5 Black Redstarts.

Monday 31st October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Lesser Whitethroat (A.Hannington)

Lesser Whitethroat (A.Hannington)

St. Mary’s – A Blyth’s Pipit was found late afternoon in the horse field at the junction of McFarland’s down and Pungies Lane, it then flew off towards Content Farm, also there were 3 Lapwings. 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Newford Duck Pond, the 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay and a Woodlark was at Tremelethen. 6 Black Redstarts were at Carn Leh and another was at the end of Peninnis. 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Siskin were trapped & ringed at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – The Olive-backed Pipit, the 2 Little Buntings and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at Borough Farm and another 5 Yellow-browed Warblers were along Pool Road.

Bryher – 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Green Island, Samson – 4 Spoonbills.

Siskin (A.Hannington)

Siskin (A.Hannington)

Sunday 30th October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Yellow-browed warbler (A.Hannington)

Yellow-browed warbler (A.Hannington)

St. Mary’s – There were a minimum of 11 Yellow-browed Warblers on the island, one of which was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. The Olive-backed Pipit was still in the field near Nowhere and another was still on Normandy Farm with a Tree Pipit. A Jack Snipe was in Lower Moors, 2 Reed Buntings were in fields between Old Town and the airport and a Black-necked Grebe was in Town Bay. 3 Black Redstarts were at the Riding Stables with another at Longstone where there was also a Mistle Thrush. A Woodlark was at Normandy, a Snow Bunting was at Pelistry Bay, and a Siberian Chiffchaff was at Newford Duck Pond. A Woodcock was on Porth Hellick Loop, a Rook (a scarce bird on Scilly) was in a garden on High Lanes where there was also a Firecrest and another Firecrest was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – 15 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Merlin were on the island and the Curlew Sandpiper was still on Abbey Pool. Borough farm was the place to be where there were a Rustic Bunting, an Olive-backed Pipit and 2 Little Buntings.

St. Agnes – 3 Little Buntings at Browarth.

Bryher – 2 Lapland Buntings, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Black Redstarts and a Whinchat.

Saturday 29th October 2016 IoS Bird sightings

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (M.Goodey)

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (M.Goodey)

St. Mary’s – The Olive-backed Pipit was still in the field near Old Town Church where there was also a Firecrest. The Dusky Warbler, 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting were at Porth Hellick. A Serin & a Water Pipit were at Salakee and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers & a Jack Snipe were in Lower Moors. The Pallas’s Warbler & 6 Yellow-browed Warblers were still at Newford duck Pond, 2 Black Redstarts were near Star Castle and 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay.

St. Agnes – A Dusky Warbler, an Olive-backed Pipit, 3 Little Buntings, a Woodlark and a Serin.

Bryher – A Yellow-browed Warbler, Whinchat and a Black Redstart.

St. Martin’s – A Siberian Chiffchaff.

Elsewhere 3 Spoonbills were on Green Island, near Samson and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose & a Hooded Crow were at Puffin Island.

Friday 28th October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Friday’s log call (the last of the season):

Dusky Warbler – 1 Porth Hellick.

Olive-backed Pipit – 1 Old Town, 1 Barnaby Lane, St. Agnes and 1 Borough Farm, Tresco..

Little Bunting – 2 Browarth, St, Agnes and 1 Borough Farm, Tresco.

Pallas’s Warbler – 1 at Newford Duck Pond.

Yellow Wagtail – 1 Eastern type at the Riding Stables.

Spotted Crake – 1 Porth Hellick.

Woodlark – 2 Borough Farm, St. Mary’s and 1 Longstone. Continue reading

Thursday 27th October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Thursday’s log call:

Dusky Warbler – 1 Higher Moors and 1 on Tresco

Olive-backed Pipit – Still 5 on St. Mary’s:- 2 Old Town, 2 Porthloo Farm, and 1 Normandy Farm. A sixth bird was at Borough Farm, Tresco..

Little Bunting – 2 Browarth, St, Agnes.

Woodlark – 2 Parting Carn.

Spoonbill – 3 on Green Island near Samson.

Wryneck – 1 still on Peninnis. Continue reading

Wednesday 26th October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Wednesday’s log call:

DUSKY THRUSH – A bird that was probably this species was seen and photographed by a single observer, sadly it could not be relocated.

Dusky Warbler –  A second bird was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick and 2 were seen later between the hides and the road, probably the 2 birds ringed there in the last few days. 1 was at the Fruit Cage on St. Agnes,

Dusky Warbler. Porth Hellick, 26.10.16, Alan Hannington

Dusky Warbler. Porth Hellick, 26.10.16, Alan Hannington

Dusky Warbler, Porth Hellick, 24.10.16, Alan Hannington

Dusky Warbler, Porth Hellick, 24.10.16, Alan Hannington

Olive-Backed Pipit –  2 Old Town and 1 Maypole.

Olive-backed Pipit, Old Town, 26.10.16, Martin Goodey

Olive-backed Pipit, Old Town, 26.10.16, Martin Goodey

Pallas’s Warbler – 1 still in sallows on track from Deep Point Road to Porth Hellick Down.

Little Bunting – 1 Browarth, St, Agnes.

Richard’s Pipit – 1 over Parting Carn and 1 on Gugh.

Woodlark – 2 Sandy Lane.

Spoonbill – 1 on Green Island near Samson and 2 flew over St. Mary’s

Hen Harrier – A ringtail flew over Porth Hellick.

Wryneck – 1 Peninnis.

Black-necked Grebe – 1 was still in Town Bay.

Slavonian Grebe – 1 off Lower Town Quay, St. Martin’s.

Firecrest – 13 on St. Mary’s and 1 on Bryher.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 14 on St. Mary’s, 7 on Tresco, 1 on Bryher and 1 St. Agnes.

Siberian Chiffchaff – 1 St. Agnes, 1 St. Martin’s and 1 Borough Farm, Tresco.

.Lapland Bunting – 2 Bryher.

Snow Bunting – 1 on Peninnis .

Osprey – 1 visited Tresco, St. Agnes and St. Mary’s.

Merlin – 1 Newford Duck Pond, 1 Old Town, 1 Innisidgen, 1 Peninnis, 1 St. Agnes and 1 Tresco.

Pintail – 2 on Abbey Pool, Tresco.

Pochard – 4 on the Great Pool, Tresco

Common Scoter – 5 Tresco.

Great Northern Diver – A summer-plumage bird in the Roads.

Lapwing – 1 Trewince and 1 flew over the Great Pool, Tresco.

Whimbrel – 1 Old Town, 1 Porthcressa and 2 on Bryher.

Bar-tailed Godwit – 1 Bryher.

Curlew Sandpiper – 1 on the Abbey Pool, Tresco.

Purple Sandpiper – 1 St. Agnes.

Woodcock –  1 Bryher.

Jack Snipe – 1 Lower Moors and 1 Gugh.

Mediterranean Gull – 1 St. Martin’s.

Short-eared Owl – 1 Bryher and 2 Tresco.

Kingfisher – 1 Porth Hellick,1 Lower Moors, 1 Porthcressa, 1 Garrison and 1 Bryher .

Hooded Crow – 1 still on Bryher.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 Lower Moors and 1 Peninnis.

Mistle Thrush – 1 Peninnis, 1 Normandy and 1 Tresco.

Black Redstart – 8 on St. Mary’s, 3 on St. Agnes and 3 on Tresco.

Common Redstart – 1 St. Agnes and 1 Tresco.

Whinchat – 1 Innisidgen, 1 Tresco, 1 St. Agnes and 1 St. Martin’s.

Tree Pipit – 1 Normandy.

Brambling – 1 Borough Farm, Tresco.

Siskin – 1 Bryher.