Tuesday 15th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Lapwing, a Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Redshank and 9 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Green Sandpiper and a Greenshank were on Lower Moors Pool. A Hobby Peninnis & the Golf Course, 2 Northern Wheatears were on the Airfield,3 Common Swifts were over the Garrison and a Common Redpoll was on Sandy Lane.

Bryher – 3 Dunlins Were on the Great Pool.

At sea – Birds seen on the evening shark fishing trip included: a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 20 European Storm-petrels, 5 Great Skuas, 3 Cory’s, 15 Great and 15 Sooty Shearwaters. Also seen was an Ocean Sunfish, 20 Common Dolphins and 6 Blue Sharks caught tagged and released.

Monday 14th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Melodious Warbler showed well in the evening in the pines by the summerhouse at Longstone café. A Lapwing, a Dunlin, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 9 Greenshanks and 25 Ringed Plovers were at Porth Hellick. 3 Northern Wheatear were on Peninnis.

Tresco – A Little Grebe, a female Pintail, 14 Grey Herons, 10 Little Egrets, 12 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks and a Common Swift.

St. Agnes – 29 Cory’s shearwaters flew past the island between 09:30 and 10:00.

At sea – 4 Cory’s and 4 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s. The short-range evening pelagic trip returned to more normal (and countable!) numbers. Bird seen were: a Wilson’s Storm Petrel (the 80th seen this summer from M.V Sapphire), 10 European Storm-petrels, 16 Cory’s Shearwaters and 9 Great Shearwaters. Also seen were 4 Great Skuas, one of which attacked and drowned a juvenile Lesser Black-backed Gull, before sitting on the sea and plucking the gull’s breast feathers prior to eating it. Nature red in tooth and claw! Seen in the sea were an Ocean Sunfish, a Minke Whale, 3 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Sunday 13th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 600+ Cory’s and 200+ Great Shearwaters were flew past Giant’s Castle mid-afternoon.

Teän – 2 Whimbrels and a Mediterranean Gull.

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

At sea– A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 19 European Storm-petrels,7 Grey Phalaropes, 8 Cory’s, 9 Great, 2 Balearic and 14 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

At sea– On another astounding Scilly Birders Special Pelagic trip the counts were: 4 Wilson’s Storm-petrels. 50+European Storm-petrels, 1400+ Cory’s, 550+ Great, 200+ Sooty 2 Balearic & 4000+ Manx Shearwaters,7 Great Skuas and a 2nd summer Pomarine Skua. Seen in the water were 100+ Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, an Ocean Sunfish, 10 Harbour Porpoise. 20 Bottlenose Dolphins, an unidentified large Whale, 5 Minke Whales and a Blue Shark was caught, tagged and released.

For more photos from the Scilly Pelagic trips see http://wwwsapphirepelagics.blogspot.co.uk/ and https://twitter.com/Scillypelagics .

Saturday 12th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

At sea – The daytime pelagic trip continued to produce the birds with counts of  1 Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 30+ European Storm-petrels, 150+ Cory’s, 90+ Great, 50+ Sooty &3000+ Manx Shearwater and 13 Great Skuas. Seen in the water were a Minke Whale, 6 Short-beaked Common Dolphins, 3 Ocean Sunfish and 12 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna. 3 Blue Sharks were also caught, tagged and released.

Friday 11th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Spotted Redshank flew north over Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – 27 European Storm-petrels, 5 Cory’s, a Balearic, a Sooty & 3 Great Shearwaters and 20+ Common Dolphins were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s. On the return crossing 30+ European Storm-petrels, 5 Cory’s, 2 Great and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen.

The evening short-range pelagic trip produced 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 50+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas, 39 Great, 6 Cory’s and 5 Sooty Shearwaters.

Thursday 10th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 5 Common Sandpipers were on Porthcressa Beach. 10 Greenshanks, a Redshank, 2 Green Sandpipers and 4 Dunlins were on Porth Hellick Pool.

6 Green Sandpipers and a Common Snipe were on Lower Moors Pool.

Bryher – A Whimbrel, 11 Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlins, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Swift and a Northern Wheatear.

Inter-island waters – 2 Mediterranean Gulls and 9 Little Egrets were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – 15 European Storm-petrels, 3 Cory’s, 1 Great, 1 Balearic and 4 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

31 Cory’s, 3 Great, 3 Balearic & 4 Sooty Shearwaters and a Fin Whale were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

The short-range pelagic trips continued to produce the goods with the evening’s count of  2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 20+ European Storm-petrels, 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 8 Great Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 9 Common Dolphins and an Ocean Sunfish.

 

Tuesday 8th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel, a Common Sandpiper, a Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Northern Wheatears.

At sea – There were 2 short-range pelagic trips the totals were:

Daytime – 35 Cory’s, 17 Great, 1 Balearic. 31 Sooty and 500 Manx Shearwaters. Also seen were 50 European Storm-petrels, 12 Great Skuas, 4 Dunlins, 6 Black-tailed Godwits and 20 Common Dolphins.

Evening – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 15 Cory’s, 6 Great & 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 10 European Storm-petrels and 7 Great Skuas. 4 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

3 Great and 10 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Monday 7th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Common Sandpiper was on Porthloo Beach.

At sea – 5 Great Shearwaters and 3 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Shearwaters continued to perform –  150 Great, 25 Cory’s, 80 Sooty and 2000 Manx were seen on the evening short-range pelagic trip. Also seen were 5 Great Skuas, 100+ Short-beaked Common Dolphins and what was thought to be a Fin Whale.

Sunday 6th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Kingfisher was on Porth Hellick Pool.

Bryher – A Dunlin.

St. Martin’s – A Northern Wheatear.

Inter-island waters– 2 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Cory’s, 34 Sooty, a Balearic and 2 Great Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s. On the return crossing A Cory’s, 2 Balearic, 29 Sooty &100+ Great Shearwaters and an Arctic & 2 Great Skuas were seen.

Birders who went the early starting pelagic were rewarded with: a  Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 100+ European Storm-petrels, 15 Great Shearwaters, 35+ Cory’s Shearwaters, 10 Sooty Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater, 5 Great Skuas, a Long-tailed Skua and a Grey Phalarope. Also seen were 100+ Short-beaked Common Dolphins and a mother and calf Minke Whales, 2 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released

Wilson’s Petrel, J.Pender

Sooty Shearwater, J.Pender

Minke Whale, J.Pender

Grey Phalarope, J.Pender

Great Shearwater, J.Pender

Cory’s Shearwater, J.Pender