Sunday 19th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was still on the Big Pool and was also seen on Stinking Porth, Wryneck was in the Hell Bay Hotel Garden and a Hoopoe was at the campsite. Also on the island were 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Wood Warblers, a Common Redstart, a White Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

St. Mary’s – A Night Heron flew over Lower Moors, the Hoopoe was still on Peninnis, a Black Redstart was at Porthcressa, the Long-tailed Duck was still in Porth Mellon, the first Cuckoo of the year was at Old Town and a Wood Warbler & a Pied Flycatcher were at Carreg Dhu Gardens.

Tresco – A Red-rumped Swallow flew over Pool Road, where there was also a Pied Flycatcher. The Black Duck was on Abbey Pool and a Green-winged Teal & a drake Garganey were on the Great Pool.

St. Martin’s – A Hoopoe was at the campsite, a Wryneck was on the cricket pitch and; elsewhere on the island were a late Redwing, a Tree Pipit, a Common Whitethroat and the first Grasshopper Warbler of the year.

Friday 17th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was back on the Big Pool, where it spent all day happily catching mullet. Also on the island was the first Garden Warbler of the year,

St. Mary’s – The Hoopoe was still on Peninnis, the Wryneck was still in Old Town Churchyard and the Long-tailed Duck was in Porth Mellon Bay. 2 Jack Snipes a Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler were in Lower Moors. A Night Heron flew from Lower Moors at 19:00, 2 flew to Porthloo at 20:40 and one flew over the Garrison at 22:00.

Tresco – The Black Duck was on Abbey Pool and 2 Little Terns (scarce on Scilly) were in Tresco Channel.

St. Agnes – 2 Hoopoes, a Common Redstart and a Common Whitethroat.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Thursday 16th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – Much to the chagrin of mainland birders who had spent the last day and a half looking for the elusive Great Blue Heron it was relocated on the Big Pool just as the Scillonian was arriving in Penzance. It had disappeared again by the time birders on St. Mary’s arrived. Also on the island were a Hoopoe, a Wryneck and 2 Tree Pipits.

St. Mary’s – The Golden Oriole & Hoopoe were still on Peninnis, 2 Jack Snipe were in Lower Moors, a Wryneck was in Old Town Churchyard and single Pied Flycatchers were in Holy Vale & at Maypole. A Marsh Harrier flew over Lower Moors & Porth Hellick, 3 Night Herons flew from Lower Moors to rocks at Porthloo, one was on rocks below the Porthcressa allotments and another was at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – The Black Duck and a Green-winged Teal were still present.

St. Martin’s – 2 Hoopoes.

St. Agnes – 2 Hoopoes.

Wednesday 15th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Great Blue Heron was in Old Town Bay until it flew off at 11.00 it was not seen again mid-afternoon when it was in a weedy field at the north end of Holy Vale, before disappearing into the fog at 14:45. There was a possible sighting at 20:23 when what was thought to be the bird was flushed from a tree in Holy Vale. Single Night Herons were seen at Porth Hellick, Lower Moors and Porthcressa. A Wryneck was at Old Town Bay, a Tree Pipit, a Golden Oriole & a Hoopoe were on Peninnis and another Hoopoe was on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – 2 Hoopoes were at Covean.

St. Martin’s – A Hoopoe was at the campsite.

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Great Blue Heron (C.Smith)

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’sHoopoe – 1 on the Garrison, 1 on Peninnis and 1 Longstones. An immature Spoonbill, a Jack Snipe and 1 or 2 Night Heron sat Lower Moors.

St Agnes – a Hoopoe at Covean.

Tresco – the Black Duck was again on Abbey Pool and a Night Heron was at the east end of the Great Pool.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – an unusual heron was found at Lower Moors at about 20.00 – see photo by Cavill Smith. The bird was then identified by Ashley Fisher as a 1st winter GREAT BLUE HERON!! ! It was then watched by all the resident birders after it flew to Old Town beach and fed in rock pools until dark.

Also today: Hoopoe – 1 on the Garrison, the Long-tailed Duck was in the Harbour again and a Firecrest was at Tremelethen. 2 Night Herons were seen at Lower Moors at dusk.

St Agnes – 3 Hoopoes at Covean and 1 on Gugh.

St Martin’s – 2 Hoopoes.

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’sHoopoe – 2 on the Garrison, 2 on Peninnis, 1 Longstones and 1 Old Town / Lower Moors. Male Common Redstart on the Garrison, 4+ Ring Ouzels on Peninnis, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a White Wagtail on Porthloo beach, a Night Heron and 3+ Jack Snipe at Lower Moors.

St Agnes – a Hoopoe at the Parsonage. No sign of the Night Heron at dusk.

St Martins – a Wryneck at Higher Town.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’sHoopoe – 1 on the Garrison, 3 on Peninnis, 2 Sandy Lane and 1 Old Town. 2 Ring Ouzels at Porth Hellick. 3 Jack Snipe, 1 Sedge Warbler, 2 Water Rails, 30 Swallows and 1 Night Heron at Lower Moors at dusk. 1 Night Heron flew past Porthloo towards Tresco at 20:37.

St Agnes – 1 Hoopoe at Browarth and 1 at Covean.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – Hoopoe – 1 on the Garrison, 2 Longstones and 1 Mount Todden. The Long-tailed Duck was in the Harbour again. 2 imm Spoonbills flew in off the sea at Porth Hellick and headed off north. A Spotted Redshank visited Porth Hellick Pool for a short while. A Night Heron was seen at Lower Moors am and 2 flew from Lower Moors towards Old Town at 20:35. At about the same time 1 flew over Porthmellon and appeared to land at Porthloo.

St Agnes – 2 Hoopoes at Covean.

Tresco – the Black Duck was seen again on Abbey Pool, together with the Barnacle Goose. The Green-winged Teal was on the Great Pool.

Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – the Garganey was still at Porth Hellick and the Long-tailed Duck was in Porthcressa Bay. 8 Ring Ouzels were seen in the Trewince / Golf Course area, with another 5 on the Garrison and 1 at Longstones. A Hoopoe was on the Garrison and an Osprey was around Porth Hellick on several occasions. 2 Wrynecks were at Bant’s Carn and 1 Night Heron was seen at dusk at Lower Moors.

Bryher – 8 Ring Ouzels seen, including 5 males on Shipmean Head Down. The Long-eared Owl was still present.

St. Agnes – a Hoopoe and 15 Ring Ouzels. Continue reading