Notes from the 2014 Annual General Meeting of ISBG

At the AGM on 29th July 2014 Carole Cilia was elected as Membership Secretary, to take over from Jo Hathway who resigned due to pressure of work. The Committee are extremely grateful to Jo for her work as Membership Secretary and welcome Carole, who moved to Scilly last September from Lancashire. The change in contact details have been uploaded to the Membership page of this website.
The AGM also agreed that Carole will take over from Paul Sterry as Report Editor for the 2015 issue. Carole is looking forward to meeting (or at least speaking to) all those who help produce the Report.
An additional role was created at the AGM – that of Assistant Recorder. John Headon was elected to that position and will assist Will Wagstaff (who remains as Recorder) with the collection, collation and analysis of records. This process will start later this year and you will be advised of John’s contact details, as he will then be the person to whom all records should be sent. A further development provisionally agreed at the AGM is to extend the responsibility of the Assistant Recorder to include all other Orders of wildlife. This will be a gradual process undertaken in conjunction with the relevant experts for each Order.
Perhaps the most important change agreed at the AGM concerns the subscription, which has remained at £12 for about 10 years now. Although the subscription remains at £12 this year, it will unfortunately be necessary to increase it to £15 next year (2015). This is due to ever-increasing costs – notably in the production and distribution of the annual report. I trust that you will want to continue to support the society despite this increase, which is only equivalent to the level of inflation over the last 10 years, and also in line with most other bird groups across the country.
Those of you who have the misfortune to pay tax may in future be able to help the Group increase its funds by signing a Gift Aid form. We are in the process of agreeing this with HMRC and will advise you of the outcome shortly. This has the potential to earn the Group £500 p.a. or more to spend on conservation on the islands.

Monday 25th August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 13 Greenshanks, 23 Ringed Plovers, a Yellow Wagtail & a Pied Flycatcher were at Porth Hellick and a Whimbrel & a Mediterranean Gull were at Porthloo. 2 Balearic Shearwaters flew past Giant’s Castle, 7 Wheatears were on the airfield, a Dunlin, a Common Snipe & a Kingfisher were in Lower Moors and another Pied Flycatcher was on the Garrison.

St. Agnes - A Ruff, a Whimbrel, 3 Dunlins, a Common Snipe, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks, 20 Ringed Plovers and a White Wagtail.

Sunday 24th August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – One of each of Arctic Skua, Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Balearic Shearwater flew past Peninnis Head in a 2 hour sea-watch. A Whimbrel was on Town Beach and 2 Mediterranean Gulls & 5 Redshanks were at Porthcressa.

Pelagic trip – The last of the birders specials produced 12+ Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 150+ European Storm-petrels, 2 adult Sabine’s Gulls, 4 Arctic Skuas and 6 Great Skuas.

Saturday 23rd August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The only report was of a Wheatear on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – A Ruff and 3 Wheatears.

Tresco – 4 Wigeons, 8 Teals, a Common Buzzard, a Common Sandpiper and 16 Greenshanks.

Pelagic trip – Highlights of the daytime trip were: a Great Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater, an Arctic Skua, a Great Skua, an Arctic Tern, a Minke Whale and 2 Blue Sharks.

Friday 22nd August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A probable Glossy Ibis flew over Bar Point towards Tresco and a Whimbrel was on Peninnis.

St. Martin’s – 12 Whimbrels, 12 Ringed Plovers, 81 Sanderlings and 3 Wheatears.

Pelagic trip – The evening trip logged a Great, a Balearic & 30 Manx Shearwaters, 40 European Storm-petrels, an Arctic Skua, 25 Common Dolphins and 2 Blue Sharks

Thursday 21st August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 2 Dunlins were at Lower Moors and Porth Hellick, Spotted Flycatcher was in Old Town Churchyard and a White Wagtail was on Hugh Town quay.

Bryher – 9 Dunlins, 3 Greenshanks, 2 Whimbrels and 6 Wheatears.

Pelagic trip – An evening trip produced a Wilson’s Petrel, 100+ European Storm-petrels, 300+ Cory’s, 3 Sooty & 20 Manx Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas and 3 Blue Sharks

Wednesday 20th August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 13 Greenshanks & a Green Sandpiper were still on Porth Hellick Pool,2 Dunlins & 2 White Wagtails were on the pool in Lower Moors and a Whimbrel was on Porthloo Beach. An Arctic Skua was in the Roads and a Common Swift was over Sunnyside.

Tresco – The Pectoral Sandpiper, the Ruff and a Pied Flycatcher.

St. Agnes – 2 Cory’s Shearwaters were seen from a pelagic 2 miles south of the island

Tuesday 19th August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Corn Bunting ( a very scarce bird on Scilly) was calling over fields below the Golf Course. 14 Greenshanks, a Redshank, a Green Sandpiper and 5 Sand Martins were on Porth Hellick Pool. 2 Dunlins and an early Common Snipe were on the pool in Lower Moors.

Tresco – The Pectoral Sandpiper & the Ruff were still present, and also on the island were 4 Teal, 3 Wigeon, a Common Buzzard, 15 Greenshanks, 4 Redshanks, a Green Sandpiper, 4 Sand Martins and a White Wagtail.

St. Agnes – A Ruff, a Common Swift, 2 Sand Martins and 6 Wheatears.

Monday 18th August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings


Fea’s Petrel (R.Mawer)

Pelagic trip – A quiet evening, with just 80+ European Storm-petrels showing well, was enlivened with the landing of a 150 lb + Blue Shark and stunning views of a **FEA’S PETREL** as it flew around the boat for about 5 minutes

Tresco – A Teal, a Ruff, a Common Sandpiper and the first Pectoral Sandpiper of the autumn.

St. Mary’s  - A Common Sand was at Porthloo and 20 Wheatears were at Giant’s Castle.