Saturday 15th to Tuesday 18th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturdays Birds were:

St Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread and Cheese Cove until 15.45hrs at least when birders left the site. It was not seen again after this date. Nearby a Wryneck was at Carn Weathers and a Great Northern Diver was offshore.

St Mary’s – A Short-eared Owl was flushed on Porth Hellick Down.

Sunday’s Birds were:

St Agnes – A Pied Flycatcher and 2 White Wagtails

Tresco – 2 Whimbrels

St Mary’s – A Great Northern Diver was in the Roads

Tean – A drake Pintail

Inter-Island Waters – 9 Great Northern Divers in The Roads

Monday’s Birds were:

Bryher – A Little Tern, a Grey Plover and a Common Sandpiper

St Mary’s – The first Grasshopper Warbler of the year was at Lower Moors. A phylloscopus warbler giving mixed Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler song at Rosehill was thought to be a hybrid.

St Agnes – 3 Whimbrels

Tuesday’s Birds were:

St Mary’s – a female Marsh Harrier and Common Whitethroat were at Porth Hellick, a Siskin was in Hugh Town and three Ring Ouzels were on Porth Hellick Down. Another two birds were in Salakee Farm Fields

Bryher – A Long-eared Owl, 3 Grasshopper Warblers and 2 Ring Ouzels

Gugh – A Merlin and a Black Redstart

Tresco – 2 Common Sandpipers

St Martin’s – A Grasshopper Warbler

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread & Cheese Cove and there was also a Ring Ouzel on the island.

St. Mary’s – The first Cuckoo of the year was at Rosehill, 2 Ring Ouzels were on Helvear and another was on the Golf Course, where there was also a Jackdaw.

St. Agnes – The male Pied Flycatcher was still at Covean.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was in The Roads.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread & Cheese Cove and a Ring Ouzel was at Upper Town.

St. Agnes – The male Pied Flycatcher was still at Covean and 2 Ring Ouzels were on Wingletang Down

St. Mary’s – 5 Whimbrels were off Porth Hellick, the Jackdaw was still on the Golf Course and a Siskin was at Trenoweth.

Bryher – A Common Sandpiper, a Merlin and a late Redwing.

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s Birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread and Cheese Cove and also there were 2 Ring Ouzels.

St. Mary’s – The Purple Heron was still on the pool at Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – The Western Subalpine Warbler was still near the Coastguards Cottages and elsewhere on the island were 4 Whimbrels, 3 White Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, and a Ring Ouzel.

Tresco – A Red-rumped Swallow was at the New Grimsby.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush and a Ring Ouzel were still at Bread and Cheese Cove.

Tresco – A Woodchat Shrike was near the New Inn.

St. Mary’s – A Ring Ouzel was on the Golf Course and another was on Peninnis. A Jackdaw (a scarce bird on Scilly) was at Sunnyside.

St. Agnes – A Pied Flycatcher was at Covean.

Sunday 9th and Monday 10th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Sunday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – A male ROCK THRUSH was seen by a visiting birder staying on the island.

St. Mary’s – The Purple Heron was still at Lower Moors, where it was joined by a drake Garganey.

St. Agnes – A male Western Subalpine Warbler was in near the Coastguard Cottages and a Hoopoe was behind The Turk’s Head pub. Also a Black Redstart was on the island.

Annet – 5 Great Northern Divers were offshore.

Inter-island Waters – 5 Great Northern Divers were in The Roads.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The male ROCK THRUSH was relocated by the original finder near the Daymark. Birders arriving from St. Mary’s found the bird at Perpitch Where it was joined briefly by a Wryneck. It then went missing for a couple of hours until was found again at Bread and Cheese Cove, much to the delight of birders arriving on the afternoon boat from St. Mary’s. There was also a Black Redstart at the same site.

St. Mary’s – The Purple Heron was at Lower Moors and another flew past Porth Hellick. A Red-rumped Swallow was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick.

St. Agnes – The Western Subalpine Warbler and the Hoopoe were still present.

Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St . Mary’s – A Purple Heron was seen on Porth Hellick Pool and in Lower Moors.

Inter-island waters – 6 Great Northern Divers and a Sandwich Tern were in The Roads.

Friday’s birds were:

St . Mary’s – A Purple Heron was in Lower Moors and another flew past Deep Point.

St. Agnes – 2 Shovelers and 3 Sandwich Terns.

Bryher – A Merlin.

Inter-island waters – 12 Sandwich Terns were in Tresco Channel and a Ring Ouzel landed on one of the Association Boats between St. Mary’s and Tresco.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – One of the Purple Herons was still in Lower Moors and a Yellow Wagtail & a female Black Redstart were on the Garrison.

St. Martin’s – 3 Ring Ouzels were on The Plains.

Bryher – A Tree Pipit.

Sunday 2nd to Wednesday 5th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Sunday– An Iberian Chiffchaff was on the edge of the “Dump Clump”

Monday – An adult Purple Heron flew over Lower Moors early morning and was seen in flight several times in the afternoon in the Porth Hellick area.

Tuesday – A Little Bittern was flushed from a ditch in Lower Moors early in the morning. The Purple Heron flew over St. Agnes late afternoon before showing well at Porth Hellick in the evening.

WednesdaySt. Mary’s – 2 Purple Herons flew over Lower Moors before settling on Porth Hellick Pool. Birders looking at the herons relocated yesterday’s Little Bittern on the pool. A Sparrowhawk was at Porth Hellick and a Water Rail was at Porthloo.

Bryher – A Stone Curlew (a rare bird on Scilly) was on Shipman Head Down. Also seen were a Great Northern Diver, a Merlin, a White Wagtail and a Willow Warbler.

Thursday 30th March to Saturday 1st April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday – An Iberian Chiffchaff was singing at Porth Hellick, a Ring Ouzel was on the Garrison and a female Shoveler was on Newford Duck Pond.

Friday – 2 Red-rumped Swallows and a Little Grebe were at Porth Hellick Pool.

Saturday – A Reed Bunting and a Short-eared Owl were at Porth Hellick and a Rook was on the Golf Course. A Vagrant Emperor Dragonfly was on Porth Hellick Down

Saturday 18th to Friday 23rd March 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Black-tailed Godwit, Porth Hellick (M Goodey)

A few Swallows, House Martin’s and Wheatears were seen around St. Mary’s.

This week’s birds of note were:

Saturday – An adult Caspian Gull was in Pentle Bay, Tresco. This was only the second record for Tresco, the first was a 1st –winter bird photographed on St. Agnes on October 11th last year. A Black-tailed Godwit was on Porth Hellick Pool and a Black Redstart was at Longstone.

Monday – A Cattle Egret flew over the Garrison.

Wednesday – A male Garganey was on in Lower Moors, a Spoonbill flew over Old town Bay and an early Hobby was over St. Lawrence’s Bay, St. Martin’s.

Friday – A Black Redstart was in a field by the airport.

Monday 27th February to Monday 6th March 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in the harbour throughout and the Cetti’s Warbler was seen off and on at Porth Hellick Loop. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Porthloo most days and was joined by a juvenile Iceland Gull on Sunday (05/03). A Firecrest was in a Holy Vale garden on Friday (03/3) and a Black Redstart was in the Mermaid Carpark on Monday (06/03).