Isles of Scilly Bird and Natural History Review 2012

The 2012 review is now available!!

If you are visiting Scilly, please pick up your copy from the October log commencing Sat 5th, or contact a resident ISBG member if you are on the Islands before that date. Otherwise copies will be posted out in due course.

The review is also available direct from the secretary for £12.00 plus £3.50 p & p. Please email Alan Hannington at lyonnesse-scilly@tiscali.co.uk with your address details making all cheques payable to The Isles of Scilly Bird Group. Thank you

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WELCOME to the Isles of Scilly Bird Group Website

This is the official website of the ISBG. The website is updated on a regular basis with bird sightings from across the islands. Please use the contact form to send us any of your sightings, trip reports, articles queries etc.

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Friday 18th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Marsh Harrier flew over Lower Moors and the Spotted Crake was still there. 3 Sedge Warblers were trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick, 3 Ring Ouzels were in fields below the Golf Course, a Grasshopper Warbler was on Kittydown and an Osprey was in pines at Bar Point before flying off towards Tresco. Also reported on the island was a Cuckoo.

St. Martin’s – The Bee-eater, 2 Cuckoos, a Skylark, 3 Ring Ouzels and a Yellow Wagtail.

St. Agnes – 4 Whimbrels, a Common Sandpiper, a Yellow Wagtail, a Black Redstart and 3 Ring Ouzels.

Bryher- 18 Tree Pipits, a Blue-headed Wagtail, 2 Cuckoos, a Whimbrel, the Hooded Crow, a Common Redstart, 2 Ring Ouzels and aGrasshopper Warbler.

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Thursday 17th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Bullfinch (a very scarce bird on Scilly) was seen near Porth Hellick House and in Holy Vale. The Spotted Crake was still in Lower Moors, a Serin was on the Garrison, a Common Whitethroat & 3 Ring Ouzels were on the Golf Couse and a Rook flew over Longstone. The putative Azorean Yellow-legged Gull was still on the airfield and has been re-identified as a normal Yellow-legged Gull. Sadly a Hawfinch was found dead in a Hugh Town Garden.

Bryher – The Bee-eater was seen over Popplestone Fields mid-morning, also on the island were 2 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits, a Whinchat, aSedge Warbler a Common Whitethroat, the Hooded Crow and 2 Ring Ouzel.

St. Martin’s - The Bee-eater was seen twice in the afternoon and there was also a Hoopoe,  a Yellow Wagtail a Black Redstart and the islands’ firstPied Flycatcher of the year.

St. Agnes – A Ring Ouzel.

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Wednesday 16th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Bee-eater was seen early morning in a tree along Old Town Lane before flying off towards Lower Moors where it was seen at 12:15. The Spotted Crake was still in Lower Moors and the first Swift of the year flew over there and a Wood Warbler was heard singing. A Common Redstart was in Salakee fields, a Common Whitethroat was near Star Castle, 3 Ring Ouzels were in fields below the Golf Course, 2 Tree Pipitswere at Tremelethen and another was on Old Town Lane.

Bryher – A Wood Warbler, a Whinchat, a Common Redstart, a Black Redstart 3 Ring Ouzels and 4 Tree Pipits.

St. Agnes  – The Bee-eater was seen over Wingletang and Troy Town early afternoon, also on the island was a Common Redstart,  a Ring Ouzel and a Rook.

Annet – The first European Storm- Petrel of the year was seen off-shore

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Tuesday 15th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

Hundreds of Wheatears on the islands e.g. 160+ on Bryher and 160+ just around Carn Morvel on the Golf Course.

St. Mary’s – A Bee-eater was found early afternoon near the School car park, it was then seen flying towards the Garrison and was hawking over Lower Moors in the evening. The Spotted Crake was still in Lower Moors, 3 Ring Ouzels were on the edge of the Golf Course, 1 was at Trewince, 3 were on Peninnis and 3 were on the Garrison where  there was also a female Common Redstart and a Rook. A Green Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool and it or another flew over Bant’s Carn.

St. Agnes – The Chough, the Rook, 2 Tree Pipits and 3 Common Sandpipers.

St. Martin’s – A Wryneck and a Ring Ouzel.

Bryher – The first Wood Warbler Whinchat of the year, a Tree Pipit, 6 White Wagtails and a Black Redstart.

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Monday 14th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St Mary’sPossible Azorean Yellow-legged Gull (1s) on airfield near windsock at  13:28hrs. Spotted Crake still at Lower Moors in flooded willows between Shooter’s Pool & Hilda Quick Hide at 13:20hrs, showing well. Rook over Hugh Town flew towards Porthloo at 16:40hrs.

St AgnesChough at Wingletang Down & Steller Down. Also Ring Ouzel. Chough over Porth Killier

BryherRing Ouzel (3) on Bryher

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Website Problems

As you can tell we have had some major problems with both the Isle of Scilly Bird Group website and also the Cornwall Birding website. The problems have now been rectified and this website will continue to operate as normal soon. If you spot any problems or errors please let us know

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Sunday 13th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A possible first-winter Azorean Yellow-legged Gull was on the airfield, the Spotted Crake was still in Lower Moors and 7 Great Northern Divers were in The Roads.

Tresco – 2 Purple Sandpipers, 30+ Sanderlings and 12 Curlews were in Tresco Channel.

St. Martin’s – 3 Dotterel were on Chapel Down.

Teän - 11 Curlews.

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Saturday 12th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s - The 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese were still at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – A juvenile Iceland Gull was on the Great Pool and a Common Redstart was at Borough Farm.

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Friday 11th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s - The 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese and a Swallow were at Porth Hellick. There was no sign of the Sora in Lower Moors, but in the same group of flooded sallows where it had been was a Spotted Crake. The first Grasshopper Warbler of the year was opposite the main entrance to Peninnis Farm.

Tresco – A juvenile Iceland Gull.

St. Martin’s – A Merlin, 10 Swallows, 10 Wheatears and 2 Ravens.

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Thursday 10th April 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Sora was still in Lower Moors  along with 2 Willow Warblers. The 2 Greenland White-fronted Geese were still at Porth Hellick, where there was also the first Sedge Warbler. 9 Wheatears were on Peninnis.

Tresco – 3 Great Northern Divers, a Long-tailed Duck and a Ring Ouzel.

St. Martin’s – The first Cuckoo of the year and a Ring Ouzel.

Bryher – A Great Northern Diver, 20 Swallows and 10 Wheatears.

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