Monday 20th to Monday 27th June 2016 IOS Bird Sightings

Monday Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was still in Hugh Town.

At sea – 2 Sooty & 30 Manx Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels, a Great Skua and 3 Ocean Sunfish.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was still in Hugh Town.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and 2 Curlews.

Annet – 7 Curlews and 250+ Manx Shearwaters.

At sea – An Arctic Skua was seen from a fishing trip just outside the islands.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was still in Hugh Town, 2 Common Swift were over the Garrison and a drake Tufted Duck was in Lower Moors.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was still in Hugh Town.

Annet – A Marsh Harrier, 11 Curlews, 70+ Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Skua.

At sea – An Arctic Skua was seen on the evening pelagic.

There were no reports for Friday (24/06) or Saturday (25/06).

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was at Porth Mellon.

Tresco – 2 drake Tufted Ducks, a female Pochard with 2 young, 3 Turnstones and 10 Whimbrels.

Samson – 19 Curlews.

Monday’s birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Abbey Drive and the 2 drake Tufted Ducks & a female Pochard with 2 young were still on the Great Pool.

Annet – 120 Manx Shearwater and 20 Common Terns.

At sea – The evening pelagic produced the first Wilson’s Storm-petrel of the year and also seen were 15+ European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, 3 Great Skuas & 2 Ocean Sunfish.

Tuesday 14th to Sunday 19th June 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Cuckoo was at Deep Point and a Hooded Crow was in Hugh Town.

St. Agnes – A Marsh Harrier and a late Sand Martin (they do not breed on the islands)

Wednesday’s birds were:

At sea – A Sooty Shearwater was seen from the Scillonian.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was still in Hugh Town.

Annet – A Marsh Harrier.

Friday’s birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still singing along Abbey Drive.

St. Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was still in Hugh Town.

Bryher – The long-time resident Hooded Crow was still on the island, so it would seem we have 2 Hooded Crows present at the moment.

There were no reports for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday 11th to Monday 13th June 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturdays Birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was again singing from midway along the Abbey Drive

St Mary’s – A Hooded Crow appeared in Hugh Town late on this afternoon

Sundays Birds were:

St Mary’s – The Hooded Crow was again around Hugh Town today

Samson – The male Marsh Harrier was over the island this morning.

Mondays Birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing intermittently midway along the Abbey Drive again. On the Abbey Pool were two male Pochard and a male Tufted Duck and two Swifts were over the island.

At sea – The evening short-range pelagic trip produced – A first-summer Sabine’s Gull, a Sooty Shearwater, 40+ European Storm Petrels, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 2 Blue Sharks which were caught tagged & released.

Monday 6th to Friday 10th June 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Mondays Birds were:

St Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper and a Pied Wagtail were on Lower Moors with the imm male Marsh Harrier seen over Lower Moors and Porth Hellick today.

St Agnes – An adult Purple Heron flew over St Agnes towards St Mary’s early this morning.

Tresco – The Iceland Gull was again sleeping on Simpson’s Field.

Annet – At Least 400 Manx Shearwaters were gathering near the island this evening.

At Sea – A Pomarine Skua and a Great Skua were seen from this evening’s pelagic trip along with a small number of Storm Petrels.

Tuesdays Birds were:

Tresco – The Iceland Gull was seen in flight over the island today as were two Hobbys.

St Mary’s – The imm male Marsh Harrier flew over Holy Vale this morning.

Bryher – A Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler were noted.

Wednesdays Birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing again on Tresco. The Iceland Gull was still on Simpson’s Field and the Marsh Harrier flew over.

St Mary’s – At least 40 Swifts were over Porth hellick this afternoon and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Rocky Hill.

Thursdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – A Red-rumped Swallow was found over Higher Moors this morning and stayed nearby all day

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing again on Tresco, although it has now moved along the Abbey Drive towards New Grimsby. Late in the afternoon a Honey Buzzard flew over New Grimsby.

Bryher – a male Black Redstart was found on Bryher where two Swifts flew over and the Hooded Crow was still present.

Fridays Birds were:

Roads – A summer plumaged Great Northern Diver was off the Garrison this morning and a Whimbrel was near Tresco

Wednesday 1st June to Sunday 5th June 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – An Alpine Swift was over Peninnis during the afternoon with a Common Swift at Porth Hellick as was a Redshank and the pair of Teal were still present.

Tresco – An Iceland Gull was noted today along with a single Sanderling, two Tufted Ducks, two Swifts and six Pochard

Thursdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – The Alpine Swift was over Peninnis in the morning before moving to Porth Hellick later in the day

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still singing near the Abbey.

Fridays Birds were:

St Mary’s – A male Red-backed Shrike was ringed at Porth Hellick in the morning and was seen at nearby Carn Friars later in the day. A Marsh Warbler was reported singing at MacFarland’s Down in the morning with a Golden Oriole found at Trenoweth in the evening. A Wryneck and a Spotted Flycatcher were on Lower Moors and the Alpine Swift was over Telegraph

Saturdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – The Alpine Swift was over Lower Moors/Jackson’s Hill in the morning

St Martin’s – A Grey Heron and a Swift were seen on the island today.

At Sea – An adult Sabine’s Gull was seen from the afternoon crossing to Scilly this afternoon.

Sundays Birds were:

St Mary’s – The male Marsh Harrier was seen over the Golf Course this morning and the Alpine Swift was over Halvear.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still singing near the Abbey this afternoon and an Iceland Gull was on Simpson’s Field.

St Agnes – A Golden Oriole was seen on Wingletang Down this morning.

Friday 27th to Tuesday 31st May 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Fridays Birds were:

St Mary’s – An Osprey flew over St Mary’s during the afternoon.

St Agnes – A Turtle Dove was still on the island

Bryher – A Turtle Dove was on Samson Hill as was the Hooded Crow. Six Swifts were over Shipman head Down and two Whimbrel flew up Tresco Channel

Saturdays birds were:

St Mary’s – Two Cuckoos were at Porth Hellick Down.

Bryher – A Turtle Dove and two Spotted Flycatchers were seen today

Sundays Birds were:

Tresco – A good mix of waders were seen along the south shore with Dunlin, 8+ Sanderling and two Turnstone and a Grey Plover plus two Curlew and a Whimbrel nearby

Mondays Birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still singing intermittently near the Abbey. A Hobby was over the Great Pool where two Grey Herons and a Little Egret were roosting.

St Mary’s – A female Wheatear was near Normandy

Annet – A Marsh Harrier was seen over the island during the afternoon.

At Sea – At least thirty Storm Petrels and a Great Skua were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

Tuesdays Birds were:

Tresco – Two Hobby were over the Great Pool

St Agnes – A Whimbrel and two Curlew were roosting on Porth Killier

Saturday 21st to Thursday 26th May 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Spotted Sandpiper (M.Goodey)

Saturdays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper, the Red-rumped Swallow was at Porth Hellick late in the day and the Iceland Gull was on the Municipal Dump. A female Marsh Harrier was over Lower Moors and a Turtle Dove was also in the same area. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Content.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing at Abbey Crossroads and a Black-headed Gull was also on Tresco.

Sundays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper, the Red-rumped Swallow was at Porth Hellick late in the day and the Iceland Gull was on the Golf Course.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing at Abbey Crossroads a Hobby was over the Great Pool.

St Agnes – A Golden Plover and a Spotted Flycatcher were seen today.

Mondays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper was at Porth Hellick and the Iceland Gull was at Parting Carn in the morning and on the Golf Course in the evening. . A Spotted Flycatcher was at Content.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing at Abbey Crossroads and a Blue-headed Wagtail was on Simpson’s Field and the male Marsh Harrier was seen over the south end of the island. A Spotted Flycatcher was at Borough Farm.

Six Great Northern Divers and at least 200 Manx Shearwaters were near Annet in the evening.

Tuesdays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The male Ruff that had been seen in flight over St Agnes ended up at Porth Hellick

St Agnes – A singing Melodious Warbler was near Lower Town Farm and an Ortolan Bunting was on Periglis in the evening. A Turtle Dove and a Swift were also noted. The Ruff seen flying over in the early morning was probably that seen at Porth Hellick later in the day.

Wednesdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – The male Ruff was still at Porth Hellick.

Bryher – A male Red-backed Shrike was in hedges behind Great Porth and four Spotted Flycatchers were seen today

St Martin’s – A Turtle Dove and a Marsh Harrier were on the island today

Thursdays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – A probable Black Kite was seen at Porth Hellick this morning and the male Ruff was present all day

Tresco – One Cuckoo was noted on the island

Bryher – The Hooded Crow is still present and two Cuckoos were seen

Two Great Northern Divers were near Annet in the evening as were 200+ Manx Shearwaters. A Marsh Harrier was seen over Annet during the day.

Monday 16th to Friday 20th May 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Snowy Owl (M.Goodey)

Monday’s birds were:

Bryher – A bird was seen at the northern end of Shipman Head Down, it was only seen by a non-birder but his description seemed very good for a male Rock Thrush, it was looked for on Tuesday, but unfortunately there was no sign of it.

Tresco – The Snowy Owl was on Castle Down and the Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road. Also on the island were a Knot, a Whimbrel, 2 Common Buzzards, a Hobby, 3 Common Swifts, a Whinchat, a drake Shoveler and 2 male, 1 female & 2 young Pochards.

St. Mary’s – A Red-rumped Swallow was over Higher Moors & Holy Vale and a Golden Oriole was on Peninnis.

At sea – The first pelagic trip of the year produced 10 European Storm-petrels, 12 Manx Shearwaters, a Great Skua, a Purple Sandpiper, 2 Puffins and 2 Common Terns.
Tuesday’s birds were:

Tuesdays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Red-rumped Swallow was hawking over Porth Hellick Bank and a summer-plumage Spotted Sandpiper was on the pool. A Turtle Dove was on the airfield and a Whimbrel was at Higher Moors.

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was on Shipman Head Down.

St. Agnes – A Golden Plover and 2 Whimbrels.

St. Martin’s – A Grey Plover.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The summer-plumage Spotted Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, an Iceland Gull was on the Golf course and a female Marsh Harrier flew over Porthloo.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road and a Common Swift was over the island.

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was still on Shipman Head Down.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper and the Red-rumped Swallow were still at Porth Hellick, also seen there were a female Marsh Harrier in the morning and a male Marsh Harrier in the afternoon. The Iceland Gull was still on the Golf Course.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper, 3 Tufted Ducks & 2 Swifts were at Porth Hellick and the Iceland Gull was on the Municipal Dump.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing at Abbey Crossroads and a Ringed Plover, a Golden Plover & a Wheatear were on Castle Down

Friday 13th to Sunday 15th May 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Red-rumped Swallow was over Telegraph and one was over the Garrison. A Golden Oriole was on the Garrison and 2were in Lower Moors where the Great Reed Warbler was seen again in the evening.

Tresco – The Snowy Owl was on Castle Down, the Iberian Chiffchaff was on Pool Road and a drake Garganey was on the Great Pool.

Bryher – A Subalpine Warbler, 2 Turtle Doves, a Quail and 3 Golden Orioles.

St. Agnes – 2 Golden Plover.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver and a Golden Oriole.

Saturday’s birds were:

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road and the Snowy Owl was on Castle Down. A Golden Oriole was also on the island.

Bryher – The Dotterel was on Shipman Head Down early in morning before flying off, the Snowy Owl appeared in the evening and a Red-throated Pipit flew over. There was also a Lesser Redpoll on the island and a Goosander offshore.

St. Mary’s – An Iceland Gull was on the golf course, 2 Turtle Doves were at Rocky Hills and 1 was on Peninnis.

St. Agnes – A Golden Oriole was on Wingletang Down and it or another was later on Barnaby Lane.

St. Martin’s – An Arctic Tern was offshore

Sundays Birds were:

Tresco – The Snowy Owl was on Castle Down, the Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road and 6 Whimbrels were on the island.

St. Agnes –An Eastern Subalpine Warbler was in the garden of Rosevear Cottage also seen were 2 Turtle Doves, a Siskin and a Whimbrel.

St. Mary’s – A Redpoll sp. flew over Peninnis and a Siskin was in Hugh Town.

Monday 9th to Wednesday 12th May 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Melodious Warbler (M.Goodey)

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Melodious Warbler was near the tennis courts on the Garrison, a female Goosander was at Porth Mellon and the Woodchat Shrike & the juvenile Iceland Gull were still on the golf course. The Short-toed Lark was again on the airfield, 2 Red-rumped Swallows were at Porth Hellick and 1 was at Deep Point. 2 Turtle Doves were at Trenoweth, 1 was near Mount Todden Farm and one was on the Garrison playing fields. A Marsh Harrier was at Porth Hellick and the Montagu’s Harrier was seen again on the island. 2 Golden Orioles flew over the golf course and single Garden Warblers were seen at Mount Todden, in Hugh Town & on the golf course.

Bryher – The Snowy Owl & the Dotterel were still on Shipmanhead Down, and a Woodchat Shrike & a Golden Oriole were at Hillside Farm. There was a nice collection of flava Wagtails with 2 Yellow, 2 Blue-headed and a Grey-headed around the island. Also present on the island were 2 Garden Warblers, a Common Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher and 7 Tree Pipits.

St. Agnes – A Subalpine Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler, 2 Turtle Doves, 2 Golden Orioles and a Pied Flycatcher.

St. Martin’s – A Ring Ouzel and a Pied Flycatcher.

Gugh – A Golden Oriole.

Great Reed Warbler (M.Goodey)

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Great Reed Warbler was singing and showing well in a field near the Wellbeing Centre adjoining the School .At least 2 Red-rumped Swallows were seen at various locations around the island. A singing Melodious Warbler was on Porthloo lane near Bishop’s View and a Wood Warbler was in a field at the junction of Porthloo Lane & Telegraph Road. A Marsh Harrier & a Golden Oriole were in Lower Moors & 2 Golden Orioles were on the golf course.

Bryher – 2 Golden Orioles, a Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Yellow, a Grey-headed & 2 Blue-headed Wagtails, a Woodchat Shrike, a Common Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher and 5 Tree Pipits.

Tresco – A Black-tailed Godwit.

St. Martin’s – A Whinchat.

Inter-island waters – 11 Great Northern Divers between Samson & St. Agnes.

Melodious Warbler (M.Goodey)

Wednesday’ birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Red-rumped Swallows (1 of which was trapped and ringed) were at Porth Hellick a Garden Warbler was also trapped and ringed and nearby on the other side of the pool there was a Golden Oriole. The Melodious Warbler was still singing near Bishop’s View on Porthloo Lane and just down the road the Wood Warbler was still in a field at the Porthloo Lane/ Telegraph Road junction. A Golden Oriole was in a field on Peninnis and another was on the Golf Course, where there was Subalpine Warbler briefly, it was seen again near Juliet’s Garden Café. A Spotted Crake was found in the evening at Lower Moors. The Snowy Owl flew over the Garrison and was seen on rocks below Bant’s Carn before it was mobbed by gulls and flew towards St. Martin’s.

Gugh – The Snowy Owl which was not seen yesterday was relocated at Dropnose Point early in the morning before flying towards St. Mary’s in the afternoon. Also on the island were a Melodious Warbler and a Golden Oriole.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still singing near the Abbey and a female Goldeneye was on the Great Pool.

Bryher – A Dotterel, a Woodchat Shrike and 4 Golden Orioles.

St. Martin’s – A Golden Oriole and a Red-breasted Merganser.