Sunday 19th October 2014 Isles of Scilly Bird Sightings

Highlights from Sunday’s log included:

Short-toed Lark – 3 on the airfield and 1 at Gimbal Porth, Tresco.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1 still on Bryher.

Richard’s Pipit -1 on Tresco.

Barred Warbler – 1 at Carn Gwaval.

Whooper Swan – 4 on Tresco.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 1 Lower Broome platform.

Snow Bunting – 3 on the airfield.

Lapland Bunting – 2 on Castle Down, Tresco. Continue reading

REVIEW OF THE WEEK – 11th-18th October 2014

A Fairly quiet week by Scilly standards but still enough scarce migrants across the islands to keep birders hopes alive! On Saturday 11th SHORT-TOED LARKS were on the airfield and on St Agnes, two RICHARDS PIPITS were on the islands and a ROSE COLOURED STARLING was seen at Green Lane and Normandy. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was on Bryher and a WRYNECK was on St Martins. Tresco had a fly-over WHOOPER SWAN and a DOTTEREL on Castle Down. There were 11 YELLOW-BROWED WARBLERS across the Islands with 7 of those on St Mary’s. Three SNOW BUNTINGS were on St Mary’s with another on Tresco and there were 4 FIRECRESTS across the archipelago. Elsewhere across the islands there were 6 WHINCHATS, singles of LESSER WHITETHROAT, RING OUZEL, PIED FLYCATCHER and SHORT EARED OWL. Birds at sea either from the Scillonian III or from headlands included 4 GREAT SKUAS, 3 BALEARIC SHEARWATERS, 2 GREY PHALAROPE, 2 POMARINE SKUAS and a MANX SHEARWATER. Continue reading