Friday 19th to Sunday 21st August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison and 2 Wood Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, 12 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Sooty, a Balearic and 61 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Point.

St. Agnes – A Grey Phalarope, 60 Cory’s and 3 Great Shearwaters flew past Horse Point.

At sea – A Sooty, 5 Great & 42 Cory Shearwaters, 4 Great Skuas and 3 Ocean Sunfish were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison.

At sea – The birders who braved the rain and challenging seas on the daytime pelagic trip were well rewarded with views of 4 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 25 Cory’s & 7 Great Shearwaters, a Great Skua, 3 Ocean Sunfish and a Blue Shark.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison and a Wood and 3 Common Sandpipers were on Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – The daytime pelagic trip produced a Great, 3 Sooty & 3 Cory’s Shearwater, a first-summer Long-tailed & 3 Great Skuas, an adult Yellow-legged Gull and 3 Blue Sharks, which were caught, tagged & released.

Friday 12th to Thursday 18th August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 4 Dunlins & a Green Sandpiper were at Porth Hellick Pool and 6 Sandwich Terns were at Bar Point.

Bryher – 28 Ringed Plover and 3 Willow Warblers.

Inter-island waters – A Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common and 6 Sandwich Terns were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40+ European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, 3 Risso’s Dolphins, 3 Ocean Sunfish and 7 Blue Sharkswere seen on an evening pelagic trip.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Mediterranean Gull was off the golf course.

St. Martin’s – A Hooded Crow.

At sea – The daytime pelagic trip produced a Great, a Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 80+ European Storm-petrels, a Sabine’s Gull, an Arctic & 4 Great Skuas, a Minke Whale, 3 Risso’s & 30 Common Dolphins, 10 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Blue Sharks and 5 Ocean Sunfish.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 8 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick and 2 Common Swifts were over the island.

St. Agnes – 12 Common Swifts and a Wheatear.

Bryher – A Dunlin.

Tresco – 20+ Sanderlings, 4 Dunlins, 3 Whimbrels and a Turnstone.

Inter-island waters – 2 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A quiet daytime pelagic trip ( to calm and sunny!) produced 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 20+ European Storm-petrels, 100+ Common Dolphins, 3 Ocean Sunfish and 2 Blue Sharks.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pied Flycatcher was in the Garrison Pines. 12 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlins, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Common Snipe were at Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – 2 Wood Sandpipers were on the Big Pool.

Tresco –  9 Greenshanks, a Dunlin, a Common & 9 Green Sandpipers, 3 Teal and 3 Common Swifts.

At sea – The short-range pelagic trip in the evening produced a Long-tailed & 2 Great Skuas, a Sooty Shearwater, 40+ European Storm-petrels and 2 Blue Sharks.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An Icterine Warbler was on the Garrison. A Wood & 3 Green Sandpipers, a Whimbrel, a Common Snipe, 12 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlins and 4 Common Swifts were at Porth Hellick. A Kingfisher was on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – A Wood Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Pied Flycatcher, a Wheatear and 4 Common Swifts.

At sea – The short-range pelagic trip in the evening produced a Blue Fulmar and 2 Sooty Shearwater.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler 5 Common Swifts & 10 Pied Flycatchers were on the Garrison and the Wood Sandpiper was still at Porth Hellick Pool.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Wood, 4 Green & 6 Common Sandpipers, a Common Snipe, 4 Dunlins and 8 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool, nearby a Pied Flycatcher was in Salakee Down pines. A Kingfisher and a Water Rail were on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – A Melodious Warbler was in the pines by the cricket pitch and the first Wryneck of the autumn was in the Parsonage garden.

At sea – 2 Cory’s, 1 Great & 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Blue Sharks, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 20 Common Dolphins were seen on the short-range pelagic trip.

Birders on the Scillonian III morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s saw a Great, 3 Cory’s, a Sooty & 3 Balearic Shearwaters and 40+ European Storm-petrels. The return trip in the afternoon/early evening produced 2 Great Shearwaters, 12+ European Storm-petrels and a Minke Whale.

Sunday 7th to Thursday 11th August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Wheatears were on the airfield.

Tresco – 60+ Sanderlings, a Common Redshank, a Turnstone and 10+ Whimbrels.

Teän – 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

At sea – The daytime pelagic produced 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, a Cory’s, 3 Sooty & 3 Great Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, 2 Blue Sharks and 3 Ocean Sunfish.

Monday’s birds were:

Tresco – The usual increase in herons at this time of year was evident with 10 Grey Herons and 7 Little Egrets also the were 7 Greenshanks on the Great Pool.

Annet – 12 Manx Shearwaters offshore.

At sea – The evening pelagic produced 80+ European Storm- Petrels, a Sooty Shearwater and a Great Skua.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Wheatear was on Normandy Down.

St. Agnes – A Sanderling.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Greenshank was at Porth Hellick and 10+ Sandwich Terns were in Porthcressa Bay.

Thursday’s birds were:

Annet – 4 Manx Shearwaters and 5 Common Terns.

At sea – 50+ European Storm-petrels, a Great Skua and 5 Common Dolphins were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The only report was of a European Storm-petrel off the Garrison.

Wednesday’s birds were:

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, a Great and 7 Cory’s Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – A Mediterranean Gull.

At sea – A first for Scilly Pelagics, proved to be very successful with the best trip of the year so far. The party saw 5 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 200+ European Storm-petrels, 3 Great & 22 Cory’s Shearwaters and 15+ Common Dolphins.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool.

Bryher – A Common Sandpiper and a Hooded Crow.

At sea – The first trip of the Oriole Holidays pelagic weekend produced 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 150+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Shearwaters,2 Great Skuas and 4 Blue Sharks which were tagged and released.

Saturday’s birds were:

Gugh – The first returning Northern Wheatear of the autumn.

Tresco – 12 Common Sandpipers, 3 Common Redshanks and a Whimbrel.

At sea – Seen from today’s pelagic were: 80+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas, a Sooty and a Great Shearwater.

Tuesday 26th July to Monday 1st August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 16 Sanderlings were on Porthloo Beach and a Turnstone was by Hugh Town Quay.

St. Agnes – 15 Sanderlings.

Gugh – A Common Sandpiper and 2 Turnstones.

Annet – 50+ Puffins.

Wednesday’s birds were:

Annet 60+ Puffins.

Thursday’s birds were:

Tresco – 14 Whimbrels, 10+ Sanderlings and 5 Dunlins.

Samson – 5 Dunlins.

Inter-island waters – 3 Mediterranean Gulls, 10+ Common Terns and 20 Sandwich Terns were in Tresco Channel. A European Storm-petrel was just north of Tresco.

St. Mary’s –Typically for late July there are noticeable numbers of Sandwich Terns with the 20 mentioned above and another 20 on Porthcressa Bay.

At sea – The short-range pelagic trip in the evening produced 80+ European Storm-petrels. 2 Cory’s and 15+ Great Shearwaters. 30+ Common Dolphins were also seen.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and a Whinchat, the first since spring.

Tresco – 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

Annet – 5 Puffins.

Northern Rocks – A Turnstone, a Whimbrel and 4 Puffins.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Cuckoo was being fed by Rock Pipits on Porth Hellick Down and a Common Swift was over Higher Moors.

Bryher – A Hooded Crow.

Annet – 12+Puffins.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The juvenile Cuckoo was still being fed by Rock Pipits on Porth Hellick Down and a Green Sandpiper and 6 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool.

Tresco – 7 Turnstones, 16 Whimbrels and a Dunlin.

Samson – 2 Dunlins.

Inter-island waters – 5 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

Monday’s birds were:

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 150+ European Storm-petrels, 11 Great & 5 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Long-tailed Skua and 2 Great Skuas were seen on the short-range pelagic trip in the evening.

Monday 18th to Monday 25th July 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s -7 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool and 4 Common Swifts were over the Garrison.

Tresco – A Hobby, a Redshank, 7 Greenshanks and 5 Common Swifts.

Annet – A juvenile Mediterranean Gull.

Inter-island waters – An adult Mediterranean Gull was in the Roads, between St. Mary’s and Tresco.

At Sea – A Balearic and 12 Sooty Shearwaters were seen in raft of 700 Manx Shearwaters from a boat about a mile north of Bryher. An evening pelagic trip produced a Great, a Balearic & 6 Sooty Shearwaters, a blue Fulmar, 4 Great Skuas, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 6 Blue Sharks which were caught, tagged and released.

Tuesday’s birds were:

At Sea – 6 Balearic, 16 Sooty & 1000 Manx Shearwaters and 2 Ocean Sunfish were seen from a boat about a mile north of Bryher. 3 Great Skuas were seen on the evening reef fishing trip.

St. Martin’s – A Cory’s and 6 Sooty Shearwaters were seen off the Daymark.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Mediterranean Gull was in Porthcressa Bay, a Dunlin was in the harbour and 6 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – A Great Shearwater was seen on the Scillonian III crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A sea-watch from Deep Point from 17:30-19:30 produced 40 Cory’s, a Balearic and 4 Sooty Shearwaters.

Inter-island waters – A Balearic and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were with a flock of 300 Manx Shearwaters in the Roads. A raft of 400+ Manx Shearwaters near Annet had 3 Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters with them and there was also an Ocean Sunfish.

At sea – Seen on the evening short-range pelagic trip were: a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40 European Storm-petrels, 5 Sooty, 17 Great & 33 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Great Skua and 2 Arctic Terns. Marine life included an Ocean Sunfish, 20 Common Dolphins and a Porbeagle & 5 Blue Sharks were caught tagged and released.

Friday’s birds were:

At sea – A Great and a Sooty Shearwater was seen on the Scillonian III crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was at Porth Hellick Pool.

Tresco – 9 Greenshanks, 2 Pochards and 13 Grey Heron.

St. Agnes – A Green Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 8 Greenshanks, a Redshank and 2 Snipe were at Porth Hellick Pool

Tresco – 8 Greenshanks.

Inter-island waters – A Balearic Shearwater was in St. Mary’s Sound, a Whimbrel was in Tresco Channel and 50 Puffins were near Mincarlo.

Monday’s birds were:

At sea – Birds seen on an evening short-range pelagic trip included 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 40+ European Storm-petrels, 5 Cory’s Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas, 20 Common Dolphins and 3 Blue Sharks which caught, tagged and released.

Tuesday 12th to Sunday 17th July 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Pont.

St. Agnes – A Dunlin and a Hobby.

At sea – A Sooty & 4 Cory’s Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Roseate Tern and 2 adult Mediterranean Gulls were in Porthcressa. The Hooded Crow was in Church Street, Hugh Town.

At sea – 5 European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, a Cory’s Shearwater and an Ocean Sunfish were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Whimbrels were on Porth Hellick Beach, 5 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool, 2 Common Swifts were over Porth Hellick Down, a Great Skua was off Church Point and 2 Ocean Sunfish were in Porth Hellick Bay.

Annet – 30+ Manx Shearwaters were offshore.

Inter-island waters – A Mediterranean Gull was in Tresco Channel.

At sea – 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a Great Skua were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An adult Mediterranean Gull was in Porthcressa Bay.

Samson – A Black-tailed Godwit.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The only report was of 8 Common Swifts over Maypole.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Mediterranean Gull was in Porthcressa Bay, 4 Common Swifts were over the island and 6 Common Dolphins and an Ocean Sunfish were off Peninnis.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and a Common Swift.

Tresco – 2 Shovelers, 13 Whimbrels and a Yellow-legged Gull.

St. Martin’s – 1000+ Manx Shearwaters, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, 30 Common Dolphin and an Ocean Sunfish were north of the island.

Monday 4th to Monday 11th July 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The only report was of a Greenshank at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – 7 Pochards, 3 Greenshanks, 1 Redshank, 3 Whimbrels, 2 Common Buzzards and 3 Common Swifts.

Annet – 100+ Manx Shearwaters offshore.

At sea – A pelagic trip with a TV crew to film sharks proved successful for all: a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40+ European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, 2 Blue Sharks and 3 Ocean Sunfish.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 4 Greenshanks wereat Porth Hellick.

St. Agnes – 5 Curlews.

Inter-island waters – A second-summer Mediterranean Gull was in St. Mary’s Sound between St. Mary’s and St. Agnes.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Greenshank countwas up to 5at Porth Hellick.

At sea – A Sabine’s Gull was seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 5 Greenshanks were stillat Porth Hellick and the second-summer Mediterranean Gull was at Porthcressa.

Annet – 400+ Manx Shearwaters offshore.

At sea – The evening pelagic trip produced the first Cory’s Shearwater of the year, along with 35 European Storm-petrels, a Great Skua, 6 Blue Sharks, 2 Ocean Sunfish and a few Common Dolphins.

Friday’s birds were:

Tresco – A Redshank and a Greenshank.

St. Martin’s – 30 Curlews and 3 Peregrines.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Porthcressa.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Mediterranean Gulls were stillat Porthcressa and a Hooded Crow in Hugh Town.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still singing on Abbey Drive. Also on the island were a Knot, a Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshanks, 4 Whimbrels and 4 Pochards.

Teän – 30+ Curlews.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Mediterranean Gulls were stillat Porthcressa.

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

St. Martin’s – A Hooded Crow.

Annet – 200+ Manx Shearwaters offshore.

At sea – The evening pelagic proved to be excellent; the first Great Shearwater of the year was seen along with 35+ Cory’s Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels and 2 Blue Sharks which were caught, tagged and released.

Tuesday 28th June to Sunday 3rd July 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – 4 Curlews and a Whimbrel were on St. Agnes.

No reports for Wednesday.

Thursday’s birds were:

Bryher – A female Marsh Harrier.

Tresco – 2 Common Swifts.

Annet -140+ Manx Shearwaters and 2 Common Terns offshore.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – A female Marsh Harrier.

At sea – 3 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

No reports for Saturday.

Sunday’s birds were:

Samson – A female Eider, a female Marsh Harrier and a Dunlin.

Tresco – 9 Whimbrels and a Turnstone.

At sea – Seen on the evening short-range pelagic trip were: a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40+ European Storm-petrels and 4 Sooty Shearwaters. 2 Blue Sharks were caught tagged & released. 2 Ocean Sunfish were also seen on the trip and 5 more were seen near the Western Rocks

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.