Thursday 23rd April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was not seen until the afternoon when it was on the Big Pool and Great Porth. Also seen were a Wryneck, a female/1st summer male Golden Oriole, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrels, 10 Tree Pipits, 6+ Common Redstarts, a Pied Flycatcher and 10+ Common Whitethroats.

St. Agnes – 2 Common Sandpipers, a Hoopoe at Higher Town, a Short-toed Lark at Castella Down and 2 Ring Ouzels on Wingletang.

St. Mary’s – The long-tailed Duck was still in Porth Mellon Bay and 3 Night Herons again flew form Lower Moors to Porthloo at dusk

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was seen on the Big Pool at first light and then not seen again until late morning when it was found at Popplestone Bay, it then moved back to the Big Pool were it spent the rest of the day. Also seen were a Wryneck, a male Golden Oriole, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Tree Pipits, a Ring Ouzel, a male Whinchat and 2 Grasshopper Warblers.

St. Agnes – A Short-toed Lark, a cracking male Blue-headed Wagtail, a Common Redstart, 2 Black Redstarts, a Ring Ouzel and 15 Whimbrels.

St. Mary’s – 6 Bar-tailed Godwits & 2 Common Sandpipers were at Porthloo and 4 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick. A male Golden Oriole was at Porth Hellick & a female type was in Lower Moors, a Hooded Crow was on Porth Hellick Beach, a Ring Ouzel was on the Golf Course, a Redwing was in Holy Vale and a Hawfinch was in a garden at MacFarland’s Down.

Tresco – The Black Duck and 2 Ring Ouzels.

At sea – On the morning Scillonian crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s 4 Great Skuas were seen. A Hoopoe flew past the ship at 11:00 a.m. so should have been within Scillonian waters.

Tuesday 21st April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

The Great Blue Heron did a tour various locations on Tresco then Bryher, Back to Tresco, then to St. Mary’s – Lower Moors – Old Town Bay finally flying off at dusk towards the Dump Clump.

The rest of Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pied Flycatcher & a Merlin were at Carreg Dhu, a Garden Warbler was on the Garrison, the Long-tailed Duck was still in Hugh Town Harbour, a Wood Sandpiper was at Porth Hellick Pool, a Cuckoo was at Trenoweth and 3 Night Herons flew from Porthloo towards Lower Moors at dusk.

Tresco –The Black Duck was still on Abbey Pool and a Bee-eater flew over. A Night Heron was on the north side of the Great Pool.

Bryher – A Wryneck, a Garden Warbler, a Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher. A Bee-eater (probably the bird seen earlier on Tresco) flew over Samson Hill.

St. Agnes – A Ring-billed Gull, 10 Whimbrels, a Skylark, a Black Redstart and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Martin’s – A female Hen Harrier and a Garden Warbler

Monday 20th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron spent most of the day on the Big Pool before flying off towards Tresco late afternoon.

Tresco – The Black Duck was still on the Abbey Pool and a Wryneck was near the tennis courts.

St. Mary’s – A Ring Ouzel was on Peninnis, the Long-tailed Duck was in Porth Mellon Bay, a Grasshopper Warbler was near Pelistry, a Kingfisher was ringed at Porth Hellick, where a Night Heron flew over. 4 more Night Herons flew from Lower Moors towards Porthloo at dusk.

St. Agnes – 2 Common Sandpipers, a Cuckoo, a Hoopoe, 2 Ring Ouzels, a Common Redstart and a Black Redstart.

A rare visit to a couple of the larger uninhabited islands produced a Garden Warbler on St. Helen’s and a Common Whitethroat on Teän.

Sunday 19th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was still on the Big Pool and was also seen on Stinking Porth, Wryneck was in the Hell Bay Hotel Garden and a Hoopoe was at the campsite. Also on the island were 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Wood Warblers, a Common Redstart, a White Wagtail and a Tree Pipit.

St. Mary’s – A Night Heron flew over Lower Moors, the Hoopoe was still on Peninnis, a Black Redstart was at Porthcressa, the Long-tailed Duck was still in Porth Mellon, the first Cuckoo of the year was at Old Town and a Wood Warbler & a Pied Flycatcher were at Carreg Dhu Gardens.

Tresco – A Red-rumped Swallow flew over Pool Road, where there was also a Pied Flycatcher. The Black Duck was on Abbey Pool and a Green-winged Teal & a drake Garganey were on the Great Pool.

St. Martin’s – A Hoopoe was at the campsite, a Wryneck was on the cricket pitch and; elsewhere on the island were a late Redwing, a Tree Pipit, a Common Whitethroat and the first Grasshopper Warbler of the year.

Friday 17th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was back on the Big Pool, where it spent all day happily catching mullet. Also on the island was the first Garden Warbler of the year,

St. Mary’s – The Hoopoe was still on Peninnis, the Wryneck was still in Old Town Churchyard and the Long-tailed Duck was in Porth Mellon Bay. 2 Jack Snipes a Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler were in Lower Moors. A Night Heron flew from Lower Moors at 19:00, 2 flew to Porthloo at 20:40 and one flew over the Garrison at 22:00.

Tresco – The Black Duck was on Abbey Pool and 2 Little Terns (scarce on Scilly) were in Tresco Channel.

St. Agnes – 2 Hoopoes, a Common Redstart and a Common Whitethroat.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Thursday 16th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – Much to the chagrin of mainland birders who had spent the last day and a half looking for the elusive Great Blue Heron it was relocated on the Big Pool just as the Scillonian was arriving in Penzance. It had disappeared again by the time birders on St. Mary’s arrived. Also on the island were a Hoopoe, a Wryneck and 2 Tree Pipits.

St. Mary’s – The Golden Oriole & Hoopoe were still on Peninnis, 2 Jack Snipe were in Lower Moors, a Wryneck was in Old Town Churchyard and single Pied Flycatchers were in Holy Vale & at Maypole. A Marsh Harrier flew over Lower Moors & Porth Hellick, 3 Night Herons flew from Lower Moors to rocks at Porthloo, one was on rocks below the Porthcressa allotments and another was at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – The Black Duck and a Green-winged Teal were still present.

St. Martin’s – 2 Hoopoes.

St. Agnes – 2 Hoopoes.

Wednesday 15th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The Great Blue Heron was in Old Town Bay until it flew off at 11.00 it was not seen again mid-afternoon when it was in a weedy field at the north end of Holy Vale, before disappearing into the fog at 14:45. There was a possible sighting at 20:23 when what was thought to be the bird was flushed from a tree in Holy Vale. Single Night Herons were seen at Porth Hellick, Lower Moors and Porthcressa. A Wryneck was at Old Town Bay, a Tree Pipit, a Golden Oriole & a Hoopoe were on Peninnis and another Hoopoe was on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – 2 Hoopoes were at Covean.

St. Martin’s – A Hoopoe was at the campsite.

Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Great Blue Heron (C.Smith)

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’sHoopoe – 1 on the Garrison, 1 on Peninnis and 1 Longstones. An immature Spoonbill, a Jack Snipe and 1 or 2 Night Heron sat Lower Moors.

St Agnes – a Hoopoe at Covean.

Tresco – the Black Duck was again on Abbey Pool and a Night Heron was at the east end of the Great Pool.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – an unusual heron was found at Lower Moors at about 20.00 – see photo by Cavill Smith. The bird was then identified by Ashley Fisher as a 1st winter GREAT BLUE HERON!! ! It was then watched by all the resident birders after it flew to Old Town beach and fed in rock pools until dark.

Also today: Hoopoe – 1 on the Garrison, the Long-tailed Duck was in the Harbour again and a Firecrest was at Tremelethen. 2 Night Herons were seen at Lower Moors at dusk.

St Agnes – 3 Hoopoes at Covean and 1 on Gugh.

St Martin’s – 2 Hoopoes.