Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was seen again in the pines halfway along Sandy Lane.

St. Martin’s – A Dowitcher sp. was reported flying from White Island to Teän, present for a second day.

At sea – An evening pelagic trip 7 miles SE of St. Mary’s produced a Wilson’s Storm-petrel. 400+ European Storm Petrels, a Great & 9 Cory’s Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas and 7 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

A Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwaters, 13 Long-tailed Skuas and a Minke Whale were seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Wryneck was on the Garrison, a Wood Warbler was in the pines midway along Sandy Lane and 2 Ruff & a Green Sandpiper were on Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – A 2 hour sea-watch from Horse Point produced 38 Cory’s, 3 Balearic and 2 Sooty Shearwaters.

At sea – 10 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sabine’s Gulls and 10 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the afternoon crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance

Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Ruff, a Green Sandpiper, 11Greenshanks & a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick Pool and a Black Redstart was on Porthloo Beach. A Cory’s Shearwater flew past Deep Point.

St. Agnes – A Quail was on Wingletang Down and a Cory’s Shearwater flew past Horse Point.

At sea – A Great Shearwater, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters and 3 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was seen again, briefly in pines midway along Sandy Lane. A Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Ruff, 10 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick Pool. A Curlew Sandpiper was reported from Lower Moors, where there was also a Dunlin.

At sea – A Balearic & 4 Cory’s Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance. The evening pelagic trip 5 miles SE of St. Mary’s produced a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40+ European Storm-petrels, a Great & 2 Sooty shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, a Sabine’s Gull, 4 Blue Sharks and 2 Ocean Sunfish

Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Whinchat was in the Standing Stones Field at Lower Moors and another was on Salakee Down, where there were also 2 Common Whitethroats. 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Porth Hellick House and a third was on Telegraph Road.

At sea – An evening short-range pelagic trip produced 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 300 European Storm-petrels, 10 Great Shearwaters, 9 Cory’s Shearwaters and 6 Blue Sharks

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Bonelli’s Warbler sp. was in the fields behind Porth Killier and was later relocated near the Island Hall.

St. Mary’s – 4 Ruff flew over Peninnis towards the Garrison. 5 Pied Flycatchers were on the Garrison and another was at Longstone.

At sea – 2 Great Shearwaters, 6 European Storm-petrels a Sabine’s Gull & 2 Great Skuas were seen from the Scillonian III morning sailing and a Balearic Shearwater & 19 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III afternoon sailing. An evening short-range pelagic trip produced a Sooty, 10 Great, 3 Cory’s & 2 Balearic Shearwaters, an Arctic Tern, a Sabine’s Gull, 2 Great Skuas, a Blue Shark, an Ocean Sunfish and a Bluefin Tuna.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Western Bonelli’s Warbler was in the pine belt between Longstone and Sandy Lane.

St. Agnes – A Hippolais Warbler, thought to be a Melodious Warbler was near the lighthouse.

At sea – The daytime Birder’s Special pelagic trip logged 3 Great & 5 Sooty Shearwaters, a Long-tailed & 2 Great Skuas, 30 Common Dolphins, 20 Harbour Porpoises and an Ocean Sunfish.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was still in the pine belt between Longstone and Sandy Lane, 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Longstone and a Subalpine Warbler was on the Garrison near Steval.

At sea – Another daytime Birder’s Special pelagic trip produced 5 Great & 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 25 European Storm-petrels, an Arctic, a Great & 2 Long-tailed Skuas, 3 Arctic & 3 Black Terns, 300 Common Dolphins, 5 Blue Sharks and 2 Ocean Sunfish.

Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – Pied Flycatchers widespread with 1 in a garden at High Lanes, 1 at Tremelethen, 2 in Carreg Dhu Gardens, 1 at Parting Carn, 1 by the Police Station in Hugh Town and 1 on the Garrison. An Osprey Flew over Lower Moors.

Bryher – 3 Pied Flycatchers.

Tresco – 3 Redshanks, 3 Whimbrels and 3 Wheatears.

At sea – Birders on an evening short-range pelagic trip saw 12 Great Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels, 6 Great Skuas, 30 Common Dolphins and a Blue Shark.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pied Flycatcher was still in the County Guesthouse garden at High Lanes and another was at Parting Carn.

St. Agnes – An Osprey Flew over Troy Town Farm at 08:15.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Woodchat Shrike was at Salakee Farm and a Citrine Wagtail flew over Longstone. 4 Pied Flycatchers were on the Garrison and 1 was at Longstone.

St. Agnes – An Arctic Tern flew from the Big Pool towards Porth Coose. A sea watch produced a Great Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater and a Pomarine Skua, a Quail was on Wingletang Down

Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshanks & a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick Pool, 2 Wheatears were at Pelistry and another was at Deep point. 2 Spotted Flycatchers were at Carn Friars Farm & 1 was at Mount Todden and a White Wagtail was at Longstone.

Tresco – 5 Common Scoters and a Knot.

At sea – An evening short-range pelagic trip produced the first Wilson’s Storm-petrel of the year as well as 6 Great Shearwaters, 100+ European Storm-petrels, 10 Great Skuas, 50 Common Dolphins, a Blue Shark and a Porbeagle Shark. This is the latest ever date for the first record of Wilson’s.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Dunlins were at Porthloo.

At sea – Birders on an afternoon short-range pelagic trip saw another Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 50+ European Storm-petrels,14 Great Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, an Arctic Tern, 10 Great Skuas, an adult Pomarine Skua, 50 Common Dolphins, 2 Blue Sharksand an Ocean Sunfish.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 4 Pied Flycatchers were at Content, 3 were at Rocky Hills and 2 were at Longstone. A Green Sandpiper and 10 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Tresco – A Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper

At sea – A daytime short-range pelagic trip to Seven Stones was very successful. The highlight of the trip was a **FEA’S PETREL** which gave view down to 10 feet as it circled the boat! Also seen on the trip was the third Wilson’s Storm-petrel of the weekend, 9 Great, a Balearic & 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas, a Pomarine Skua, 3 Black Terns, 20+ Bottlenose Dolphin and an Ocean Sunfish.

Monday 10th to Thursday 13th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

At sea – An evening pelagic trip produced 5 Great Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 80 European Storm-petrels, 5 Great Skuas, a Blue Shark and an Ocean Sunfish,

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Green Sandpipers and 6 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Samson – A Whimbrel.

At sea – A HUMPBACK WHALE was seen from the Scillonian III on the evening return from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An hepatic Cuckoo flew past Porthloo.

Tresco – 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Green Sandpipers, 8 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, a Sanderling, a Common Buzzard and 7 Grey Herons.

At sea – A Balearic Shearwater, 8 European Storm-petrelsand a Minke Whale were seen from the Scillonian III on the evening return from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A female Ruff, 8 Green Sandpipers, 10 Greenshanks, 3 Common Snipe, a Water Rail, a Kingfisher and a Common Swift were at Porth Hellick Pool. A Green Sandpiper was in Lower Moors, a Spotted Flycatcher was by the school playing field and another was at Parting Carn.

St. Agnes – 6 Green Sandpipers, 4 Common Sandpipers, a Greenshank, a Redshank, 8 Ringed Plover, a Dunlin, a Sanderling, 2 Common Snipe, 10 Wheatears, a Whinchat, 4 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher and a Willow Warbler.

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – 36 Dunlin, 18 Common Sandpipers, 1 Green Sandpiper, 3 Sanderlings, 15 Ringed Plovers and a Quail.

At sea – A Cory’s, a Sooty and 3 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – 3 Dunlin.

At sea – The birders’ special pelagic trip was a four Skua day- a first-summer Long-tailed, a Pomarine, 3 Arctic and 15 Great Skuas. Also seen on the trip were 100+ European-storm Petrels, a Great Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 100+ Common Dolphins, 35+ Bottlenose Dolphins and 4 Ocean Sunfish.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 8 Greenshanks, a Water Rail & a Peregrine were at Porth Hellick and a Green Sandpiper was in Lower Moors.

At sea – Birds seen on the birders’ special pelagic trip included: 200+ European-storm Petrels, 3 Great Shearwaters, 2 Long-tailed Skuas and15+ Great Skuas. Also seen was an Ocean Sunfish and 4 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

A Balearic Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater, 45 European Storm-petrels, a Pomarine Skua and 4 Great Skuas were seen from the Scillonian III on the late afternoon crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool and 4 Mediterranean Gulls were in Porthcressa Bay.

Tresco – 11 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, 2 Knots, a Black-tailed Godwit, a Ruff, a Green Sandpiper and 16 Grey Herons.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – 3 Sanderlings, 2 Dunlins, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Ringed Plovers, 4 Whimbrels, 15 Curlews and 13 Turnstones.

At sea – Birders on a short-range pelagic trip logged 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 60 European Storm-petrels, 6 Great Skuas, 150 Common Dolphins and a Blue Shark.

Sunday 2nd to Tuesday 4th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Crossbills flew north over the Garrison.

At sea – A morning short-range pelagic trip recorded 1 Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua and 2 Sabine’s Gulls.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper, a Dunlin and 5 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – A evening short-range pelagic trip produced 200+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas and a Blue Shark.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – The Pectoral Sandpiper was on Porth Coose Beach at 06:30.

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper was back on Porth Hellick Pool, where it remained until dark.

Wednesday 29th July to Saturday 1st August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Mediterranean Gull was at Porthcressa.

At sea – A Pomarine Skua was seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Green Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.

Tresco – The Common Buzzard was over the cricket ground.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – 3 Common Swifts.

At sea – A Sooty Shearwater, 50+ European Storm-petrels and a Great Skua were seen on a short-range pelagic trip in the evening.

Saturdays birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was in Lower Moors.

At sea – An daytime short-range pelagic trip produced a Balearic & 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 30+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas, an Ocean Sunfish and 6 Blue Sharks