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The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay until at least Wednesday (08/02) and there was still one on Sunday (12/02). A Great Northern Diver was in Town Bay on Tuesday (07/02) and another was in Porthcressa Bay the same day. On Wednesday (08/02) a Cattle Egret was in a field near the dump on Tresco and also seen on the island was a Firecrest and 2 Short-eared Owls were in the dunes behind Pentle Bay. Also on Wednesday on St. Mary’s a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Newford Island, Porthloo, the Cetti’s Warbler was still on the Porth Hellick Loop Trail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was near Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors. On Thursday (09/02) 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Porthloo, on Saturday (11/02) a juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at Porthloo and on Sunday (12/02) a juvenile Glaucous Gull was feeding in the surf at Watermill.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes remained in Town Bay throughout the fortnight. A Black Redstart was at Little Porth on 23/01. There was a cold weather movement of waders, with 30-40 Lapwings on the Airfield on 26 & 27/01 and probably the same flock at Helvear on 28/01. 4 Golden Plovers were on the Airfield on 26/01 and a Cetti’s Warbler & a Firecrest were on the Porth Hellick Loop Trail on 28/01. There was a small influx of white-winged gulls on 03/02 when an Iceland Gull & Glaucous Gull were at Porthloo and another Iceland Gull & another Glaucous Gull were at Porthcressa.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay throughout the fortnight. On Saturday (14/01) a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew over Porthcressa and it was seen on the rocks there on Friday (20/01). 2 Slavonian Grebes and 10 Great Northern Divers were off Innisidgen on Tuesday (17/01). On Thursday (19/01) a Firecrest was in a garden in Holy Vale and 3 Spoonbills were on Samson. A Kingfisher was at Deep Point on Sunday (22/01) and a boat trip around the islands produced 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 10 Great Northern Divers, a Brent Goose, 2 Spoonbills, 4 Purple Sandpipers & 10 Grey Plovers.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were again in Town Bay all week and up to 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen or heard in Lower Moors on most days. Only about 3 Black Redstarts seemed to be wintering on St Mary’s. Up to 3 Spoonbills were seen on Green Island, Samson during the week. Great Northern Diver numbers seemed to increase a little with 6+ reported on Sunday (8/1).
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard only at Carn Friars on New Year’s Day.
Tuesday (3/1) was a good day with a Waxwing seen flying over Parting Carn, a Red-throated Diver and 3 Slavonian Grebes in Crow Sound, 10+ Common Scoters around the Eastern Isles, the Shoveler at Newford Duck Pond again and a Whimbrel at Pendrathen.
A Black-throated Diver was reported in Crow Sound on Sunday (8/1), when the Whimbrel was again at Pendrathen.
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The Glaucous Gull was seen again at Morning Point, St Mary’s on Saturday (24/12).
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were again in Town Bay all week and at least 4 Slavonian Grebes were in Crow Sound.
An unseasonal Willow Warbler was at Little Porth on at least Wednesday (28/12), when the female Shoveler was seen again, this time at Porth Hellick.
2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen near Shooters’ Pool on both Wednesday (28/12) and Friday (30/12), with 2 Firecrests on at least the first of those dates.
A Brent Goose was on Samson Flats on Thursday (30/12) along with 3 Spoonbills that remained until the end of the year, increasing to 4 on Saturday (31/12).
2 Black-necked Grebes were seen on and off in Town Bay all week and 2 Slavonian Grebes were seen in Crow Sound. Unusually there seemed to be only 2 Black Redstarts on St Mary’s, one each at Porthloo and Porth Cressa.
A Firecrest was photographed in a Holy Vale garden, St Mary’s, on Sunday (18/12).
Early in the week a Glaucous Gull was reported from Gugh and then seen at Morning Point, St Mary’s on Wednesday (21/12).
The first boat to Bryher since early November allowed birders to visit on Thursday (22/12) when 5 Purple Sandpipers were in Stony Porth along with 60+ Curlews and 10+ Sanderlings. A Black Redstart was an unusual record for Bryher in mid-winter and a Kingfisher flew past the Great Pool. Other sightings included ‘the’ Hooded Crow, a Merlin and 2 Ravens.
Also on Thursday (22/12) 5 female Common Scoters were in the Roads and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at New Grimsby, Tresco.
2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay all week, with 3 on Sunday (11/12).
On both Sunday (11/12) and Monday (12/12) a Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrests were in Lower Moors. The Wood Sandpiper was again in Lower Moors on Monday (12/12) but has not been reported since. Also on Monday the Cetti’s Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at Porth Hellick, whilst a female Shoveler at Newford Duck Pond was a very unusual sighting for St Mary’s.
There were no more reports until Friday (16/12) when a Firecrest was seen at Porthloo.
On Saturday (17/12) a probable Surf Scoter was reported in Crow Sound where there was also an impressive count of 6 Slavonian Grebes. 15 Common Scoter were in Tresco Channel and a Spoonbill was seen on Taylor’s Island, Porthloo before flying off to the more usual site off Samson. A Yellow-browed Warbler was still in Lower Moors.
All reports for the period came from St Mary’s – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay all week, and there were up to 110 Sanderlings in the Porth Mellon/Porthloo area. The Cetti’s Warbler was at Porth Hellick on Wednesday (07/12) and on Friday (09/12) there were 11 Dunlins on Porth Mellon and the Wood Sandpiper was again in Lower Moors.
Thursday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – At Porth Hellick 2 Jack Snipes & a Wigeon were on the pool, a Cetti’s Warbler was at the start of the Loop Trail and nearby a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling in the garden of Porth Hellick House. The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay, 2 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach and the Swallow was still hawking over the field adjacent to Rosehill Memorial Garden. The Wood Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors, where there were also 2 Firecrests.
Friday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – A Cattle Egret was in fields opposite Longstone Café, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and 2 female Common Eiders were off Bar Point.
Saturday’s birds were – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay, the Wood Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors and a Firecrest was at Porth Hellick.
Sundays Birds were – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay