Saturday 8th to Tuesday 11th November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday (08/11)

St. Mary’s – A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Siberian Chiffchaff were in the ‘Dump Clump’.

Sunday (09/11)

St. Mary’s – A major rarity for Scilly, a first-winter RING-BILLED GULL was on the airfield. Also there were 5 Skylarks a Golden Plover and a near summer-plumage male Wheatear.

Tuesday (11/11)

St. Mary’s – The Ring-billed Gull was again on the airfield, a Short-eared Owl was on the golf course and a Yellow-browed Warbler was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. There was an obvious influx of Common Snipe with 30 at Porth Hellick and 25 at Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Short-eared Owl

Wednesday 5th November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Snow Bunting was at Trenoweth and 2 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach with further singles in Old Town Bay, Porth Thomas and Porth Mellon. 6 Redwings & a Fieldfare were on Peninnis and 3 Common Snipe, a Greenshank and a Kingfisher were in Lower Moors.

Tresco – There was no sign of the 2 American Wigeons or the Green-winged Teal, but 2 Jack Snipes were on the Great Pool and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Rowesfield Crossroads.

Sunday 2nd November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s  - The SUBALPINE WARBLER, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Mistle Thrush, 6 Siskins and a Reed Bunting were at Pelistry. The Red-backed Shrike was still at Porth Hellick, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Newford Duck Pond and a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Siberian Chiffchaff & a Jack Snipe were in Lower Moors.

Tresco – A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was on the Great Pool, this is a major rarity on Scilly. The 2 American Wigeons and the Green-winged Teal were still present and also on the island were 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Firecrest.

St. Agnes – 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the Parsonage, 3 Black Redstarts were on Periglis Beach and a Balearic Shearwater, a Manx Shearwater, a Great Northern Diver & a Pomarine Skua flew past Horse Point.

Saturday 1st November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A SUBALPINE WARBLER and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Pelistry. 1 Short-toed Lark was still on the airfield and a Kingfisher, a Red-backed Shrike & a late Willow Warbler were at Porth Hellick. 2 Great Northern Divers, 2 1st-winter Mediterranean Gulls, 30 Kittiwakes & an Arctic Skua were in The Roads and a Merlin flew over Hugh Town. 10 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach and a Yellow-browed Warbler was in Old town churchyard with 2 more at Newford Duck Pond, where there were also 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs.

St. Agnes – 2 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Black Redstart.

Samson – 2 Spoonbills and 5 Shelducks were on Green Island

Friday 31st October 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

American Wigeon – The 1st winter male and a female were on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Green-winged Teal – 1 was still on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Red-throated Pipit – 1 on St. Agnes.

Short-toed Lark – Records of 1 on the airfield, 1 Carn Friars and 2 Higher Moors probably concern the original 3 from the airfield.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1 on Tresco.

Red-backed Shrike– 1 Porth Hellick.

Spotted Crake – 1 at Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors and 1 Porth Hellick Pool. Continue reading