Looking for Accommodation on Scilly this Year?

DSC_5244Lin and Dave Hennessey have opened The Old Chapel in Old Town on St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly, offering 2 rooms B&B from January 2015

“At The Old Chapel we offer a warm welcome, we want you to feel at home, both of our spacious double rooms offer all you need for a comfortable stay, along with a good home cooked breakfast to set you up for the day, as you explore the beautiful sights the islands have to offer”.

ISBG Members are offered a 10% discount when you quote your ISBG membership. For more information and Booking got to: http://www.theoldchapelislesofscilly.co.uk/

Sunday 7th to Friday 12th February 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

An adult Common Gull was at Porthmellon on 7th and 6 Ringed Plover were at Porthloo. A Whimbrel was at Pendrathen and a Firecrest was in holy Vale. On the 8th four Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Lower Town, St Martin’s and the following day the Black Duck was on Abbey Pool. The Common Gull and three Black Redstarts were on Porthcressa beach.

On the 10th the Barnacle Goose was on Abbey Pool and a Long-tailed Duck remained off New Grimsby. A Firecrest was at the end of Salakee Lane, St Mary’s and three Snow Buntings were on Round Island. On the 11th a Firecrest was at Kittydowns/Lunnon and three Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa. A Common Scoter was by Hugh Town Quay on the 12th.

 

Sunday 1st to Saturday 7th February 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

A juvenile Iceland Gull visited Porth Hellick Pool briefly on the 1st and a Black Redstart was at Shark’s Pit with another 2 on Little Porth Beach.

On the 2nd the juvenile Iceland Gull was on the municipal tip, 2 Long-eared Owls were at Trewince, a Blackcap was in Hugh Town and a Firecrest was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. The Black Duck was still on Abbey Pool, 3 Black-necked Grebes were off Carn Near and a Spoonbill flew over the island.

The juvenile Iceland Gull remained at the Municipal Tip on Wednesday and Thursday. The Black Duck & a Barnacle Goose were on Abbey Pool, a Long-tailed Duck was off New Grimsby and a Short-eared Owl was at Apple Tree Banks on Wednesday and the 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were on the sea off Tean. 2 Black Redstarts were on Porthcressa Beach on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the Black Duck remained on Abbey Pool. The Barnacle goose and 2 Fieldfare were on Tresco on Friday.

 

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Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th January 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa/Little Porth and Porthloo/Sharks Pit, the 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were at Pendrathen and the Spoonbill was on Samson throughout the week.

On Thursday 22/01 a short trip around the islands in the afternoon produced 2 Slavonian Grebes, 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Common Scoters, a Long-tailed Duck and 10 Great Northern Divers.

Wednesday 14th to Monday 19th January 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese between Pendrathen and Bar Point.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Jack Snipe was in Lower Moors.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Jack Snipe and the first Skylark of the year.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were still between Pendrathen and Bar Point.

St. Agnes – 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs and 12 Linnets, the latter is a scarce bird on Scilly in winter.

St. Martin’s – 2 Slavonian Grebes between Higher Town Quay and the Eastern Isles.

Sunday’s birds were:

Samson – A Black Duck was seen briefly off-shore.

St. Mary’s – The 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 2 Common Gulls, 2 Greenshanks and a Whimbrel were at Pendrathen. A Sanderling, 11 Ringed Plovers and 2 Black Redstarts were at Porthloo. 3 Greenshanks & 2 Redshanks were at Porth Hellick, a Greenshank was in Old Town Bay and 22 Meadow Pipits were on the Airfield.

Eastern Isles – 100+ Kittiwakes.

Monday’s birds were:

Samson – 3 Spoonbills and a Black Duck was seen briefly off-shore.

Tresco – 2 Black-necked Grebes were east of Carn Near.

St. Martin’s – 2 Slavonian Grebes between Higher Town Quay and the Eastern Isles.

St. Mary’s – A Great Northern Diver was at Porth Mellon, 5 Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa/Little Porth, another was on Porthloo Beach and one was at Shark’s Pit.

Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th January 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit and a Common Sandpiper was in Old Town Bay.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 85+ Black-headed Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, a Common Gull, an Iceland Gull & 3 Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa and nearby a Siberian Chiffchaff was feeding in gardens at Parson’s Field. The 4 Pale-bellied Brent Geese were still between Pendrathen and Bar Point.

Eastern Isles – A Balearic Shearwater flew west at Hats Buoy and a Great Northern Diver was off Little Arthur headland.

Samson – A Spoonbill.

Saturday 3rd to Monday 5th January 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart made a trip to Porth Mellon before returning to Shark’s Pit and a Long-eared Owl was still at Trewince.

St. Agnes – 2 Jack Snipes.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit, 3 Black Redstarts were at Little Porth, a Yellow-browed Warbler was in Lower Moors and an Iceland Gull flew past Morning Point.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart again made a trip to Porth Mellon before returning to Shark’s Pit, 3 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach and the Yellow-browed Warbler was still in Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – A Siberian Chiffchaff was at Lower Town Farm.

Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd January 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit, a Long-tailed Duck was off the Old Quay in Hugh town and a Kingfisher was on Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors.

Tresco – A Barnacle Goose and a Little Grebe.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit and 2 Long-eared Owls were at Trewince.