Thursday 20th to Monday 24th November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter Ring-billed Gull paid a brief visit to Porthloo. 12 Chiffchaffs were trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick, 3 of which were Siberian Chiffchaffs.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter Ring-billed Gull was on the airfield.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Firecrest & a late Willow Warbler were at Newford Duck Pond and a Swallow & an outrageously late Wood Warbler were at Higher Moors.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter Ring-billed Gull was still on the airfield, a late Osprey flew over Watermill and a Black Redstart was on Porthloo Beach.

Tresco – A Dusky Warbler was on Pool Road, the Green-winged Teal was relocated on Abbey Pool, a Bullfinch ( a real Scilly rarity) was at Rowesfield crossroads and a possible Lesser Canada Goose ( thought to be the form Parvipes) was on Abbey Pool. Also on the island were 2 Swallows, 3 Willow Warblers ( 2 possibly of the northern type), a Jack Snipe and a Reed Bunting. A Black-necked Grebe was off Carn Near.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The first-winter Ring-billed Gull was still on the airfield, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler were trapped at Porth Hellick, the Willow Warbler was first trapped and ringed on September 18th, perhaps more than a passage migrant, wintering?

Tresco – The Dusky Warbler was still on Pool Road and 2 Black-necked Grebes were off Carn Near.

Monday 17th to Wednesday 19th November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 1st-winter Ring-billed Gull was still on the airfield.

Tresco – The 4 Whooper Swans were still present.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Black Redstarts on Porthcressa Beach.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A very vocal Dusky Warbler was at Porth Hellick, also there were a Woodcock and a Brambling. 10+ Black Redstarts at Porthcressa/Little Porth with 2 more at Old Town, 1 at Porthloo and 1 on the airfield, where there was also another late Wheatear, this time a female. A Yellow-browed Warbler & Siberian Chiffchaff were in Lower Moors and a Ring Ouzel & 17 Skylarks were on the Golf Course. A late Garden Warbler was at Pelistry.

Inter-island waters – A Long-tailed Duck was off Tresco, a Red-necked Grebe was off St. Martin’s and a Red-breasted Merganser was between Tresco & St. Martin’s.

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th November 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 1st-winter Ringed-billed Gull was still on the airfield.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 1st-winter Ringed-billed Gull was still on the airfield, where the male wheatear was still present along with 13 Skylarks. A male Ring Ouzel and 2 Black Redstarts were at Pelistry, where a ring-tailed Harrier flew over. A Yellow-browed Warbler, 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs, a Grey Wagtail & 2 very late House Martins were in Lower Moors, a Yellow-browed Warbler & 3 Siberian Chiffchaffs were at Porth Hellick and yet another Siberian Chiffchaff was at Newford Duck Pond.

St. Agnes – The ring-tailed Harrier flew over St. Agnes and Gugh, from the views obtained it was thought to be possibly a Pallid or Montagu’s Harrier. Also on the island were a Yellow-browed Warbler &2 more Siberian Chiffchaffs.

Tresco – A trip to the island by our recorder proved to be fruitful, 68 species were recorded, amongst which were: an adult Ringed-billed Gull, a Yellow-browed Warbler, 10+ Chiffchaffs, another Siberian Chiffchaff, 2 Short-eared Owls, 4 Whooper Swans, 2 Little Grebes, a Pochard, 54 Gadwall, 59 Teal, a Reed Bunting, 5 Fieldfares, 30+ Redwings, a Sparrowhawk, a Peregrine, 4 Little Egrets, 150+ Sanderlings, 32 Turnstones, 73 Ringed Plovers, a Dunlin, an adult Common Gull and a Black Redstart.

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.