Saturday 4th to Thursday 9th November 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s –The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and 2 Reed Buntings were in the dead grass behind the boatshed there. 5 Yellow-browed Warblers were at higher Moors between Holy Vale and Carn Friars Road. 2 Yellow-browed Warblers & a Siberian Chiffchaff were in Lower Moors and 3 Yellow-browed Warblers & a Siberian Chiffchaff were at Newford Duck Pond. A Hawfinch was on a garden feeder in Church Road, Hugh Town

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Merlin, 5 Black Redstarts and a Snow Bunting were at Little Porth. A Brambling was in a garden at Holy Vale, the Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and a Yellow-browed Warbler was on Porth Hellick Loop trail. Continue reading

Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd November 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Radde’s Warbler was still at Borough Farm and 7 Hawfinches & 2 Bullfinches flew over there. A Hawfinch & a Firecrest were at Sunnyside Farm, a Black Redstart was on Holgate’s Green, a Yellow-browed Warbler & a Firecrest were in Carreg Dhu Gardens and a Yellow-browed Warbler was at Porth Hellick ringing station. The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and a Yellow-browed Warbler was in Lower Moors. 3 Yellow-browed Warblers & a Bullfinch were at higher Moors and 4 Yellow-browed Warblers & 2 Firecrests were on Porth Hellick Loop Trail. 25 Bramblings were in a field at the bottom of Pelistry Lane and 2 Great Northern Divers were off Watermill. There were 2 Firecrests on the Garrison & a Hawfinch flew over and a Black Redstart & a Yellow-browed Warbler were at Content.

St. Agnes – 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Garden Warbler and a Bullfinch. Continue reading

Tuesday 31st October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pallas’s Warbler was at Porth Hellick ringing station, a Yellow-browed Warbler was also trapped, ringed and released. The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and nearby, 4 Firecrests, 6 Yellow-browed Warblers & a Siberian Chiffchaff were in between Porth Hellick Pool and the road and 3 Hawfinches flew over. Another Yellow-browed Warbler was n Higher Moors, 2 were at Newford Duck Pond and 1 was in the Dump Clump. The Red-breasted Flycatcher was still at Rosehill, the Olive-backed Pipit was seen again in the Standing Stones Field, lower Moors before flying off towards Old Town Churchyard. A Radde’s Warbler was found at Borough Farm mid-afternoon. A Little bunting flew over Longstone and a Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrests, a Black Redstart & a Hawfinch were in Carreg Dhu Gardens. The Hawfinch was still at Airport Lane and 2 flew over Porthcressa. A Richard’s Pipit flew over Peninnis and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Trenoweth.
The putative Wilson’s Snipe was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

Tresco –  A Jack Snipe, the 2 Spoonbills were still on Green Island and the Surf Scoter was still of the south end of Tresco near Green Island.

St. Agnes – An Eastern Stonechat species was at Tamarisk Farm and also seen on the island were a Yellow-browed Warbler & a Hawfinch.

Sunday 29th and Monday 30th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The possible Siberian Oystercatcher, a Little Stint, a Curlew Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Mediterranean Gull were on Porth Hellick Beach. 14 Common Snipe, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Firecrest and 12 Siskins were in Lower Moors. 2 Red-breasted Flycatchers and a Yellow-browed Warbler were in Rosehill Memorial Gardens. 22 Common Snipe, a Water Pipit, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Reed Buntings and a Little Bunting were at Porth Hellick. A Ring Ouzel was at Mount Todden and a Black Redstart was at Normandy.

Tresco – 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Firecrests and 2 Bullfinches.

Inter-island waters – A Long-tailed Duck and a Common Scoter were in Crow Sound

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An Olive-backed Pipit was in the Standing Stones Field at Lower Moors, where there were also a Grasshopper Warbler and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers. 2 more Yellow-browed Warblers were in Lower Moors between the hides and Rosehill, 2 were at Higher Moors, 1 was on Porth Hellick Loop, 1 was at Porth Hellick Ringing Station, 1 was in Holy Vale, 1 was on the road to Mount Flaggon and 2 were in the Dump Clump. Single Hawfinches were at Telegraph, Airport Lane & Pelistry, 3 Bramblings were at Trewince and 3 Lesser Redpolls were at Porth Hellick. The Surf Scoter was seen southeast of Tresco from Tobaccoman’s Point, a Red-breasted Flycatcher was in Rosehill Memorial Gardens and a Black Redstart was on the Airfield. The Water Pipit was still on Porth Hellick Beach and a Lapwing, 14 Common Snipe and 2 Reed Buntings were at Porth Hellick Pool. 31 Common Snipe were on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – 5 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Tresco – A Yellow-browed Warbler.

Saturday 28th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Wilson’s Snipe – The candidate under discussion was at Porth Hellick Pool.

Siberian Oystercatcher – Another bird under discussion, it was reported from Porth Mellon.

Surf Scoter – Still present off New Grimsby, Tresco.

Little Bunting – 1 at Trewince and it or another at Normandy.

Richard’s Pipit – 1 at Popplestone Bay, Bryher.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 2 in Rosehill Memorial Gardens, 1 near Spero’s Restaurant, Porth Mellon and 1 at Porthloo Lane/Telegraph junction.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 5 in Lower Moors, 3 on Porthloo Lane, 1 on Tresco and 1 caught and ringed at Porth Hellick

Yellow-browed Warbler, A. Hannington

Hawfinch – 3 at Porthloo Lane/Telegraph junction and 1 Lower Moors.

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Friday 27th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Friday’s log, the last one of the Scilly Season:

Surf Scoter – Yesterday’s bird was in Porth Mellon at 08:30 it then flew out to sea and was relocated between Bryher and Tresco.

Surf Scoter, S.Brayshaw

Red-throated Pipit – 1 flew from Star Castle towards Newman Pottery.

Dusky Warbler – 2 still in Lower Moors and 1 on Gugh.

American Golden Plover – 1 in the Telegraph/High Lanes area.

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Thursday 26th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Thursday’s log:

Grey-cheeked Thrush – 1 was found on St. Martin’s, unfortunately it disappeared and was only seen by the 2 original finders.

Surf Scoter – 1 was at Porthloo it then flew out to sea and was relocated in the Roads, paying a brief  visit to Porthcressa Bay

Dusky Warbler – 1 still in Lower Moors.

Little Bunting – 1 still on St. Agnes, 1 at Pelistry and it or another at Kittydown.

Melodious Warbler – 1 at the Sandy Lane end of Holy Vale.

Common Rosefinch – 1 on St. Agnes.

Bluethroat – 1 on Bryher.

Water Pipit – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Water Pipit, M.Goodey

Spoonbill – 2 on Samson.

Hawfinch –  8 on St. Mary’s, 1 on Bryher, 4 on St. Agnes and 4 on St. Martin’s.

Lapland Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

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Tuesday 24th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Dusky Warbler – 2 still in Lower Moors.

Little Bunting – 1, possibly 2 on St. Agnes.

Hawfinch –  2 Carreg Dhu Gardens, 1 Telegraph, 1 Green Lane, 2 St. Agnes, 1 Tresco and 1 St. Martin’s

Yellow-browed Warbler – 7 on St. Mary’s, 2 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes.

Water Pipit – 1 again on Porth Hellick Beach.

Firecrest – 13 on St. Mary’s and 4 on Tresco.

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Monday 23rd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Last week’s presumed Western Orphean Warbler has been re-identified from photographs as an Eastern Orphean Warbler, the first record for Britain!

A selection from Monday’s log:

Penduline Tit  – 1was heard in Lower Moors.

Dusky Warbler – 2, possibly 3, in Lower Moors, 2 near Shooters’ Pool and 1  was seen by the pumping station at the Trench Lane end early evening

Little Bunting – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Hawfinch – 1 Telegraph and 1 Green Lane.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 6 on St. Mary’s and 1 on Bryher.

Water Pipit – 1 again on Porth Hellick Beach.

Firecrest – 14 on St. Mary’s and 4 on St. Agnes.

Balearic Shearwater – 1 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

European Storm-petrel – 2 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Leach’s Storm-petrel – 4 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Snow Bunting – 2 Deep Point.

Whooper Swan – 4 on Bryher.

Pink-footed Goose – 6 on Tresco.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Whimbrel – 2 Porth Hellick, 1 Porthloo and 1 Giant’s Castle.

Bar-tailed Godwit – 3 on Bryher.

Great Skua – 2 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Mediterranean Gull – 1 Porthcressa, 2 Porthloo and 2 Morning Point.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 Porthloo and 1 morning point.

Merlin –  1 Porthloo and 1 Porth Hellick Down.

Hooded Crow – 1 Bryher.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 Higher Moors.

Common Whitethroat – 1 Higher Moors.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 at Salakee.

Black Redstart – 13 on St. Mary’s and 4 on St. Agnes.

Yellow Wagtail – 1 St. Agnes.

Siskin – 80+ on St. Mary’s.

Reed Bunting – 1 Porth Hellick.