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Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, also there were 14 Greenshanks and the Spotted Crake showed again in the evening. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the Golf Course in the evening.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool along with 4 Common Snipe. A Spotted Flycatcher was in a field behind Porth Minnick.

Tresco – 6 Pink-footed Geese were on the Great Pool.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel, a Grey, a Yellow and 6 White Wagtails.

Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (J.Pender)

Saturday’s birds were:

St, Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, where there were also 14 Teal, 2+ Water Rails, 10 Common Snipe,11 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher. The Wryneck was still on rocks near Giant’s Castle and a Whinchat was at Lower Moors. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was found on the airfield in the afternoon.

Tresco – 7 Little Egrets, a Pied Flycatcher and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

At sea – 5 Sooty Shearwaters and 2 adult Sabine’s Gull were seen within Scillonian waters from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Semi-palmated Sandpiper & the Spotted Crake were still on Porth Hellick Pool, the Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still on the airfield and 3 Northern Wheatears were still at Giant’s Castle.

Tresco – A Wood Sandpiper, 18 Greenshanks, 4 Redshanks and a Kingfisher were on the Great Pool.

At sea – A Great Shearwater and a Sooty Shearwater were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Semipalmated Sandpiper (M.Goodey)

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Semi-palmated Sandpiper was found late evening on Porth Hellick Pool, where a Spotted Crake showed briefly at 16:00. The Icterine Warbler was still proving to be very elusive in the Dead Pine Walk behind the Garrison Tennis Courts and nearby a Barred Warbler showed briefly in the pig field above Lower Broome. A Green Sandpiper was on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – A Yellow-legged Gull, a Yellow Wagtail and a Whinchat.

St. Martin’s – 100+ Sanderlings and a Kestrel.

At sea – 6 Great and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen west of Wolf Rock (i.e. within the Scilly recording area) from the Scillonian III on the return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

The pelagic trips continue to produce the goods. The evening’ highlights were a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 120+ Great Shearwaters, 15+ Cory’s Shearwaters, 50+ Sooty Shearwaters, a Grey Phalarope, 3 Sabine’s Gulls, 6 Great Skuas, a Minke Whale, 50+ Short-beaked Common Dolphins. 3 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

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Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – Both the Semi-palmated Sandpiper and the Spotted Crake were still on Porth Hellick Pool, the latter still very elusive. The Wryneck was still near Giant’s Castle and nearby a Richard’s Pipit was on the airfield. In Lower Moors a Whinchat was in the Standing Stones Field and 2 Common Snipe and a Greenshank were on the pool. A Firecrest was in the Dead Pine Walk on the Garrison and a White Wagtail was in Old Town.

Tresco – 15 Greenshanks, 3 Redshanks and 2 White Wagtails.

At sea – 4 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Balearic Shearwater and 2 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper, a Dunlin, 12 Greenshanks and a very elusive Spotted Crake were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An extremely elusive Icterine Warbler was in the pines behind the tennis courts on the Garrison. A Wryneck and 5 Northern Wheatears were in the Airport/Giant’s Castle area. A Teal, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Whinchat were at Lower Moors. 3 Teal, 12 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Grey Wagtail was in Old Town and 2 White Wagtails were at Porthcressa, with further singles at Lunnon & Maypole.

Inter-island waters – A Great Shearwater was off White Island.

At sea – A 3 hour short-range pelagic trip in the morning produced: 21 Cory’s & 3 Great Shearwaters, an Arctic & 6 Great Skuas and 20 Short-beaked Common Dolphins.

Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool. The other Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Lower Moors Pool, where there also 2 Common Snipe, a Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank. A Wryneck was on the Garrison.

Bryher – A Yellow Wagtail and the first Lapland Bunting of the autumn.

Teän – 4 Dunlins and a Mediterranean Gull.

At sea – 23 European Storm-petrels, a Sooty, 19 Great and 15 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper and Dunlin were on Porth Hellick Pool. The Pectoral Sandpiper, or another was briefly on Porth Mellon Beach at 08:00, where there were also 8 Dunlins. A Green Sandpiper, a Common Snipe, a Greenshank and a Kingfisher were on Lower Moors Pool. A Whinchat was on Peninnis.

Tresco – A Pintail, a Common Sandpiper, 2 Whinchats, 3 Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher.

At sea – A Sooty & 2 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s in the morning and a Great, a Balearic and 5 Sooty Shearwaters were seen on the return journey in the late afternoon/ early evening.

The short-range pelagics continue to deliver the birds with 4 more Wilson’s Storm-petrels, (season’s current total 114), 15 European Storm-petrels, 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 37 Great Shearwaters, 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas and a Black Tern. Also about 30 Common Dolphins were seen and 2 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Red-backed Shrike (R.Mawer)

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Red-backed Shrike was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick Ringing Station and was relocated in the afternoon in fields on Carn Friars Farm. Also a Tree Pipit was seen there. Nearby on Porth Hellick Pool were 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, 11 Greenshanks and a Kingfisher. The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Lower Moors Pool and the Spotted Crake showed again at dusk.

Tresco – 16 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks, 2 White Wagtails and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Bryher – 2 White Wagtails, a Grey Wagtail, a Hooded Crow, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Agnes – A Sabine’s Gull was off Horse Point.

At sea – A Balearic Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and a European Storm-petrel were seen from the Scillonian III on the return journey from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool and another was on Lower Moors Pool. Also seen at Lower Moors were 4 Common Snipe, a Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Greenshank a Water Rail and a Kingfisher. The Spotted Crake was seen again at dusk. A Grey Wagtail was in Hugh Town, a Whinchat was at Bar Point and a Pied Flycatcher was on Peninnis.

St. Agnes – 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver was off Higher Town.

Thursday 31st August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper & 3 Greenshanks were on Lower Moors Pool and a Spotted Crake was seen there at dusk. Another Pectoral Sandpiper was seen on Porth Hellick where there were also a Black-tailed Godwit, 16 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers and a Common Sandpiper. A Wryneck was at Church Point.

Tresco – A Pintail,10+ Greenshanks, a Common Buzzard, a juvenile Yellow-legged Gull, a Grey Wagtail, a Pied Flycatcher and 5 Spotted Flycatchers.

St. Agnes – A Wryneck and a Common Swift.

Samson – A Whimbrel.

At sea – 5 Wilson Storm-petrels were seen on the evening sharking trip, taking the season’s total from the M.V. Sapphire to 110 and counting! Also seen were 40 European Storm-petrels, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas and 40 Short-beaked Common Dolphins. 8 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released

Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – From timings of sightings there seems to be 3 Pectoral Sandpipers on the island; 2 on Porth Hellick Pool and 1 on Lower Moors Pool. A Wryneck was in a garden on High Lanes.

Bryher – A Common Rosefinch, a Water Rail, a Common Whitethroat, 10 Northern Wheatears, a Pied Flycatcher and 3 Spotted Flycatchers.

St. Agnes – A Mediterranean Gull.

Gugh – A Spotted Flycatcher.

Inter-island waters – A Black-throated Diver was in Crow Sound.

At sea – Birders joining the evening fishing trip on the M.V. Sapphire saw 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 15 European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, a Mediterranean Gull and a Great Skua. An Ocean Sunfish and 30 Short-beaked Common Dolphins showed well and 5 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank and a Kingfisher were on Lower Moors. Nearby 7 Spotted Flycatchers were in the hedge of the grassy field by the gate at the Old Town end and on the other side of the path a Wryneck & a Common Whitethroat were in the Standing Stones Field. Another Wryneck was in the field between the Municipal Dump and the Dump Clump. There were 2 Whinchats a 4 Spotted Flycatchers on the Garrison. 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper & 2 Dunlins were on Porth Hellick Pool and on the beach there were 11 Greenshanks & 6 Ringed Plovers.

St. Agnes  – An Osprey, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchats and 6 Common Whitethroats.

At sea – 3 European Storm-petrels, a Great and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the late afternoon sailing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Sunday 27th to Monday 29th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Sundays birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 4 Green Sandpipers, a Common Sandpiper,
2 Dunlins, 12 Ringed Plovers, a Water Rail and a Kingfisher were at Porth
Hellick, where an Osprey Flew over and the adult Night Heron showed again in
the evening. The Night Heron flew over Church Road towards Hugh Town 21:00. A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Lower Moors Pool late afternoon.

At sea – Despite unpromising conditions, (flat calm and no wind) the daytime
Birders’ Special pelagic trip still produced the goods. The highlights were:
2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 15 European Storm-petrels, 7 Cory’s, a Great, 2
Balearic & 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 Great Skuas and 2 Arctic Skuas. The marine
life in the water was also impressive with 4 species of Jellyfish, a
Leatherback Turtle, 20 Short-beaked Common Dolphins, a Porbeagle Shark, 7
Blue Sharks and 3 Ocean Sunfish.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper, a Greenshank, a Common Snipe and a Kingfisher were on Lower Moors Pool. The other Pectoral Sandpiper and a Water Rail were still at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – 19 Greenshanks, 4 Redshanks, a Water Rail, 2 Tree Pipits, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Pied Flycatchers and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

Samson – A Whimbrel and 5 White Wagtails.

St. Agnes – A White Wagtail.

Annet – A White Wagtail.

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, a Great, a Cory’s, a Balearic and 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III ( within the Scilly recording area) on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

On a quiet evening short-range pelagic the highlights were: 40+ European Storm-petrels, a Great Shearwater, 3 Sooty Shearwaters, an adult Sabine’s Gull, 3 Great Skuas, an Arctic Tern and 30 Short-beaked Common Dolphins.

Friday 25th and Saturday 26th August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Spotted Crake was on Lower Moors Pool early morning, also there were 4 Green Sandpipers & a Greenshank and a Hobby flew over. Nearby the Wryneck showed occasionally on the path and wires beside the Standing Stones Field. Another Wryneck was on the Garrison, behind the campsite and the 2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers were still on Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Martin’s – A Common Swift, a Tree Pipit and 3 White Wagtails.

Inter-island waters – A Mediterranean Gull was in Tresco Chanel.

At sea – 4 European Storm-petrels, a Great, 3 Cory’s and 19 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Birds seen on the evening Birders’ special pelagic trip included; a Wilson’s-storm-petrel, 20 European Storm-petrels, 8 Sabine’s Gulls, 4 Great Skuas, 6 Cory’s, 4 Great and 18 Sooty Shearwaters.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers were still on Porth Hellick Pool and an adult Night Heron was found there in the evening. A Dotterel flew over the Garrison early morning and an Osprey flew over there late afternoon, a Pied Flycatcher was also on the Garrison. A Hoopoe was at Green Farm in the morning.

Gugh – A Wryneck.

Bryher – 7 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher, a Cuckoo, a Tree Pipit, 12 Northern Wheatears and a Garden Warbler.

At sea – 20 European Storm-petrels, a Cory’s, 6 Great, 30+ Sooty Shearwaters, a Pomarine Skua,adult Long-tailed Skua and a juvenile Sabine’s Gull were seen from the Scillonian III on the return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

The daytime Birders’ Special pelagic trip produced 10 Cory’s, 3 Great, a Balearic & 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 20 European Storm-petrels, an Arctic & Black Tern, a Porbeagle Shark, 2 Blue Sharks and 2 Ocean Sunfish.