Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Friday’s birds were:

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and also on the island were 20 Ringed Plovers, a Greylag Goose and a Common Buzzard.

St. Mary’s – The Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and the Little Bittern, which had not been seen since Wednesday, reappeared late evening at Lower Moors.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, where there was also a Wood Warbler and a Hoopoe flew over towards Old Town. The Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and 8 Whimbrels were on Porthloo, with another 2 at Shark’s Pit.

Tresco – A Black Kite was reported by 2 visiting birders.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern at in Lower Moors was joined by a Little Ringed Plover, a scarce bird on Scilly. A Black Kite flew in off the sea at Porth Hellick and was subsequently seen around the area. A Richard’s Pipit was at Innisidgen (probably the St. Martin’s bird), a Ring Ouzel was on Porth Hellick Down and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing near Star Castle on the Garrison. 20 Whimbrels and 50 Sanderlings were on Porthloo Beach. A Corn Bunting ( a genuine Scilly rarity) was in a field along Pungies Lane, where there was also 5 Tree Pipits.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blue-headed Wagtails & a Grey-headed Wagtail were on Simpson’s Field.

St. Martin’s – A Turtle Dove was at Middletown and a Richard’s Pipit flew from near the fire station towards St. Mary’s.

Bryher – A Richard’s Pipit, a Ring Ouzel and 5 Tree Pipits.