Monday 16th to Friday 20th May 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Snowy Owl (M.Goodey)

Monday’s birds were:

Bryher – A bird was seen at the northern end of Shipman Head Down, it was only seen by a non-birder but his description seemed very good for a male Rock Thrush, it was looked for on Tuesday, but unfortunately there was no sign of it.

Tresco – The Snowy Owl was on Castle Down and the Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road. Also on the island were a Knot, a Whimbrel, 2 Common Buzzards, a Hobby, 3 Common Swifts, a Whinchat, a drake Shoveler and 2 male, 1 female & 2 young Pochards.

St. Mary’s – A Red-rumped Swallow was over Higher Moors & Holy Vale and a Golden Oriole was on Peninnis.

At sea – The first pelagic trip of the year produced 10 European Storm-petrels, 12 Manx Shearwaters, a Great Skua, a Purple Sandpiper, 2 Puffins and 2 Common Terns.
Tuesday’s birds were:

Tuesdays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Red-rumped Swallow was hawking over Porth Hellick Bank and a summer-plumage Spotted Sandpiper was on the pool. A Turtle Dove was on the airfield and a Whimbrel was at Higher Moors.

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was on Shipman Head Down.

St. Agnes – A Golden Plover and 2 Whimbrels.

St. Martin’s – A Grey Plover.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The summer-plumage Spotted Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, an Iceland Gull was on the Golf course and a female Marsh Harrier flew over Porthloo.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was still on Pool Road and a Common Swift was over the island.

Bryher – The Snowy Owl was still on Shipman Head Down.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper and the Red-rumped Swallow were still at Porth Hellick, also seen there were a female Marsh Harrier in the morning and a male Marsh Harrier in the afternoon. The Iceland Gull was still on the Golf Course.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Spotted Sandpiper, 3 Tufted Ducks & 2 Swifts were at Porth Hellick and the Iceland Gull was on the Municipal Dump.

Tresco – The Iberian Chiffchaff was singing at Abbey Crossroads and a Ringed Plover, a Golden Plover & a Wheatear were on Castle Down