Monday 21st August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – There were 2 juvenile Pectoral Sandpipers, 7 Greenshanks, a Lapwing, a Common Sandpiper and a Water Rail on Porth Hellick Pool. 2 Green Sandpipers were on Lower Moors Pool, 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Porthloo and a Merlin was over Hugh Town.

At sea – 2 Cory’s Shearwaters were near Annet and another was off Bishop Rock. The evening pelagic produced 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 100+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, 7 Great Shearwaters and 2 Great Skuas. Whilst all the “big three” were seen, this was a quiet evening compared to recent trips! Also seen were 12 Short-beaked Common Dolphins and a Blue Shark was caught, tagged and released.

Pectoral Sandpipers, J.Almond

Wilson’s Petrel, J.Pender

Great Shearwater, J.Pender

Cory’s Shearwater, J.Pender