Monday 22nd August to Saturday 27th August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison, a Green, 2 Wood & 4 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick Pool and a Wryneck was at Borough Farm. 3 Pied Flycatchers were in pines at Innisidgen, 1 was on Watermill Lane and another was on Telegraph Road where there was also a Tree Pipit.

St. Agnes – A Melodious Warbler was in the lighthouse garden.

At sea – The evening short-range pelagic trip produced 4 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 100+ European Storm-petrels, an adult Sabine’s Gull and 2 Great Skuas. Single Cory’s, Balearic and Sooty Shearwaters were seen from a private charter boat travelling from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Wryneck was still at Borough Farm, a Pied Flycatcher was at Higher Moors and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Deep Point.

St. Agnes – An Ortolan Bunting and a Mediterranean Gull.

St. Martin’s – A Spotted Flycatcher.

At sea – The daytime and evening short-range pelagic trips were fairly quiet, birders on board saw 5 Sooty Shearwaters 40+ European Storm-petrels an Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 30 Common Dolphins and an Ocean Sunfish. A Balearic Shearwater and 3 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the return trip to Penzance,

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Wryneck was still at Borough Farm and the Icterine Warbler was seen again on the Garrison. 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Porth Hellick and 1 was at Newford. A Water Rail was at Porth Hellick,, a Green Sandpiper was at Lower Moors, a Mediterranean Gull was over Hugh Town and 2 Common Whitethroats were at Borough Farm. 3 Wheatears were on Peninnis.

Tresco – A Water Rail, 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Redshanks, 20 Greenshanks, 8 Wheatears, 2 Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

Bryher – A Wheatear.

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

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 6 Wheatears, a Pied and a Spotted Flycatcher were on Peninnis. A second-winter Mediterranean Gull was in Porthcressa Bay and a Spotted Flycatcher was at Higher Moors. 3 Water Rails, a Kingfisher, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpipers, a Curlew Sandpiper and 10 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – An Ortolan Bunting and a Dotterel.

At sea – A Sooty & a Balearic Shearwater, an Arctic & a Great Skua and a Mediterranean Gull were seen on the pelagic trips.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler was still on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – A Melodious Warbler and a Spotted Flycatcher. An Ocean Sunfish was seen offshore.

Tresco – 30+ Sanderlings, a Dunlin and 4 Whimbrels.

Samson – A Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrels.

Bryher – A Redshank and a Greenshank.

Teän – 3 Mediterranean Gulls.

At sea – Birds seen from the evening pelagic trip included an adult Sabine’s Gull, 2 Sooty Shearwaters and 100+ European Storm-petrels. Also seen were 3 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Blue Sharks and a Minke Whale.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick Pool, 2 Common Redstarts & a Pied Flycatcher were in Old Town Churchyard, a Wryneck was at Green Farm and 2 Spotted Flycatchers were on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel, 5 Pied Flycatchers, a White Wagtail, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Common Whitethroat and a Barred Warbler.

Bryher – An Icterine Warbler, a Melodious Warbler, 2 Wrynecks, a Yellow Wagtail, a Common Whitethroat, 8 Spotted Flycatchers and 8 Pied Flycatchers.

Tresco – A Green Sandpiper, 25 Greenshank, a Whinchat and a Pied Flycatcher.

At sea – A Great, a Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters and an Ocean Sunfish were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s. The daytime pelagic proved worthwhile logging 2 adult Sabine’s Gulls, 49 Great Shearwaters, 20 European Storm-petrels, 3 Great Skuas and 4 Black Terns, the latter is a scarce bird on Scilly. In the water 3 Ocean Sunfish and a Blue Shark were seen.