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.