Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Video Footage of last nights incredible Pelagic trip (courtesy of Bob Flood via Youtube)

Birders lucky enough to be on the short-range evening pelagic trip on the 3rd experienced the best ever Scilly pelagic. A shoal of about 20 Bluefin Tuna were hunting and the waters and skies around then were filled with huge numbers of Shearwaters: 750+ Great, 250+ Cory’s, 350+ Sooty, 3 Balearic and 3000+ Manx Shearwaters were in a feeding frenzy. Also seen were 15+ Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 150 European Storm-petrels, 5 Great Skuas and 8 Arctic Terns

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 27 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Point between 17:20 and 18:50. 10 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 8 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Point.

At sea – 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 100+ Cory’s, 80+ Great, 60+ Sooty and 3 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III at 17:30 on the crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.