Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th September 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Lesser Yellowlegs, the Temminck’s Stint, 4 Dunlins and a Common Sandpiper were all on Porth Hellick Pool. The Cliff Swallow showed on and off, sometimes very well, in the Porth Hellick/Carn Friars area. A Wryneck was at Parting Carn, 2 Whinchats were at Porth Hellick and another was at Lower Moors.

Tresco – A Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 22 Greenshanks and 3 Redshanks.

At Sea – A daytime pelagic trip produced a Sooty, a Great & 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, an Arctic & 2 Great Skuas, 6 Common Dolphins and an Ocean Sunfish.

Scillonian III – Birders on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s saw 2 Cory’s, 2 Sooty and 2 Balearic Shearwaters. On the return trip 5 European Storm-petrels, a Great & 6 Balearic Shearwaters and a Grey Phalarope were seen.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Cliff Swallow, the Lesser Yellowlegs, the Temminck’s Stint were all still at Porth Hellick. Single Wrynecks were seen at Holy Vale, Halangy Down, Down, the Standing Stones Field at Lower Moors, Bant’s Carn, Higher Moors and Green Farm. A Red-backed Shrike was in the Standing Stone Field, a Dotterel was on the Airfield and a Pied Flycatcher was at Rosehill.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel, 2 Wrynecks and a seawatch produced 23 Cory’s Shearwaters .

At sea – An adult Sabine’s Gull, 53 Cory’s & 15 Great Shearwaters, 40+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas and 2 Blue Sharks were seen on the evening pelagic trip.

The return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance on the Scillonian III produced a Sabine’s Gull, a Leach’s & 12 European Storm-petrels, a Sooty, 2 Great and 17 Cory’s Shearwaters.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Cliff Swallow and the Lesser Yellowlegs were still at Porth Hellick, where there were also a Whinchat and a Kingfisher. The Red-backed Shrike & 2 Whinchats were in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and another was at Green Farm. A Wryneck was on the Garrison, a Kingfisher was in Lower Moors, and a Dotterel was on the Airfield. 5 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Peninnis.

St. Agnes – A Dotterel, a Wryneck, a Kingfisher and 5 Cory’s Shearwaters & a Grey Phalarope flew past the island.

Tresco – A Black-tailed Godwit, a Wryneck, a Spotted and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

At sea – Birds seen on the Scillonian III crossings included an Arctic Tern, a Balearic, a Sooty, 2 Great and 15 Cory’s Shearwaters.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Cliff Swallow and the Lesser Yellowlegs were still at Porth Hellick, also there were a Green & a Common Sandpiper, a Whimbrel, a Whinchat, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Whitethroat, nearby a Lapland Bunting flew over Porth Hellick Down. A Common Whitethroat, was at Deep Point, a Whinchat & 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Mount Todden and a Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat & a Common Whitethroat were at Pelistry. The Red-backed Shrike was still in the Standing Stones Field and nearby a Spotted & a Pied Flycatcher were in Lower Moors. 2 Wrynecks were at Bant’s Carn, 1 was at Telegraph and 1 was on Peninnis, where there were also 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese.

Tresco – A Wryneck and a flyover Lapland Bunting.

Bryher – 3 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, a Wryneck, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Martin’s – 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese and 2 Wrynecks.

At sea – A juvenile Sabine’s Gull was seen from the Scillonian III on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.