All photographs courtesy of Martin Goodey.
All photographs courtesy of Martin Goodey.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in the harbour throughout and the Cetti’s Warbler was seen off and on at Porth Hellick Loop. The juvenile Glaucous Gull was at Porthloo most days and was joined by a juvenile Iceland Gull on Sunday (05/03). A Firecrest was in a Holy Vale garden on Friday (03/3) and a Black Redstart was in the Mermaid Carpark on Monday (06/03).
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay all week and the juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen at Porthloo on Monday (20/02), Thursday (23/02), Friday (24/02) and Sunday (26/02). The Cetti’s Warbler was seen or heard several times during the week, always in the vicinity of Porth Hellick Loop Trail. 8 Sanderlings, a Dunlin and 6 Little Egrets were at Porthloo on Monday (20/02), a pale-bellied Brent Goose was at Pendrathen on Saturday (25/02) and a Balearic Shearwater flew west past Peninnis Head on Sunday (26/02).
The Black-necked Grebes in Town Bay were back to 2 birds by Wednesday (15/02) and remained there for the rest of the week . A juvenile Glaucous Gull was seen at Porthloo on Monday (13/02), Wednesday (15/02) and Sunday (19/02). 6 Mediterranean Gulls were on rocks in Porthcressa Bay on Tuesday (14/02) and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was at Porth Hellick Loop trail on Friday (17/02).
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay until at least Wednesday (08/02) and there was still one on Sunday (12/02). A Great Northern Diver was in Town Bay on Tuesday (07/02) and another was in Porthcressa Bay the same day. On Wednesday (08/02) a Cattle Egret was in a field near the dump on Tresco and also seen on the island was a Firecrest and 2 Short-eared Owls were in the dunes behind Pentle Bay. Also on Wednesday on St. Mary’s a juvenile Glaucous Gull was on Newford Island, Porthloo, the Cetti’s Warbler was still on the Porth Hellick Loop Trail and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was near Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors. On Thursday (09/02) 3 Mediterranean Gulls were at Porthloo, on Saturday (11/02) a juvenile Glaucous Gull was still at Porthloo and on Sunday (12/02) a juvenile Glaucous Gull was feeding in the surf at Watermill.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes remained in Town Bay throughout the fortnight. A Black Redstart was at Little Porth on 23/01. There was a cold weather movement of waders, with 30-40 Lapwings on the Airfield on 26 & 27/01 and probably the same flock at Helvear on 28/01. 4 Golden Plovers were on the Airfield on 26/01 and a Cetti’s Warbler & a Firecrest were on the Porth Hellick Loop Trail on 28/01. There was a small influx of white-winged gulls on 03/02 when an Iceland Gull & Glaucous Gull were at Porthloo and another Iceland Gull & another Glaucous Gull were at Porthcressa.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay throughout the fortnight. On Saturday (14/01) a juvenile Glaucous Gull flew over Porthcressa and it was seen on the rocks there on Friday (20/01). 2 Slavonian Grebes and 10 Great Northern Divers were off Innisidgen on Tuesday (17/01). On Thursday (19/01) a Firecrest was in a garden in Holy Vale and 3 Spoonbills were on Samson. A Kingfisher was at Deep Point on Sunday (22/01) and a boat trip around the islands produced 2 Black-necked Grebes, 2 Slavonian Grebes, 10 Great Northern Divers, a Brent Goose, 2 Spoonbills, 4 Purple Sandpipers & 10 Grey Plovers.
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were again in Town Bay all week and up to 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen or heard in Lower Moors on most days. Only about 3 Black Redstarts seemed to be wintering on St Mary’s. Up to 3 Spoonbills were seen on Green Island, Samson during the week. Great Northern Diver numbers seemed to increase a little with 6+ reported on Sunday (8/1).
A Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard only at Carn Friars on New Year’s Day.
Tuesday (3/1) was a good day with a Waxwing seen flying over Parting Carn, a Red-throated Diver and 3 Slavonian Grebes in Crow Sound, 10+ Common Scoters around the Eastern Isles, the Shoveler at Newford Duck Pond again and a Whimbrel at Pendrathen.
A Black-throated Diver was reported in Crow Sound on Sunday (8/1), when the Whimbrel was again at Pendrathen.
The Glaucous Gull was seen again at Morning Point, St Mary’s on Saturday (24/12).
The 2 Black-necked Grebes were again in Town Bay all week and at least 4 Slavonian Grebes were in Crow Sound.
An unseasonal Willow Warbler was at Little Porth on at least Wednesday (28/12), when the female Shoveler was seen again, this time at Porth Hellick.
2 Yellow-browed Warblers were seen near Shooters’ Pool on both Wednesday (28/12) and Friday (30/12), with 2 Firecrests on at least the first of those dates.
A Brent Goose was on Samson Flats on Thursday (30/12) along with 3 Spoonbills that remained until the end of the year, increasing to 4 on Saturday (31/12).
2 Black-necked Grebes were seen on and off in Town Bay all week and 2 Slavonian Grebes were seen in Crow Sound. Unusually there seemed to be only 2 Black Redstarts on St Mary’s, one each at Porthloo and Porth Cressa.
A Firecrest was photographed in a Holy Vale garden, St Mary’s, on Sunday (18/12).
Early in the week a Glaucous Gull was reported from Gugh and then seen at Morning Point, St Mary’s on Wednesday (21/12).
The first boat to Bryher since early November allowed birders to visit on Thursday (22/12) when 5 Purple Sandpipers were in Stony Porth along with 60+ Curlews and 10+ Sanderlings. A Black Redstart was an unusual record for Bryher in mid-winter and a Kingfisher flew past the Great Pool. Other sightings included ‘the’ Hooded Crow, a Merlin and 2 Ravens.
Also on Thursday (22/12) 5 female Common Scoters were in the Roads and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at New Grimsby, Tresco.