Category Archives: Bird Sightings

Thursday 18th and Friday 19th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern, a Golden Oriole and a Lesser Redpoll were at Lower Moors. The Woodchat Shrike was still on Porth Hellick Down and then flew to fields behind the hides at Porth Hellick. A female Marsh Harrier flew over the airfield.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors and the Night Heron flew from Porth Hellick towards Holy Vale. The female Marsh Harrier flew over Rocky Hills and Lower Moors.

Bryher – A Black-tailed Godwit.

Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still on the pool at Lower Moors and the Night Heron flew from the reeds at 21:20. A Whinchat was on Peninnis, a Hooded Crow was on the Golf Course, an Osprey was seen from MacFarland’s Down and a Hobby was over Porth Hellick.

Bryher – A Golden Oriole, a magnificent full summer Grey Plover, a Whinchat, 12 Spotted Flycatchers and 14 Common Whitethroats.

St. Martin’s – A Golden Plover, a Hobby and probably the same Osprey that was seen from MacFarland’s Down.

Tresco – A Common Buzzard.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was seen from the Scillonian III off the Eastern Isles. Another 15 Great Northern Divers, 5 Common Terns and 450+ Manx Shearwaters were seen on the ‘Shearwater Special’ trip in the evening. Continue reading

Monday 8th to Wednesday 10th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Great Northern Divers,The Roads, (Joe Pender)

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors and the Night Heron was seen there in the, flying from Shooters’ Pool towards the Dump Clump. The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was still in the hedge that runs from the Standing Stones Field to the field opposite Nowhere. A Dotterel was still on the Golf Course, a Merlin flew over Hugh Town harbour and a Grasshopper Warbler was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. A Golden Oriole was near Porthloo chalets and 11 Common Swifts were over Lower Moors in the evening.

St. Agnes – 4 Dunlins, 2 Turtle Doves, 2 Common Swifts, a Richard’s Pipit, a Ring Ouzel, a late Redwing, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Common Redstart, 6 Common Whitethroats and a Siberian Chiffchaff.

Bryher – A Grey Plover, a Nightingale was singing early morning and a Great White Egret flew south at 16:00.

Gugh – A Whinchat.

Tresco – 2 Grey Plovers and 9 Dunlins.

Teän – A Bar-tailed Godwit.

Inter-island Waters – 14 Great Northern Divers were in The Roads Continue reading

Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern was still on Lower Moors Pool early morning and the Night Heron was seen on Shooters’ Pool at 07:15 and on the main pool in the evening before flying towards the Dump Clump. The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was in a hedge in the field opposite Nowhere cottage. A Richard’s Pipit was seen in the morning in a field near the Health Centre before flying towards Peninnis Head, it was the seen in the afternoon at Bant’s Carn and then flew towards the Golf Course. 2 Dotterels and a summer-plumage Golden Plover were on the Golf Course.

Bryher – A Turtle Dove.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was in The Roads.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Night Heron was seen again early morning on Lower Moors. The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was still in the hedge on the south side of the Standing Stones Field, the 2 Dotterels were still on the golf course and a Pied Flycatcher was in the Garrison Pines.

Tresco – The 2 Black-necked Stilts and a Blue-headed Wagtail were still on the Great Pool.

St. Agnes – A Golden Oriole was in elms near the entrance to the Parsonage.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Richard’s Pipit & a male Dotterel where on the Golf Course and the female Little Bittern & a Night Heron were in Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – A Black Redstart

Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern and the Little Ringed Plover were still at Lower Moors. A Night Heron was seen several times in the Porth Hellick/Holy Vale area in the daytime and flew into Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors late evening.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern & the Little Ringed Plover were still at Lower Moors, the Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and 3 Whimbrels were on Old Town Beach.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the island; 1 at the southeast end of the Great Pool and the other on Simpson’s Field, where there were also 2 Blue-headed Wagtails. Also on the island were 25 Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Hobby and a drake Pintail.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Western Bonelli’s Warbler was singing in the hedge on the south side of the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors. Nearby the female Little Bittern was still on Lower Moors Pool, where it was joined late evening by an adult Night Heron. 2 Dotterels & a Golden Plover where on the Golf Course, a Green Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool, a Merlin flew over the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and 19 Whimbrels were on Porthloo Beach.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still at Simpson’s Field and a Ring Ouzel was on the old heliport field.

St. Martin’s – 13 Whimbrels.

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Friday’s birds were:

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and also on the island were 20 Ringed Plovers, a Greylag Goose and a Common Buzzard.

St. Mary’s – The Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and the Little Bittern, which had not been seen since Wednesday, reappeared late evening at Lower Moors.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, where there was also a Wood Warbler and a Hoopoe flew over towards Old Town. The Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and 8 Whimbrels were on Porthloo, with another 2 at Shark’s Pit.

Tresco – A Black Kite was reported by 2 visiting birders.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern at in Lower Moors was joined by a Little Ringed Plover, a scarce bird on Scilly. A Black Kite flew in off the sea at Porth Hellick and was subsequently seen around the area. A Richard’s Pipit was at Innisidgen (probably the St. Martin’s bird), a Ring Ouzel was on Porth Hellick Down and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing near Star Castle on the Garrison. 20 Whimbrels and 50 Sanderlings were on Porthloo Beach. A Corn Bunting ( a genuine Scilly rarity) was in a field along Pungies Lane, where there was also 5 Tree Pipits.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blue-headed Wagtails & a Grey-headed Wagtail were on Simpson’s Field.

St. Martin’s – A Turtle Dove was at Middletown and a Richard’s Pipit flew from near the fire station towards St. Mary’s.

Bryher – A Richard’s Pipit, a Ring Ouzel and 5 Tree Pipits.

Thursday 27th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was also on the island.

St. Mary’s – The Short-toed Lark was still showing well on Peninnis, a Golden Oriole flew through Porth Hellick and a Ring Ouzel was on Porth Hellick Down. A Whinchat was at Lower Moors, a Great Northern Diver was in Old Town Bay, 12 Whimbrels were on Porthloo Beach and 4 were on Normandy Down.

St. Martin’s – 10 Whimbrels.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was in The Roads.

Wednesday 26th April 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, where there were also 2 Whinchats. A Golden Oriole flew from Porth Hellick towards Porth Hellick House, a Pied Flycatcher was on the Garrison and the Short-toed Lark & a Ring Ouzel were still on Peninnis.

St. Agnes – 13 Whimbrels, a Merlin and 2 Ring Ouzels.

St. Martin’s – 10+ Whimbrels and a Grasshopper Warbler.

TrescoPochards have bred again, there were 4 drakes, 3 females and 3 young on the Great Pool.