Category Archives: Bird Sightings

Saturday 28th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Wilson’s Snipe – The candidate under discussion was at Porth Hellick Pool.

Siberian Oystercatcher – Another bird under discussion, it was reported from Porth Mellon.

Surf Scoter – Still present off New Grimsby, Tresco.

Little Bunting – 1 at Trewince and it or another at Normandy.

Richard’s Pipit – 1 at Popplestone Bay, Bryher.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 2 in Rosehill Memorial Gardens, 1 near Spero’s Restaurant, Porth Mellon and 1 at Porthloo Lane/Telegraph junction.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 5 in Lower Moors, 3 on Porthloo Lane, 1 on Tresco and 1 caught and ringed at Porth Hellick

Yellow-browed Warbler, A. Hannington

Hawfinch – 3 at Porthloo Lane/Telegraph junction and 1 Lower Moors.

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Friday 27th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Friday’s log, the last one of the Scilly Season:

Surf Scoter – Yesterday’s bird was in Porth Mellon at 08:30 it then flew out to sea and was relocated between Bryher and Tresco.

Surf Scoter, S.Brayshaw

Red-throated Pipit – 1 flew from Star Castle towards Newman Pottery.

Dusky Warbler – 2 still in Lower Moors and 1 on Gugh.

American Golden Plover – 1 in the Telegraph/High Lanes area.

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Thursday 26th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Thursday’s log:

Grey-cheeked Thrush – 1 was found on St. Martin’s, unfortunately it disappeared and was only seen by the 2 original finders.

Surf Scoter – 1 was at Porthloo it then flew out to sea and was relocated in the Roads, paying a brief  visit to Porthcressa Bay

Dusky Warbler – 1 still in Lower Moors.

Little Bunting – 1 still on St. Agnes, 1 at Pelistry and it or another at Kittydown.

Melodious Warbler – 1 at the Sandy Lane end of Holy Vale.

Common Rosefinch – 1 on St. Agnes.

Bluethroat – 1 on Bryher.

Water Pipit – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Water Pipit, M.Goodey

Spoonbill – 2 on Samson.

Hawfinch –  8 on St. Mary’s, 1 on Bryher, 4 on St. Agnes and 4 on St. Martin’s.

Lapland Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

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Tuesday 24th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Dusky Warbler – 2 still in Lower Moors.

Little Bunting – 1, possibly 2 on St. Agnes.

Hawfinch –  2 Carreg Dhu Gardens, 1 Telegraph, 1 Green Lane, 2 St. Agnes, 1 Tresco and 1 St. Martin’s

Yellow-browed Warbler – 7 on St. Mary’s, 2 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes.

Water Pipit – 1 again on Porth Hellick Beach.

Firecrest – 13 on St. Mary’s and 4 on Tresco.

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Monday 23rd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Last week’s presumed Western Orphean Warbler has been re-identified from photographs as an Eastern Orphean Warbler, the first record for Britain!

A selection from Monday’s log:

Penduline Tit  – 1was heard in Lower Moors.

Dusky Warbler – 2, possibly 3, in Lower Moors, 2 near Shooters’ Pool and 1  was seen by the pumping station at the Trench Lane end early evening

Little Bunting – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Hawfinch – 1 Telegraph and 1 Green Lane.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 6 on St. Mary’s and 1 on Bryher.

Water Pipit – 1 again on Porth Hellick Beach.

Firecrest – 14 on St. Mary’s and 4 on St. Agnes.

Balearic Shearwater – 1 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

European Storm-petrel – 2 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Leach’s Storm-petrel – 4 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Snow Bunting – 2 Deep Point.

Whooper Swan – 4 on Bryher.

Pink-footed Goose – 6 on Tresco.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Whimbrel – 2 Porth Hellick, 1 Porthloo and 1 Giant’s Castle.

Bar-tailed Godwit – 3 on Bryher.

Great Skua – 2 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Mediterranean Gull – 1 Porthcressa, 2 Porthloo and 2 Morning Point.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 Porthloo and 1 morning point.

Merlin –  1 Porthloo and 1 Porth Hellick Down.

Hooded Crow – 1 Bryher.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 Higher Moors.

Common Whitethroat – 1 Higher Moors.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 at Salakee.

Black Redstart – 13 on St. Mary’s and 4 on St. Agnes.

Yellow Wagtail – 1 St. Agnes.

Siskin – 80+ on St. Mary’s.

Reed Bunting – 1 Porth Hellick.

 

Sunday 22nd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Sunday’s log:

Siberian Oystercatcher – The bird thought by some to be this subspecies was still on Porthloo Beach.

Dusky Warbler – 2 in Lower Moors, 1 near Shooters’ Pool and 1 by the carpark at Trench Lane moving to bushes by the pumping station

Little Bunting – 1 on Port Hellick Down.

Bullfinch – 1 flew from Peninnis towards Old Town, this is a very scarce bird on Scilly.

Hawfinch – 4 at the Riding Stables, 1 Pelistry, 1 Content and 1 Tresco.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 4 on St. Mary’s, 2 on St. Agnes and 1 on Gugh.

Siberian Chiffchaff  1 still on Higher Moors.

Water Pipit – 1 again on Porth Hellick Beach.

Firecrest – 20 on St. Mary’s, 7 on St. Agnes and 2 on Tresco.

Sabine’s Gull – 1 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s

Snow Bunting – 2 Deep Point.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Wigeon – 1 Great Pool, Tresco.

Common Scoter – 6 off Tresco.

Great Northern Diver – 1 Porth Hellick Bay, 1 Porthcressa, 3 Tresco and 1 St. Martin’s.

Little Grebe – 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Golden Plover – 5 Old Town.

Whimbrel – 2 Pendrethen, 1 Porthcressa and 1 Toll’s Island.

Jack Snipe – 1 Toll’s Island.

Great Skua – 1 past Peninnis.

Mediterranean Gull – 1 Porthcressa and 3 Tresco Channel.

Merlin –  1 Lower Moors, 1 Porthloo and 1 Tresco.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 Higher Moors.

Ring Ouzel – 1 on St. Agnes.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 at Salakee.

Pied Flycatcher – 1 Little Porth.

Black Redstart – 8 on St. Mary’s.

Common Redstart– 1 on St. Agnes.

Whinchat – 1 Longstone and 1 Content.

Brambling – 1 St. Agnes.

Siskin – 12 Rocky Hill, 11 Longstone, 3 Holy Vale, 30+ on Tresco and 2 on St. Agnes.

Saturday 21st October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

After a very windy day not a lot was called at the log, the highlights were:

Wilson’s Snipe – The bird thought to be a possible candidate for this species was still on Port Hellick Pool.

Siberian Oystercatcher – Again another putative bird of this subspecies was on Porthloo Beach.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Hawfinch – 1 Green Lane.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 Newford Duck Pond, 1 Holy Vale and 1 on St. Agnes.

Siberian Chiffchaff  1 Higher Moors.

Firecrest – 6 on St. Mary’s.

Leach’s Storm-Petrel  – 3 in the Roads.

Snow Bunting – 1 Deep Point.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Great Northern Diver – 1 of Toll’s Island.

Whimbrel – 1 Porth Hellick Beach.

Great Skua – 1 past Peninnis and 1 flew over Higher Moors.

Mediterranean Gull – 3 Porthcressa and 2 Porthloo.

Short-eared Owl – 1 on St. Agnes.

Merlin –  1 Giant’s Castle, 1 Porthcressa and 1 flew from Old Town towards Peninnis.

Common Whitethroat  1 Porthloo Lane.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 at Salakee and 1 on the Tremelethen Trail.

Pied Flycatcher – 1 Little Porth and 1 Lower Broome.

Black Redstart – 3 on St. Mary’s and 2 on St. Agnes.

Siskin – 4 Holy Vale and 1 Peninnis.

Friday 20th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Friday’s log:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – A moribund bird was on the lawn opposite Grimlington Farmhouse, St. Agnes.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, S.Brayshaw

Western Orphean Warbler – After going missing for 2 days it was seen again on St. Agnes.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Marsh Warbler – 1 in the Fruit Cage, St. Agnes.

Corncrake – 1 in fields on the eastern side of Peninnis.

Hawfinch – 1 on the Garrison and 2 on Tresco.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 Newford Duck Pond and 2 on St. Agnes.

Firecrest – 4 on St. Mary’s and 3 on St. Agnes.

Grey Phalarope – 1 seen from the Scillonian III.

Sooty Shearwater – 1 seen from the Scillonian III.

Balearic Shearwater – 1 seen from the Scillonian III.

Leach’s Storm-Petrel  – 2 seen from the Scillonian III.

European Storm-Petrel  – 3 seen from the Scillonian III.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Woodcock – 1 Lower Moors.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 between St. Agnes and St. Mary’s.

Merlin –  1 on St. Mary’s and 1 on St. Agnes.

Fieldfare – The first of the autumn were 3 at Pelistry.

Pied Flycatcher – 2 on St. Mary’s and 2 on St. Agnes.

Black Redstart – 2 on St. Mary’s and 4 on St. Agnes.

Common Redstart – 1 at Bant’s Carn and 1 on St. Agnes.

Yellow Wagtail – 1 on St. Agnes.

Brambling – 1 on St. Agnes

Siskin – 2 Peninnis and 2 St. Agnes.

Reed Bunting – 1 St. Agnes.

Thursday 19th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Wilson’s Snipe – The bird thought probably to be this species was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Water Pipit – 1 on Porth Hellick Beach.

Corncrake – 1 in fields on the eastern side of Peninnis.

Corncrake, T.Collinson

Hawfinch – 37 Longstone.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 3 on St. Mary’s and 1 on St. Agnes.

Firecrest – 5 on St. Mary’s.

Whooper Swan – 3 on Porth Hellick Pool then flew out to sea.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Wigeon – 1 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Pintail – A drake on Abbey Pool, Tresco.

Great Northern Diver – 2 in the Roads.

Little Grebe – 1 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Jack Snipe – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool.

Mediterranean Gull – 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco and 2 at Porthloo.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 on Taylor’s Island.

Merlin –  1 around St. Mary’s and 2 Tresco.

Black Redstart – 5 on St. Mary’s and 5 on St. Agnes.

Siskin – 17 at Carn Gwaval and 2 Holy Vale.

Reed Bunting – 1 at Porth Hellick.