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Latest bird sightings from the Islands

Thursday 23rd April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was not seen until the afternoon when it was on the Big Pool and Great Porth. Also seen were a Wryneck, a female/1st summer male Golden Oriole, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrels, 10 Tree Pipits, 6+ Common Redstarts, a Pied Flycatcher and 10+ Common Whitethroats.

St. Agnes – 2 Common Sandpipers, a Hoopoe at Higher Town, a Short-toed Lark at Castella Down and 2 Ring Ouzels on Wingletang.

St. Mary’s – The long-tailed Duck was still in Porth Mellon Bay and 3 Night Herons again flew form Lower Moors to Porthloo at dusk

Wednesday 22nd April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Great Blue Heron was seen on the Big Pool at first light and then not seen again until late morning when it was found at Popplestone Bay, it then moved back to the Big Pool were it spent the rest of the day. Also seen were a Wryneck, a male Golden Oriole, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Tree Pipits, a Ring Ouzel, a male Whinchat and 2 Grasshopper Warblers.

St. Agnes – A Short-toed Lark, a cracking male Blue-headed Wagtail, a Common Redstart, 2 Black Redstarts, a Ring Ouzel and 15 Whimbrels.

St. Mary’s – 6 Bar-tailed Godwits & 2 Common Sandpipers were at Porthloo and 4 Common Sandpipers were at Porth Hellick. A male Golden Oriole was at Porth Hellick & a female type was in Lower Moors, a Hooded Crow was on Porth Hellick Beach, a Ring Ouzel was on the Golf Course, a Redwing was in Holy Vale and a Hawfinch was in a garden at MacFarland’s Down.

Tresco – The Black Duck and 2 Ring Ouzels.

At sea – On the morning Scillonian crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s 4 Great Skuas were seen. A Hoopoe flew past the ship at 11:00 a.m. so should have been within Scillonian waters.

Tuesday 21st April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

The Great Blue Heron did a tour various locations on Tresco then Bryher, Back to Tresco, then to St. Mary’s – Lower Moors – Old Town Bay finally flying off at dusk towards the Dump Clump.

The rest of Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pied Flycatcher & a Merlin were at Carreg Dhu, a Garden Warbler was on the Garrison, the Long-tailed Duck was still in Hugh Town Harbour, a Wood Sandpiper was at Porth Hellick Pool, a Cuckoo was at Trenoweth and 3 Night Herons flew from Porthloo towards Lower Moors at dusk.

Tresco –The Black Duck was still on Abbey Pool and a Bee-eater flew over. A Night Heron was on the north side of the Great Pool.

Bryher – A Wryneck, a Garden Warbler, a Common Redstart and a Pied Flycatcher. A Bee-eater (probably the bird seen earlier on Tresco) flew over Samson Hill.

St. Agnes – A Ring-billed Gull, 10 Whimbrels, a Skylark, a Black Redstart and a Common Whitethroat.

St. Martin’s – A female Hen Harrier and a Garden Warbler

1st to 4th April 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – the Long-tailed Duck was still in Porthcressa.

Tresco – the Black Duck was seen again on Abbey Pool and the Green-winged Teal was on Great Pool.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – a female Garganey was found at Porth Hellick Pool. At least one Night Heron was seen flying over Carn Gwaval mid-afternoon and also one at Watermill. 3 were then seen at Lower Moors at dusk.

Samson – the Spoonbill was seen again.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – the female Garganey was still at Porth Hellick Pool. The Long-tailed Duck was off the quay in Hugh Town. Single Night Herons were seen during the day at Porth Hellick and Lower Moors. 2 adults and 1 1st/2nd year emerged from the reeds at Porth Hellick at dusk and 1 flew from Lower Moors towards Old Town Bay. A Swallow was at Lower Moors and House Martin and Sand Martin at Porth Hellick.

St. Agnes – a Green Sandpiper was on Little Pool and a Swallow was seen. A Night Heron was reported in the evening.

Tresco – the Black Duck was seen again on Abbey Pool.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – the female Garganey was still at Porth Hellick Pool and the Long-tailed Duck was in Town Bay and briefly in Porth Mellon bay. Night Herons were again seen occasionally during the day. At dusk 3 birds were seen at Porth Hellick and 2 flew from Lower Moors over Porth Mellon towards Porthloo. 1 was seen flying back over Harry’s Walls.

Tresco – 2 Green-winged Teals (both drakes) were seen on Great Pool

Monday 15th to Sunday 21st December 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

Eastern Black Redstart 1 , Shark's Pit, 01.12.14, Martin GoodeyMonday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit.

Tresco – A Long-tailed Duck was off New Grimsby and a Black-necked Grebe was in Appletree Bay.

Bryher – A Long-eared Owl was at Vine Farm

Tuesday’s Birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit, a Yellow-browed Warbler was at Rosehill and single Firecrests were near Porthloo Duck Pond and the Telegraph Road entrance to Lower Moors.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit and 5 Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa/Little Porth

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit, 3 adult Common Gulls and 2 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach. A very unexpected and unseasonal Wryneck was on Peninnis Head.

Samson – A Spoonbill was on Green Island.

Saturday’s birds were:.

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit.

Samson – The Spoonbill was still on Green Island.

Sunday’s birds were:.

St. Mary’s – The Eastern Black Redstart was still at Shark’s Pit and an Iceland Gull was at the Municipal Tip.

Tresco – A Barnacle Goose was on Simpson’s Field