Category Archives: SCILLONIAN III Sightings

Friday 12th to Thursday 18th August 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 4 Dunlins & a Green Sandpiper were at Porth Hellick Pool and 6 Sandwich Terns were at Bar Point.

Bryher – 28 Ringed Plover and 3 Willow Warblers.

Inter-island waters – A Mediterranean Gull, 10 Common and 6 Sandwich Terns were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40+ European Storm-petrels, a Sooty Shearwater, 3 Risso’s Dolphins, 3 Ocean Sunfish and 7 Blue Sharkswere seen on an evening pelagic trip.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Mediterranean Gull was off the golf course.

St. Martin’s – A Hooded Crow.

At sea – The daytime pelagic trip produced a Great, a Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 80+ European Storm-petrels, a Sabine’s Gull, an Arctic & 4 Great Skuas, a Minke Whale, 3 Risso’s & 30 Common Dolphins, 10 Harbour Porpoise, 2 Blue Sharks and 5 Ocean Sunfish.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 8 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick and 2 Common Swifts were over the island.

St. Agnes – 12 Common Swifts and a Wheatear.

Bryher – A Dunlin.

Tresco – 20+ Sanderlings, 4 Dunlins, 3 Whimbrels and a Turnstone.

Inter-island waters – 2 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A quiet daytime pelagic trip ( to calm and sunny!) produced 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 20+ European Storm-petrels, 100+ Common Dolphins, 3 Ocean Sunfish and 2 Blue Sharks.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Pied Flycatcher was in the Garrison Pines. 12 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlins, 2 Green Sandpipers and a Common Snipe were at Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – 2 Wood Sandpipers were on the Big Pool.

Tresco –  9 Greenshanks, a Dunlin, a Common & 9 Green Sandpipers, 3 Teal and 3 Common Swifts.

At sea – The short-range pelagic trip in the evening produced a Long-tailed & 2 Great Skuas, a Sooty Shearwater, 40+ European Storm-petrels and 2 Blue Sharks.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An Icterine Warbler was on the Garrison. A Wood & 3 Green Sandpipers, a Whimbrel, a Common Snipe, 12 Greenshanks, 4 Dunlins and 4 Common Swifts were at Porth Hellick. A Kingfisher was on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – A Wood Sandpiper, a Yellow-legged Gull, a Pied Flycatcher, a Wheatear and 4 Common Swifts.

At sea – The short-range pelagic trip in the evening produced a Blue Fulmar and 2 Sooty Shearwater.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Icterine Warbler 5 Common Swifts & 10 Pied Flycatchers were on the Garrison and the Wood Sandpiper was still at Porth Hellick Pool.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Wood, 4 Green & 6 Common Sandpipers, a Common Snipe, 4 Dunlins and 8 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool, nearby a Pied Flycatcher was in Salakee Down pines. A Kingfisher and a Water Rail were on Lower Moors Pool.

St. Agnes – A Melodious Warbler was in the pines by the cricket pitch and the first Wryneck of the autumn was in the Parsonage garden.

At sea – 2 Cory’s, 1 Great & 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 5 Blue Sharks, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 20 Common Dolphins were seen on the short-range pelagic trip.

Birders on the Scillonian III morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s saw a Great, 3 Cory’s, a Sooty & 3 Balearic Shearwaters and 40+ European Storm-petrels. The return trip in the afternoon/early evening produced 2 Great Shearwaters, 12+ European Storm-petrels and a Minke Whale.

Saturday 12th September 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Wryneck, Deep Point, 12.09.15, Martin Goodey

Yellow-browed Warbler, Higher Moors, 12.09.15. Kris Webb

There was an islands-wide influx of Wheatears with lots of birds on most headlands.

St. Mary’s – Yesterday’s Pectoral Sandpiper at Porth Hellick Pool was briefly joined by a second bird which had earlier been seen on Tresco and at Lower Moors, also at Porth Hellick were 10 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Green Sandpipers and 4 Common Snipes. Single Wrynecks were at Deep Point Quarry, Peninnis and in Old Town Churchyard. The second earliest (by a day) Yellow-browed Warbler was in Higher Moors and a Spotted Crake was found in Trench Lane unfortunately dead! 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Greenshanks, a Common Snipe, 2 Whinchats and 2 Siskins. 20 Yellow Wagtails were in the Pelistry fields, 5 Whinchats were at Giant’s Castle, 2 Spotted Flycatchers were at Carn Friars Farm and a Pied Flycatcher was in Holy Vale.

Bryher – 2 Tree Pipits, 6 Whinchats, 3 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher and a Red-backed Shrike.

Tresco – A Ruff, a Knot, a Mediterranean Gull, 2 Common Buzzards, a Spotted Flycatchers and a Pied Flycatcher.

St. Agnes – A Ruff, a Spotted Flycatchers and a Barred Warbler.

St. Martin’s – A Wryneck, a Yellow Wagtail, 4 Whinchats, and a Pied Flycatcher.

At sea – Seen from the Scillonian III were a Balearic & 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 European Storm-petrels, an Arctic Tern and an Arctic Skua.

Spotted Crake, St. Mary’s, 12.09.15, Kris Webb

Tuesday 1st September 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 2 Whinchats, a Spotted & a Pied Flycatcher were on Peninnis, single Pied Flycatchers were at Longstone & Holy Vale and 2 more Whinchats were in Lower Moors. 9 Greenshanks were at Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – There were signs of wader movement with 7 Sanderlings, 10 Whimbrels, 3 Dunlins, a Common Snipe a Redshank and a Common Sandpiper, also on the island was a White Wagtail, a Yellow Wagtail, a Whinchat and a Lesser Whitethroat.

Tresco – 6 Teal, 28 Greenshanks and 3 Common Sandpipers.

At sea – A Pomarine Skua was seen 8 miles east of St. Mary’s from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Friday 27th to Sunday 30th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

Bryher – 7 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Shipman Head.

At sea – 4 Cory’s & 8 Balearic Shearwaters, 15 European Storm-petrels and 2 Grey Phalaropes were seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was on the main pool in Lower Moors.

At sea – A Cory’s Shearwater was seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Buff-breasted Sandpiper flew towards Peninnis Head, the Green Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors, a Wood Warbler was in Carreg Dhu Gardens and a Pied Flycatcher was in Old Town Churchyard.

St. Agnes – A Pied Flycatcher.

 

Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Western Bonelli’s Warbler was seen again in the pines halfway along Sandy Lane.

St. Martin’s – A Dowitcher sp. was reported flying from White Island to Teän, present for a second day.

At sea – An evening pelagic trip 7 miles SE of St. Mary’s produced a Wilson’s Storm-petrel. 400+ European Storm Petrels, a Great & 9 Cory’s Shearwaters, 5 Great Skuas and 7 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

A Cory’s Shearwater, 2 Great Shearwaters, 13 Long-tailed Skuas and a Minke Whale were seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Wryneck was on the Garrison, a Wood Warbler was in the pines midway along Sandy Lane and 2 Ruff & a Green Sandpiper were on Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – A 2 hour sea-watch from Horse Point produced 38 Cory’s, 3 Balearic and 2 Sooty Shearwaters.

At sea – 10 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Sabine’s Gulls and 10 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the afternoon crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance

Wednesday 29th July to Saturday 1st August 2015 IoS Bird Sightings

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Mediterranean Gull was at Porthcressa.

At sea – A Pomarine Skua was seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Green Sandpiper and a Whimbrel.

Tresco – The Common Buzzard was over the cricket ground.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – 3 Common Swifts.

At sea – A Sooty Shearwater, 50+ European Storm-petrels and a Great Skua were seen on a short-range pelagic trip in the evening.

Saturdays birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was in Lower Moors.

At sea – An daytime short-range pelagic trip produced a Balearic & 6 Sooty Shearwaters, 30+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas, an Ocean Sunfish and 6 Blue Sharks

Friday 15th August 2014 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 12 Greenshanks, 3 Green Sandpipers, a Water Rail, 2 Pied Flycatchers and a Spotted Flycatcher were at Porth Hellick. 8 Wheatears were on Peninnis and 3 were on the airfield.

St. Agnes – A Green Sandpiper, a Common Sandpiper, a Dunlin and a Mediterranean Gull.

St. Martin’s – A Whimbrel and 4 Ravens.

At sea – A Cory’s Shearwater was seen from the Scillonian on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s

Wednesday 23rd October 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

FEA’S PETREL – 1 seen by birders returning to the mainland on the Scillonian. It was seen 57 minutes out of St. Mary’s and hence was in Scillonian waters.

SORA RAIL – 1 still on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Short-toed Lark – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Rose-coloured Starling – 1around Buzza Hill and another still on St. Agnes.

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors.

Red-backed Shrike – 1 on Bryher. Continue reading

Saturday 21st September 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – Both the Buff-breasted Sandpiper & the Dotterel were still on the airfield and the Lapland Bunting & a Whinchat were on Peninnis.

St. Agnes – A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling, a Wryneck and a Pied Flycatcher.

At sea – A Sooty Shearwater was seen from the Scillonian on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Friday 20th September 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

Great Shearwater (J.Pender)

St. Mary’s – The first-winter Bonaparte’s Gull was again in Porthcressa Bay briefly and an American Golden Plover and 2 Whimbrels flew over Hugh Town. The Buff-breasted Sandpiper was still on the airfield and was joined by a juvenile Dotterel. The Lapland Bunting was still on Peninnis and a Wryneck & a Whinchat were on the Garrison, where 2 Bar-tailed Godwits flew over. 2 Kingfishers were in Lower Moors, 3 Spotted Flycatchers were in Holy Vale and 7 Greenshanks & 8 Common Snipe were on Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Agnes – A juvenile Rose-coloured Starling, a Pied Flycatcher and a Turtle Dove.

St. Martin’s – 2 Spotted Flycatchers, a Pied Flycatcher and a Turtle Dove.

Bryher – 2 Whinchats and a Spotted Flycatcher.

At sea – Birds seen on a Seven Stones fishing trip were: a Great Shearwater, 3 Balearic Shearwaters, 15 Sooty Shearwaters, a Leach’s Storm-petrel and an adult Sabine’s Gull, also seen was an Ocean Sunfish.

Birders on the Penzance to St. Mary’s Scillonian morning crossing saw: 20 Balearic Shearwaters, 9 Sooty Shearwaters, a Leach’s & 3 European Storm-petrels, a Grey Phalarope and 2 Ocean Sunfish.