Category Archives: SCILLONIAN III Sightings

Wednesday 21st August 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

St Mary’s – A juvenile Red-backed Shrike & a Pied Flycatcher were in Lower Moors, 8 Greenshanks, a Common & a Green Sandpiper were at Porth Hellick Pool, 2 Pied Flycatchers were in Holy Vale and another was in a garden on high Lanes.

Bryher – The Short-toed Lark was still on Shipman Head Down, also on the island were a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Wheatears.

Inter-island waters – A Cory’s Shearwater was off the Western Rocks.

At Sea – 7 Cory’s Shearwaters were seen from the evening Scillonian crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Monday 19th August 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A Tree Pipit was on the Golf Course.

Bryher – The Short-toed Lark  and 5 Wheatears were on Shipman Head Down.

Tresco 2 Green Sandpipers, 14 Greenshanks, 5 Redshanks and a Black-tailed Godwit  were on the pools. 37 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Great Shearwater, and a Pomarine Skua flew past Kettle Point between 14:25 and 15:15.

St. Martin’s – 40+ Whimbrels, 4 Ravens and 2 Wheatears.

At sea – 18 Cory’s Shearwaters, 12 Great Shearwaters, 40 European Storm-petrels, a Great Skua and 2 Blue Sharks were seen on the evening pelagic trip. 3 Cory’s Shearwaters Skua were seen on the Scillonian crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Sunday 18th August 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – 2 Green Sandpipers and a Common Snipe were in Lower Moors.

Bryher – The Short-toed Lark and the juvenile Dotterel were still on Shipman Head Down.

Tresco – A Purple Heron flew over Abbey Gardens, also on the island were 5 Sanderlings.

At sea – Birds seen on a daytime pelagic trip  included 18 Cory’s, 16 Great & 60 European Storm-petrels and an Arctic  Skuas also 3 Blue Sharks were caught tagged & releases and 4 Ocean Sunfish were seen. 5 Great Shearwaters, 5 Cory’s Shearwaters,  3 Balearic Shearwaters,  100 European Storm-petrels, and a Great Skua were seen on the Scillonian crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday 17th August 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – A female Common Redstart and 2 Crossbills were along the Dead Pine Walk on the Garrison.

At sea – A daytime pelagic trip produced 2 Cory’s, 12 Great & 20 Manx Shearwaters, 150 European Storm-petrels and 3 Great Skuas. 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 20 European Storm-petrels, a Great Skuas  and a Grey Phalarope were seen on the Scillonian crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance

Friday 16th August 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

Bryher – The Short-toed Lark and the juvenile Dotterel were still on Shipman Head Down.

At sea – Birders on the evening pelagic trip saw a Cory’s Shearwater a Great Shearwater, 200 European Storm-petrels, 2 Great Skuas, 5 Arctic Terns, 50 Common Dolphins, 3 Blue Sharks and 2 Ocean Sunfish. 2 Cory’s Shearwaters were seen on the Scillonian crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Sunday 4th August 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

 

Cory's Shearwater (J.Pender)

St. Mary’s – A Sooty, a Balearic & 5 Cory’s Shearwaters and 2 Great Skuas flew past Peninnis and another Cory’s Shearwater flew past Deep Point.

Samson – 20 Curlews and 12 Sanderlings.

Teän – 90 Curlews.

At sea – A Balearic & 4 Great Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian on the crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s and a Sooty Shearwater & a Great Shearwater were seen on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Monday 8th April 2013 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The 6 Greenland White-fronted Geese were on Porth Hellick Pool and nearby the Little Ringed Plover was on the beach before returning to Lower Moors.

Tresco – The 3 Ring-necked Ducks, a Tufted Duck & a Pochard were all still on the Great Pool. There was a good selection of raptors on the island with 2 Common Buzzards, 2 Sparrowhawks, 2 Peregrines and a Merlin. Also present were 2 Swallows, a House Martin, 5 Fieldfares, a Redwing and 4 Brambling.

At sea – 2 Arctic Terns, 15 Manx Shearwater and 5 Kittiwakes were seen from the Scillonian between St. Mary’s and Wolf Rock.

Friday 4th September 2009 IoS Bird Reports

St. Mary’s – 9 Greenshank and a dunlin at Porth Hellick Pool, Greenshank at Old Town, 8 Wheatear on the airfield & 4 on Peninnis, 3 Pied Wagtail at Porthcressa and a Pied Flycatcher at Tremelethen. Elsewhere, 2 Grey Phalaropes were on the sea between the Garrison and St. Agnes.

Tresco– 20+ Sanderling

Scillonian Crossing – Penzance to St. Mary’s – 2 Sabine’s Gulls, Leach’s Petrel, Balearic Shearwater, 80+ Manx Shearwaters, Arctic Skua and Great Skua.

Monday 24th August 2009 IoS Bird Reports

St. Mary’s*LESSER YELLOWLEGS* still at Porth Hellick Pool. Also Ruff, 6 Greenshank, 1 Green & 2 Common Sandpipers and an adult & juvenile Water Rail. 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Porthloo and Nightingale, 2 Pied & 4 Spotted Flycatchers on the Garrison. Whinchat & Wheatear on Peninnis

At seaCory’s and 2 Balearic Shearwaters from the Scillonian on the morning crossing from Penzance to Hugh Town

A very quiet evening pelagic produced just 30 European Storm-petrels, a Great Skua, 1 Sooty and 6 Manx Shearwaters.

Submission of Records from Scillonian crossings.

There is now a facility on BirdTrack for observers to submit their sightings from the Scillonian crossings. There are two new sites for Cornwall which are “At sea: Penzance to St Mary’s” and “At sea: Penzance to Wolf Rock”, and two new sites for Scilly “ At sea: St Mary’s to Penzance” and “At sea: St Mary’s to Wolf Rock

It would be most useful if records could be entered as “At sea: Penzance to Wolf Rock” or “At sea: St Mary’s to Wolf Rock”, this would enable records to be assigned to Cornwall or Scilly appropriately. If however you are unsure as to the location of a sighting, the record should still be of use and should be entered as “At sea: Penzance to St Mary’s” or “ At sea: St Mary’s to Penzance”

BirdTrack can be found at http://www.bto.org/birdtrack/