Fea’s Petrel (R.Mawer)
Pelagic trip – A quiet evening, with just 80+ European Storm-petrels showing well, was enlivened with the landing of a 150 lb + Blue Shark and stunning views of a **FEA’S PETREL** as it flew around the boat for about 5 minutes
Tresco – A Teal, a Ruff, a Common Sandpiper and the first Pectoral Sandpiper of the autumn.
St. Mary’s – A Common Sand was at Porthloo and 20 Wheatears were at Giant’s Castle.
A quiet start to the month with the first report recieved on the 7th when the Gyr was seen again on Tresco. The first Wheatear of the year was also seen on Tresco the same day. Continue reading
A very quiet month as expected with few reports. The first day of the month saw Slavonian Grebe, Black-troated Diver and thirteen Bar-tailed Godwits around St Martin’s. Continue reading
The first day of the New Year saw the Black-necked Grebe on the Bryher side of Tresco Channel and the Black Duck was again seen on the Abbey Pool. Continue reading
Lingering rarities from November included the Green-winged Teal at Porth Hellick Pool and the Sabines gull at Little Porth. The Black-necked Grebe and Long-tailed Duck were still at Tresco on the 1st and a Firecrest was at Porth Hellick Loop on the 3rd. Continue reading
The Olive-backed Pipit remained at Sunnyside trail on the 1st of the month and the Bluethroat was reported from the Rosehill end of the Lower Moors trail. Yellow-browed warblers were at Porth Hellick Loop and Shooters Pool and the Siberian Chiffchaff was at Higher Moors. Continue reading
October 2009 will no doubt class in many birders minds as one of the worst Scilly seasons on record as far as rare birds are concerned. The beauty of the islands and the great atmosphere that is experienced annually at this time of year though, still makes the journey to the Scillys worth while and whilst there were no ‘megas’ there were still plenty of scarce migrants to keep you ‘ticking over’. Continue reading
A Quiet start to the month with a Dotterel on Bryher and a Corncrake flushed at Porth Hellick being the only birds of note in the first five days. The 6th saw the first autumn migrants arrive with a Melodious Warbler on St Mary’s and a Wryneck on Bryher. Continue reading
A relatively quiet month with most of the interest focused on the seasons Pelagic trips. Julys’ Marsh Sandpiper was still in residence at Porth Hellick Pool on the 1st and remained there until the 7th. Continue reading
The Mistle Thrush remained on the Golf course, St Mary’s on the 1st and two Common Swifts flew over. Annet held two hundred and ten Manx Shearwaters on 2nd and a Lapwing and two Common Swift were over St Martin’s. Continue reading