The Isles of Scilly Bird Group is pleased to announce that Paul Sterry has taken on the responsibility of editor of the annual Review. The design and layout of the Review will be handled by David Price-Goodfellow of D&N Publishing; ISBG Officers will be assisting during this transition year. Both Paul and Dave have long associations with Scilly (30+ years) and are experienced natural historians and birders. So the ISBG are confident that the future of Review is in good hands. In addition to his editorial role, Paul will be responsible for coordinating photographs used in the Review. Before submitting text or images, please contact Paul for guidelines at: firstname.lastname@example.org ”
Nigel and Danni Hudson have decided to take time out from editing the report and our sincere thanks go to them for all their hard work in producing the ISBG’s superb report and acting as Editor, Membership Secretary and Recorder for the ISBG. We wish them well in their future endeavours.
The bird log will again be held in the Scillonian Club from Monday October 3 to Friday October 28. The usual temporary trails will be open in October these are:
Peninnis Farm Trail which runs from half way down King Edwards Road (the central track along Peninnis) through the fields to Old Town Bay.
Sunnyside Trail which runs from Telegraph Road, just opposite the access gate to Shooters’ Pool across farmland finishing near 4 Lanes.
Tremelethen Trail which runs from Parting Carn through the wood and across fields to Salakee Farm.
There trails on The Garrison, which the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust have cut through the pines are still permanently open.
In 2010 there was one new species White-throated Sparrow which made it 433. But now the BOURC have come along and added two more:- Siberian Stonechat & Hudsonian Whimbrel.
In their latest press release the following splits have been recommended:
Hudsonian Whimbrel Numenius hudsonicus , seen in September 2008
Siberian Stonechat Saxicola maurus, approximately 16 records, first 1978
The Stonechat will need a bit more research to allocate all the Scilly sightings but the recommendation of BOURC is that both the old sub sp maurus & stejnegeri are included in the new species S. maurus. However the species is polytypic and itself will have comprise subspecies maurus, variegatus, armenicus, indicus, stejnegeri and przewalskii.
Others of you may be interested that 4 members of the Hippolais have been assigned a new genus Iduna. They are Booted & Eastern Olivaceous (both on Scilly list) and Thick-billed & Syke’s (to be found this October).
It is a full an interesting report and includes further taxonomic changes to, amongst others, the genus of Siberian Thrush, and the splitting of Water Rail into 2 species and potentially the allocating of the Southern Oceans’ skua (rescued here in 2001) to one of 3 new skua species.
Secretary – British Birds Rarities Committee
For those of you that are Facebook users, we now have an ISBG page to compliment our own website. Follow the link below:
St. Mary’s – A Mistle Thrush in fields above Holy Vale, a drake Pintail and a pair of Wigeon on Porth Hellick Pool and 25+ Chiffchaffs at Porthloo.
Samson – 2 Spoonbills
The 2010 bird gallery has recently been updated with some images of the bird highlights so far of the Scilly season. Click on the Galleries link at the top of the page to view shots of Black-eared Wheatear, Pied Wheatear, American Golden Plover, Spotted Sandpiper and more…………
The bird log will again be held in the Scillonian Club from Monday October 4 to Friday October 29. The usual temporary trails will be open in October these are:
Peninnis Farm Trail – which runs from half way down King Edwards Road (the central track along Peninnis) through the fields to Old Town Bay.
Sunnyside Trail – which runs from Telegraph Road, just opposite the access gate to Shooters’ Pool across farmland finishing near 4 Lanes.
Tremelethen Trail – which runs from Parting Carn through the wood and across fields to Salakee Farm.
There are also several permanently open trails on The Garrison, which the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust have cut through the pines. Please stick to nominated trails and respect the privacy of the islands landowners and residents.
Have you booked your accommodation yet for the 2010 Scilly Season? If not then take a look at Carn Ithen. Run by the IoS Recorder (aka BBRC Secretary) it offers great breakfasts, comfy beds and is in a superb location within yards of Lower Moors and Old Town bay. Click HERE for further information and booking.
St. Mary’s – A Ruff, 7 Greenshank, 4 Green & 3 Common Sandpipers. A sea-watch from Giant’s Castle produced 100+ Manx Shearwater, a Great Shearwater, a European Storm-petrel & a Basking Shark.
St. Agnes – The Lesser Yellowlegs was still commuting between the Big Pool and Porth Killier.
The African Bird Club is making available for purchase a number of the orginal plates from The Birds of Africa which Martin Woodcock has refused to sell until recently. You can view the paintings at
or via the ABC home page at
This is a great opportunity to own a original painting from one of the most significant works to be published in recent years.
I hope you will take advantage of this rare opportunity.
African Bird Club