Category Archives: SEABIRD PELAGICS (see

Times, dates and sightings from Seabird Pelagics off the Isles of Scilly

Thursday 20th May 2010 IoS Bird Reports

St. Mary’s – A Quail at Porth Hellick, a Spotted Flycatcher in Lower Moors, 2 White Wagtails at the quay, 3 Turtle Dove along Sandy Lane and another near Buzza Tower. An immature male Marsh Harrier was seen over both Higher and Lower Moors.

Tresco – A Red-breasted Merganser, a Common Gull, a Pintail, a Jackdaw and a Raven.

St. Agnes A Bar-tailed Godwit and a Turtle Dove.

Samson – A Roseate Tern and a female Marsh Harrier.

St. Martin’s – A Raven flew over the cricket pitch in the evening.

Annet – A Spotted Flycatcher.

The first evening pelagic of the year produced a Great Skua, 20 European Storm-petrel, 15 Manx Shearwater and rather unusually for a pelagic trip a female Pied Flycatcher & a Garden Warbler.

Thursday 23rd July 2009 IoS Bird Reports

All of todays birds were at sea. A Great Skua and 100 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III morning trip (Penzance to St. Mary’s) and A dark phase Pomarine Skua and 80 European Storm-petrels on the Scillonian III evening trip (St. Mary’s to Penzance).

Scilly Pelagics – Todays all-day pelagic produced at least 5 *WILSON’S STORM-PETREL*, 80+ European Storm-petrels, an adult Sabine’s Gull, 6 Manx, 2 Balearic and 2 Great Shearwaters. Also,  a 120-130 lb Blue Shark was landed, tagged and released.

Saturday 18th July 2009 IoS Bird Reports

St. Mary’sCommon Sandpiper (3) and an ‘islandica’ Black-tailed Godwit at Porth Hellick Pool today.

Scilly Pelagics – This evenings Pelagic 8 miles SE of St. Mary’s produced – 1 Cory’s Shearwater, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 20 Manx Shearwater, 3 Great and 1 Pomarine Skua, 70 European Storm-Petrels and a Sabine’s Gull.

Saturday 4th July IoS Bird Reports

No news from the islands themselves but this evenings pelagic 6 miles south of St. Mary’s produced the second record in British waters of SCOPOLI’S SHEARWATER. Scopoli’s Shearwater is the Mediterranean subspecies of Cory’s Shearwater and is a candidate for future splitting. The first record was also in Scillonian waters on a pelagic on 02/08/04. Also seen were European Storm-Petrel (40+), Great Skua, Manx Shearwater (4), Ocean Sunfish and Blue Shark.