Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd May 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern and the Little Ringed Plover were still at Lower Moors. A Night Heron was seen several times in the Porth Hellick/Holy Vale area in the daytime and flew into Shooters’ Pool, Lower Moors late evening.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Little Bittern & the Little Ringed Plover were still at Lower Moors, the Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and 3 Whimbrels were on Old Town Beach.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the island; 1 at the southeast end of the Great Pool and the other on Simpson’s Field, where there were also 2 Blue-headed Wagtails. Also on the island were 25 Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Hobby and a drake Pintail.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Western Bonelli’s Warbler was singing in the hedge on the south side of the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors. Nearby the female Little Bittern was still on Lower Moors Pool, where it was joined late evening by an adult Night Heron. 2 Dotterels & a Golden Plover where on the Golf Course, a Green Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool, a Merlin flew over the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and 19 Whimbrels were on Porthloo Beach.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still at Simpson’s Field and a Ring Ouzel was on the old heliport field.

St. Martin’s – 13 Whimbrels.

Friday 28th to Sunday 30th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Friday’s birds were:

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and also on the island were 20 Ringed Plovers, a Greylag Goose and a Common Buzzard.

St. Mary’s – The Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and the Little Bittern, which had not been seen since Wednesday, reappeared late evening at Lower Moors.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, where there was also a Wood Warbler and a Hoopoe flew over towards Old Town. The Short-toed Lark was still on Peninnis and 8 Whimbrels were on Porthloo, with another 2 at Shark’s Pit.

Tresco – A Black Kite was reported by 2 visiting birders.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern at in Lower Moors was joined by a Little Ringed Plover, a scarce bird on Scilly. A Black Kite flew in off the sea at Porth Hellick and was subsequently seen around the area. A Richard’s Pipit was at Innisidgen (probably the St. Martin’s bird), a Ring Ouzel was on Porth Hellick Down and a Grasshopper Warbler was singing near Star Castle on the Garrison. 20 Whimbrels and 50 Sanderlings were on Porthloo Beach. A Corn Bunting ( a genuine Scilly rarity) was in a field along Pungies Lane, where there was also 5 Tree Pipits.

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Blue-headed Wagtails & a Grey-headed Wagtail were on Simpson’s Field.

St. Martin’s – A Turtle Dove was at Middletown and a Richard’s Pipit flew from near the fire station towards St. Mary’s.

Bryher – A Richard’s Pipit, a Ring Ouzel and 5 Tree Pipits.

Thursday 27th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts were still on the Great Pool and the first Lesser Whitethroat of the year was also on the island.

St. Mary’s – The Short-toed Lark was still showing well on Peninnis, a Golden Oriole flew through Porth Hellick and a Ring Ouzel was on Porth Hellick Down. A Whinchat was at Lower Moors, a Great Northern Diver was in Old Town Bay, 12 Whimbrels were on Porthloo Beach and 4 were on Normandy Down.

St. Martin’s – 10 Whimbrels.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was in The Roads.

Wednesday 26th April 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, where there were also 2 Whinchats. A Golden Oriole flew from Porth Hellick towards Porth Hellick House, a Pied Flycatcher was on the Garrison and the Short-toed Lark & a Ring Ouzel were still on Peninnis.

St. Agnes – 13 Whimbrels, a Merlin and 2 Ring Ouzels.

St. Martin’s – 10+ Whimbrels and a Grasshopper Warbler.

TrescoPochards have bred again, there were 4 drakes, 3 females and 3 young on the Great Pool.

Monday 24th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tresco – The 2 Black-winged Stilts that flew from Lower Moors yesterday were relocated on Simpson’s Field, where there were also 5 Common Sandpipers. A male Common Redstart was at New Grimsby, a Blue-headed Wagtail was with cattle in a field along Pool Road and 2 Common Pochard were on the Great Pool.

St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern was still in Lower Moors, a Short-toed Lark was on Peninnis, a Black Redstart was on the Golf Course, and a male Golden Oriole & a Wood Warbler were in Watermill Cove.

Bryher – A Common Sandpiper, a Merlin, 2 Tree Pipits, 2 Ring Ouzels, a Whinchat, a Wood Warbler, a Grasshopper Warbler and 4 Common Whitethroats

Sunday 23rd April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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St. Mary’s – The female Little Bittern at Lower Moors was joined briefly in the early evening by 2 Black-necked Stilts and a Blue-headed Wagtail. This was the first record of BW Stilts on Scilly since 2005, unfortunately they were only present for 12 minutes before flying off. 5 Ring Ouzels were on Peninnis a another 2 were on the Golf Course. The Wood Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool and a Wood Warbler was opposite Newford Duck Pond. A Fieldfare & a Short-toed Lark flew over Porth Hellick Down in the morning and the Lark was relocated on the Airfield in the evening.

Bryher – A Richard’s Pipit, a Wood Warbler, 4 Ring Ouzels, a Long-eared Owl, a Black Redstart, 3 Grasshopper Warblers a Spotted Flycatcher and a Tree Pipit.

St. Agnes – The Hoopoe was still near St. Warna’s Cove and also on the island were 18 Whimbrels, a Merlin, a Hobby, a White Wagtail & 2 Common Whitethroats.

Tresco – 7 Whimbrels and a Mediterranean Gull.

St. Martin’s – The first Golden Oriole of the year.

Teän – The drake Pintail was still present.

Inter-island waters – 5 Great Northern Divers were in The Roads.

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Purple Heron flew over the airfield, then Porth Hellick, Salakee, Normandy and out to sea. A Wood Sandpiper, a Green Sandpiper & a Common Sandpiper were on Porth Hellick Pool and nearby at the ringing station a Grasshopper Warbler was trapped and ringed. 3 Ring Ouzels were on Peninnis and a Great Northern Diver was offshore, 5 Whimbrels and a Bar-tailed Godwit were on Old Town Beach.

Tresco – Scilly’s 5th Red-rumped Swallow of the spring was over the Great Pool. Also on the island were 3 Common Sandpipers, 2 Black-tailed Godwits, 4 Ring Ouzels and a late Redwing.

St. Agnes – A Hoopoe and the Purple Heron, seen earlier on St. Mary’s, flew over the island.

Bryher – A Dunlin, a White Wagtail and 2 Ring Ouzels.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver, 15+ Dunlins, the first Common Swift of the year, a Yellow Wagtail, a Common Whitethroat and a Lesser Redpoll.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A female Little Bittern was found early evening on the Lower Moors Pool. The Wood Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, a Tree Pipit was trapped and ringed nearby, 3 Ring Ouzels were on Peninnis, a Whimbrel was on Town Beach and a Pied Flycatcher was on the Garrison.

St. Agnes – The Hoopoe, a Merlin, 20+ Whimbrels and 2 Ring Ouzels.

Bryher – A Long-eared Owl, a Merlin, 2 Tree Pipits, a Black Redstart, 4 Ring Ouzels and a Wood Warbler.

St. Martin’s – 2 Great Northern Divers.

Tresco – A Ring Ouzel.

Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Wood Sandpiper, Porth Hellick Pool, 20.04.17, Martin Goodey

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Wood Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool, 2 Whimbrels were at Porthloo, 2 Ring Ouzels were on Porth Hellick Down and 1 was at Carn Morval. A Cuckoo was at Parting Carn and a Grasshopper Warbler was on the Garrison with another opposite Airport Lane.

Bryher – 3 Ring Ouzels and a a Great Northern Diver.

Inter-island Waters – A Great Northern Diver was in The Roads.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – A Bee-eater flew over Middle Town towards Lower Town.

St. Mary’s – A Wood, 2 Green and 2 Common Sandpipers were on Porth Hellick Pool and a Cuckoo was calling. A Turtle Dove was at Parting Carn and single Ring Ouzels were at Carn Friars, Porth Hellick Down, Giant’s Castle and Peninnis.

Bryher – A Whimbrel, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Merlin and a Great Northern Diver.

Tresco – A Black-tailed Godwit.

Inter-island Waters – 4 Great Northern Divers were in The Roads.

Saturday 15th to Tuesday 18th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturdays Birds were:

St Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread and Cheese Cove until 15.45hrs at least when birders left the site. It was not seen again after this date. Nearby a Wryneck was at Carn Weathers and a Great Northern Diver was offshore.

St Mary’s – A Short-eared Owl was flushed on Porth Hellick Down.

Sunday’s Birds were:

St Agnes – A Pied Flycatcher and 2 White Wagtails

Tresco – 2 Whimbrels

St Mary’s – A Great Northern Diver was in the Roads

Tean – A drake Pintail

Inter-Island Waters – 9 Great Northern Divers in The Roads

Monday’s Birds were:

Bryher – A Little Tern, a Grey Plover and a Common Sandpiper

St Mary’s – The first Grasshopper Warbler of the year was at Lower Moors. A phylloscopus warbler giving mixed Chiffchaff/Willow Warbler song at Rosehill was thought to be a hybrid.

St Agnes – 3 Whimbrels

Tuesday’s Birds were:

St Mary’s – a female Marsh Harrier and Common Whitethroat were at Porth Hellick, a Siskin was in Hugh Town and three Ring Ouzels were on Porth Hellick Down. Another two birds were in Salakee Farm Fields

Bryher – A Long-eared Owl, 3 Grasshopper Warblers and 2 Ring Ouzels

Gugh – A Merlin and a Black Redstart

Tresco – 2 Common Sandpipers

St Martin’s – A Grasshopper Warbler