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

Thursday 13th and Friday 14th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread & Cheese Cove and there was also a Ring Ouzel on the island.

St. Mary’s – The first Cuckoo of the year was at Rosehill, 2 Ring Ouzels were on Helvear and another was on the Golf Course, where there was also a Jackdaw.

St. Agnes – The male Pied Flycatcher was still at Covean.

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

Friday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread & Cheese Cove and a Ring Ouzel was at Upper Town.

St. Agnes – The male Pied Flycatcher was still at Covean and 2 Ring Ouzels were on Wingletang Down

St. Mary’s – 5 Whimbrels were off Porth Hellick, the Jackdaw was still on the Golf Course and a Siskin was at Trenoweth.

Bryher – A Common Sandpiper, a Merlin and a late Redwing.

Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s Birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush was still at Bread and Cheese Cove and also there were 2 Ring Ouzels.

St. Mary’s – The Purple Heron was still on the pool at Lower Moors.

St. Agnes – The Western Subalpine Warbler was still near the Coastguards Cottages and elsewhere on the island were 4 Whimbrels, 3 White Wagtails, a Tree Pipit, and a Ring Ouzel.

Tresco – A Red-rumped Swallow was at the New Grimsby.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The Rock Thrush and a Ring Ouzel were still at Bread and Cheese Cove.

Tresco – A Woodchat Shrike was near the New Inn.

St. Mary’s – A Ring Ouzel was on the Golf Course and another was on Peninnis. A Jackdaw (a scarce bird on Scilly) was at Sunnyside.

St. Agnes – A Pied Flycatcher was at Covean.

Sunday 9th and Monday 10th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Sunday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – A male ROCK THRUSH was seen by a visiting birder staying on the island.

St. Mary’s – The Purple Heron was still at Lower Moors, where it was joined by a drake Garganey.

St. Agnes – A male Western Subalpine Warbler was in near the Coastguard Cottages and a Hoopoe was behind The Turk’s Head pub. Also a Black Redstart was on the island.

Annet – 5 Great Northern Divers were offshore.

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

Monday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – The male ROCK THRUSH was relocated by the original finder near the Daymark. Birders arriving from St. Mary’s found the bird at Perpitch Where it was joined briefly by a Wryneck. It then went missing for a couple of hours until was found again at Bread and Cheese Cove, much to the delight of birders arriving on the afternoon boat from St. Mary’s. There was also a Black Redstart at the same site.

St. Mary’s – The Purple Heron was at Lower Moors and another flew past Porth Hellick. A Red-rumped Swallow was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick.

St. Agnes – The Western Subalpine Warbler and the Hoopoe were still present.

Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St . Mary’s – A Purple Heron was seen on Porth Hellick Pool and in Lower Moors.

Inter-island waters – 6 Great Northern Divers and a Sandwich Tern were in The Roads.

Friday’s birds were:

St . Mary’s – A Purple Heron was in Lower Moors and another flew past Deep Point.

St. Agnes – 2 Shovelers and 3 Sandwich Terns.

Bryher – A Merlin.

Inter-island waters – 12 Sandwich Terns were in Tresco Channel and a Ring Ouzel landed on one of the Association Boats between St. Mary’s and Tresco.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – One of the Purple Herons was still in Lower Moors and a Yellow Wagtail & a female Black Redstart were on the Garrison.

St. Martin’s – 3 Ring Ouzels were on The Plains.

Bryher – A Tree Pipit.

Sunday 2nd to Wednesday 5th April 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Sunday– An Iberian Chiffchaff was on the edge of the “Dump Clump”

Monday – An adult Purple Heron flew over Lower Moors early morning and was seen in flight several times in the afternoon in the Porth Hellick area.

Tuesday – A Little Bittern was flushed from a ditch in Lower Moors early in the morning. The Purple Heron flew over St. Agnes late afternoon before showing well at Porth Hellick in the evening.

WednesdaySt. Mary’s – 2 Purple Herons flew over Lower Moors before settling on Porth Hellick Pool. Birders looking at the herons relocated yesterday’s Little Bittern on the pool. A Sparrowhawk was at Porth Hellick and a Water Rail was at Porthloo.

Bryher – A Stone Curlew (a rare bird on Scilly) was on Shipman Head Down. Also seen were a Great Northern Diver, a Merlin, a White Wagtail and a Willow Warbler.