Saturday 26th to Wednesday 30th November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay and a late Swallow was over Carreg Dhu Gardens.

Samson – 4 Spoonbills were on Green Island.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay, where there was also a Brent Goose. A Swallow was over Rosehill, 2 Woodcocks flew over High Lanes and a Short-eared Owl was in the pine belt at the top of Telegraph Road.

Tresco – 25 Wigeon, a Pintail and 2 Firecrests.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Brent Goose was in Porthcressa Bay, the Wood Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors, a Siskin was at Porth Hellick and a Firecrest was trapped and ringed there

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Little Gull was briefly at Porth Mellon, where there was also a Black Redstart. A Red-breasted Merganser& 2 Black Redstarts were at Porthcressa and 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay. The Wood Sandpiper, a Yellow-browed Warbler & a Siberian Chiffchaff were in Lower Moors and nearby the Swallow was still over Rosehill.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Firecrests were trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick and a Swallow was seen there. The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay.

Sunday 20th to Friday 25th November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Firecrest (M.Goodey)

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A very late Garden Warbler was on the loop trail at Porth Hellick and there were 3 Black-necked Grebes near the Lifeboat slipway in Town Bay. 2 Black Redstarts and 6 Dunlins were on Porthloo Beach.

St. Martin’s – Another very late bird was a Wryneck near the Daymark.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay, a Great Northern Diver was in Old Town Bay and a Red-breasted Merganser was in Porthcressa Bay. 6 Dunlins, 22 Sanderlings and a Black Redstart were on Porthloo Beach.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in town Bay, a very late Wood Sandpiper was in Lower Moors and 2 Wigeons were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Wood Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors, where there were also 2 Siberian Chiffchaffs & a Firecrest, and a Waxwing flew over. Single Firecrests were also at Porth Hellick and in a Sally Port garden.

Wood Sandpiper (M.Goodey)

Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

The highlights were a Cattle Egret seen briefly at Watermill on Tuesday 15th and Scilly’s latest ever Wood Sandpiper in a roadside pool at Newford Duck Pond on Wednesday, 16th.

The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in Hugh Town Harbour on Wednesday, 16th, but few other reports have been received. The Greenland White-fronted Goose has not been seen for several days.

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Fridays Birds were:

St Mary’s – A Wigeon was caught and ringed at Porth Hellick – the first to be ringed there.

Bryher Yellowhammer, Lapland Bunting, Yellow-browed Warbler, 10 Black Redstarts, Firecrest and Hooded Crow

Saturdays Birds were:

St Mary’s – Red-throated Diver (juv) flew from Porthloo towards Garrison and a Short-eared Owl was photographed on Peninnis

Sundays Birds were:

St Mary’sGreenland White-fronted Goose at Porth Hellick, with a neck collar. Mistle Thrush, Carn Friars. 5 Black Redstarts in the Old Town area.

Thursday 3rd November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Agnes – The Red-eyed Vireo was still in the Parsonage Garden.

St. Mary’s – 2 Yellow-browed Warblers were in the Dump Clump and another was at Porth Hellick. The 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in the Hugh Town Harbour and a Black Redstart was on Town Beach.

Bryher – 4 Lapland Buntings and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Yellow-browed Warbler (A.Hannington)

Yellow-browed Warbler (A.Hannington)

St. Agnes – The Red-eyed Vireo was still in the Parsonage Garden and a Night Heron flew over during the night.

St. Mary’s – Amongst the birds ringed at Porth Hellick were: a Barred Warbler, a Yellow-browed Warbler, a Siskin and 2 late Reed Warblers. 2 Night Herons flew over Hugh Town at 00:30, a Mistle Thrush was in Porthloo Lane Fields, a Jack Snipe was in Lower Moors, 3 Black Redstarts were at Carn Leh, and 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay.

Bryher – 3 Lapland Buntings and a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Barred Warbler (A.Hannington)

Barred Warbler (A.Hannington)

 

Tuesday 1st November 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Agnes – A Red-eyed Vireo was found in the Parsonage Garden, this is the latest arrival date for this species on Scilly (and maybe the UK?).

St. Mary’s – A Richard’s Pipit was on Peninnis before flying off towards Old Town, There were 3 Black-necked Grebes in Town Bay and a Yellow-browed Warbler & a Siberian Chiffchaff at Newford Duck Pond. A Lesser Whitethroat & a Kingfisher were at Porth Hellick and the Rook & a Black Redstart were at Trewince.

Tresco – A Little Bunting and 6+ Yellow-browed Warblers.

Bryher – 2 Lapland Buntings, 3 Yellow-browed Warblers and 5 Black Redstarts.

Monday 31st October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Lesser Whitethroat (A.Hannington)

Lesser Whitethroat (A.Hannington)

St. Mary’s – A Blyth’s Pipit was found late afternoon in the horse field at the junction of McFarland’s down and Pungies Lane, it then flew off towards Content Farm, also there were 3 Lapwings. 4 Yellow-browed Warblers were at Newford Duck Pond, the 2 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay and a Woodlark was at Tremelethen. 6 Black Redstarts were at Carn Leh and another was at the end of Peninnis. 2 Lesser Whitethroats and a Siskin were trapped & ringed at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – The Olive-backed Pipit, the 2 Little Buntings and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at Borough Farm and another 5 Yellow-browed Warblers were along Pool Road.

Bryher – 3 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Mistle Thrushes.

Green Island, Samson – 4 Spoonbills.

Siskin (A.Hannington)

Siskin (A.Hannington)

Sunday 30th October 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Yellow-browed warbler (A.Hannington)

Yellow-browed warbler (A.Hannington)

St. Mary’s – There were a minimum of 11 Yellow-browed Warblers on the island, one of which was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick. The Olive-backed Pipit was still in the field near Nowhere and another was still on Normandy Farm with a Tree Pipit. A Jack Snipe was in Lower Moors, 2 Reed Buntings were in fields between Old Town and the airport and a Black-necked Grebe was in Town Bay. 3 Black Redstarts were at the Riding Stables with another at Longstone where there was also a Mistle Thrush. A Woodlark was at Normandy, a Snow Bunting was at Pelistry Bay, and a Siberian Chiffchaff was at Newford Duck Pond. A Woodcock was on Porth Hellick Loop, a Rook (a scarce bird on Scilly) was in a garden on High Lanes where there was also a Firecrest and another Firecrest was trapped and ringed at Porth Hellick.

Tresco – 15 Yellow-browed Warblers and a Merlin were on the island and the Curlew Sandpiper was still on Abbey Pool. Borough farm was the place to be where there were a Rustic Bunting, an Olive-backed Pipit and 2 Little Buntings.

St. Agnes – 3 Little Buntings at Browarth.

Bryher – 2 Lapland Buntings, 2 Yellow-browed Warblers, 2 Black Redstarts and a Whinchat.

Saturday 29th October 2016 IoS Bird sightings

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (M.Goodey)

Eastern Yellow Wagtail (M.Goodey)

St. Mary’s – The Olive-backed Pipit was still in the field near Old Town Church where there was also a Firecrest. The Dusky Warbler, 5 Yellow-browed Warblers, a Siberian Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting were at Porth Hellick. A Serin & a Water Pipit were at Salakee and 2 Yellow-browed Warblers & a Jack Snipe were in Lower Moors. The Pallas’s Warbler & 6 Yellow-browed Warblers were still at Newford duck Pond, 2 Black Redstarts were near Star Castle and 2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay.

St. Agnes – A Dusky Warbler, an Olive-backed Pipit, 3 Little Buntings, a Woodlark and a Serin.

Bryher – A Yellow-browed Warbler, Whinchat and a Black Redstart.

St. Martin’s – A Siberian Chiffchaff.

Elsewhere 3 Spoonbills were on Green Island, near Samson and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose & a Hooded Crow were at Puffin Island.