Sunday 18th to Friday 23rd December 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

2 Black-necked Grebes were seen on and off in Town Bay all week and 2 Slavonian Grebes were seen in Crow Sound. Unusually there seemed to be only 2 Black Redstarts on St Mary’s, one each at Porthloo and Porth Cressa.

A Firecrest was photographed in a Holy Vale garden, St Mary’s, on Sunday (18/12).

Early in the week a Glaucous Gull was reported from Gugh and then seen at Morning Point, St Mary’s on Wednesday (21/12).

The first boat to Bryher since early November allowed birders to visit on Thursday (22/12) when 5 Purple Sandpipers were in Stony Porth along with 60+ Curlews and 10+ Sanderlings. A Black Redstart was an unusual record for Bryher in mid-winter and a Kingfisher flew past the Great Pool. Other sightings included ‘the’ Hooded Crow, a Merlin and 2 Ravens.

Also on Thursday (22/12) 5 female Common Scoters were in the Roads and a 1st winter Mediterranean Gull was at New Grimsby, Tresco.

Sunday 11th to Saturday 17th December 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

2 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay all week, with 3 on Sunday (11/12).

On both Sunday (11/12) and Monday (12/12) a Yellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrests were in Lower Moors. The Wood Sandpiper was again in Lower Moors on Monday (12/12) but has not been reported since. Also on Monday the Cetti’s Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler were at Porth Hellick, whilst a female Shoveler at Newford Duck Pond was a very unusual sighting for St Mary’s.

There were no more reports until Friday (16/12) when a Firecrest was seen at Porthloo.

On Saturday (17/12) a probable Surf Scoter was reported in Crow Sound where there was also an impressive count of 6 Slavonian Grebes. 15 Common Scoter were in Tresco Channel and a Spoonbill was seen on Taylor’s Island, Porthloo before flying off to the more usual site off Samson. A Yellow-browed Warbler was still in Lower Moors.

Monday 5th to Saturday 12th December 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

All reports for the period came from St Mary’s – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were in Town Bay all week, and there were up to 110 Sanderlings in the Porth Mellon/Porthloo area. The Cetti’s Warbler was at Porth Hellick on Wednesday (07/12) and on Friday (09/12) there were 11 Dunlins on Porth Mellon and the Wood Sandpiper was again in Lower Moors.

Thursday 1st December to Sunday 4th December 2016 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – At Porth Hellick 2 Jack Snipes & a Wigeon were on the pool, a Cetti’s Warbler was at the start of the Loop Trail and nearby a Great Spotted Woodpecker was calling in the garden of Porth Hellick House. The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay, 2 Black Redstarts were on Porthloo Beach and the Swallow was still hawking over the field adjacent to Rosehill Memorial Garden. The Wood Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors, where there were also 2 Firecrests.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Cattle Egret was in fields opposite Longstone Café, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors and 2 female Common Eiders were off Bar Point.

Saturday’s birds were – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay, the Wood Sandpiper was still in Lower Moors and a Firecrest was at Porth Hellick.

Sundays Birds were – The 3 Black-necked Grebes were still in Town Bay

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)