Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Video Footage of last nights incredible Pelagic trip (courtesy of Bob Flood via Youtube)

Birders lucky enough to be on the short-range evening pelagic trip on the 3rd experienced the best ever Scilly pelagic. A shoal of about 20 Bluefin Tuna were hunting and the waters and skies around then were filled with huge numbers of Shearwaters: 750+ Great, 250+ Cory’s, 350+ Sooty, 3 Balearic and 3000+ Manx Shearwaters were in a feeding frenzy. Also seen were 15+ Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 150 European Storm-petrels, 5 Great Skuas and 8 Arctic Terns

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 27 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Point between 17:20 and 18:50. 10 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 8 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Point.

At sea – 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 100+ Cory’s, 80+ Great, 60+ Sooty and 3 Balearic Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III at 17:30 on the crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Tuesday 1st August 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

At sea – The Wilson’s Petrel bonanza continues with a minimum of 8 seen on the latest pelagic trip. This takes the seasons total to 44, with 4 long weekends of birders special pelagics there must be a good chance of beating our yearly record total, Also seen on the trip were 60+ European Storm-petrels, 18 Cory’s Shearwaters, 4 Great Shearwaters, a Sooty Shearwater, 3 Great Skuas and a second-summer Pomarine Skua. Also seen were 30 Common Dolphins and 3 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Friday 28th to Monday 31st July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

lack-tailed Godwit, Porth Hellick Pool (Martin Goodey)

Friday’s birds were:

At sea – 24 European Storm-petrels, a Cory’s, 7 Great and 8 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the late afternoon crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s were:

St. Mary’s – A Great Shearwater was off Peninnis Head and a Black-tailed Godwit & a Water Rail were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Sunday’s were:

St. Mary’s – A Black-tailed Godwit and 9 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool, nearby a Dunlin was on Porth Hellick Down.

Monday’s birds were:

At sea – A short-range evening pelagic trip aboard the M.V. Sapphire proved to be well worthwhile. Bird seen included: 7+ Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 50+ European Storm-petrels, 29 Cory’s Shearwaters, 3 Great Shearwaters and a Sooty Shearwater. Also on the trip 2 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Thursday 27th July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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St. Mary’s – A Purple Heron flew over Watermill towards Innisidgen.

At sea – A Balearic, a Sooty, a Great & 2 Cory’s Shearwaters and 20 European Storm-petrels where seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

The evening short-range pelagic trip produced the biggest number of Wilson’s Storm-petrels ever seen on one trip, an incredible 20+, with 9 feeding together in the slick from the chum bags. As a bonus also seen were: 50 European Storm-petrels, 12 Great Shearwaters, 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 4 Sooty Shearwaters, 200 Manx Shearwaters and a Pomarine Skua. Also there 20 Common Dolphins were seen and the first Porbeagle Shark of the year was caught, tagged and released.

Friday 21st July to Wednesday 26th July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 6 Greenshanks, a Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were on Porth Hellick Pool. 51 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past Deep Pont in the evening.

Tresco – A drake Tufted Duck, a Common Swift and a White Wagtail.

Inter-island waters – An adult Mediterranean Gull and 10 Sandwich Terns were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – A Great Shearwater and a Cory’s Shearwater were seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were :

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull flew past Deep Point.

At sea – 5 Great Shearwaters, 47 Cory’s Shearwaters, 7 Sooty shearwaters and 50 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the evening crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Sunday’s birds were:

Tresco – A drake Tufted Duck, 4 Redshanks, 5 Greenshanks and a Common Swift.

Monday’s birds were:

Inter-island waters – 6 Mediterranean Gulls were in Tresco Channel.

At sea – Birders on the evening short-range pelagic trip saw 4 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 40 European Storm-petrels, a Great, a Sooty & 3 Cory’s Shearwaters, 2 Great Skuas, an Arctic Tern and 3 Common Terns. Also 10 Common Dolphins were seen and 3 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was in Porth Hellick Bay.

Tuesday 12th to Thursday 20th July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

No reports for Tuesday.

Wednesday’s bird was:

At sea – A Cory’s Shearwater was seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing for St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – 2 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past the north side of the island.

At sea – Seen on the short-range pelagic trip in the evening were: a Wilson’s Storm-petrel. 50+ European Storm-petrels, 2 Cory’s Shearwaters, a Great Skua, an Ocean Sunfish, and a Blue Shark was caught, tagged and released.

A Balearic Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater and a Minke Whale were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing for St. Mary’s to Penzance.

There were no reports for Saturday.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Greenshanks and a Common Sandpiper were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Night Heron flew over Porth Hellick Pool towards Holy Vale at 07:45.

At sea – 6 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 5 Greenshanks, Common Sandpiper and the first Water Rail of the “autumn”were on Porth Hellick Pool and another Common Sandpiper was on the beach there.

At sea – The evening short-range pelagic trip produced a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 25 European Storm-petrels, 2 Blue Sharks, 2 Ocean Sunfish and 12 Common Dolphins.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Common Sandpiper and 5 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool.

St. Martin’s – A Sooty Shearwater was offshore.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Common Sandpiper and a Kingfisher were on Porth Hellick Pool.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Martin’s – A Great Shearwater and 2 Cory’s Shearwaters flew past the Daymark.

Northern Rocks – 11+ Sooty Shearwaters were in with a flock of 1000 Manx Shearwaters seen from a boat trip.

Tuesday 4th to Monday 10th July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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There were no reports for Thursday (06/07) or Saturday (08/07).

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Serin flew over the school towards Nowhere, Old Town.

At sea – 30 European Storm-petrels were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper & a Greenshank were on Porth Hellick Pool, nearby a White Wagtail was on Porth Hellick Beach and a Common Swift was over Porth Hellick House.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Green Sandpiper was on Lower Moors Pool.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Red-rumped Swallow was over Island Fields & Browarth and a White Wagtail was seen carrying food at Troy Town.

St. Mary’s – The Red-rumped Swallow had moved to Porth Hellick in the evening, where there was also a Hobby. 3 Mediterranean Gulls were on the beach at Porthloo,

Tresco– A Little Egret and a Common Swift.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The 3 Mediterranean Gulls were still on Porthloo Beach.

At sea – The evening short-range pelagic trip produced the first Cory’s Shearwaters of the year an amazing 37 birds. Also seen were 4 Great Shearwaters, 50 European Storm-petrels, a Mediterranean Gull and 2 Great Skuas. 2 Blue Sharks were caught, tagged and released.

Monday 26th June to Monday 3rd July 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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No reports for Tuesday (27/06), Wednesday (28/06) and Friday (30/06).

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Common Sandpiper was at Halangy Point.

Tresco – 2 drake Tufted Ducks were on Abbey Pool.

At sea – 40+ European Storm-petrels were seen on the short-range evening pelagic trip.

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Common Swifts were over Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – 2 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the return trip from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Common Swift was over Porth Hellick Pool.

Sunday’s birds were:

Bryher – A Yellow Wagtail and a Hooded Crow.

Inter-island waters – A Little Egret was in Tresco Channel.

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was over Hugh Town quay and a Greenshank was on Porth Hellick Pool.

At sea – A the short-range evening pelagic trip produced 50+ European Storm-petrels, 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, a Great Shearwater, 2 Ocean Sunfish, 2 Blue Sharks and 6 Common Dolphins.

Tuesday 13th to Monday 19th June 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – There was an influx of Common Swifts with 25+ at Telegraph.

Bryher – A Common Swift and a Lesser Whitethroat.

St. Agnes – A Whimbrel and 3 Common Swifts.

Wednesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – A Hobby was over the island and a White Wagtail was at Old Town.

Bryher – The Lesser Whitethroat was still on the island.

Tresco – 3 Common Swifts.

At sea – A Wilson’s Storm-petrel was seen from the Research Vessel “Celtic Explorer” 86 miles SW of St. Agnes, yes, it was in the Scilly recording area! Continue reading