Sunday 22nd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Sunday’s log:

Siberian Oystercatcher – The bird thought by some to be this subspecies was still on Porthloo Beach.

Dusky Warbler – 2 in Lower Moors, 1 near Shooters’ Pool and 1 by the carpark at Trench Lane moving to bushes by the pumping station

Little Bunting – 1 on Port Hellick Down.

Bullfinch – 1 flew from Peninnis towards Old Town, this is a very scarce bird on Scilly.

Hawfinch – 4 at the Riding Stables, 1 Pelistry, 1 Content and 1 Tresco.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 4 on St. Mary’s, 2 on St. Agnes and 1 on Gugh.

Siberian Chiffchaff  1 still on Higher Moors.

Water Pipit – 1 again on Porth Hellick Beach.

Firecrest – 20 on St. Mary’s, 7 on St. Agnes and 2 on Tresco.

Sabine’s Gull – 1 seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s

Snow Bunting – 2 Deep Point.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Wigeon – 1 Great Pool, Tresco.

Common Scoter – 6 off Tresco.

Great Northern Diver – 1 Porth Hellick Bay, 1 Porthcressa, 3 Tresco and 1 St. Martin’s.

Little Grebe – 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Golden Plover – 5 Old Town.

Whimbrel – 2 Pendrethen, 1 Porthcressa and 1 Toll’s Island.

Jack Snipe – 1 Toll’s Island.

Great Skua – 1 past Peninnis.

Mediterranean Gull – 1 Porthcressa and 3 Tresco Channel.

Merlin –  1 Lower Moors, 1 Porthloo and 1 Tresco.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 Higher Moors.

Ring Ouzel – 1 on St. Agnes.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 at Salakee.

Pied Flycatcher – 1 Little Porth.

Black Redstart – 8 on St. Mary’s.

Common Redstart– 1 on St. Agnes.

Whinchat – 1 Longstone and 1 Content.

Brambling – 1 St. Agnes.

Siskin – 12 Rocky Hill, 11 Longstone, 3 Holy Vale, 30+ on Tresco and 2 on St. Agnes.

Saturday 21st October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

After a very windy day not a lot was called at the log, the highlights were:

Wilson’s Snipe – The bird thought to be a possible candidate for this species was still on Port Hellick Pool.

Siberian Oystercatcher – Again another putative bird of this subspecies was on Porthloo Beach.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Hawfinch – 1 Green Lane.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 Newford Duck Pond, 1 Holy Vale and 1 on St. Agnes.

Siberian Chiffchaff  1 Higher Moors.

Firecrest – 6 on St. Mary’s.

Leach’s Storm-Petrel  – 3 in the Roads.

Snow Bunting – 1 Deep Point.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Great Northern Diver – 1 of Toll’s Island.

Whimbrel – 1 Porth Hellick Beach.

Great Skua – 1 past Peninnis and 1 flew over Higher Moors.

Mediterranean Gull – 3 Porthcressa and 2 Porthloo.

Short-eared Owl – 1 on St. Agnes.

Merlin –  1 Giant’s Castle, 1 Porthcressa and 1 flew from Old Town towards Peninnis.

Common Whitethroat  1 Porthloo Lane.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 at Salakee and 1 on the Tremelethen Trail.

Pied Flycatcher – 1 Little Porth and 1 Lower Broome.

Black Redstart – 3 on St. Mary’s and 2 on St. Agnes.

Siskin – 4 Holy Vale and 1 Peninnis.

Friday 20th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Friday’s log:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo – A moribund bird was on the lawn opposite Grimlington Farmhouse, St. Agnes.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, S.Brayshaw

Western Orphean Warbler – After going missing for 2 days it was seen again on St. Agnes.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Marsh Warbler – 1 in the Fruit Cage, St. Agnes.

Corncrake – 1 in fields on the eastern side of Peninnis.

Hawfinch – 1 on the Garrison and 2 on Tresco.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 Newford Duck Pond and 2 on St. Agnes.

Firecrest – 4 on St. Mary’s and 3 on St. Agnes.

Grey Phalarope – 1 seen from the Scillonian III.

Sooty Shearwater – 1 seen from the Scillonian III.

Balearic Shearwater – 1 seen from the Scillonian III.

Leach’s Storm-Petrel  – 2 seen from the Scillonian III.

European Storm-Petrel  – 3 seen from the Scillonian III.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Woodcock – 1 Lower Moors.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 between St. Agnes and St. Mary’s.

Merlin –  1 on St. Mary’s and 1 on St. Agnes.

Fieldfare – The first of the autumn were 3 at Pelistry.

Pied Flycatcher – 2 on St. Mary’s and 2 on St. Agnes.

Black Redstart – 2 on St. Mary’s and 4 on St. Agnes.

Common Redstart – 1 at Bant’s Carn and 1 on St. Agnes.

Yellow Wagtail – 1 on St. Agnes.

Brambling – 1 on St. Agnes

Siskin – 2 Peninnis and 2 St. Agnes.

Reed Bunting – 1 St. Agnes.

Thursday 19th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Wilson’s Snipe – The bird thought probably to be this species was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Water Pipit – 1 on Porth Hellick Beach.

Corncrake – 1 in fields on the eastern side of Peninnis.

Corncrake, T.Collinson

Hawfinch – 37 Longstone.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 3 on St. Mary’s and 1 on St. Agnes.

Firecrest – 5 on St. Mary’s.

Whooper Swan – 3 on Porth Hellick Pool then flew out to sea.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Wigeon – 1 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Pintail – A drake on Abbey Pool, Tresco.

Great Northern Diver – 2 in the Roads.

Little Grebe – 1 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Jack Snipe – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool.

Mediterranean Gull – 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco and 2 at Porthloo.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 on Taylor’s Island.

Merlin –  1 around St. Mary’s and 2 Tresco.

Black Redstart – 5 on St. Mary’s and 5 on St. Agnes.

Siskin – 17 at Carn Gwaval and 2 Holy Vale.

Reed Bunting – 1 at Porth Hellick.

 

Wednesday 18th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Wednesday’s log call.

Wilson’s Snipe – The bird thought probably to be this species was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Richard’s Pipit – 1 flew from the end of Peninnis.

Water Pipit – 1 on Porth Hellick Beach.

Corncrake – 1 in fields on the eastern side of Peninnis.

Spoonbill – 1 on Green Island, Samson.

Hawfinch – 7 on St. Mary’s, 12 on St. Martin’s, 1 on Tresco and 5 on St. Agnes.

Yellow-browed Warbler –4 on St. Mary’s, 3 on Tresco, 1 on Bryher, 1 on St. Martin’s and 1 on St. Agnes.

Firecrest – 8 on St. Mary’s, 2 on Tresco and 2 on St. Agnes.

Pink- footed Goose – 6 on Tresco.

Pale-bellied Brent Goose – 2 Porthloo.

Wigeon – 1 on the Great Pool, Tresco.

Pintail – A drake on Abbey Pool, Tresco.

Common Scoter – 7 in the Roads.

Great Northern Diver – 2 off Pelistry and 1 off the Garrison.

Little Grebe – 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco. 

Buzzard – 1 on Tresco.

Golden Plover – 3 Tresco and 2 St. Agnes.

Whimbrel – 1 Pendrathen, 2 Porth Hellick, 1 Porthloo and 1 on Tresco.

Bar-tailed Godwit – 4 in Tresco Channel and 1 on St. Agnes.

Jack Snipe – 1 Tresco.

Mediterranean Gull –8 in Tresco Channel, 1 on the Abbey Pool, Tresco, 2 on the Great Pool, Tresco and 2 on St. Agnes.

Yellow-legged Gull – 1 on St. Agnes.

Short-eared Owl – 1 on St. Agnes.

Merlin –  1 St Martin’s, 1 St. Agnes and 1 Tresco.

Hooded Crow – 1 Bryher.

Lesser Whitethroat – 1 Porth Hellick and 1 on St. Agnes.

Common Whitethroat – 1 Holy Vale and 1 on the Garrison.

Ring Ouzel – 1 St. Agnes and 1 St. Martin’s.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 St. Agnes

Black Redstart – 6 on St. Mary’s and 3 on St. Agnes.

Common Redstart – 1 on St. Agnes.

Whinchat – 4 on St. Mary’s, 2 on St. Agnes, 1 on St. Martin’s and 1 on Tresco.

Yellow Wagtail – 1 Tresco.

Brambling – 1 Porthloo, 1 on the Garrison, 2 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes. These were the first reports of the autumn.

Siskin – 50 at Longstone,  200 on Tresco and 25 on St. Martin’s .

Reed Bunting – 1 on Tresco

Tuesday 17th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Tuesday’s log call.

Western Orphean Warbler – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Wilson’s Snipe – The bird thought probably to be this species was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

Radde’s Warbler – 1 at Longstone.

Radde’s Warbler, T.Collinson

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St, Agnes.

Leach’s Storm-petrel – 2 on the pelagic trip.

Sabine’s Gull – 1 on the pelagic trip.

Pomarine Skua – 4 on the pelagic trip.

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors. Continue reading

Monday 16th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Monday night’s log:

Wilson’s Snipe The bird thought probably to be this species was still on Porth Hellick Pool.

Pallas’s Warbler – 1 in the Parsonage, St. Agnes.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St. Agnes.

Leach’s Storm-petrel – 2 in the Roads and one picked up on Periglis, St. Agnes. This a scarce bird on Scilly.

Red-breasted Flycatcher – 2 Watermill.

Hawfinch – 4 at Maypole, 4 at Pelistry and 1 on Tresco.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 5 on St. Mary’s. Continue reading

Sunday 15th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Western Orphean Warbler – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 still on St. Mary’s Airfield.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St, Agnes and 1 Airfield.

Long-tailed Tit – 2 on Pool Road, Tresco. This is a rare bird on Scilly.

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors and a new bird at Porth Hellick.

Spoonbill – 2 on Green Island, Samson.

Hawfinch – 8 at Maypole, 7 on Green Farm, 4 the Garrison, 4 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes.

Yellow-browed Warbler –11 on St. Mary’s and 1 on St. Agnes.

Firecrest – 4 on St. Mary’s, 1 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes.

Lapland Bunting – 1 on the Golf Course. Continue reading

Saturday 14th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Saturday’s log:

Western Orphean Warbler – 1 still on St. Agnes.

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 still on St. Mary’s Airfield.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Little Bunting – 1 on St, Agnes and 1 Airfield.

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors.

Common Rosefinch – 1 on St, Agnes

Hawfinch – An unprecedented influx with flocks of 50, 30, 30 & 17 around St, Mary’s, 10 Borough Farm, Tresco and 7 on St. Agnes.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 4 on St. Mary’s and 1 on St. Agnes. Continue reading

Friday 13th October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Friday’s log:

Western Orphean Warbler – The bird seen briefly last night gave frustratingly brief views until pinned down in mid-afternoon. This is only the second record for Scilly, the first being on St. Mary’s in October 1981!

Blyth’s Reed Warbler – 1 near Pendrathen, St. Mary’s.

Isabelline Wheatear – 1 still on St. Mary’s Airfield.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Spotted Crake – 1 still in Lower Moors.

Spoonbill – 1 on Green Island, Samson.

Hawfinch – 1 Newford Duck Pond, 1 Jac-a-ba and 1 St. Agnes.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 4 on St. Mary’s, 2 on St. Agnes and 1 on Tresco. Continue reading