Tuesday 3rd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Tuesday’s log call:

Cedar Waxwing – 1 on St. Agnes in Browarth Fields’ hedges late morning seen mid-afternoon briefly in flight, before finally been pinned down for the assembled throng in a sycamore opposite Coastguard Cottages.

Cliff Swallow – 1 still on Tresco and then it or another flew over Deep Point towards Carn Friars. Early evening it was seen over Peninnis and then in Lower Moors where it seemed to go to roost.

Isabelline Wheatear 1 on St. Mary’s Airfield.

Bee-eater – 3 still on Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Porth Hellick Beach.

Pectoral Sandpiper – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool. Continue reading

Monday 2nd October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

A selection from Monday’s log call:

Cliff Swallow – 1 Over the Great Pool and then on the Abbey.

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

Bee-eater – 3 in the Abbey Gardens, Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Airfield/Porth Hellick Beach.

Pectoral Sandpiper – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool.

Lapland Bunting – 1 on Wingletang, St. Agnes.

Wryneck – 1 on Peninnis and 1 at the junction of Pungies Lane and MacFarland’s Down.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 at Maypole, 1 at Trenoweth and 1 on Bryher. Continue reading

Sunday 1st October 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

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Scilly Season has officially arrived! A selection of sightings from the evenings log at the Scillonian Club included:

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

Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 1 St. Agnes.

Red-eyed Vireo – 1 in the Parsonage, St. Agnes.

Bee-eater – 3 in the Abbey Gardens, Tresco.

American Golden Plover – 1 still on Airfield/Porth Hellick Beach.

Pectoral Sandpiper – 1 on Porth Hellick Pool.

Wryneck – 1 on Tresco and 1 on St. Agnes.

Yellow-browed Warbler – 1 on Lower Broome, Garrison, 1 at Trenoweth and 1 in the Dump Clump.

Firecrest – 4 on St. Agnes and 1 in Carreg Dhu Gardens.

Pink-footed Goose – 6 Tresco.

Whimbrel – 1 on Porthloo Beach.

Bar-tailed Godwit – 3 on Porthloo Beach and 1 on Bryher.

Mediterranean Gull – 5 Bryher.

Hooded Crow – 1 on Bryher.

Spotted Flycatcher – 1 in Old Town Churchyard, 1 Newford Duck Pond, 3 on Bryher and 2 at the Parsonage, St. Agnes.

Pied Flycatcher – 2 Newford Duck Pond, 1 Carreg Dhu Gardens, 1 Sunnyside, 1 Bryher and 2 St. Agnes.

Whinchat 1 Dump Clump and 2 on Bryher.

Yellow Wagtail – 5 Lower Moors.

White Wagtail – 2 Porthloo Beach.

Thursday 29th and Friday 30th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Thursday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The American Golden Plover on Porth Hellick Beach was joined by a Pectoral Sandpiper which the flew onto Porth Hellick Pool, also on the pool were a Little Stint, 2 Greenshanks and 5 Common Snipe. A Firecrest, a Pied Flycatcher & a Spotted Flycatcher were in Old Town Churchyard, a Wryneck was on the Garrison and a Common Whitethroat was in the Standing Stones Field, Lower Moors.

Tresco – The 3 Bee-eaters were still near the Abbey Gardens and also on the island were 6 Pink-footed Geese, a Pintail,a Wood Sandpiper, a Little Stint, 4 Greenshanks, 2 Redshanks, a Sparrowhawk, 8 Yellow Wagtails, a Pied Flycatcher and a Red-backed Shrike.

Bryher – 2 Ruff, 4 Yellow Wagtails,a Whinchat and a Hooded Crow.

St. Agnes – A Wryneck.

St. Martin’s – A Common Redstart.

Teän – A Ruff and 2 Mediterranean Gulls.

Samson – 3 Bar-tailed Godwits.

Friday’s birds were:

St. Agnes – A Rose-breasted Grosbeak was found on Wingletang before moving along Barnaby Lane towards the Post Office. Also on the island were 4 Pied Flycatchers, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Whinchat.

St. Mary’s – An Isabelline Wheatear was seen by a couple of birders near Giant’s Castle at at 13:30. A Wryneck was on the edge of the Golf Course and another was an Content Lane. A Yellow-browed Warbler & 2 Pied Flycatchers were at Trenoweth, 2 were on Content Lane and 1 was in Carreg Dhu Gardens, where there was also a Firecrest. A Turtle Dove flew over Hugh Town Quay. The American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach and the Pectoral Sandpiper & the Little Stint were still on Porth Hellick Pool. 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were on Porthloo Beach.

Bryher – A Barred Warbler and a Yellow-browed Warbler.

Wednesday 27th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

St. Mary’s – The American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach and the Little Stint & 7 Common Snipe were on Porth Hellick Pool. A Firecrest was at Content and 5 Pied Flycatchers were at Watermill.

Tresco – 2 Bee-eaters were still by the Abbey Gardens.

St. Martin’s – 2 Firecrests.

Inter-island waters – A Great Northern Diver was between Watermill and the Eastern Isles.

Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – 2 Bee-eaters were seen in several locations around the island, before moving to Tresco in the afternoon. The American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach and 3 Little Stints, 8 Greenshanks & 2 Common Snipe were on Porth Hellick Pool. The Icterine Warbler was still at the entrance to Peacehaven, Watermill. Single Wrynecks were seen at Lower Moors and the entrance to the Golf Club.

St. Agnes – The Red-eyed Vireo was still in bushes east of the Big Pool, the Bee-eater was still on the island and a Turtle Dove was also seen.

Gugh – A Yellow-browed Warbler.

Tresco – 2 Bee-eaters, a Little Stint, a Wigeon, a Tufted Duck, a Pochard, a Common Buzzard, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 2 Spotted Flycatchers.

St. Martin’s – A Bee-eater flew over Middle Town, 130 Sanderlings were on St. Martin’s Flats and 2 Pied Flycatchers were in elms by the cricket pitch.

Bryher – An adult Rose-coloured Starling and a Barred Warbler.

Tuesday’s birds were:

Tresco – 3 Bee-eaters were over the Abbey Gardens and a Great White Egret ( a very rare bird on Scilly) flew towards St. Mary’s.

St. Mary’s – The American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach, where there was also a Kingfisher, 2 Ravens flew over and the Great White Egret flew south over the beach at 15:45. Nearby on Porth Hellick Pool were a Little Stint, 10 Greenshanks and 5 Common Snipe. The Wryneck was still in the Old Town/ Trench Lane and a Kingfisher was on Porthloo Lane.

St. Agnes – A Kingfisher, a Whinchat, a Pied Flycatcher and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Gugh – A Wryneck.

St. Martin’s – A Dotterel flew over the Daymark, a Yellow-browed Warbler in fields above Lawrence Bay and a Lapland Bunting on Chapel Down.

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September 2017 IoS Bird Sightings

Saturdays Birds were:

St. Mary’s – 3 Little Stints, a Jack Snipe, 9 Common Snipe and 6 Greenshanks were on Porth Hellick Pool and the American Golden Plover was on Porth Hellick Beach. 2 Common Snipe, a Greenshank, 2 Kingfishers and a Wryneck were seen from the ISBG hide in Lower Moors. 4 Dunlins and 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were on Porthloo Beach.

St. Agnes – A Wryneck and a Turtle Dove.

Tresco – A Whimbrel, a Yellow-legged Gull and a Merlin.

Bryher- A Yellow Wagtail and a Common Redstart.

At sea – A Balearic Shearwater and a Sabine’s Gull were seen from the Scillonian III on the return crossing from St. Mary’s to Penzance.

Sunday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The American Golden Plover was still on Porth Hellick Beach and on the pool were 3 Little Stints. A Wood Warbler was at Newford duck Pond and another was in sallows on the Carn Friars Lane opposite the path to Porth Hellick. A Wryneck was in Lower Moors and an Icterine Warbler was at the top of Watermill. 2 Pied Flycatchers were in Old Town Churchyard and another was on Peninnis.3 Spotted Flycatchers were in Old Town Churchyard and 3 were on the Garrison. 3 Bar-tailed Godwits were on Porthloo Beach.

St. Agnes – A Red-eyed Vireo was in a bush on the coastal path at the bottom of Covean in the morning and it or another was seen briefly several times along hedges between the Big Pool and the old observatory garden. A Bee-eater was seen at various locations around the island. Also on the island were a Turtle Dove, a Whinchat and a Spotted Flycatcher.

Gugh – A Wryneck.

Bryher – 2 Bee-eaters flew over the tennis courts and elsewhere in the island were a Curlew Sandpiper and a Ring Ouzel.

Tresco – 2 Bee-eaters (probably the Bryher birds) were at Borough Farm. Also seen on the island were 20 Greenshanks. 3 Redshanks. 5 Whimbrels, a Wood Sandpiper, a Pochard, a Tufted Duck, a Wigeon, a Pintail, a Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher and a Yellow-browed Warbler.