Northern Harrier, Porth Hellick, Martin Goodey

Friday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The Laughing Gull after spending nearly a month decided on a change of islands and showed very well at Porthloo Duck Pond. The Marsh Harrier again flew from St. Agnes to St. Mary’s and a male Montagu’s Harrier was seen over the airfield and Trewince before flying to St. Martin’s, it was seen again on St. Mary’s over Old Town in the evening. The Iceland Gull was still at Porthloo/Hugh Town Quay, 15 Whimbrels were on the Golf Course and a Common Swift was over the island.

Tresco – 14 Whimbrels, a Pintail and a Sparrowhawk.

Bryher – 5 Whimbrels and a Dunlin

Saturday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – The bird reported earlier in the week as a Hen/ Montagu’s Harrier was seen well in the evening coming in to roost at Lower Moors and was identified as a Northern Harrier, this only the second for Scilly. The first was Oct’82 to June’83 which was the first accepted record for Britain.
The Laughing Gull spent most of the day at Porthloo Duck Pond but made a brief sortie to Old Town. The Iceland Gull was in Porthcressa and a Cuckoo was at Carn Gwaval.

St. Agnes – 7 Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, a Cuckoo, a White Wagtail and 3 Wheatears.

Tresco – 4 Whimbrels, a Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Great Northern Divers and a Pintail.

St. Martin’s – A Great Northern Diver was offshore.