Wednesday – A Solitary Sandpiper found on the Great Pool, Tresco was re- identified by local birder John Higginson, after it was initially reported as a Lesser Yellowlegs.
Thursday – The Solitary Sandpiper was still on the Great Pool, Tresco. 9 Greenshanks, 2 Common Sandpipers and a Common Snipe were on Porth Hellick Pool and a Little Egret was on Annet. On the return crossing of the Scillonian III from St. Mary’s to Penzance a feeding frenzy of birds was seen 40 minutes out, amongst them were 15 Cory’s, 6 Great and a few Balearic Shearwaters.
Seen on the evening birding/sharking trip, which was mainly drifting & chumming, were: 50 European Storm-petrels, 10 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, a Great Shearwater, a Balearic Shearwater and 3 Cory’s Shearwaters. Also a Blue Shark was caught, tagged and released.
Friday – The Solitary Sandpiper, 40 Sanderlings, a Ringed Plover, a Common Gull & 2 Teal were on Tresco and 6 Mediterranean Gulls & 2 Little Egrets were in Tresco Channel. On Porth Hellick Pool there were 2 Green Sandpipers, a Spotted Sandpiper and a Yellow Wagtail. A Cory’s, 4 Great, 8 Balearic and 10 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III. The birders special pelagic trip produced a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 40 European Storm-petrel, a Cory’s, 100 Great, 75 Sooty, 4 Balearic and 1000 Manx Shearwaters, as well as 5 Arctic Terns, 2 Great Skuas and 50+ Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna.
Saturday – 5 Whimbrels & a Black-tailed Godwit were on St. Agnes and the Solitary Sandpiper, 6 Sanderlings, 3 Common Sandpipers & 2 Mediterranean Gulls were on Tresco. The daytime birders special pelagic was awesome a feeding frenzy of 300 Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna attracted750 Great, 350 Cory’s, 200 Sooty, 5 Balearic & 5000 Manx Shearwaters and 20 Great Skuas. Also in the water were 3 Minke Whales, 30 Common Dolphins and a Blue Shark.
Sunday – The Solitary Sandpiper was still on Tresco and a Citrine Wagtail was found in Lower Moors. On the return crossing of the Scillonian III. 35 minutes out from St. Mary’s a Wilson Storm-petrel, a Cory’s, 15 Great & 10 Sooty Shearwaters were seen. 2 Great Shearwaters & a European Storm-petrel were seen from the south end of Gugh and 5 Whimbrels, 3 Curlews & 5 Ringed Plovers were on St. Agnes. On the second daytime pelagic 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrels, 10 Cory’s & 100 Great Shearwaters, 6 Arctic Terns, 6 Great Skuas, 3 Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna, a Minke Whale and a Blue Shark.
Monday – A juvenile Spotted Sandpiper was found on Porth Hellick Pool along with a Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper. The Citrine Wagtail & a Common Sandpiper were at Lower Moors, a Mediterranean Gull flew over Hugh Town and a Common Gull was at Bar Point. The Solitary Sandpiper, 2 Whimbrels and 2 Mediterranean Gulls were on Tresco. A Cory’s & 2 Great Shearwaters, 25 European Storm-petrels and 2 Great Skuas were seen from the Scillonian III. The evening pelagic continued the great run of sightings with yet more feeding frenzies. The highlights a Wilson Storm-petrel & 50 European Storm-petrels, 2 Cory’s, 250 Sooty, 500 Great & 3000 Manx Shearwaters, 4 Sabine’s Gulls, a Long-tailed & 5 Great Skuas, 40 Arctic Terns, 100+ Atlantic Blue-fin Tuna, 2 Minke Whales, 2 Common Dolphins and a Porbeagle Shark.