Saturdays birds were:
St. Mary’s – A Barred Warbler was in the sallows where Holy Vale meets Higher Moors and 2 Spotted Flycatchers where in Holy Vale itself. A Common Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool and nearby 3 Spotted Flycatchers where at Carn Friars. 3 Whinchats were in Lower Moors, 3 Common Scoter flew past Porth Hellick Down and 3 Mediterranean Gulls were in Porthcressa Bay.
Bryher – A Wryneck and a Spotted Flycatcher were at the campsite.
St. Agnes – 5 Whinchats and 3 Spotted Flycatchers.
Tresco Channel – 4 Mediterranean Gulls.
Sunday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was seen briefly flying over Peninnis before being located on the Airfield. An Icterine Warbler was in a hedge near Newford Duck Pond and a Grey Wagtail, a Whinchat & 2 Spotted Flycatchers were in Lower Moors.
Tresco – A Pectoral Sandpiper and the second Baird’s Sandpiper of the year were found on the Abbey Pool. Also seen on the island were a juvenile Knot, a Black-tailed Godwit, 7 Dunlin, a Yellow-legged Gull, 4 White Wagtails, 6 Yellow Wagtails an a Whinchat.
St. Agnes – 7 Dunlin were on the pool.
Bryher – 2 Whinchats.
Monday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – A Pectoral Sandpiper was on Porth Hellick Pool where there was also a Common Sandpiper, a Whinchat and a selection of Wagtails: 2 Grey, 2 White & a Yellow. 100 White Wagtails came into roost in the reeds at Porth Hellick. A possible Booted Warbler was seen on Porth Hellick Down but proved to be very elusive and could not be nailed. A Whinchat & a Spotted Flycatcher were at Carn Friars and a Whinchat & a Merlin were at High Lanes. A Buff-breasted Sandpiper was on the Golf Course in the morning and 2 were on the Airfield in the evening.
Tresco – A Wood Sandpiper, a Baird’s Sandpiper, another Pectoral Sandpiper and a Wryneck.
Bryher – A Wryneck.
Merrick Island – A Mediterranean Gull.
At sea – Highlights on the evening birding/sharking trip 6 miles se of St. Mary’s were 10 Great & 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 10 European Storm-petrels, 2 Arctic Terns, 4 Great Skuas, 20 Common Dolphins and 2 Blue Sharks were caught tagged and released.
Tuesday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – The 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were on the Golf Course and the Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool. A Pied Flycatcher was on the Garrison and a Mediterranean Gull was on Porthloo Beach.
Of interest a Kingfisher that had been ringed in France was re-trapped at the Porth Hellick Ringing Station. This only the third Kingfisher to be ringed outside the UK that has been re-trapped in this country,
Tresco – The Baird’s Sandpiper, the Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper were still on the Great Pool. Also seen on the island were 4 Mediterranean Gulls a Merlin, 2 Yellow Wagtails and a Lesser Redpoll.
Wednesday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – The 2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers were seen on Golf course and on the Airfield with one also been seen in afield on Peninnis. The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool, where there was also a Kingfisher. 6 Whinchats, 2 Spotted Flycatchers and a Tree Pipit were in Lower Moors. 2 Whinchats and 65 Wheatears were on the Airfield with another 50 Wheatears on Peninnis.
Tresco – The Baird’s Sandpiper, the Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper were still on the Great Pool and elsewhere there were also 4 Yellow Wagtails, a Knot, a Mediterranean & a Common Gull.
Bryher – A Wryneck & a Whinchat were on Shipman Head Down and a Common Crane (a real Scilly rarity) flew over the Campsite towards Tresco just before dusk.
St. Agnes – 40 White Wagtails and 35 Wheatears.
At sea – On a short private charter pelagic trip in the afternoon, the highlights were: a Great, a Balearic & 6 Sooty Shearwaters and 150 Common Dolphins.
10 Sooty Shearwaters were seen from the Scillonian III on the morning crossing from Penzance to St. Mary’s.
Thursday’s birds were:
St. Mary’s – The Pectoral Sandpiper was still on Porth Hellick Pool.
Tresco – The Baird’s Sandpiper, the Pectoral Sandpiper and Wood Sandpiper were still on the Great Pool along with 46 Teal, 7 Greenshanks & a Green Sandpiper. 2 Lesser Redpolls were on Pool Road. The Common Crane was seen from the Swarovski Hide at 08:00 but there was no sign at 09:30.
St. Agnes – A Pied Flycatcher was on Barnaby Lane and a Wryneck was near the school.
At sea – Seen on the evening pelagic were 2000+ Manx & 10 Sooty Shearwaters, 3 European Storm-petrels, 7 Great Skuas, 300+ Common Dolphins and 10+ Atlantic Blue-finned Tuna.