ar-tailed Godwit. Porthcressa, Martin Goodey, 25.09.18

Monday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – One of the Common Rosefinches was seen at Newford Duck Pond and a Wryneck was on the Garrison. The very obliging Bar-tailed Godwit was still on Porthcressa Beach, a Merlin was seen around Hugh Town and the Common Sandpiper was still at Porth Hellick. A Spotted Flycatcher & a Whinchat were in Lower Moors and a Whinchat, a Common Redstart, a Common Whitethroat & a Redpoll were on Peninnis.

Tresco – A Pectoral Sandpiper, a Wood Sandpiper and 2 Pied Flycatchers.

St. Agnes – A Grey Phalarope, a Merlin, a Whinchat, 6 Pied Flycatchers a Garden Warbler and a Common Rosefinch.

At sea – The evening pelagic trip produced 6 Great & 2 Sooty Shearwaters, 6 European Storm-petrels, 4 Grey Phalaropes, 3 Great Skuas, 3 late Puffins, a Minke Whale, 20 Common Dolphins and 15 Atlantic Blue-finned Tuna.

Tuesday’s birds were:

St. Mary’s – An Ortolan Bunting showed well in a field on Peninnis and a Merlin was also in the vicinity, also on the headland the first 2 Skylarks of the autumn and a Yellow Wagtail. The first Yellow-browed Warbler & the first Firecrest of the autumn were in the Mount Todden pines. The outrageously confiding Bar-tailed Godwit was still on Porthcressa beach and a Wryneck & 3 Spotted Flycatchers were on the Garrison. On the north of the island another Yellow-browed Warbler was at Newford Duck Pond, 2 Yellow Wagtails were on Green Farm and 2 Spotted Flycatchers were at Content.

Tresco –The Pectoral Sandpiper and the first Jack Snipe of the autumn.

St. Agnes – 3 Golden Plovers, a Common Sandpiper, a Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Redstarts, 39 Pied Flycatchers, 5 Whinchats, 3 Common Whitethroats, a Lesser Whitethroat and a Common Rosefinch.

St. Martin’s – 2 Firecrests, 2 Pied & 5 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Common Redstarts and a Whinchat.

Birders on a boat trip 1 mile from the Daymark saw 4 Grey Phalaropes, an Arctic & 3 Great Skuas and an Arctic Tern.