Wednesdays birds were: A dark phase Arctic Skua was in St Mary’s Sound and the Lapland Bunting was still on Peninnis. Two Kingfishers, 10 Greenshank, a Yellow wagtail, 4 Sand Martins and 4 Ringed Plovers were at Porth Hellick. Two Spotted Flycatchers were at Kittydown and a Redstart was in fields near Mount Todden Farm. A White Wagtail and a Whimbrel were at Carn Vean. A Sooty Shearwater was with a large raft of Manx Shearwaters of the Eastern Isles.

Thursdays birds were: Eighty-three Sandwich Terns were on rocks off Porthcressa and a White Wagtails was on Town Beach. Three Knot and 2 Bar-tailed godwits were reported near Samson, 4 Med Gulls were on Tean and 2 Common Terns were seen near St Helens. A Whinchat was at the NE end of the golf course and a Raven flew over High Lanes. Porthloo held 7 Dunlin, a Redshank and 4 White Wagtails. A Kingfisher was at Lower Moors and a Peregrine flew high over the airport. Another Whinchat was by the windsock on the airfield and a Wood Sandpiper was on Simspsons Field, Tresco. A superb juvenile Leach’s Petrel was photographed 4 miles NE of St Martins.

Stunning Juvenile Leach’s Petrel (Photo:J.Pender)

Fridays Birds were: A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull was on Porthcressa beach and 87 Sandwich Tern were on the rocks there including three Irish ringed birds. A Green Sandpiper and 3 Snipe flew over the airport and 8 Siskin flew over Peninnis. A further 11 Siskin flew over Porth Hellick and 3 Crossbill were reported at the loop trail.

Saturdays Birds were: A Kingfisher was at St Agnes quay and further reports came from Porth Hellick (2) and Lower Moors. Two Tree Pipits were at Peninnis and 6 colour-ringed Sandwich Terns were amongst the 72 un-ringed birds at Porthcressa.

Back of the camera shot by Kriss Webb of Scilly’s 6th Tawny Owl!

Sundays Birds were: Twelve sanderling were on the beach at Pelistry and a Lapland Bunting flew south over the airfield. Three White Wagtails were also there. A juvenile Red-backed Shrike was found at Carn Friars. HIghlight of the week went to the islands 6th ever Tawny Owl! Initially thought to be an escaped bird, it was declared wild when all four captive birds were accounted for. A possible Bonelli’s Warbler was heard briefly in the Chaplaincy garden. Twenty-three White Wagtails and 15 Meadow pipits were on the airfield. A Lapland Bunting, 7 Bar-tailed godwits and a Whinchat were reported from St Agnes and a Dunlin and 7 Turnstone were at Porthmellon. The Lapland Bunting was still on Peninnis and another was photographed at Higher Moors. A small but very confiding Ocean Sunfish was close inshore at Little Porth.

Amazing views of a small Ocean Sunfish at Little Porth! (R.Hathway)