The first Wryneck of the autumn was along the coastal path from Old Town to Porth Hellick 200 yards west of Blue Carn and likewise the first Pied Flycatcher was in the pines above Innisidgen.

Wheatear, a Blackcap & a Common Whitethroat were on Peninnis, single Water Rail were at Porth Hellick & Lower Moors, another Common Whitethroat & 6 Willow Warbler were also in Lower Moors and a Cetti’s Warbler was at Porth Hellick.

Mediterranean Gull & 25 Sandwich Tern were at Porthcressa and 3 Common Tern were in Tresco Channel.

A quick trip (by kayak!) to South Beach, Tresco produced a juvenile Knot, 10 Dunlin, 110 Sanderling, 60 Turnstone, 30 Ringed Plover, 30 Sandwich Tern and 2 Little Egret.

Despite persistent northerly winds, birders on the evening pelagic trip 6 miles south of St. Mary’s managed to find a Wilson’s Storm-petrel. Also seen on the trip were 2 first for the year, a very obliging Arctic Skua and a cracking Sabine’s Gull. Other bird seen were 50+ European Storm-petrel, 3+ Great Skua, 2 Common Tern, a Mediterranean Gull and a Yellow-legged Gull. 2 Blue Shark were caught, tagged and released.  


Whimbrel flew over Holy Vale & another flew over Pelistry Riding Stables, 7 Greenshank  & 9 Ringed Plover were on Porth Hellick Beach and an Osprey flew over the airfield towards Old town Bay


10 Greenshank  were on Porth Hellick Beach, a Common Sandpiper was at Giant’s Castle, a Curlew & a Mediterranean Gull were at Porthcressa, a Hobby was over the Garrison, it or another was over Porth Minnick and a Crossbill was in the pines between Pelistry & Watermill.

On Tresco a Garganey  and 7 Teal were on the Great Pool.

Even though the evening pelagic trip 6 miles south of St. Mary’s was almost becalmed, those on board managed to see, a Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 30+ European Storm-petrel, a Great Shearwater, a Cory’s Shearwater, another Sabine’s Gull, 6 Common Dolphin and 4 Sunfish. 2 Blue Shark were caught, tagged and released.

(c) Joe Pender
(c) Joe Pender
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