A juvenile Ruff and 5 Wheatear were on the airfield.

At Porth Hellick 9 Greenshank, Dunlin & 9 Ringed Plover were on the beach, a Common Sandpiper was on the Pool and a Cetti’s Warbler was in the bushes. A Crossbill was at Longstone.

Birds reported from Tresco were 100 Sanderling, 100 Ringed Plover, 16 Dunlin, 6 Knot and a Black-tailed Godwit.

The daytime 8 “Birders’ Special” pelagic trip 8 miles south of St. Mary’s produced: 14 Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 150 European Storm-petrel, 10 Great Shearwater, 4 Sooty Shearwater, 2 Balearic Shearwater, 5 Sabine’s Gull, 9 Great Skua, an Arctic Skua, 4 Long-tailed Skua and 20 Common Dolphin.


On the “Scilly side” of the return crossing of the Scillonian III crossing birds reported were: 4 European Storm-petrel, a Great Shearwater, 2 Sooty Shearwater, a  Cory’s Shearwater and a Great Skua

At Porth Hellick there were 11 Greenshank, the juvenile Ruff, a Snipe and a Dunlin. 2 Wheatear were on Salakee Down and a Pied Flycatcher was at Newford Duck Pond,

Whimbrel, a Greenshank & 60+ Sanderling were on Par Beach, St. Martins and on Teän there were 3 Black-tailed Godwit & 4 Mediterranean Gull.

The evening “Birders’ Special” pelagic trip 4 miles south of St. Mary’s produced: 9 Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 100 European Storm-petrel, 21 Great Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater and an Arctic Skua.


The juvenile Ruff & a Green Sandpiper were on Porth Hellick Pool, 3 Mediterranean Gull were at Halangy Point and 5 Wheatear  were at Deep Point.


The juvenile Ruff & the Green Sandpiper were still on Porth Hellick Pool and 2 Sanderling, 2 Dunlin and 14 Ringed Plover were on Porthloo Beach.

On Tresco a Citrine Wagtail flew over Pool Road and settled on the mud to the right of the Swarovski Hide on the Great Pool, also on the Great Pool were a Garganey and a Pochard.

80 Sanderling and 2 Greenshank were on the Campsite Beach, St. Martin’s.

The Birding/ sharking evening pelagic 6 miles south of St. Mary’s was fairly quiet by recent standards but still managed to produce: 2 Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 50 European Storm-petrel, a Great Shearwater and a  Sooty Shearwater.


The Citrine Wagtail was near the Swarovski Hide on the Great Pool, Tresco where there were also 3 Green Sandpiper.

On St. Mary’s he juvenile Ruff was still on Porth Hellick Pool & a Cetti’s Warbler was singing between the hides. A Spotted Flycatcher & 2 Pied Flycatcher were in the Porth Hellick Down pine shelter belt and single Pied Flycatcher were also on Peninnis and at Longstone. The first American vagrant of the autumn, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper showed for 45 minutes in the afternoon on Peninnis, where there were also 5 Wheatear

The Birding/ sharking evening pelagic 6 miles south of St. Mary’s returned to form among the bird seen were: 3 Wilson’s Storm-petrel, 250 European Storm-petrel, 42Great Shearwater, a Sooty Shearwater and 17 Cory’s Shearwater, one of which showed most of the characteristics of a Scopoli’s Shearwater.

(c) Joe Pender
(c) Joe Pender
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