I went on the seabird and dolphin trip this morning. The first birds seen were 2 Great Northern Divers and a Spoonbill. We then went to Gimble Porth on Tresco where we has distant views of the Hudsonian Whimbrel found there yesterday. We saw Buzzard, Hen Harrier, Peregrine and Kestrel as we made our way out to Sea. Other interesting sightings were the Life boat and rescue helicopters on a mission looking for a boat that had sent a “mayday” message. There was a brief sighting of a Minke Whale and some Harbour Porpoise.We were lucky to finish the 3 hour trip with possibly 100’s of Common Dolphin which were great to see as they were all around the boat. In the afternoon I went up to Content to see if I could get any better pictures of the Siberian Stonechat and on the way managed a few photos of a Firecrest.
Great Northern Divers
A trip over to Bryher today on a lovely sunny day. A Red-breasted Flycatcher was seen on Samson Hill and the resident Hooded Crow also flew past. A ringtail Hen Harrier was seen distantly over Tresco from Bryher as was an Osprey. Once I had got back to St Mary’s there was just enough time for a quick cup of tea before a quick walk was required up to Pungies Lane/Content to see a Siberian Stonechat in fading light.
A day of pipits. Went for another look at the Blyth’s Pipit early morning, finally caught up with the Red-throated Pipit early afternoon and finished the day with a Richard’s Pipit. Also had excellent views of 5 Jack Snipe at Lower Moors.
Not a bad day on St Mary’s. Started the day on the Garrison and saw 4 Firecrest and a Yellow-browed Warbler. Went for a wander for the rest of the day and saw Short-toed Lark at the turning circle on the airport and a Snow Bunting nearby and then finished the day with Short-eared Owl and Blyth’s Pipit on Peninnis Head.
Dusky Warbler this morning on the Garrison.
Some photos of birds seen in the last few days, the highlight being the Red-flanked Bluetail on St Agnes on 11/10/2015.
Scilly pelagic highlights were Sooty Shearwater, Pomarine Skua, several Bonxies, Minke Whale, Common Dolphin, Basking Shark and Harbour Porpoise.
Seven Stones Lightship
Round Island Lighthouse
Great Northern Diver
Monday and Tuesday were mainly wet and windy. Not great for photos and not many birds seen.
A very sunny, warm and calm crossing to Scilly on Saturday. Lots of dolphin were seen from the Scillonian and a couple of Balearic Shearwater. There was a Red-throated Diver in Porthcressa Bay. I got the boat to St Agnes at 2pm but the Red Eyed Vireo was not seen. A Pied Flycatcher was probably the best bird seen over there. Sunday was a completely different day weather wise, as it was cloudy, windy and quite a bit colder. I stayed on St Mary’s where I saw Lapland Bunting, Pectoral Sandpiper, Jack Snipe, Merlin and Peregrine.