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
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.
12/10/2014 I spent the morning walking around St Mary’s where I saw the Richard’s Pipit on the golf course and found a Yellow Browed Warbler near Pelistry. I also saw a Firecrest near Porthellick House. I then went on a mini pelagic trip which started by heading out to the Eastern Isles, then went south for a couple of miles before turning west. We saw a Balearic Shearwater, Arctic Skua and Great Skua. We then returned via the Western Isles where we saw a Purple Sandpiper on one of the rocks and then headed for Green Island where we saw the long staying Spoonbill.
A nice week on Scilly. As usual plenty of interest with some nice weather as well. The best birds were Sora, Purple Heron, Arctic Warbler, Bluethroat, Richards Pipit, Red Breasted Flycatcher, Short Toed Lark, Wryneck and Yellow Browed Warbler. Other good birds were a very approachable Snow Bunting, Lapland Buntings, Jack Snipes, Firecrest and a Spotted Crake. Balearic Shearwaters and a Bonxie were seen on the Scillionian crossings as well as lots of Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise and a Basking Shark. Some interesting moths were seen, Convolvulus and Death’s Head Hawkmoth and a Scarce Blackneck. I also saw a “scilly shrew”.