For me it was great to return to the Isles of Scilly after a 16-year break, they haven’t changed, they still retain their unique charm, beauty and tranquillity. The birding isn’t as good as the heady days of the past, but there are still ‘goodies’ to be had.
Apart from the ‘uncommon ‘ migrants that we managed to see, such as: Tawny Pipit, Ortolan Bunting, Lapland Bunting, Pectoral & Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Rose-coloured Starling and Whooper Swan there were several that we missed. These included: Yellow-browed Warbler, Firecrest, Common Rosefinch and Red-backed Shrike. Which shows that it is still an interesting and an exciting place to visit at this time of the year.Download Trip Report (1.52 MB)
This was far from the best migration year, we had a diificult time finding common migrant birds let alone rare or uncommon species. The weather wasn't too bad except for a very stormy afternoon and evening in midweek. We mananged to ...View Report
We had superb weather, in fact it was too nice at times! The group was lovely we had plenty of laughs but the migration was more or less non-exisitent. We hardly saw a common migrant let alone a rare one. Despite this we saw over 120 spe...View Report
Another successful Tour of these magical islands. Common migrants were thin on the ground but we saw many uncommon and rare birds. The weather dipped somewhat during the week and we left the islands a day early because of an horren...View Report