Autumn Migration on the Isles Of Scilly
Autumn migration on the magical Isles of Scilly. Our week long tour will see us leave Penzance by boat on Monday 3rd October for the 2hr 45 minute journey to St Mary’s. En-route there will be an opportunity to see seabirds like Red-throated and Great Norther Diver, Eider, Puffin, Gannet, Fulmar, Shearwaters and possibly Whales and Dolphins. Previous journeys have also witnessed migration of smaller birds, with some often landing on the boat! Flocks of thrushes, finches and Skylarks may be seen heading towards the mainland, with passerines like Robins, Chiffchaff, Pipits and Flycatchers landing on the boat.
Arrival on St Mary’s
We arrive at St Mary’s around lunchtime and once we are settled in our hotel accommodation, we will head out to the Lower Moors Nature Trail to look for migrants. This will be a leisurely afternoon after our journey and after evening meal those that want to can join us at The Scillonian Club, where the daily bird log is recorded and we can relax with a drink amongst other birders.
The rest of the week will be flexible and governed by where the birds are. This is a week of looking for the rare and scarce as we hope to encounter birds from the East and West, depending on the wind direction. We will visit Tresco and St Agnes during the week and possibly Bryher depending on the birds. The price of the trip includes 2 inter-island boat trips, but we may re-visit other islands if the birds are there. St Agnes is often the first landfall for American vagrants and we often find ourselves there on consecutive days!
All the islands we visit have good footpaths and walkways and the pace will mainly be leisurely, we may pick up the pace if a rare bird is located!
Each evening our guides will be at The Scillonian Club to add our sightings to the bird log. There will also be an opportunity to purchase the excellent annual Isles of Scilly Bird and Wildlife Report here. There are other pubs nearby should you wish to do your own thing or you may just want to relax in the hotel’s pool!
Final Day and Departure
We depart St Mary’s on Monday 10th October 2022, the boat usually leaving at 1630hrs, so the daytime will be your own to explore St Mary’s further or grab last minute gifts in the town. Alternatively, we will still have plenty of time for birding on Saturday if you want to join your guide(s), you never know what might turn up at the last minute!
What’s included in the price?
The price includes travel by boat to and from the Isles of Scilly, Hotel accommodation with Dinner, bed and Breakfast, 2 inter-island boat tickets, full weeks guiding fees and a complimentary Bird Tours Beanie hat!
If you want to upgrade to the plane from Land’s End then let us know, that can be arranged for further cost.
Whats Not included?
Private holiday insurance, travel to Penzance from your home address (we can provide mini-bus transport from our HQ at Hayle to save you parking), items of a personal nature. Lunches during the day and any drinks. The hotel may provide a packed lunch if requested, otherwise the local shops sell sandwiches and pasties.
We have a supply of quality Opticron binoculars and Telescopes to rent or buy. Please ask on booking.
The weather at this time of year can cause cancellations to boat/planes on and off the island. We are not responsible for any costs for extra accommodation should, we get stuck on the islands.