Another Mediterranean Gull

15th July 2018 – hot and sunny S1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) were led by another Mediterranean Gull amongst 6 Black-headed Gulls along with 27 Common Scoter, 22 Manx Shearwater, 18 Sandwich Tern, 16 Gannet and 3 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift, Swallow and House Martin were on the move.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 33 Golden Plover, 28 Grey Plover, 19 Whimbrel and 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Coal Tit was further evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Butterflies and Moths
A Painted Lady was logged along with a small influx of SilverY.

Mediterranean Gulls

14th July 2018 – hot and sunny V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) were led by 2 Mediterranean Gulls amongst 12 Black-headed Gulls along with 88 Manx Shearwater, 54 Common Scoter, 35 Sandwich Tern, 27 Gannet and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were again logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2264 Curlew, 800 Knot, 88 Dunlin, 46 Grey Plover, 32 Golden Plover, 18 Turnstone and 11 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker was evidence of post-breeding dispersal and 10 Little Egret were seen.

Early autumn waders continue to build

13th July 2018 – early rain then sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed just 22 Sandwich Tern, 4 Arctic Tern and 4 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Evidence of passage was provided by 6 Swift, 2 Grey Wagtail, 2 Sand Martin and 2 House Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 120 Dunlin, 50 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Greenshank and single Black-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel and Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.
Moths
The moth trap attracted a Common Roller which would appear to be the first island record.

Little Ringed Plover

9th July 2018 – sunny spells WNW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea on the rising tide (0700-0830) revealed 370 Sandwich Tern, 146 Common Scoter, 79 Manx Shearwater and 28 Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
A Cuckoo was logged.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
A juvenile Little Ringed Plover was newly arrived.
Breeding birds
A significant sign of the times is that the productivity of the roof-top nesting gulls on the island again out performed the colony at the south end of the island.
Mammals
A Bottle-nosed Dolphin was offshore.
Butterflies and Moths
A small influx of Red Admiral was noted while local specialities attracted to the moth trap overnight involved Crescent Striped and Shore Wainscot.

Long-eared Owl

8th July 2018 – hot and sunny V2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0645-0745) produced 145 Common Scoter, 57 Sandwich Tern, 20 Manx Shearwater, 3 Puffin and a Black Guillemot.
Diurnal Migration
Lesser Redpoll and Swift were again logged.
Miscellaneous
A Long-eared Owl provided the highlight of the day.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.

Waders begin to increase

7th July 2018 – hot and sunny V2
Offshore
The sea provided 27 Common Scoter, 12 Sandwich Tern, 12 Little Tern, 5 Gannet and 2 Arctic Tern.
Diurnal Migration
The first Lesser Redpoll of the autumn was overhead and a few Swift were seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 150 Redshank, 8 Greenshank, 2 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.
Breeding birds
Unusually 2 pairs of Teal have bred on the island.
Dragonflies
Black-tailed Skimmers are still showing well along with Four-spotted Chaser, Emperor Dragonfly, Common Hawker and Brown Hawker.
Butterflies and Moths
A Bordered Beauty was attracted to the moth trap where recent sightings include Orange-spotted Shoot – the first island record.

Insect day

2nd July 2018 – hot and sunny NE2/3
Offshore
The sea provided 50 Common Scoter, 33 Manx Shearwater, 6 Gannet and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were overhead.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to return with a single Whimbrel logged.
Dragonflies
Black-tailed Skimmers are currently showing well.
Butterflies and Moths
A Ringlet consolidates evidence of recent colonisation and moths included Oak Eggar, Small Dusty Wave, Small Blood-vein and Pretty Chalk Carpet – the latter would appear to be the first island record.

Waders continue to return

1st July 2018 – hot and sunny V2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 125 Sandwich Tern, 88 Common Scoter, 48 Manx Shearwater, 8 Gannet and a Goosander.
Diurnal Migration
A group of 50 Sand Martin collected on overhead wires was suggestive that southbound movement is imminent.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders continue to return with 3 Ruff and single Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper and Snipe logged
Miscellaneous
A group of 6 Raven (4 adults and 2 juveniles) was recorded.

Post-breeding dispersal swells ringing total

30th June 2018 – hot and sunny NE3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0545-0645) produced 160 Sandwich Tern, 39 Common Scoter, 32 Manx Shearwater, 11 Gannet, 5 Guillemot and 2 Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
An out of season Tree Sparrow was a surprise.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were logged.
Ringing
A total of 116 birds of 12 species were handled during the month, mainly due to post-breeding dispersal. Individual species totals were as follow (retraps in brackets) Starling 43, (1), House Sparrow 19, Dunnock 9, (4), Chaffinch 9, Greenfinch 8, (5), Goldfinch 7, (3), Blackbird 2, Blackcap 1, Chiffchaff 1, Linnet 1, Sparrowhawk (2), Reed Bunting (1). 460/27, 143/14