More Little Gulls

7th February 2016 – sun and showers SW4/5
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0800-0930) revealed 60 Common Scoter, 15 Kittiwake, 5 Red-throated Diver, 4 Little Gull (all adults) and 3 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 female Scaup remain and additional wildfowl included 139 pale-bellied Bent Goose and 62 Barnacle Goose. Waders included 3000 Knot.
Miscellaneous
Several Raven were logged.

Little Gull

6th February 2016 – overcast/rain SE3/4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide (1100-1200) produced 5 Red-throated Diver and an adult Little Gull.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 female Scaup remain and additional wildfowl included 63 pale-bellied and 3 dark-bellied Bent Goose and 62 Barnacle Goose. Waders included 3000 Knot and 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 70 Twite were stalked by a Merlin and a Peregrine was also recorded. The numbers of Lesser Black-backed Gull on territory begin to build.

Evening seawatch

4th February 2016 – overcast/showers W4 then SW1
Offshore
An evening check of the sea (1520-1620) as the wind finally abated to provide relatively calm seas revealed: 46 Red-throated Diver, 10 Razorbill, 8 Common Scoter, 8 Kittiwake and 4 Little Gull (3 adults + first-winter).
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets remain prominent.

Garden Birdwatch

31st January 2016 – rain S2/1
Offshore
The sea proved disappointing revealing little of note in the poor visibility.
Wildfowl and Waders
The two female Scaup remain and other wildfowl included 30 pale-bellied Brent Goose and 2 Barnacle Geese. A group of 6 Greenshank were the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The first-winter Little Gull again fed over the island’s flooded fields.
Garden Birdwatch
The observatory garden provided 30 Goldfinch, 3 Blackbird, 3 Robin, 3 House Sparrow, 2 Dunnock, 2 Wren, 2 Chaffinch, 2 Carrion Crow and single Sparrowhawk, Blue Tit and Song Thrush.
Ringing
As usual ringing got off to a slow start on the island in January with just 66 birds of 5 species. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps in brackets) Goldfinch 7 (50), Dunnock 1, Sparrowhawk 1, Blackbird (4) and Reed Bunting (3).

Laughing Gull headlines

30th January 2016 – showers SW5/6/7
Rarities
A first-winter Laughing Gull lingered amongst Black-headed Gulls off Biggar Bank between 0910-0935 before drifting south.
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0830-0945) produced 11 Kittiwake, 6 Common Scoter and a first-winter Little Gull.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 20 dark-bellied birds and two pale-bellied birds..
Miscellaneous
A check of the island over the tide to try to relocate the Laughing Gull proved fruitless although another first-winter Little Gull was found feeding over the island’s rain sodden fields and 30 Twite were seen.
Local news
A Firecrest has been seen daily since Thursday at Millwood on the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness.

Little Gull takes shelter

29th January 2016 – rain at times SW8/7/6
Offshore
A check of the maritime shore revealed wild seas and a single Kittiwake but little else of note. However, a first-winter Little Gull sheltered along the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 60 pale-bellied birds, also seen were 65 Barnacle Geese, while waders included 1000 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
A flock of 80 Twite were recorded.

Water Pipit reappears

24th January 2016 – overcast SW4/5
Rarities
At least two Water Pipit were again in the flooded horse paddocks along Carr Lane amongst 20 Rock Pipit.
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed just small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Kittiwake, Guillemot and Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 205 pale-bellied birds while waders included 11 Purple Sandpiper and 7500 Knot.
Miscellaneous
Peregrine, Merlin and Raven were all logged..
Ringing
A flock of 42 Greylag held a neck-collared bird.

Great Skua

23rd January 2016 – overcast/murky SE2
Offshore
A Great Skua terrorised gulls in the mouth of Morecambe Bay and a further check of the sea (1100-1200) produced 21 Red-throated Diver, 14 Common Scoter, 6 Razorbill, 3 Kittiwake and a Shag .
Diurnal Migration
There was some evidence of movement with 55 Pink-footed Geese heading north.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 female Scaup remain and additional wildfowl included 100 pale-bellied Bent Goose, 30 Barnacle Goose, 71 Pintail and 5 Shoveler. Waders included 6 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A notable increase in Twite was note with 180 birds logged, also seen were 63 Little Egret and single Merlin and Raven.

Scaup new in

19th January 2016 – sunny spells NE1
Wildfowl and Waders
The Barnacle Goose flock increased again to hold 85 birds. Two female Scaup were amongst 20 Goldeneye and waders included 4 Greenshank
Miscellaneous
A Raven was logged and Little Egrets remain prominent.