Yellowhammer surprise

23rd November 2014 – sunny spells NNW 1/2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations over a calm sea (0830-0900) produced 16 Shag, 16 Common Scoter, 5 Razorbill and 2 Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved a sprinkling of Fieldfare, Redwing and Blackbird while 2 Goldcrest were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 17 Tree Sparrow and a single Yellowhammer were recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains in residence and waders included 100 Sanderling and 16 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included 80 Twite, 4 Water Rail and 3 Raven.

A late Chiffchaff

22nd November 2014 – early rain the sunny S3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea (0830-0900) produced small numbers of Common Scoter, Razorbill, Guillemot and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A late Chiffchaff and 3 Tree Sparrow were the sole evidence of newly arrived birds.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 117 pale-bellied birds and the female Long-tailed Duck remains. Waders included 3000 Knot, 14 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A total of 39 Little Egret were logged and additional sightings included 100 Twite and 14 Rock Pipit.
Ringing
The Twite flock held a Heysham ringed bird.

Brace of Long-tailed Ducks

21st November 2014 – overcast then rain SE3/4/5
Offshore
A loose flock of 14 Shag fed off the western shore.
Grounded Migrants
The exceptional autumn for Tree Sparrow continued with a further five birds logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
There are now 2 Long-tailed Duck amongst 14 Goldeneye and 10 Red-breasted Merganser. A Greenshank was the pick of the waders
Miscellaneous
At least 61 Little Egret remain and additional sightings included 45 Twite and 2 Raven.

Osprey moves through as autumn passage continues

16th November 2014 – sunny spells NE/2/1
Offshore
A quick check of the sea revealed little other than 3 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 2 Redwing amongst a sprinkling of Song Thrush and Blackbirds and two Goldcrest were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
Another varied selection was highlighted by an Osprey which headed east at 1100hrs and 7 Snow Bunting. Additional sightings included 375 Pink-footed Goose, 205 Starling, 185 Jackdaw, 50 Tree Sparrow, 19 Carrion Crow, 8 Skylark, 5 Meadow Pipit, 4 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Pied Wagtail and single Siskin, Rock Pipit, Rook and Raven.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 73 pale-bellied and 47 dark-bellied birds, also seen were 37 Barnacle Geese and the long-staying female Long-tailed Duck along with 2 Gadwall. Waders included 9 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 2 Water Rail were logged and a Merlin was again in residence.
Images
Record shot of Walney’s latest ever Osprey.

Autumn not quite over

15th November 2014 – sunny spells SE3/2/1
Offshore
A group of 5 Shag were the pick of the sightings.
Grounded Migrants
Overnight migrants were at a premium with 4 Blackbird, 2 Goldcrest and a Song Thrush logged.
Diurnal Migration
A fair sprinkling of movement was noted for mid-November with 105 Pink-footed Goose, 45 Tree Sparrow, 30 Jackdaw, 22 Starling, 10 Chaffinch, 9 Carrion Crow, 7 Rook, 7 Meadow Pipit, 4 Whooper Swan, 3 Lesser Redpoll and single Pied Wagtail and Grey Wagtail recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains amongst 15 Goldeneye and waders included 8 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 4 Water Rail were logged and a Merlin was in residence.
Moths
A Dark Chestnut would appear to be the first island record.

Lapland Bunting

14th November 2014 – early rain then sunny spells SSE4/3/2
Rarities
A Lapland Bunting was along the western shore mid-afternoon.
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 7 Shag, 6 Kittiwake and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Goldcrest and Tree Sparrow.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Barnacle Goose flock has increased to 37 birds, the female Long-tailed Duck and 7 Shoveler were also logged. Waders included 1400 Dunlin, 8 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret remain prominent across the island.

Standard fare

11th November 2014 – overcast/rain at times SE1/2/3
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds were limited to 6 Chaffinch, 4 Tree Sparrow and 3 Fieldfare.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck remains and the Brent Goose flock held 40 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret remain prominent along the eastern shore, additional sightings included 21 Twite.

Late Sandwich Tern

10th November 2014 – sunny spells SE2/3
Offshore
A late Sandwich Tern was seen.
Grounded Migrants
Several Tree Sparrow and a Redwing were logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 150 Fieldfare flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck remains and 10 Shoveler were recorded.

Autumn comes to an end?

9th November 2014 – sunny spells/rain later SE3/2/1
Grounded Migrants
A total of 5 Goldcrest, 2 Redwing and 2 Fieldfare provided limited evidence of newly grounded birds.
Diurnal Migration
A late Swallow and 50 Fieldfare were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 40 pale-bellied Brent Geese, 7 Shoveler and the long-staying Long-tailed Duck. Waders included 5 Purple Sandpiper, Greenshank and Black-tailed Godwit
Miscellaneous
At least 67 Little Egret continue to stalk the saltmarshes along the eastern shore and additional sightings included 70 Twite and a Merlin.