Sedge Warblers continue move through

29th July 2014 – overcast/rain at times W3/4
Offshore
Slightly more variety than of late with 142 Common Scoter, 16 Gannet, 14 Sandwich Tern and 2 Little Tern logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Pintail remains and waders included Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.
Ringing
The single mist net erected across the small wetland area continues to provide extraordinary numbers of Sedge Warbler with over 115 individuals now identified over a 10 day period.
Moths
The trap held 318 moths of 61 species with the highlight the first Dark Marbled Carpet for 10 years.

Low key migration

26th July 2014 – sunny spells E2
Wildfowl and Waders
The 2 Shoveler and single Pintail remain and waders included 7 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Grounded Migrants
A few Willow Warbler continue to trickle through.
Diurnal Migration
Again a few southbound Swift were logged.
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets continue to stalk the eastern shore and the hirundine roost held 250 Swallow and 30 Sand Martin.

Returning Wheatear and Sand Martin control

25th July 2014 – bright and sunny W2
Offshore
Offshore sightings provided 10 Sandwich Tern, 10 Little Tern and 9 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
The first returning Wheatear were logged and Willow Warbler and Whitethroat trickled through.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 2 Shoveler and the long-staying Pintail while waders included 4 Black-tailed Godwit, 3 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
At least one Water Rail remains and the hirundine roost held 450 Swallow and 50 Sand Martin.
Ringing
Amongst a small catch of Sand Martin was a control - the first for the island.
Moths
A total of 325 moths of 63 species were attracted to the light trap with Dunbar new for the year.

Little Ringed Plover reappears

24th July 2014 – bright and sunny E2/3
Offshore
A flock of 30 Little Tern were feeding offshore early evening.
Grounded Migrants
Willow Warbler continue to trickle through.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included single Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, Greenshank along with 11 Black-tailed Godwit and 4 Whimbrel.
Ringing
An exceptional 88 Sedge Warbler have been ringed so far this month.
Moths
Broad bordered Yellow Underwing and Straw Underwing were new for the year.

Moths provide the main interest

21st July 2014 – bright and sunny NW1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations produced 70 Little Tern and 14 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Another Willow Warbler was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 30 Grey Plover and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Moths
The light trap attracted 515 moths of 60 species overnight with Evergestis pallidata the highlight.
Images
Evergestis pallidata.

Little Terns and Arctic Skua

20th July 2014 – sunny spells NW1/2
Offshore
Slightly more activity than of late (0800-0900) provided 70 Little Tern, 70 Sandwich Tern, 28 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 7 Arctic Tern, 2 Kittiwake and a dark phase Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
A solitary Willow Warbler was logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included a Little Ringed Plover and 3 Common Sandpiper amongst 75 Dunlin, 20 Sanderling and 15 Grey Plover.
Miscellaneous
Single Stock Dove and Little Egret were logged.
Images
Sand Martin – a rather infrequent visitor to the ringing hut.

Sedge Warbler control

19th July 2014 – rain at times
Offshore
A group of 12 Little Tern provided the offshore highlight.
Grounded Migrants
A solitary Willow Warbler provided evidence of movement.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Whimbrel and 2 Common Sandpiper.
Ringing
A single mist net erected across the small wetland area continues to provide extraordinary numbers of Sedge Warbler with over 60 individuals now identified including a control with ring sequence Y470*** .
Moths
The trap held 529 moths of 88 species but only Narrow-winged Pug was new for the year although a Buff form Poplar Hawkmoth was interesting.

Little Egrets begin to build

17th July 2014 – sunny spells W1/2
Offshore
Morning observations (0730-0830) again only produced small numbers of Gannet, Arctic Tern, Sandwich Tern and Common Scoter.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 15 Whimbrel and single Common Sandpiper and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets increased to 4 birds.
Moths
The trap held 577 moths of 65 species including 165 Dark Arches and 113 Large Yellow Underwing while Bordered Sallow was new for the year.

Nothing new!

16th July 2014 – rain at times
Offshore
Early morning observations again proved to be very disappointing with just small numbers of Gannet, Manx Shearwater, Sandwich Tern and Common Scoter recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Swift moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 6 Greenshank, 3 Common Sandpiper and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A single Little Egret was logged.