Just a pre-rain seawatch

28th June 2022 – overcast/rain later SSE4/5
Offshore
A check of the sea ahead of the approaching rain front (0645-0845) provided relatively little with just 325 Common Scoter, 62 Sandwich Tern, 30 Gannet, 3 Manx Shearwater and an Arctic Tern recorded.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.

The sea continues to dominate

27th June 2022 – early rain then sunny spells SW3/4
Offshore
A check of the sea as the rain cleared (0730-0930) produced more variety than of late with 250 Common Scoter, 130 Gannet, 85 Sandwich Tern, 65 Manx Shearwater, 26 Guillemot, 7 Kittiwake, 7 Arctic Tern, 3 Puffin, 3 Razorbill, 2 Little Tern and an Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 40 Grey Plover, 30 Dunlin and 6 Knot.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.

Goosanders

26th June 2022 – overcast/showers SSE5/6/7
Offshore
A quiet morning over the sea (0630-0730 & 1030-1130) with only 245 Common Scoter, 38 Sandwich Tern, 17 Gannet, 4 Manx Shearwater, 3 Shoveler and 2 Goosander logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 112 moths of 38 species with Dark Arches the dominant species and Light Arches new for the year. A Hummingbird Hawkmoth was seen in the field.

Scoters and shearwaters

24th June 2022 – overcast WSW2/3
Offshore
It was slightly more productive over the sea early morning (0630-0830) with 640 Common Scoter, 234 Manx Shearwater, 64 Sandwich Tern, 55 Gannet, 21 Guillemot, 5 Razorbill, 2 Kittiwake and single Puffin and dark morph Arctic Skua logged.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 171 moths of 49 species with Clay new for the year.

Waders continue to return

23rd June 2022 – warm and sunny ESE1/2
Offshore
It was exceptionally quiet over the sea early morning (0545-0645) with just 130 Common Scoter, 16 Guillemot, 6 Razorbill, 6 Sandwich Tern, 4 Manx Shearwater and 4 Gannet logged.
Grounded Migrants
Three juvenile Stonechat and a juvenile Great Tit provided further evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Diurnal Migration
Five Swift flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
A flock of 40 summering Grey Plover were seen and returning waders included five Snipe and single Greenshank and Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Dragonflies
The first Black-tailed Skimmers are now on the wing.
Butterflies and Moths
The first Grayling have emerged and migrant butterflies involved 3 Painted Lady and a Red Admiral while the moth trap held 267 moths of 67 species with White Plume Moth, Bee Moth, Satin Wave, Single-dotted Wave, Green Pug and the nationally scarce Sand Dart - all new for the year.

The sea once again dominates sightings

22nd June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells NW1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0530-0730) saw 320 Common Scoter, 105 Sandwich Tern, 43 Gannet, 34 Manx Shearwater, 16 Guillemot, 4 Razorbill, 3 Heron, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and a Puffin.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
Migrant butterflies involved single Red Admiral and Painted Lady.

Early returning Wood Sandpiper

21st June 2022 – overcast then sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0600-0700) saw Puffins return to form with 18 birds logged. Also seen were 100 Common Scoter, 73 Manx Shearwater, 44 Sandwich Tern, 41 Gannet, 19 Guillemot and 9 Razorbill.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included an early returning Wood Sandpiper – the first of the year.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 146 moths of 46 species with Burnished Brass, White-line Dart, Sallow Kitten and Dot Moth all new for the year.

Long-eared Owl!

20th June 2022 – bright and sunny V1/2
Offshore
Another quiet morning over the sea (0630-0730) with just 49 Common Scoter, 30 Gannet, 19 Guillemot, 14 Sandwich Tern, 2 Razorbill and single Puffin and Manx Shearwater logged.
Grounded Migrants
A Long-eared Owl was an early morning surprise.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included the first returning Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Dragonflies
The first Common Darter are now on the wing.

First Puffin for ages!

19th June 2022 – overcast/murky start then sunny spells WNW4/5
Offshore
Another relatively quiet morning over the sea (0630-0830), although a further 330 Common Scoter were logged additional variety was limited to 100 Gannet, 45 Guillemot, 5 Manx Shearwater, 4 Razorbill and single Kittiwake, Fulmar and Puffin.
Grounded Migrants
A Robin provided further evidence of post-breeding dispersal.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow is still in residence and still attending 4 hybrid juveniles.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 173 moths of 45 species with Dark Arches the dominant species and Grey Dagger, Obscure Wainscot and Clouded Brindle new for the year, indeed the latter would appear to be the first island record.