Yellow Wagtail and Garden Warbler

26th May 2016 – overcast/light showers WNW2
Offshore
A check of the sea on the high tide revealed a feeding flock of 22 Arctic Tern, 3 Little Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern recorded.
Grounded Migrants
Single Garden Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Spotted Flycatcher and Whitethroat revealed that spring passage is not quite finished.
Wildfowl and Waders
The colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit remained.
Moths
The number of moths attracted to the light trap overnight is rising slowly and is dominated by Brown Silver-line. However, Campion, Treble lines and Scalloped Hazel provided some distraction.

Sanderling origins revealed

25th May 2016 – overcast NE2
Offshore
A check of the sea on the falling tide revealed 4 Common Scoter and 4 Red-breasted Merganser along with feeding flock 50 Arctic Tern, 3 Little Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A single Chiffchaff was the only obvious new arrival.
Diurnal Migration
Four Swift flew over.
Wildfowl and Waders
A colour-ringed Black-tailed Godwit was logged and 1000 Sanderling remain.
Ringing
The five colour-ringed Sanderling seen at the weekend had initially been ringed at Griend, The Netherlands (2), Iwik, Mauritania (2) and Ostgronland, Greenland (1).

Spring draws to a close

22nd May 2016 – sunny spells W1
Offshore
Variety was the order of the day during a early morning seawatch (0800-0900) with 240 Common Scoter, 15 Guillemot, 8 Arctic Tern, 7 Gannet, 6 Manx Shearwater, 5 Kittiwake, 2 Little Tern and 2 Sandwich Tern logged.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to single Spotted Flycatcher and Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
Swallows still trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
At least 3000 Sanderling remain.

Puffin and Great Skua

21st May 2016 – overcast/showers then sunny spells S3/4
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0720-0920 & 1200-1400) were highlighted by single Puffin and Great Skua and the first Fulmar of the year. Also seen were 225 Manx Shearwater, 165 Guillemot, 115 Guillemot, 60 Common Scoter, 28 Kittiwake, 10 Sandwich Tern, 3 Red-throated Diver, 2 Little Tern, 2 Razorbill and an Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Only evidence by a single Whinchat.
Diurnal Migration
A House Martin was amongst a trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included an exceptional 4000 Sanderling and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A few Little Egret continue to linger.
Ringing
At least 5 colour-ringed birds were amongst the huge flock of Sanderling.
Butterflies and Moths
Clouded Bordered Brindle and Small Square-spot are now on the wing.

Seabirds and waders

20th May 2016 – sunny spells/rain by evening S2/3
Offshore
A check over the sea on the falling tide (1230-1330) produced 83 Gannet, 39 Kittiwake, 22 Manx Shearwater, 5 Sandwich Tern and an Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included an impressive flock of 2600 Sanderling and 3 Whimbrel
Ringing
At least one colour-ringed bird was amongst the Sanderling flock

Evening seawatch

17th May 2016 - sunny spells then heavy cloud SSW2/3
Offshore
An evening seawatch on the evening tide as the cloud rolled in (1830-1930) was highlighted by a summer-plumaged drake Long-tailed Duck. The supporting cast provided variety rather than quantity with 44 Guillemot, 36 Gannet, 20 Sandwich Tern, 19 Manx Shearwater, 13 Common Scoter, 8 Razorbill, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Red-throated Diver and a Little Tern recorded.

Buzzard headlines

15th May 2016 - sunny spells WNW2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0700-0800) produced 70 Guillemot, 14 Gannet, 12 Common Scoter, 10 Red-throated Diver, 6 Manx Shearwater and single Kittiwake and Little Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Single Wheatear, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat were the only obvious new arrivals.
Diurnal Migration
A Buzzard headed north and 2 House Martin were amongst a trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
A few Whimbrel continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
At least 2 Little Egret continue in residence.

Dusky Warbler

14th May 2016 – bright and sunny N1 then WNW2/3/4
Rarities
At last a change in the wind direction which immediately produced the goods. The island’s first Dusky Warbler was found residing along the hedgerows of Rakes Lane. Initially showing well and calling regularly, the bird became more elusive when the crowds began to appear mid-afternoon.
Offshore
Small numbers of Gannet, Common Scoter, Guillemot, Little Tern and Sandwich Tern were logged.
Grounded Migrants
The supporting cast for the Dusky Warbler was scant with other obvious new arrivals limited to singles of Whinchat, Blackcap, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Reed Warbler.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 7 Whimbrel and a Common Sandpiper.
Butterflies
Both Wall Brown and Common Blue are now on the wing.

Little Terns begin to build

13th May 2016 – bright and sunny ENE 3/4
Offshore
A group of 25 Little Tern fed offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A smattering of birds involved 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Wheatear and single Whinchat and Blackcap.
Wildfowl and Waders
Just 3 Whimbrel remain.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was logged.