Arctic Skua

26th July 2016 – overcast/showers SSW3
Offshore
An evening check of the sea (1830-1930) produced another Arctic Skua amongst 70 Sandwich Tern, 41 Common Scoter, 39 Manx Shearwater, 29 Gannet and a Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Both Redstart and Wheatear remain.
Wildfowl and Waders
Flocks of 300 Knot and 30 Turnstone and a Greenshank were the best of the waders.
Butterflies and Moths
Comma and Gatekeeper are now on the wing while immigrant moths were represented by Silver Y and Rusty Dot Pearl.

Redstart and Whinchat still

25th July 2016 – sunny spells WSW3
Offshore
An evening check of the sea produced an Arctic Skua amongst 20 Sandwich Tern, 15 Manx Shearwater, 10 Gannet and 5 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Both Redstart and Whinchat remain and the trickle of Willow Warbler and Wheatear continues.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wildfowl included 4 Shoveler while 3 Whimbrel were the best of the waders.

Willow Warbler passage increases

24th July 2016 – overcast/showers SE/2
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0830) provided 170 Manx Shearwater, 130 Sandwich Tern, 42 Gannet, 42 Common Scoter and single Little Tern, Arctic Tern and Common Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Both Redstart and Whinchat remain and the trickle of Willow Warbler increased with 10 birds logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 19 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Greenshank.

Mediterranean Gull

23rd July 2016 – overcast SW1/2
Offshore
Offshore sightings included 206 Sandwich Tern, 54 Common Scoter, 6 Gannet and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Several Willow Warbler were new in and the Redstart continues to linger.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were again overhead amongst 50 Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3210 Knot, 2710 Curlew, 630 Redshank, 39 Whimbrel, 30 Golden Plover, 18 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
An adult Mediterranean Gull was the first of the year and the Little Egret influx was consolidated with 24 birds logged.
Moths
Small Wainscot and Narrow-winged Pug were amongst 381 moths of 60 species attracted to the moth trap overnight.

Southbound Cuckoo

22nd July 2016 – overcast SW1/2
Offshore
Small numbers of Gannet and Sandwich Tern again fed offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A Cuckoo was newly arrived while Redstart, Lesser Whitethroat and Willow Warbler were all perhaps lingers from previous days.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift were again overhead.
Miscellaneous
An influx of Little Egret was apparent with 25 birds recorded.
Moths
The moth trap continues to be with 357 moths of 74 species attracted overnight. Highlights included Buff Arches, Dingy Footman, Fen Wainscot and Small Rufous.

First Shoveler return

21st July 2016 – overcast SW1/2
Offshore
A flock of 130 Sandwich Tern and 3 Gannet fed offshore in the evening.
Grounded Migrants
The Whinchat remains and a Chiffchaff was added to the list of early returning migrants.
Diurnal Migration
Several Swift were overhead.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first 2 Shoveler have returned.
Moths
The moth trap has been busy in the recent warm and settled conditions. An overnight catch of 321 moths of 71 species with White-line Dart the top species is typical of the last few days. Recent highlights include Bordered Beauty, Brown-line Bright-eye, Southern Wainscot, Straw Underwing and Least Yellow Underwing – all new for the year, while migrants include Silver Y and Diamond-back Moth.

Redstart and Whinchat

18th July 2016 – overcast/sunny later SW1
Offshore
A few Sandwich Tern fed offshore in the evening.
Grounded Migrants
The Redstart remains and a Whinchat was amongst 5 Stonechat.
Diurnal Migration
Several Swift were overhead.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A hirundine roost held 40 Swallow and 10 Sand Martin. An exceptional 10 Reed Warbler were logged.
Moths
Yellow-tail was new for the year.

Bonxie and Redstart

17th July 2016 – sunny spells SW3
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0830) were led by a single Great Skua amongst 101 Manx Shearwater, 75 Common Scoter, 30 Sandwich Tern, 15 Gannet, 6 Little Tern, 6 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and an Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Singles of Redstart, Wheatear and Willow Warbler provided further evidence that the early stages of autumn migration are underway.
Diurnal Migration
Several Swift were overhead.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Whimbrel.
Moths
Small Fan-footed Wave, Wormwood Pug and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were new for the year.

Waders continue to build

16th July 2016 – sunny spells WSW3
Offshore
A check of the sea produced a single Little Tern amongst small numbers of Gannet, Common Scoter and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Lesser Whitethroat providedevidence of the start of autumn passage.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Whimbrel amongst 500 Curlew and 16 Greenshank amongst 560 Redshank.
Moths
Flounced Rustic, Crescent and Fen Wainscot were all new for the year.