Puffins galore!

19th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
Early morning observations over calm seas (0600-0800) before the heat haze were led by an exceptional group of 7 Puffin. Additional sightings included: 660 Sandwich Tern, 68 Guillemot, 31 Gannet, 28 Razorbill, 21 Manx Shearwater, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Red-throated Diver, 5 Arctic Tern, 3 Kittiwake and a Fulmar.
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 2 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Swallow continue to trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance.
Ringing
A flock of 110 Knot held a colour-ringed bird.

Hooded Crow

18th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea at high tide revealed the continued presence of the large flock of Common Scoter was still in the mouth of Morecambe Bay. Also seen were 18 Sandwich Tern and 2 Little Tern.
Diurnal Migration
Two Swift flew through..
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3036 Dunlin, 2040 Sanderling, 566 Ringed Plover, 14 Whimbrel and 5 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow reappeared and several Little Egret remain.
Ringing
The colour-ringed Sanderlings seen recently had previously been recorded in Ghana, Gambia, Portugal, France, England and Iceland.

Curlew Sandpiper

14th May 2018 – cloudy start then sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea provided 500 Sandwich Tern, 39 Manx Shearwater, 36 Guillemot, 33 Common Scoter, 21 Gannet, 3 Arctic Tern, 3 Little Tern and single Fulmar and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Only evidenced by 16 Wheatear.
Diurnal Migration
Two Lesser Redpoll were among a further trickle of Swallow.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Sanderling, 11 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Whimbrel and 2 Curlew Sandpiper.
Ringing
Today’s colour-ringed birds involved 4 Sanderling and a Black-tailed Godwit.

Common Tern new for year

13th May 2018 – bright and sunny SW2
Offshore
The huge flock of Common Scoter continues to reside in the mouth of Morecambe Bay while observations (0645-0815) added 300 Sandwich Tern, 136 Manx Shearwater, 68 Guillemot, 60 Gannet, 15 Razorbill, 7 Little Tern, 6 Red-throated Diver, 4 Common Tern and single Arctic Tern, Arctic Skua and Great Skua.
Grounded Migrants
The early morning conditions again were not conducive to a fall and just 25 Wheatear, 3 Willow Warbler and a Whinchat logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 30 Swallow was the largest movement recorded so far this spring while 3 Tree Sparrow and a Lesser Redpoll were also recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 500 Sanderling and 19 Whimbrel.
Ringing
The Sanderling flock held several colour-ringed individuals.

Hooded Crow

12th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
A check of the sea (0730-0830) was dominated by 4000 Common Scoter, also seen were 70 Sandwich Tern, 48 Manx Shearwater, 27 Guillemot, 24 Gannet, 11 Little Tern, 5 Red-throated Diver, 3 Arctic Tern, 2 Shag and an Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
The early morning conditions were not conducive to a fall and just 17 Wheatear, 2 Willow Warbler and single Whinchat and Blackcap were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two House Martin were amongst a further trickle of Swallow and 4 Lesser Redpoll moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 250 Sanderling, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit and 2 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A Hooded Crow was perhaps the bird seen previously.

Another Yellow Wagtail

8th May 2018 – sunny spells/rain later SW1/2
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed 2000 Common Scoter along with 200 Sandwich Tern, 170 Manx Shearwater, 70 Guillemot, 21 Red-throated Diver, 18 Gannet, 8 Razorbill, 4 Little Tern and 5 Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Although the third Yellow Wagtail of the spring was logged additional sightings were limited to 19 Wheatear, 3 Chiffchaff and single Whitethroat, Willow Warbler and Blackcap.
Diurnal Migration
Swallows continue to just trickle through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 1000 Dunlin, 110 Sanderling and 36 Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
The 2 Ring-necked Parakeets remain.

First Swift of the year

7th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea on the falling tide (0645-0745) produced 190 Sandwich Tern, 32 Manx Shearwater, 14 Common Scoter, 6 Guillemot, 4 Red-throated Diver, 3 Gannet and a Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
A total of 40 Wheatear were logged along with 3 Blackcap and single Reed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Chiffchaff and Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A Swift amongst a trickle of Swallow was the first of the year. Also logged were 15 Jackdaw, 2 Lesser Redpoll and a Grey Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 53 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
There are now 2 Ring-necked Parakeets touring the island.

Corn Bunting provides early morning shock

6th May 2018 – bright and sunny V1
Rarities
Thought to be long extinct as a breeding bird in Cumbria an early morning Corn Bunting was a complete surprise.
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea produced 173 Sandwich Tern, 8 Guillemot, 4 Little Tern, 4 Gannet, 3 Kittiwake, 2 Arctic Tern and 2 Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Cuckoo was the first of the year, also seen were 32 Wheatear, 6 Whitethroat, 3 Blackcap, 3 Willow Warbler and 2 Chiffchaff.
Diurnal Migration
A Tree Sparrow flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 56 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.

Spring is finally sprung

5th May 2018 – early fog/mist then sunny spells V1
Grounded Migrants
The best fall of the spring so far with 103 Wheatear, 24 Willow Warbler, 19 Whinchat, 8 Whitethroat, 7 Blackcap, 4 Chiffchaff, 2 Wood Warbler, 2 Redstart, 2 White Wagtail, 2 Spotted Flycatcher and single Tree Pipit, Garden Warbler and Goldcrest logged.
Diurnal Migration
The skies added 31 Lesser Redpoll, 6 House Martin, 2 Buzzard and single Tree Pipit and Siskin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 66 Whimbrel and 6 Golden Plover.
Breeding Birds
Lesser Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, Whitethroat, Reed Warbler and Grasshopper Warbler are now widely distributed in breeding habitat across the island.