Black Redstart remains

29th October 2014 – bright and sunny NE2
Offshore
Observations over the sea only produced small numbers of Common Scoter, Razorbill and Guillemot .
Grounded Migrants
A few Goldcrest, a single Blackcap and a smattering of Redwing, Song Thrush and Blackbird were logged.
Diurnal Migration
The first calm day for a while produced a good variety through the morning with 1610 Pink-footed Goose, 780 Starling, 440 Jackdaw, 175 Linnet, 165 Meadow Pipit, 105 Tree Sparrow, 80 Skylark, 69 Whooper Swan, 30 Chaffinch, 26 Twite, 24 Carrion Crow, 15 Pied/White Wagtail,12 Siskin, 10 Greenfinch, 10 Reed Bunting, 8 Stock Dove, 2 Rock Pipit and single Yellowhammer and Swallow logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains and 21 Barnacle Geese were recorded. Waders included 14 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included a scattering of Little Egret, 4 Water Rail, Merlin, Peregrine and the long-staying Hooded Crow.

Black Redstart

28th October 2014 – overcast/rain later S4
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0815-0900) produced 18 Common Scoter, 13 Razorbill, 8 Guillemot, 4 Kittiwake and single Shag and Red-throated Diver .
Grounded Migrants
A Black Redstart was the shining light on a gloomy day. Otherwise newly grounded birds were limited to small numbers of Goldcrest, Redwing and Song Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Slightly more movement than of late with 115 Jackdaw, 23 Skylark, 22 Greenfnich, 2 Raven and single Rock Pipit and Mistle Thrush logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains and waders included 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included Merlin and Sparrowhawk.

Long-tailed Duck

26th October 2014 – overcast/showers SW6/7
Offshore
A check over the sea on the rising tide (0935-1035) revealed 30 Kittiwake, 12 Razorbill, 2 Common Scoter, 2 Shag and a Gannet.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains and the Brent Goose flock held 69 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 13 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sighting included a flock of 9 Twite.

Pomarine Skua

25th October 2014 – overcast SW5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (1015-1115) were led by a Pomarine Skua and Arctic Skua along with 29 Razorbill, 24 Kittiwake, 18 Common Scoter, 3 Guillemot, 2 Gannet and a Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A few Goldcrest provided the only evidence of movement.
Diurnal Migration
Two Grey Wagtail moved through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Long-tailed Duck remains, the Brent Goose flock held 69 pale-bellied and 11 dark-bellied birds and waders included 10 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included 14 Rock Pipit and a Merlin.

Cetti’s Warbler and Bearded Tit remain

23rd October 2014 – sunny spells SW3
Rarities
The Cetti’s Warbler remains although it is now extremely elusive, in addition the male Bearded Tit also continues to tour the island’s reed beds.
Offshore
Generally quiet over the sea although a group of 12 Shag were recorded.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 10 Blackbird, 4 Song Thrush, 2 Redwing and a Fieldfare. Otherwise there were 3 newly arrived Goldcrest.
Diurnal Migration
A light passage was evident as the winds continue to abate. Totals included 30 Tree Sparrow, 22 Greenfinch, 21 Meadow Pipit, 14 Skylark, 10 Chaffinch, 9 Linnet, 8 Reed Bunting, 6 Whooper Swan, 5 Pied/White Wagtail and single Twite, Lesser Redpoll, Grey Wagtail and Rock Pipit.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 8 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included 2 Water Rail and a Merlin.

Leach’s Petrel at last!

23rd October 2014 – overcast rain at times SW3/4
Offshore
The winds finally swung back to the southwest and the anticipated Leach’s Petrel of the last few days finally arrived with 2 birds logged. Also seen were an Arctic Skua, 20 Razorbill, 10 Common Scoter, 8 Guillemot, 7 Shag and single Gannet and Kittiwake.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes involved 2 Song Thrush and a Redwing. Otherwise there were 4 Goldcrest newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
Small numbers of Linnet, Meadow Pipit, Skylark, Reed Bunting and Chaffinch were recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 5 dark-bellied birds and additional sightings involved 11 Pintail and 4 Shoveler. Waders included 4 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Additional sightings included Water Rail, Merlin and 86 Little Egret.

Long-tailed Duck new in

22nd October 2014 – overcast then rain WSW4
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0930-1030) produced 225 Razorbill, 117 Kittiwake, 40 Guillemot, 8 Gannet, 8 Common Scoter, 5 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Red-breasted Merganser.
Grounded Migrants
Early morning thrushes 4 Song Thrush and single Redwing and Mistle Thrush.
Diurnal Migration
Small groups of Skylark, Meadow Pipit and Pied/White Wagtail were noted heading out over the sea with a Merlin in attendance.
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Long-tailed Duck was newly arrived, the Brent Goose flock held 10 dark-bellied and 2 pale-bellied birds and waders included 7 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret numbers continue to build with a record 88 birds now present along the eastern side of the island. A Water Rail was the best of the rest.

Black Guillemot

20th October 2014 – rain then showers SW4/5
Offshore
Observations on the falling tide (1030-1200) produced little reward with just 29 Common Scoter, 16 Razorbill, 6 Kittiwake, 5 Guillemot, 4 Gannet and 3 Shag recorded. However, a later check added a Black Guillemot.
Diurnal Migration
A hint of movement between the showers with 20 Linnet and a Grey Wagtail logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 14 Greenshank.
Mammals
At least 4 Harbour Porpoise were offshore.

Seawatching to the fore

19th October 2014 – bright and sunny SW6/7
Offshore
Observations through the morning (0745-1045) were led by a juvenile Pomarine Skua amongst 205 Razorbill, 131 Gannet, 49 Common Scoter, 30 Kittiwake, 2 Guillemot and single Arctic Tern and Red-throated Diver.
Grounded Migrants
A Fieldfare was the sole record.
Miscellaneous
A total of 58 Little Egret and a Water Rail were the best of the rest.