Black-tailed Godwit influx

4th July 2015 – sunny spells SE2/3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0800-0900) produced 175 Common Scoter and just small numbers of Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Sandwich Tern and Kittiwake.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to fly through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 42 Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Dunlin, 6 Greenshank and a Common Sandpiper.
Moths
Mottled Beauty, Snout, Barred Straw, Burnished Brass and Riband Wave were newly emerged.
Dragonflies
Common Darter are now on the wing.

Garganey remains

4th July 2015 – sunny spells SE2/3/4
Offshore
Morning observations (0800-0900) produced just small numbers of Manx Shearwater, Gannet, Sandwich Tern and Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
A territorial Reed Warbler was newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift continue to fly through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The female Garganey and Pintail remain and waders included 100 Knot, 40 Grey Plover, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Moths
Common Emeral, Light Arches and Bee Moth were newly emerged.
Dragonflies
Emperor Dragonfly are now on the wing.

Garganey

3rd July 2015 – sunny spells SE2
Wildfowl and Waders
A female Garganey was newly arrived while waders included 60 Knot, 24 Grey Plover, 4 Whimbrel and 4 Greenshank.

Banded Demoiselle

1st July 2015 – sunny spells/hot SE1
Notice
It is with great sadness that we learn that Ian Kinley has passed away after a short illness. Ian was a staunch supporter of the observatory for many years and a serving member of the committee. His friendly demeanour will be sorely missed at both a local and county level.
Diurnal migration
A few Swift continue to move through.
Butterflies and Moths
A few Painted Lady and Red Admiral continue to be seen. Ghost Moth is newly emerged.
Dragonflies
A Banded Demoiselle is the latest addition to the island dragonfly list.

Grey Arches

30th June 2015 – sunny spells/hot and humid SE1/2
Offshore
A few Gannet and Manx Shearwater were offshore.
Grounded Migrants
Further autumn dispersal provided single Great Tit and Song Thrush.
Wildfowl and Waders
The early returning Pintail remain in residence.
Moths
A Grey Arches would appear to be the first for the island.
Ringing
The dependence on passage was reflected in the monthly ringing totals with just 121 birds of 10 species handled. Individual species totals were as follows (retraps and controls in brackets): Starling 8 (1), Goldfinch 3, (97), Greenfinch 3, Lapwing 3, House Sparrow 1, Carrion Crow 1, Chiffchaff 1, Sedge Warbler 1, Blackbird (1), Reed Bunting (1).

Early Coal Tit Dispersal

27th June 2015 – sunny spells SW2/3
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0900) were led by 1350 Manx Shearwater and 3 Puffin. Additional sightings included 63 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 20 Kittiwake, 14 Guillemot and 3 Sandwich Tern .
Grounded Migrants
Early autumn dispersal provided 2 juvenile Coal Tit and 2 adult Willow Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
An early returning Pintail was logged and waders included 3 Greenshank amongst 40 Redshank.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains in residence.
Moths and Butterflies
Meadow Brown and Large Skipper are now on the wing while overnight attractions to the moth trap included White Satin, Ingrailed Clay, Archers Dart, Dark Arches and Silky Wainscot.

Shearwaters on the move

21st June 2015 – sunny spells WNW4
Offshore
Morning observations (0700-0900) produced 1200 Manx Shearwater, 80 Gannet, 56 Kittiwake, 55 Common Scoter, 42 Guillemot, 30 Sandwich Tern, 22 Razorbill, 3 Little Tern and single Arctic Tern and Arctic Skua.
Wildfowl and Waders
Teal numbers continue to build slowly and waders included 100 Sanderling and a Greenshank.
Moths and Butterflies
The first Wall Browns have now emerged.
Mammals
Another Weasel was logged.

Late waders

17th June 2015 – overcast/drizzle S2
Offshore
The sea proved quiet with just 12 Gannet, 10 Manx Shearwater, 3 Sandwich Tern and 2 Arctic Tern logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Three broods of Tufted Duck have emerged and waders included 3000 Knot, 60 Dunlin, 25 Turnstone, 20 Sanderling and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets remain in evidence.
Moths and Butterflies
A small influx in Red Admiral and Painted Lady has been noted.
Mammals
A Weasel was logged.

Dolphins and waders

13th June 2015 – overcast V1
Offshore
The sea proved quiet early morning with just 19 Sandwich Tern, 8 Gannet, 2 Razorbill and a Shag logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The first Teal have returned while waders still presumably heading north included 1820 Knot, 220 Sanderling, 50 Grey Plover, 21 Turnstone and single Whimbrel and Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The long-staying Hooded Crow remains in residence and 8 Little Egret were seen. Two Raven ransacked the island’s waste bins.
Moths and Butterflies
The first Wall Brown are on the wing and a Painted Lady was recorded. Newly emerged moths included Pebble Prominent, Sand Dart and Shears.
Mammals
A pod of 8 Bottle-nose Dolphins lingered offshore.