Early Cuckoo

14th April 2014 – hazy sunshine NW4/3
Offshore
Early morning observations (0615-0715) produced 20 Red-throated Diver, 14 Sandwich Tern, 12 Gannet, 12 Common Scoter, 10 Kittiwake, 8 Guillemot, 2 Razorbill and a Fulmar.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow and Sand Martin continue to trickle through.
Grounded Migrants
What appears to be the earliest ever Cuckoo recorded on the island was a surprise for the ringers, otherwise, again there was little on offer with just a handful of Willow Warbler and Wheatear.
Miscellaneous
Two Raven and a Little Egret were the pick of the other sightings.

Slow start to spring continues

13th April 2014 – overcast W3/4/5
Offshore
Morning observations on the rising tide (0800-0900) produced 320 Sandwich Tern, 37 Common Scoter, 14 Guillemot, 12 Razorbill, 12 Red-throated Diver, 11 Gannet, 2 Red-breasted Merganser and single Kittiwake and Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Again limited fare with just 6 White Wagtail, 3 Chiffchaff and a Willow Warbler recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 112 pale-bellied birds and waders included 340 Turnstone, 140 Grey Plover, 119 Golden Plover and 2 Purple Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
Two Little Egret were logged while a Peregrine hunted the dwindling wader flocks.

Black Guillemot

12th April 2014 – overcast/showers SW3/4/5
Offshore
The most productive spell of observation so far this year (0650-0750 & 1200-1300) were led by a summer plumaged Black Guillemot along with 341 Sandwich Tern, 143 Common Scoter, 116 Gannet, 93 Guillemot, 55 Kittiwake, 34 Red-throated Diver, 22 Razorbill, 6 Manx Shearwater, 5 Fulmar, 5 Red-breasted Merganser and an Arctic Skua.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow moved through.
Grounded Migrants
Again little on offer with just 7 White Wagtail, 4 Willow Warbler and a single Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 110 pale-bellied birds and waders included 3 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 3 Little Egret was the best of the rest.

Long-tailed Duck continues to linger

10th April 2014 – overcast SW3
Offshore
Observations on the rising tide (0645-0715) produced 84 Common Scoter, 26 Sandwich Tern, 14 Gannet, 5 Fulmar, 4 Kittiwake, 3 Red-throated Diver and 2 Red-breasted Merganser.
Diurnal Migration
A few Sand Martin moved through.
Grounded Migrants
A handful of Willow Warbler and 6 White Wagtail were logged, otherwise disappointing with a complete lack of Wheatear.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck continues in residence.
Miscellaneous
A Little Egret was the best of the rest.

First Swallow arrives

6th April 2014 – overcast/rain soon SW3/4/5
Offshore
Observations between the pulses of rain through the day produced the first Arctic Skua and Manx Shearwater of the year amongst totals of 133 Common Scoter, 104 Gannet, 68 Sandwich Tern, 33 Guillemot, 21 Razorbill, 17 Kittiwake, 4 Red-breasted Merganser and 3 Shag.
Diurnal Migration
A Swallow and 2 Sand Martin appeared through the gloom.
Grounded Migrants
A solitary Chiffchaff and 4 White Wagtail were the only species to trouble the log.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck continues in residence.
Miscellaneous
A Little Egret was the best of the rest.

Migration remains slow

5th April 2014 – overcast/rain soon S2/3
Offshore
Early morning observations before the rain set in (0715-0915) produced 134 Common Scoter, 66 Sandwich Tern, 61 Gannet, 53 Razorbill, 14 Guillemot, 13 Red-throated Diver, 6 Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Goosander and 2 Kittiwake.
Diurnal Migration
Two Siskin were amongst small numbers of Meadow Pipit.
Grounded Migrants
Only 4 Chiffchaff and 3 Willow Warbler provided obvious evidence of newly arrived birds.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck continues in residence.
Miscellaneous
Barn Owl and Little Egret were the best of the rest.

Slow pace migration continues

4th April 2014 – overcast/mist/murk/brighter later E2
Offshore
Poor visibility again hampered observations until late in the day (1410-1510) when 19 Common Scoter, 14 Red-throated Diver, 12 Sandwich Tern, 7 Gannet, 7 Guillemot and 7 Red-breasted Merganser.
Diurnal Migration
Only evidenced by a single Sand Martin.
Grounded Migrants
Another scattering of birds were logged including 70 Fieldfare, 12 Redwing, 4 Wheatear, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and a Blackcap.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck continues to linger and waders included 600 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
Small numbers of Little Egret remain.
Moths
Red Chestnut and Early Grey were new for the year.

Reed Bunting control

3rd April 2014 – overcast/murky E3/2/1
Offshore
Poor visibility hampered observations and just small numbers of Red-throated Diver, Sandwich Tern, Razorbill and Guillemot were logged.
Diurnal Migration
Pink-footed Geese were on the move with 480 birds logged.
Grounded Migrants
Another scattering of birds with 4 Wheatear, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest, 2 Stonechat and a Willow Warbler recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck continues to linger and the Brent Goose flock held 136 pale-bellied birds. Waders included 900 Golden Plover and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Small numbers of Little Egret remain and a Merlin was logged.
Ringing
A Reed Bunting was controlled starting with ring number sequence D014.
Moths
A Shoulder Stripe was just the third for the south end of the island.
Images
Shoulder Stripe.

Ring Ouzel

1st April 2014 – misty start, brighter later V1
Diurnal Migration
A solitary Sand Martin was the pick of the birds logged.
Grounded Migrants
A good smattering of species were led by a Ring Ouzel and the first Willow Warbler and Blackcap of the year. Also seen were 15 Blackbird, 13 Wheatear, 8 Redwing, 6 Goldcrest, 2 Chiffchaff and single White Wagtail, Stonechat and Great Tit
Wildfowl and Waders
The Long-tailed Duck continues to linger and waders included a Jack Snipe and 3 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Small numbers of Little Egret remain and a Merlin was logged.
Moths
The moth trap again sprung into life with Clouded Drab, Hebrew Character, Early Thorn and Common Quaker all new for the year.
Images
Ring Ouzel.