Little Stint

26th August 2015 – rain then bright and sunny SSW3/4
Offshore
The sea continues to provide small numbers of Gannet and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat was the pick of a poor selection.
Diurnal Migration
A few Swallow and Sand Martin were in evidence.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wigeon and Teal numbers begin to build and waders included 10 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A gathering of 14 Little Egret were logged.
Moths
A Campion was amongst a small moth catch.

Citrine Wagtail

22nd August 2015 – overcast/showers then rain SE1
Rarities
Autumn finally burst into life when a juvenile Citrine Wagtail was found early morning. The bird showed well and called frequently between 0730 and 0740 before flying low north. Despite searching the bird could not be relocated.
Offshore
The sea provided 60 Common Scoter and small numbers of Gannet and Sandwich Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Despite the early morning excitement only 15 Wheatear were seen along with 3 Willow Warbler, 3 Robin and single Sedge Warbler and Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
There was some evidence of movement with 66 House Martin, 50 Swallow, 12 Sand Martin and 3 Swift recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included Greenshank and Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Raptors included Merlin, Peregrine and Sparrowhawk.

Slow going

21st August 2015 – overcast/showers S1/2
Offshore
The rising tide produced 125 Sandwich Tern, 18 Gannet, 11 Manx Shearwater and 3 Common Scoter.
Grounded Migrants
Only 6 Wheatear, 2 Robin and a Whitethroat were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 240 Turnstone, 14 Greenshank, 2 Ruff and single Black-tailed Godwit and Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret continue to show well.

Arctic Skua

18th August 2015 – bright and sunny start/cloud late WNW2/3
Offshore
An evening watch on the falling tide produced 30 Sandwich Tern, 10 Gannet and a dark phase Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
Again very limited fare with just 3 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and single Whinchat and Willow Warbler logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Whimbrel and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
Little Egret remain prominent.
Moths
Rosy Rustic, Six stripe Rustic and Hedge Rustic are all newly emerged.

Spotted Redshank

17th August 2015 – bright and sunny WNW2/3
Offshore
A few Sandwich Ten were again offshore.
Grounded Migrants
A bit of variety but no quantity with 10 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 2 Whitethroat and single Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 800 Dunlin, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Greenshank and a Spotted Redshank.
Miscellaneous
A Peregrine was the best of the rest.

Garganey remains

16th August 2015 – sunny spells V1/2
Offshore
The sea provided 100 Sandwich Tern and a single Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
A Whinchat and the first Goldcrest of the autumn was amongst another poor showing involving just 5 Willow Warbler, 4 Wren, 4 Robin, 2 Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
Totals of 20 Swallow and 5 Sand Martin were recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Garganey remains and waders included 8 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and a Common Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The Linnet flock has increased to 370 birds.
Moths
Mullein Wave, Rosy Rustic and Yellow-tail were new for the year.

Tree Pipit finally added to year list!

15th August 2015 – sunny spells NW2/3
Offshore
The sea provided 360 Sandwich Tern, 15 Common Scoter, 4 Manx Shearwater, 3 Arctic Tern and a solitary Gannet.
Grounded Migrants
Again limited fare with just 7 Willow Warbler and single Garden Warbler and Robin logged.
Diurnal Migration
Two Tree Pipit flew through and 70 Swallow and 5 Sand Martin were recorded.
Wildfowl and Waders
The drake Garganey remains and waders included 5800 Oystercatcher, 1342 Curlew, 830 Redshank, 495 Sanderling, 375 Turnstone, 42 Grey Plover, 35 Golden Plover, 17 Greenshank, 2 Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Ruff.
Miscellaneous
A total of 12 Little Egret were seen.

Garganey new in

14th August 2015 – rain NW1/2/3
Offshore
Quiet over the sea early evening with just 16 Sandwich Tern, 4 Common Scoter and 3 Arctic Tern recorded.
Grounded Migrants
A Spotted Flycatcher was amongst 4 Willow Warbler, 3 Sedge Warbler and single Whitethroat and Robin.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 70 Swallow and 2 Sand Martin were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
A drake Garganey was amongst a small influx of Teal and waders included 17 Greenshank, 3 Whimbrel and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
At least 15 Little Egret are now present on the island.

First Robin of the autumn

13th August 2015 – bright and sunny SE1/2
Grounded Migrants
Again slim pickings with just 11 Willow Warbler a Whitethroat and the first Robin of the autumn logged.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 120 Swallow gathered and 6 Swift flew through.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 4 Black-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Linnet flock increased to 320 birds.