Great and Arctic Skua

18th August 2019 – sunny spells SW5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0730-0930 & 1400-1600) provided totals of 83 Gannet, 54 Common Scoter, 38 Manx Shearwater, 16 Sandwich Tern, 6 Kittiwake, 4 Fulmar, 2 Great Skua and single Shag, Arctic Skua, Arctic Tern and Razorbill.
Grounded Migrants
Two Yellow Wagtail were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 2 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A total of 30 Little Egret were seen and raptors included 4 Sparrowhawk and a Merlin.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap failed to attract many moth, however, a field record of Vapourer would appear to be the first island record.

Great Skua

17th August 2019 – sunny spells WSW5/6
Offshore
Observations over the sea (0630-0730 & 1030-1130) provided totals of 50 Gannet, 35 Common Scoter, 31 Manx Shearwater, 8 Fulmar, 5 Kittiwake, 4 Shelduck, 3 Sandwich Tern and single Great Skua and Arctic Tern.
Grounded Migrants
Two Spotted Flycatcher and a Yellow Wagtail were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 300 Sanderling and 7 Black-tailed Godwit.

Turnstone from the Canadian Arctic

16th August 2019 – rain/heavy at times S4/5
Ringing
Although the heavy rain washed out the days play details were received for a colour marked Turnstone seen on the island on 12th August 2019 which had previously been ringed at Grise Fjord, Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic on 31st May 2018.

Arctic Skua

15th August 2019 – early showers WNW6/7/8
Offshore
Slightly more productive over the sea (0630-07300) compared to recent mornings with 52 Common Scoter, 29 Gannet, 27 Manx Shearwater, 18 Sandwich Tern, 3 Kittiwake and 2 Arctic Skua.
Grounded Migrants
At least 3 Yellow Wagtail were amongst 34 Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 3 Greenshank and a Whimbrel.
Miscellaneous
A total of 33 Little Egret were seen.
Butterflies and Moths
The moth trap held 52 of 20 species with Svensson’s Copper Underwing new for the year.

Rain stopped play

14th August 2019 – rain SE3
Offshore
Only 3 Gannet troubled the scorers.
Miscellaneous
A total of 29 Little Egret were seen.

Osprey and Marsh Harrier

13th August 2019 – sunny spells W3
Offshore
The monotony of early morning observations (0630-0730) was only broken by 9 Sandwich Tern and 6 Gannet. High tide produced 8 Little Tern fishing off the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
At least 3 Yellow Wagtail were seen and diversity was provided by 12 Sedge Warbler, 10 Willow Warbler, 3 Whitethroat, 2 Blackcap, 2 Garden Warbler and a Reed Warbler.
Diurnal Migration
Four Tree Pipit and 3 Tree Sparrow were amongst a trickle of Swallow and Sand Martin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 330 Sanderling.
Miscellaneous
Raptors were well represented with a juvenile Marsh Harrier (0800 & 1030), Osprey (1030) and a Merlin logged.
Mammals
A Harbour Porpoise was offshore.
Butterflies and Moths
A few Painted Ladies remain and the moth trap only held 59 of 18 species, although both Sallow and Herald were new for the year.

Oystercatcher origins revealed

12th August 2019 – sun and showers NW3/4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0700-0800) produced 7 Gannet, 5 Common Scoter, 2 Manx Shearwater and a Kittiwake. At high tide 7 Little Tern fed along the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds involved 7 Sedge Warbler, 6 Willow Warbler, 4 Wheatear, 2 Yellow Wagtail and a Whitethroat.
Diurnal Migration
A flock of 20 Tree Sparrow were seen.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 10 Greenshank amongst 750 Redshank.
Ringing
A colour marked Oystercatcher was originally ringed on its nesting grounds near Reykjavik, Iceland.

Black Guillemot and Osprey

11th August 2019 – overcast/rain clearing W4
Offshore
Early morning observations (0630-0730) produced 126 Common Scoter, 4 Gannet and an Arctic Skua. Later observations (1200-1300), as the rain finally relented, added 215 Manx Shearwater, 29 Gannet, 14 Sandwich Tern, 2 Fulmar and a Kittiwake. In addition, high tide provided 16 Little Tern and a Black Guillemot along the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds involved 2 Yellow Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 11 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
An Osprey fished along the eastern shore at high tide.
Ringing
A colour marked adult Sandwich Tern seen on 10th August 2019 had previously been ringed at Lady Island Lake, Wexford on 16th June 2015 and in the interim period has also been recorded near Swakopmund, Namibia.

Sandwich Tern origins revealed

10th August 2019 – overcast/rain/showers SSW5/6/7
Offshore
Early morning observations (0645-0845) were much hampered by rain which at times reduced visibility to practically zero. However, 305 Common Scoter, 20 Gannet, 15 Manx Shearwater, 7 Sandwich Tern and single Arctic Tern and Fulmar were logged. The high tide tern roost added a further 100 Sandwich Tern and single Common Tern and Little Tern
Grounded Migrants
Grounded birds involved 3 Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 12 Greenshank.
Ringing
A colour marked juvenile Sandwich Tern seen on 28th July 2019 had previously been ringed at Cemlyn Bay, Anglesey on 18th June 2019.