Slavonian Grebe

21st December 2014 – overcast with showers SW/6
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0900-1000) revealed 11 Shag, 11 Common Scoter, 7 Kittiwake and single Red-throated Diver and Razorbill. A Slavonian Grebe joined the Great Northern Diver in the relatively sheltered waters along the eastern shore.
Grounded Migrants
A few Redwing were logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 42 Barnacle Geese remain in residence along with the Long-tailed Duck and 159 pale-bellied Brent Geese. Waders included 4000 Knot and 7 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
At least 51 Little Egret remain and 14 Tree Sparrows continue to winter.

Great Northern Diver

20th December 2014 – sunshine and showers WNW5/6
Offshore
An early morning check of the sea (0900-1000) revealed just 6 Kittiwake and 3 Common Scoter. However, a check of the eastern shore at high tide revealed that the Great Northern Diver was still present.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 42 Barnacle Geese remain in residence along with the Long-tailed Duck and 78 pale-bellied Brent Geese. Two Whooper Swan called in and waders included 2500 Knot and 7 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The overwintering Chiffchaff remained and 20 Twite were logged .
Ringing
The Brent Goose flock contained at least four colour-ringed birds.

Overwintering Chiffchaff!

19th December 2014 – sunshine and showers W5/6
Offshore
A check of the sea revealed just a handful of Kittiwake.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 42 Barnacle Geese remain in residence along with the Long-tailed Duck. Waders included 6 Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
A Chiffchaff appears to be overwintering and 14 Twite were logged .
Ringing
The Barnacle Goose flock contained a bird previously ringed at Caerlaverock on the Solway Firth.

Winter fare

13th December 2014 – sunny spells NW1/2/3/4
Offshore
The Great Northern Diver remains while 18 Great Crested Grebe, 4 Red-throated Diver, 4 Common Scoter, 4 Shag and a Kittiwake were also logged.
Grounded Migrants
A handful of Redwing were newly arrived.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 235 Pink-footed Geese headed north in two flocks.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 42 Barnacle Goose flock remain and 80 dark-bellied Brent Geese were logged while at least one Long-tailed Duck remains in residence. Waders included Greenshank.
Miscellaneous
The Hooded Crow put in another appearance, the Twite flock again held 200 birds and unusually at least 10 Tree Sparrow are wintering on the island.
Ringing
The Brent Goose flock held at least two colour-ringed birds.

Great Northern Diver lingers

12th December 2014 – sunny spells W5/6
Offshore
The Great Northern Diver remains along the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Barnacle Goose flock has increased to 42 birds and 18 pale-bellied Brent Geese were logged while the 2 Long-tailed Duck remain in residence.
Miscellaneous
At least 51 Little Egret gathered in a pre roost flock and 2 Peregrine were logged.
Ringing
The Barnacle Goose flock now holds 7 colour-ringed birds – details of which are awaited.

Pochard finally makes year list!

7th December 2014 – sunshine and showers W5/6
Offshore
Early morning sightings (0815-0915) produced 11 Red-throated Diver, 10 Common Scoter, 5 Pochard, 3 Razorbill and a Gannet. Later in the day a Great Northern Diver sheltered off the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
The Brent Goose flock held 170 pale-bellied birds and waders included 1200 Golden Plover.
Miscellaneous
A group of 40 Twite and a Raven were the best of the rest.

Little Auk and Pomarine Skua

6th December 2014 – overcast/light showers SE3 then SW3/4
Offshore
High tide observations revealed a juvenile Pomarine Skua chasing Herring Gulls and 3 Shag while the falling tide (1245-1445) added a Little Auk amongst 86 Kittiwake, 55 Razorbill, 45 Common Scoter, 15 Red-throated Diver and 12 Guillemot.
Grounded Migrants
Newly grounded birds, perhaps a hint of cold weather movement, involved 3 Song Thrush and a Robin.
Wildfowl and Waders
Both Long-tailed Duck put in an appearance and the 37 Barnacle Geese remain. The Brent Goose flock held 144 pale-bellied birds and waders included 3000 Knot, 260 Sanderling, 8 Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A pre-roost gathering of 71 Little Egret was noted and 200 Twite were logged. Additional sightings included 2 Water Rail along with Merlin, Peregrine, Kestrel and Sparrowhawk.

Quick visit

5th December 2014 – heavy hail showers N2/3
Offshore
A single Shag was logged off the eastern shore.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 37 Barnacle Geese and female Long-tailed Duck remain in residence and a Greenshank was the pick of the waders.
Miscellaneous
The Little Egrets remain prominent along the eastern shore.

Eiders galore

30th November 2014 – bright and sunny N1/2
Offshore
Early morning observations (0830-0900) produced 9 Common Scoter, 8 Razorbill, 7 Shag, 4 Red-throated Diver and a late Gannet. Later observations over the mouth of Morecambe Bay at low tide added flocks of 5800 Eider, 100 Common Scoter and 70 Great Crested Grebe along with 12 Red-breasted Merganser, 4 Red-throated Diver and 3 Shag.
Grounded Migrants
The Chiffchaff remains and 2 Fieldfare and a Redwing were also logged.
Diurnal Migration
A light passage produced 30 Pink-footed Geese, 6 Carrion Crow, 4 Tree Sparrow and a Pied Wagtail.
Wildfowl and Waders
Geese were prominent with 154 pale-bellied Brent Goose, 72 dark-bellied Brent Goose and 37 Barnacle Goose recorded. Waders included 4 Jack Snipe amongst 28 Snipe, 3 Greenshank and a Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
A Little Owl was the best of the rest.
Ringing
Another good monthly total saw 311 birds of 18 species handled. Individual totals were as follows (retraps in brackets): Tree Sparrow 94 (1), Goldfinch 39 (38), Blackbird 35 (4), Wren 19 (1), Chaffinch 17 (1), Goldcrest 9, Lesser Redpoll 4, Dunnock 4 (7), Greenfinch 4 (7), Song Thrush 4, Reed Bunting (4), House Sparrow 3 (5), Robin 1 (5), Stonechat 1, Fieldfare 1, Mistle Thrush 1, Red-eyed Vireo 1 and Blue Tit (1) .