A few more seabirds

25th September 2016 – sun and showers S4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations on the falling tide (0800-0900) produced 214 Common Scoter, 80 Razorbill, 37 Gannet, 15 Guillemot, 6 Kittiwake, 6 Red-throated Diver, 2 Arctic Skua and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Much the same as yesterday with only 3 Goldcrest and single Chiffchaff and Wheatear recorded.

A few seabirds

24th September 2016 – overcast SSE 4/5
Offshore
Early morning observations on the falling tide (0815-0915) produced 76 Common Scoter, 68 Gannet, 10 Red-throated Diver, 4 Razorbill, 3 Guillemot and a Manx Shearwater.
Grounded Migrants
Only 3 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff were recorded.

Little of note

23rd September 2016 – sunny spells SE 3/4
Grounded Migrants
Limited to 6 Wheatear and single Whitethroat and Goldcrest.
Miscellaneous
A Merlin and 3 Raven were the best of the rest.
Moths
A Lunar Underwing was new for the year.

Wigeon influx

22nd September 2016 – sunny spells WSW 3/4
Wildfowl and Waders
An overnight influx of Wigeon was apparent with 1000 birds logged.
Grounded Migrants
The dearth of grounded migrants continues with just a solitary Chiffchaff logged.

Waders galore

21st September 2016 – overcast SSE3/4
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included: 6940 Oystercatcher, 3800 Knot, 2750 Curlew, 2550 Redshank, 718 Turnstone, 433 Lapwing, 320 Golden Plover, 29 Greenshank and 2 Curlew Sandpiper.
Miscellaneous
The gradual increase in the number of Little Egret scattered across the island continues with 56 birds logged.

Curlew Sandpipers remain

20th September 2016 – bright and sunny WNW1/2
Grounded Migrants
Little on offer with just 3 Wheatear and single Sedge Warbler, Chiffchaff and Garden Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
A total of 250 Meadow Pipit was the only record of note.
Wildfowl and Waders
Two Curlew Sandpiper continue to linger.
Miscellaneous
At least 2 Merlin were seen.

Water Rail

18th September 2016 – overcast S2/3
Grounded Migrants
Variety continues to be the order of the day with 20 Robin, 6 Wheatear, 3 Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrest and a Whitethroat recorded.
Diurnal Migration
Morning totals were somewhat subdued from yesterday with 510 Meadow Pipit, 20 Swallow, 14 alba Wagtail, 12 Jackdaw, 7 Grey Wagtail and a Siskin logged.
Wildfowl and Waders
Wigeon numbers showed a notable increase with 220 birds logged while waders included 2500 Knot, 1250 Redshank, 300 Turnstone, 21 Greenshank and single Curlew Sandpiper and Little Stint .
Miscellaneous
A Water Rail was the first of the autumn.

First Pink-footed Geese of the autumn

17th September 2016 – bright and sunny/calm
Offshore
A handful of Gannet were logged.
Grounded Migrants
Again variety rather than quantity 20 Robin, 12 Wheatear, 8 Chiffchaff, 2 Whitethroat and single Lesser Whitethroat and Sedge Warbler logged.
Diurnal Migration
Morning totals involved the first 18 Pink-footed Geese of the autumn along with 300 Meadow Pipit, 40 Swallow, 30 Skylark, 20 Grey Wagtail, 10 Linnet, 10 alba Wagtail, 3 Siskin, 2 Tree Pipit and single Sand Martin and Lesser Redpoll.
Miscellaneous
Raptors included 2 Merlin and a Peregrine.

Pied Flycatcher

15th September 2016 – overcast then sunny
Grounded Migrants
Variety rather than quantity with 14 Robin, 8 Goldcrest, 6 Chiffchaff, 4 Willow Warbler and single Pied Flycatcher and Spotted Flycatcher logged.
Diurnal Migration
Morning totals involved 200 Meadow Pipit, 75 Swallow, 40 Jackdaw, 33 Skylark, 10 alba Wagtail, 4 Grey Wagtail and unusually a Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Wildfowl and Waders
Waders included 330 Turnstone, 27 Greenshank, 5 Curlew Sandpiper and single Ruff and Black-tailed Godwit.
Miscellaneous
Little Egrets remain prominent and a single Raven was the best of the rest.